Thursday, March 25, 2010

Easter ideas

A couple of weeks ago, DH and I spoke in church about Easter. Lucky for me, I was only supposed to take a few minutes and leave him the rest of the time. :) hehe That's my kind of talk! Anyway, I found some great ideas on the website for how to make Easter more meaningful for our kids and families. Here are the ideas I found:

• Make an “arrangement” with the Easter Bunny to come and hide eggs the day before Easter, so that Sunday is a day to concentrate on the spiritual aspects of the holiday.

• Make a commitment to read scriptures about the Savior every day the month before Easter, particularly the Gospels and 3 Nephi. [3 Ne.]

• With the approval of your bishop and ward music director prepare an appropriate musical number to be presented on Easter Sunday in sacrament meeting.

• Hold a special family testimony meeting on Easter Sunday.

• Watch the sunrise on Easter morning. Think about the beauty of the Earth and the sacrifices of its Creator.

• During the sacrament, make a concerted effort to worship the Savior and Heavenly Father.

• Make a list of the ways the Atonement affects your life. Put the list in your journal and review it often.

• Prepare a family home evening lesson on the atonement of the Savior and give it the week before Easter. **i like this one

• Give each member of your family a small picture of the Savior on Easter morning. Write a small note or your favorite scripture on the back. **i REALLY like this one

• Read conference addresses given by General Authorities on the life of the Savior.

• Make sure your clothes are clean and ironed for church the day before Easter, so that Sunday morning will be calm and peaceful at your house.

• Check out a video from your meetinghouse library that contains the gospel of Luke. The New Media Bible Series gives a particularly good account.

• During each day of the week preceding Easter, read about what Christ did that day. **also REALLY like this one

• Instead of buying new clothes for Easter, give some of your money to someone who can really use it—a needy family or a local charity.

• Memorize a new scripture about the life of the Savior.

Here are some suggestions:

· Luke 22:44

· John 6:51

· 1 Peter 2:21 [1 Pet. 2:21]

· 1 Nephi 11:33 [1 Ne. 11:33]

· 2 Nephi 2:7 [2 Ne. 2:7]

· Mosiah 26:23

· John 10:17

· Romans 6:9 [Rom. 6:9]

· Alma 11:42

· Mormon 7:5 [Morm. 7:5]

I also liked this idea from How Does She? She has 4 different lists of questions to ask your family at the dinner table, you know, to stimulate conversation if you need to. There are some fun questions on these lists, so here is the link in case anyone is interested

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