Let the children share with you what they know about the reason we celebrate Easter. Ask them what their families do to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ at Easter time. Or let them share what they are learning about Jesus Christ at home and in the scriptures.
As you teach the children about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Doctrine and Covenants 138:11–17 can help you explain what it means to be resurrected. These verses can also help build their faith that they will be resurrected someday.
One way to help the children strengthen their faith in the Savior is to share with them Joseph Smith’s testimony: “He lives! For we saw him, even on the right hand of God” (Doctrine and Covenants 76:22–23).
April 3, 1836, was Easter Sunday. After helping administer the sacrament to Saints gathered in the newly dedicated
Kirtland Temple, Joseph Smith
and Oliver Cowdery
found a quiet place behind a veil in the temple and bowed in silent prayer. Then, on this sacred day when Christians everywhere were commemorating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
, the risen Savior Himself appeared in His temple
, declaring, “I am he who liveth, I am he who was slain” (Doctrine and Covenants 110:4).
What does it mean to say that Jesus Christ is “he who liveth”?
It doesn’t just mean that He rose from the tomb on the third day and appeared to His Galilean disciples. It means that He lives today. He speaks through prophets today. He leads His Church today. He heals wounded souls and broken hearts today. So we can echo the words of Joseph Smith’s powerful testimony: “After the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony … which we give of him: That he lives!” (Doctrine and Covenants 76:22). We can hear His voice in these revelations. We can witness His hand in our lives. And we can each feel “the joy this sentence gives: ‘I know that my Redeemer lives!’” (Hymns, no. 136).
The First Easter
Save. Read the story with the children. At the appropriate places, help the children fill in the words represented by the pictures. Let the children color the pictures. Encourage the children to take it home an share it with their families.
Help the children think of something they can do to tell other people—especially their family members—what Jesus Christ has done for us. The next time you meet, ask them to share with you what they did.
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