Easter is such a wonderful time of year, isn’t it? In Easter "O Grave, Where Is Thy Victory?" (April 15-21) there isn’t an official reading assignment. I made an Easter reading schedule to go along with building your own temple but don’t feel like you are tied to it. Do what’s right for your family.
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"Is Faith in the Atonement of Jesus Christ Written in Our Hearts" by Sister Linda K. Burton
"The Resurrection of Jesus Christ" by Elder D. Todd Christofferson
"He Is Risen!" by President Thomas S. Monson
"Resurrection" by President Dallin H. Oaks
“The Gift of Grace” by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
“Behold the Man” by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
“And There Shall Be No More Death” by Elder Paul V. Johnson
Deseret Bookshelf PLUS Recommendations
These are great to listen together in the car on the way to school. My whole family loves listening to the youth speaker ones especially. Remember, as a Deseret Bookshelf PLUS member, you can access these eBooks or audio books anytime. Find out more about Deseret Bookshelf PLUS.
- "Celebrating a Christ-Centered Easter" by Emily Belle Freeman
- "A Christ-Centered Easter" by Janet and Joe Hales
- "My First Story of the First Easter" by Deanna Draper Buck Illustrated by Jerry Harston
- "The Continuous Atonement" by Brad Wilcox
If you are looking for a more fun book to read around Easter, Gerald N. Lund's "The Kingdom and the Crown" series take place during Christ's time. I felt it helped me better understand visualize the times. "Fishers of Men" is the first book (three total).
Watch a video and discuss it after dinner, recap a part of the lesson before Church on Sunday, share a video in a group and discuss it together, or pause and discuss a video as part of your main lesson.
Jesus Is Resurrected (about 4 minutes)- Bible video
The Risen Lord Appears to the Apostles (about 2 1/2 minutes)- Bible video
Blessed Are They That Have Not Seen, and Yet Have Believed (about 2 1/2 minutes)- Bible video
And There Shall Be No More Death (about 10 minuets)- Talk from Elder Paul V. Johnson
The Gift of Grace (about 19 minutes)- Talk from Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Where Justice, Love, and Mercy Meet (about 5 1/2 minuets)
Handel’s Messiah: Debtor’s Prison (about 3 1/2 minutes)
He is Risen (about 7 1/2 minutes)
He Is Risen! (about 22 1/2 minutes)- Talk from President Thomas S. Monson
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ (about 15 1/2 minutes)- Talk from Elder D. Todd Christofferson
Strengthened by the Atonement of Jesus Christ (about 16 minutes)- Talk from President Dallin H. Oaks
The Master Healer (about 13 minutes)- Talk from Sister Carole M. Stephens
Jesus Suffers in the Garden of Gethsemane (about 2 minutes)- Illustrated scripture story
My Kingdom Is Not of This World (about 5 1/2 minutes)- Bible video
His Sacred Name- An Easter Declaration (about 3 minutes)
He is Risen: John the Beloved’s Witness of the Resurrection (about 13 1/2 minutes)- Bible video
Because of Him (about 3 minutes)
Christlike Attributes (about 3 minutes)
Follow Him- An Easter Message about Jesus Christ (about 2 minutes)- Ties in well with the Come Follow Me theme!
Here’s a great page for a whole lot more videos about Easter.
Hang one on the fridge, mail it to a friend, cut it into a puzzle, and more! Bright Idea posters come from the Friend, Mormonads are from The New Era, and others are images found throughout LDS.org You can download the Gospel Art Kit at ChurchofJesusChrist.org
I link to several images below to use throughout the week with my Easter Temple. However, here are a few more if you need them.
Easter Images- collection of several images to easily download. Some include quotes
Easter- two pages of images to use throughout the week.
Questions to Ponder
Use these questions to help you ponder as you do your personal studies, encourage journaling for your kids, text them to a friend or child to get the conversation going, or take them with you in the car and randomly draw from a bag as you carpool to school or your next practice. These go beyond the questions in the manual.
What does the Atonement of Jesus Christ mean to you? How has it helped you become better than you were?
What experiences have helped you to understand the necessity of the Savior’s sacrifice?
How do you exemplify Jesus Christ in your daily life?
What blessings do you enjoy because of Him?
What teachings of the Savior’s life can you be better at practicing?
When have you been tempted to doubt rather than be faithful? What happened as a result of your decision?
How do you know the Savior loves you individually? What experiences have shown you His love in your life?
How can you be a better witness of Jesus Christ? What steps can you take to improve how you bear witness of Him?
What does it mean to you that you will one day be healed and made perfect because of the ministry and feats accomplished by Jesus Christ?
How does the Atonement of Jesus Christ give you hope?
How has your faith in Jesus Christ helped you to endure through the trials and temptations of this mortal life?
How has your faith grown due to a trial or challenge of your faith?
What can you learn from the Savior about how we should respond to our trials and those who fight against us?
What miracles have you experienced in your life?
How is the Resurrection the greatest of all miracles? What does that mean to you?
Why do you think Mary Magdalene was not able to recognize Jesus at first? What things prevent you from seeing Christ clearly?
What can you learn from Christ’s encounter with Mary Magdalene?
These are my ideas. My hope is that my thoughts may be a springboard to your own great ideas that are right for you and your family.
Make your own Easter temple! Using pictures from the manual, your gospel art kit, or the ones online plus my free printables, build a temple throughout Easter week (or all in one day- whichever is better for you). My Easter temple focuses on the resurrection and the blessings we receive as a result (hence the temple). You can also print a blank temple to draw in your own answers instead of using pictures. There are 8 pieces of the temple to cover:
The Triumphal Entry
Cleansing the Temple
The Last Supper
The Garden of Gethsemane
The Trial, Crucifixion, and Burial
The Spirit World
Temple and Family History Work
As you build your temple, frame it with printable palm fronds (or get some fake palm fronds). Each day as you read and discuss the assigned scriptures, write down ways you are blessed because Jesus Christ came to earth, atoned for our sins, and was resurrected. For example, when you discuss cleansing of the temple you could write repentance, temple blessings, etc.
Finish your temple with a Because He Lives banner. Print it on colored paper to make it pop. You can even take a photo of your family in front of your temple and banner and share your testimony with your friends and family this Easter.
- I decided last minute to change a piece of the temple for my family's study. I really like being about to discuss the First Vision at Easter as well. It goes along beautifully with discussing the Savior's Resurrection and all that's possible Because of Jesus Christ. You can still discuss temple and family history work too since the priesthood keys were restored to Joseph Smith. If you would like to download this version as well, use the buttons below.
Watch the Because of Him video. Before you start it, ask your family “Because of Jesus Christ what?” Then have them write their answers on the palm fronds and discuss.
Use the images and summary from ComeuntoChrist.org as you walk through the last week of Christ’s life. Click on each day of the week to see a picture and summary. You can use it as you build your Easter temple.
Tie in last week’s lesson to this week as you talk about how faith is like a seed. Using the the Children’s Songbook song, “On a Golden Springtime,” go through each verse and explain how we have The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the earth today because Jesus Christ was resurrected. Use the different scenes included in my Golden Easter Kit to discuss each verse.
Write your simple testimony on a strip of paper and include it with some candy in the treat bags included in my Golden Easter kit. Give it to your kids three days before Easter and tell them they have to wait until Easter to open it just like we had to wait three days to see the resurrected Christ.
Scramble gospel art pictures on the floor (see the image section above). Gently tape a letter from my He Is Risen banner included in the Golden Easter kit. Ask a child to pick a picture. Have them remove the letter and guess where it goes on the board (or your table) then briefly review the picture explaining how it ties into Easter. Once the words are complete, share your testimony.
Use the He Is Risen candy wrappers (included in my Golden Easter kit) with your Easter candy in your family’s Easter baskets or the eggs you hide. See if your family picks up on the hidden phrase!
Play a matching game to better understand what the resurrection is with the handouts from my Primary 6 Lesson 45 helps. You can use the cards like Go Fish cards where when you have a match, you put it down in front of you. If you don’t have a match, you can ask another person if they have the answer to “What is resurrection?”. It’s a fun way to review definitions. Note: You may need to print more than one copy of the cards to have enough to play.
There is also a prophecy and fulfillment matching game included in the Primary 6 Lesson 45 handouts. Play it like memory-. Note: you will need your scriptures to look up the answers!
Matthew 28:1-10; Luke 24:13-35; John 20:19-29; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, 55
Discuss the resurrection through the accounts of those who witnessed the Resurrected Christ. Pass my witness cards out to your family and have them look up the scripture, figure out who the witness was (could be more than one person), what their experience was, and their reaction. They can draw or write on the cards. You can then put all your witness cards on a key ring and keep it with your Easter items for next year too!
Looking for something a little easier? Print out my Appearances of the Resurrected Christ card (shown above). It’s broken down into location and time, who witnessed the event, and scriptures to read surrounding that event. There are so many witnesses! You can read a couple a day or have every person in your family pick one event to study then present.
There are also blank witness cards for you to write down your own testimony of the resurrected Christ. Or you can use them as you watch testimonies of the living prophet and apostles today.
- The Red Headed Hostess has a great Why We Celebrate Easter flipbook that would be great to use with your children. You can go over a few pages a day or read it before you start your hunt.
- Teach Me Messages also has several more activity pages and lesson ideas if you need more! Be sure to tell them I sent you.
For additional resources broken into categories, see my Easter resource page. It includes craft ideas, advents, hymns, and more.