Get ready for a lot of really excited children as you teach “O Grave, Where Is Thy Victory?” Easter (April 15-21). What’s yoru plan for Easter Sunday? Remember, whatever you do, keep the focus on Christ.
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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
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
Easter Images- collection of several images to easily download. Some include quotes
Easter- two pages of images to use throughout the week.
Assemble your own Easter scene! As you glue on each piece, discuss a different part of the Easter story with your class. For example, you can talk about the Garden of Gethsemane as you put the tulips on and encourage you class to color them red. Hang up pictures from the Gospel Art Kit, from the home manual, or some of the Easter ones linked in the above section as you discuss the different parts of the story.
Cut out pieces of the Easter scene and have each child write a note with their testimony. Put everything in a ziploc bag and invite them to share the scene with a friend or family member. They can even assemble the scene together.
After you assemble your Easter scene, write down ways you can honor our Savior, Jesus Christ on Easter throughout the scene. For example, you could write prayer of gratitude next to Mary.
Use ComeuntoChrist.org to quickly show an image and tell as summary of the last week of Christ’s life.
Discuss how we all will be resurrected because Jesus Christ was resurrected! Print the frames and encourage your class to draw a picture of someone they want to be with together or one of their ancestors. Then have them share with the class. End each presentation with “Because Jesus lives, we will live again.”
Need something simple? Color my Easter scene while you watch one of the many Easter videos listed in the above section.
Cut the Easter scene into pieces and hide them in Easter eggs! Add some scriptures to read to each egg as well (they can be from the last week of Christ’s life on earth or several different ones listed in the manual). As your class finds the eggs, have them read and discuss the scripture and add their puzzle piece. Once it’s assembled, share your testimony of our Lord and Savior.
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.
Send the kids home with their little Easter treat surprise. 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. Tell the kids they have to wait until they get home to open it just like we had to wait three days to see the resurrected Christ.
Scramble gospel art pictures on the floor. 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 then briefly review the picture explaining how it ties into Easter. Once the words are complete, share your testimony.
Hide candies covered with my He Is Risen wrappers (included in my Golden Easter kit) in Easter eggs around the room, putting only one word in each egg (you can do the same phrase multiple times in multiple eggs). Once your class figures out the saying, ask them why it matters. What is different today because Jesus Christ is resurrected?
Discuss the blessings we receive now because Jesus was resurrected as well as some of things we are able to do because Christ was resurrected. You can play a fun pictionary game as you do so. Hang the Because He Lives banner on the board then ask someone to come up and start drawing a blessing as a result of that statement. The person who guesses correctly gets to go first. If they have already drawn they can pick who goes next instead.
Let everyone draw! Give everyone a marker and spread out some butcher paper on the floor. Let everyone draw why they are thankful for Easter Sunday. Have everyone explain their artwork when they are done. Cut apart each person’s drawing to let them take it home.
Cut the Because He Lives sign into pieces and hide the pieces in eggs. Ask your class to find and assemble the puzzle. When it’s complete, ask them what they think it means. Then watch the Because He Lives video together and share your own testimony.
Looking for a great object lesson about the Atonement? I like the balloon idea from Latter-day Mommy.
Somewhat Simple also has a great Atonement object lesson with free printable handouts. Check it out!
For additional resources broken into categories, see my Easter resource page. It includes craft ideas, advents, hymns, and more.