Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Week-day 7

So thankfully I got 10 hours of sleep last night, so I woke up feeling refreshed and energized. I was glad we did the whole Easter baskets and egg hunts yesterday. Today seemed slow and mellow so we could take our time to reflect upon everything we learned this week and our gratitude towards the Savior.
Song: Jesus is Risen
Scripture: John 20:1-18
GAK 234: Jesus Shows His Wounds
This activity I actually made up on my own (wow that is unheard of, I know). I called it "Learning the last week of Jesus Christ through our 5 Senses." First I blinded folded the girls. I let them FEEL things from our easter egg lesson: a stone, dice, dimes, a nail, a cross, a sponge, a cup. They liked guessing what the items were. I had the SMELL spices, soap, and vinegar. We talked about each item again and how it related to the last few days of Christ's life. We HEARD/LISTENED to several primary easter songs. We listened to the words and that they mentioned that Christ has risen and we talked about that. Then we SAW/WATCHED the Lamb of God video. The girls watched the whole thing and it was pleasing to me that they knew in advance the sequence of events that happened and really had sympathy for Christ when he was suffering. Sydney mentioned that in the video they forgot to show them giving Jesus vinegar. As far as TASTE goes, our last sense, we made "resurrection rolls." They were de-lish! You dunk a marshmallow in butter and dip it in a cinnamon/sugar mix and wrap that in a crescent roll and bake. The marshmallow represents Jesus. After you take it out of the oven and let cool, open the roll, and the marshmallow is gone (ie Christ is risen). Sydney thought this was some kind of magic trick. She loved it and I thought it was pretty cool too. So there are your 5 senses. During dinner we each bore our testimony of Christ.
Wow, this was a big endeavor for me--not so much the activities but actually doing them every night. Next year should be easier since I have everything planned out and I know what worked and didn't work. For example, I will not have the "last supper" activity on the same night I go to mutual and hopefully it won't be the same week that Jeff is leading meetings and is "dead unto me" all week. With all that being said, it was totally and utterly worth the planning, commitment, and execution (I sound like some kind of coach or something). It was fun for me. I enjoyed observing the enthusiasm of the kids with every activity. I also was happy when I realized that I was building their testimony of the Savior. I can't think of any greater work or purpose that I can do in life.
I can say that I know the atonement and resurrection happened. I know that Christ lives. He is my friend and I love him for everything he endured, I love him for the example he set, I love him because he loves me. I'm grateful that I know these things are true and because I know they are true I also know that the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church on this earth today and I know that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. I believe Pres. Monson is a modern day prophet. I believe that families can be together forever. I also know and believe that through repentance I can return and live with my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
If you incorporated any of my ideas into your Easter celebration that is great. I hope that my written experiences perhaps enlightened you at the very least.


trimarie said...

Great ideas for anyone with kids, Lauren. Good job! Give the kids an Easter hug for me. :)

Anonymous said...

What wonderful activities for your children. You and Jeff are great examples! i was deeply touched t0 read your testimony! XO

Grandpa Tim said...

Lauren Sweetheart, What an unbelievably creative way to teach the topic for the age of your kids. You are always so inspired in how you mother your children. Your testimony shows in action by the effort and creativity you put into teaching my eternal grandchildren. I couldn’t be happier. It just makes me love you and respect you all the more. I will never forget the day in the parking lot of the MTC sensing what a grand soul you were and that I wanted your celestial spirit in my family.

After all I have been through my testimony of the Atonement and the Savior’s love is infinitely stronger than it was 20 years ago. Sometimes I feel like I am literally going to explode with gratitude for Him. He literally saved my eternal life. And I love Him with an eternal love. It makes me so happy because I can be with you and Sydney, Jordyn, Levi, and Jeff for eternity. Families are Forever. Thank you Lauren for all you do to make it so.