Easter can be tricky. The commercial side of this sacred holiday can definitely get in the way of the true reason we celebrate. I wanted to come up with something that could keep the focus on Christ while still incorporating the tradition of an Easter Basket. Pinterest and Sugardoodle had some awesome resources. I used ideas from here and there and came up with some printable tags that can be attached to standard Easter basket items. In an ideal world, the family would look through their Easter baskets, reading the thoughts and marking scriptures as they go. In the real world, that may not happen. :) At the very least I hope these tags will remind our family members that Christ is the reason we celebrate Easter. I personally prefer to do the Easter Baskets and Egg Hunts on Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday. It doesn't always happen that way but when it does I can certainly tell a difference. Our Easter Sunday is more calm and peaceful.
The tags can be used for any of the following items:
Candy, chocolate bunnies, food, eggs, peeps, CTR rings, gum, water bottles/drinks, clothing, pictures of Christ, scripture markers, play dough, etc.
The PDF file has 4 pages with 4 tags on each sheet. The tags are meant to be cut out. You can print it on normal paper, cardstock, whatever you choose. I have typed gift ideas next to each tag in the corresponding color. These are just suggestions and are meant to be cut around not included with the tag!
Hopefully this his helpful for those of you like me, who struggle to make Easter traditions more Christ-Centered.
YW March Lesson #5
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"What Is The Resurrection?"
This lesson will be taught to our young women the last Sunday of March. However, I feel like this will be our Easter lesson. The outlines for April are on different topics. I loved preparing this lesson and I'm glad it's a few weeks before Easter so that I can truly prepare myself, my family and the YW for a Christ-centered Easter.
The resurrection is a topic I was very familiar with but I did not truly have a testimony of it until I lost my Father very suddenly 11 years ago. His death was an opportunity for me to study the resurrection and what a gift it truly is. A belief that we will be reunited with our loved ones makes the sting of death much easier to bear. Another facet of the resurrection that we may not think about is that the resurrection gives meaning to our lives. If we know we will live again after this mortal life we will try harder to accomplish important things while we are here. The resurrection gives us hope, meaning, and comfort.
The video I chose to show is a "Mormon Message" entitled "Sunday Will Come" I have added a link to the download above because it is not available to download from mormonchannel.org.
I also touched on the topic of having a focus on the Savior during the Easter holiday. I don't want to step on anyone's toes, all familie's traditions are different. I made mention of it because it was in the outline from lds.org and I think its a good reminder for all of us to keep our mind centered on the true reason for celebration.
The handout is very simple. I wanted it to be light, bright, and incorporate springtime. The message is also simple but profound. HE IS RISEN!
Have a wonderful lesson
YW March Lesson #4
This Power Point Covers:
Why Do I Need To Forgive Others?
I love this topic! It's a tough one! It's not always easy to forgive but this outline reminds us that if we want to be forgiven ourselves, we need to extend forgiveness to others. The story of the woman who was to be stoned for her sins is always a powerful one. I love the reminder that we should not cast stones unless we are sinless. Slides 5-8 list a scripture with questions to go along with it. You can either hand out the scriptures in advance and ask the girl who had the scripture to explain or read them together as a class. Slide 9 is the object lesson from lds.org. You let 1 girl or all the girls make a paper airplane. After they have thrown it once across the room, you tape a penny to one side. They try to throw it again and see that the penny weighs it down and makes it hard to fly. This is likened to holding a grudge. Once we let go of the grudge (remove the penny) we are able to fly again without the burden of anger/animosity.
Slides 13, 14, 15 list 3 stories from the scriptures. Each story is an example of forgiveness. There are also questions to go along with each story. My plan is to divide the girls into 3 groups and have them read the scriptures as a group and then have each of them share something they read with the class. The group can answer the questions or you can answer as a class.
Slide 27 lists 5 short scenarios where the girls can decide if the choice was judgmental or forgiving...these are pretty easy answers so I plan to have the girls restate the judgmental answers in a more forgiving way.
Slide 32 is a short self test from President Uchtdorf's talk in the outline. It is a good reminder to all of us! I will obviously have the girls answer in their minds not out loud. :)
The handout is simple but I feel the message is profound...let us be kind, put down our accusing stones and forgive. Let the love of God fill our hearts and wipe away our grudges, anger and hurt. If I add anything to it it will be "Sweetheart" candies or something similar. :)
I wanted to point out that ALL the information I include in my power points can be found on www.lds.org. The talks I used for this lesson include both from the lesson outline (President Hinckley's talk as well as President Uchtdorfs. I also used a lot of info front lesson #34 in the "Preparing for Exaltation Manual also available at lds.org)
Have a great lesson...
March Lesson #3
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How can repentance help me everyday?
In addition to the outline above this lesson also touches on "What is Grace." I felt like it was a necessary thing to explain when talking about repentance.
My goal with this lesson is to take away some of the fear that sometimes accompanies the thought of repentance. I want the girls to know that repentance is not just a one-time even but something we should use in our daily life! We all make mistakes, even that is part of the plan. Repentance is something that takes work but results in true joy. The relief we feel when we have truly repented and committed ourselves to change brings such a peace to our lives. That leads me to the object lesson...
www.Mormonshare.com has a ton of great object lessons! The one I chose is fairly simple. It talks about having 2 bags/totes with something heavy inside (think dumbbell, bag of sugar, canned food etc.) at one point during the lesson (I chose to do this on slide 23) you ask two girls to come up and put the heavy bag on their shoulder. You then continue on with the lesson. On slide 27 I ask the girls to remove the bags and to tell us how they feel. Hopefully removing that extra weight will bring them relief and we can liken that to repentance. When we sincerely repent we free ourselves from the burden of sin.
For a handout I wanted to touch on the fact that Satan will do his best to keep the girls from repenting. He will either whisper lies to them or distract them or some other tactic to keep them from seeking the Savior's help, thus "chipping away" at them. Our Savior allows us the opportunity to make a U-TURN. We can turn back towards the Lord and correct our course. If you want to give something along with the handout you can play off the "CHIP" in the quote. A small snack-size bag of chips is inexpensive or anything with chocolate chips would work too!
Thank you to all of you for checking back and using the ideas on this site. It makes my heart happy! ;)
**Please Note: Due to different versions of power point the slides may need to be adjusted after you download them. Please go through the power point before your lesson to make sure the pictures and the text are formatted correctly! I just opened a file I made using my laptop with my iPad and the font was different, colors were different and some of the pictures were in the wrong place. It may take a little tweeking! :)**
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