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Our Savior and Redeemer

“Our Savior and Redeemer,” Friend, Apr 1999, 39

I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live (John 11:25).

Knowing that the end of His life was near, Jesus Christ led His Apostles to the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives. He told them, “Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder” (Matt. 26:36). Then, after He left them and kneeled to pray, He suffered great pain for our sins. The pain was so great that He pleaded, “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

“And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.

“And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” (Luke 22:42–44.)

Later that night, one of the Savior’s Apostles, Judas, betrayed Him by leading a group of His enemies to Him. Jesus was arrested, unfairly tried, and nailed to a cross. (See John 18:3–5; John 19:1–18.)

After hanging on the cross for six hours and enduring intense pain, the Savior said, “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46). Then He bowed His head and died.

Jesus Christ’s body was taken to a borrowed tomb, where it was wrapped in white linens and tenderly laid inside. A large stone was rolled in front of the entrance, and soldiers were ordered to stand guard. For two days His body lay in the tomb, and the soldiers kept watch. (See Matt. 27:57–66.)

Then before the morning sun of the third day, “there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door. …

“And for fear of him the keepers [guards] did shake, and became as dead men.” (Matt. 28:2, 4.)

When Mary Magdalene and Mary came to visit the tomb that morning, the angel “said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

“He is not here: for he is risen.” (Matt. 28:5–6.) The Savior was not there because He had been resurrected and He was about His Father’s business.

Heavenly Father sent His Son Jesus Christ to earth to save us from our sins. If we repent of what we have done wrong, we will be forgiven because of the atoning sacrifice of the Savior. And, like the Savior, we will all be resurrected someday.

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My Story of Jesus

By Janet Porter

If ye love me, keep my commandments (John 14:15).

Janet Porter, “My Story of Jesus,” Friend, Apr. 1999, 28–29

(Note: These pages are to be added to the “My Story of Jesus” book, Friend, March 1999, pages 18 and 19.)

Instructions: Carefully remove pages 28 and 29 from the magazine and mount (glue) them on lightweight cardboard. Cut out each booklet page, and punch the holes where indicated. (Optional: cover with clear, self-sticking paper, or put into plastic sandwich bags.) Put the pages in order, then add them to the back of the book you started last month. Use this book to tell the story of Jesus Christ to yourself, to your family, or to help you remember Him during the passing of the sacrament.

Illustrated by Jerry Harston

8 At the Last Supper, Jesus administered (blessed) the sacrament.

9 In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed, “Thy will be done.”

10 Jesus was crucified.

11 Jesus was buried in a tomb.

12 But on the third day He arose!

13 After His resurrection, Jesus visited with many people.

14 Did Jesus really live again after He had died? Oh, yes! And because He did, so shall we!

15 Jesus has asked that I remember Him and keep His commandments. I can do that for Him.

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Remembering Jesus Christ

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Easter Ideas from childern

Easter Kindness

Kymora S., age 6, Wyoming

One Easter my family and I went to an Easter egg hunt. I was so excited because I had found so many eggs. My basket was full! Then I saw my friend. She only had a few eggs. She had hoped to find more. I thought it would be nice to give her some of my eggs. I felt glad I was able to share with her. I know I can be like Jesus by sharing and being kind.

Easter Invitation

Brilynn E., age 9, Arizona

A girl in my class wasn’t a member of the Church. Our Easter pageant was coming up, so I gave her an invitation. Her family went to the pageant. The next day when I went to school, she said her family had a good time. I felt a warm feeling in my heart for inviting them.

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Family Easter Traditions

Family Easter Traditions

By Ann H. Banks


“Stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught.” (2 Thes. 2:15.)

“Easter is a sacred day, a day of thanksgiving and divine worship,” President David O. McKay once said. “It is not a day just for rejoicing because of the opening of springtime, not merely an opportunity to display beautiful hats and fine clothing—it is an occasion for the expression of gratitude to God for having sent His Only Begotten Son into the world to be ‘the way, the truth, the life.’”

Creating and holding onto Easter activities that reflect President McKay’s words is a challenge for all Latter-day Saint families. Such traditions can not only effectively teach gospel principles and serve to strengthen testimonies, but can also help create an atmosphere in which family members gain self-esteem—thus helping build strong family relationships.

At this sacred time of the year, gospel-centered family activities should take precedence over the Easter Bunny, colored eggs, baskets, baby chicks, candy, special meals, and new clothes. On Easter Sunday, for example, Brother and Sister Douglas have their seven children ponder the question “What does Jesus mean to me?” It is a quiet morning, and at the end of the time allotted, they share their thoughts. Easter morning is a spiritual experience in this home, one the children remember.

It sometimes takes courage to establish worthy Easter traditions, says the mother of one young family: “For as long as I can remember, Easter had been a weekend of camping with my husband’s nonmember family. But as our testimonies grew we knew we had to change our Easter activities. Because of our love of the Savior and our desire to be obedient, we decided to forego the weekends of softball and family fun for the peace and comfort of celebrating Easter Sunday in a more spiritual way. Our children see our example of faithfulness when we pack up early to go home for Sunday. They realize it is our Easter tradition to attend Church, and we have received blessings because of it.”

In order to make Easter a day of divine worship, many families begin to prepare a week ahead. They feel the family home evening prior to Easter Sunday is especially important in helping them prepare for and understand the significance of Easter. They draw from Easter lessons found in the family home evening manuals. (See manuals for 1976–77, pp. 107–9; 1977–78, pp. 29–32; 1978–79, pp. 45–46; 1979–80, pp. 88–90, 93–95; 1982, pp. 55–58.)

“My parents are firm believers in family councils,” says one LDS teenager. “My dad sometimes jokes and calls them summit meetings. We meet together when things get fouled up or when something really neat happens. My parents let us discuss what we think we should do about problems, and they let us decide what we want to do for vacations and holidays. We always talk about our activities, but sometimes I know it’s the way they ask questions that makes us think. One Easter they asked, ‘What would Jesus have you do?’”

Giving children an opportunity to choose their activities gives the traditions added interest. Children are more likely to embrace an activity if they help choose it.

Family prayer is given additional emphasis in many families the week before Easter, with more than usual attention given to thanks for Jesus’ love, his sacrifice, the Atonement, and the Resurrection. The members of one family set personal goals for a particular virtue they wish to achieve. Each person strives throughout the week to achieve his goal and to have a “perfect day” on Easter.

The “show love tradition” is also observed in many LDS homes both at Christmas and at Easter. After discussing the great love of Jesus, family members make a special effort during the week to show the love they have for one another.

In a Sunday lesson prior to Easter, a Blazer teacher challenged his class to “do something special for someone, something not expected of you. In this way,” he explained, “you can show your love and appreciation to Jesus for all he has done for us.” The teacher then gave each class member a card that read: “I will make this a something special Easter by (name of activity) for (name of recipient). Signed__________.”

He instructed the class to fill in the blanks, to carry out their service, and then to sign the card. The Blazer class responded to the teacher’s challenge with extra chores done, messages of love delivered, kindness demonstrated.

The idea of doing something special for someone inspired the teacher so much that he took the challenge home to his family and discussed with them how to use it to celebrate Easter more meaningfully. They decided to visit a widower on their block, a man they had been meaning to visit for some time. When they arrived on Saturday morning with a basket of homemade cookies and colored eggs, they saw that he needed their assistance in several ways. With their renewed commitment to do good, there came an awareness of others’ needs. Their Easter service project became a family tradition and left a long-lasting impression of the joy it brings to serve others.

Taking an Easter flower to grandma and grandpa is a tradition shared by many. Some families go even further and use Easter as a reason to visit the elderly and others with a bouquet of spring flowers.

Holiday traditions in Bishop Darwin Thomas’s family are rich with music. Sister Thomas teaches singing, and the five children often sing in performing groups. At Easter the children have the opportunity to choose a favorite Easter song. Among those the older children like are the hymns “There Is a Green Hill Far Away” (no. 201) and “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” (no. 10). The small children often choose “Jesus Has Risen” from Sing With Me (F–17).

Family bulletin boards are an important tradition in the Anthony Christensen home. Each child has a bulletin board in his bedroom. There is also one in the hall, one in the kitchen, and one in the playroom. At Easter time the board in the playroom is divided into two sections. On one side is a picture of an Easter basket and on the other a picture of Jesus. Underneath are the words: “What is the true meaning of Easter?”

Mrs. Grant Atkin, a mother of small children, finds that having the children’s Sunday activities centered around what they call their “Sunday study table” helps the children to be appropriately occupied. Paper, crayons, paste, and scissors are provided for creative activities. At Easter the young children color pictures that tell the story of the Resurrection.

Many families find scripture reading time the best opportunity to discuss the important Easter events. Some scriptures to study the week before and then discuss on Easter are Matthew 28:1–20 [Matt. 28:1–20]; Mark 15:42–47; Mark 16:1–20; Luke 23:50–56; Luke 24:1–53; John 19:38–42; John 21:1–25; and 3 Nephi 8:5–7, 17–18, 20–22 [3 Ne. 8:5–7, 17–18, 20–22].

Food is often the center of traditions. However, many families wish to keep cooking and clean-up on Sunday at a minimum. They still enjoy the traditional dishes to which they have become accustomed, but much of it is prepared in advance.

One family would meet at the grandparents’ home for dinner. After the meal, the grandmother would ask the children the meaning of Easter. The first Easter after she died, the family met for the traditional dinner, and after the meal an older child asked, “Aren’t you going to ask us the meaning of Easter?” He had been anticipating his answer to the question asked by his grandmother.

The father who stood at the kitchen table one Easter morning to express his feelings also began a family tradition. He told his family how grateful he was for Christ’s sacrifice and how happy he was they could be resurrected. The father conveyed a sincere and powerful message to his family. Each year thereafter he or another member of the family would bear a testimony to the family about the meaning of Easter to them.

Another father uses holidays, birthdays, Christmas, and Easter to hold special interviews with each member of his family during which they talk about their feelings for Jesus. The children in this family look forward to this holiday tradition with eagerness.

Colored eggs, baby chicks, tasty food, and new clothes may be symbolic of new life. But focusing our attention on our Savior and his gifts of life through the Resurrection and the possibility for eternal life through his Atonement is the best way to make Easter a day of “divine worship” and to establish gospel-centered family activities worthy of this sacred day.

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Mary at the Tomb

Illustration by Apryl Stott

Mary at the tomb

Jesus Christ Made It Possible for Me to Live with My Heavenly Father Again.

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