Easter Traditions & Christ’s last week

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Why do we have the Easter traditions that we generally all participate in year-after-year? Where did th
ese traditions start and what do they symbolize?

For Family Home Evening tonight we are going to discuss and learn about the Easter Traditions in preparation for Easter weekend. We will also learn about the events of this week.

Opening Song: “I Believe in Christ” Hymn #134

For Little Ones: We suggest the very simple lesson for little ones in the nursery manual, Behold Your Little Ones. Here is the link for the Easter lesson.

Christ’s last week of His mortal ministry: Excerpts from Church leaders on the events of this last week.


Palm Sunday~ Palm Sunday is the anniversary of that momentous occasion nearly two thousand years ago when Jesus of Nazareth, the very Son of God himself, began the ultimate declaration of his divinity and entered the holy city of Jerusalem as the promised Messiah that he was.

Riding on a young donkey in fulfillment of Zechariah’s ancient prophecy (see Zech. 9:9), he approached the temple on a path that the jubilant crowd lined for him with palm leaves, flowering branches, and some of their own garments, thus carpeting the way properly for the passing of a king. He was their king; these were his subjects. “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they shouted. “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.” (Matt. 21:9.)

Of course, that path so lovingly lined was soon to lead to an upper room and then to Gethsemane. (“Jesus, The Very Thought of Thee”, President Howard W. Hunter, Ensign: May 1993)

Passover & Last Supper (Tuesday)~

It began with the Paschal supper, or the Passover meal. Jesus made preparations for this meal in “a large upper room.” (Luke 22:12.) This Passover would officially close the requirement of animal sacrifices.

As Jesus and the Twelve Apostles entered the guest chamber in the upper room, the roasted lamb, unleavened cakes, bitter herbs, and dish with vinegar were prepared and ready.

Jesus presided at this meal. That was significant because as the One who took the place of the family patriarch, He made a last symbolic sacrifice in preparation for the real sacrifice that He later offered. He understood this; the Apostles did not. By celebrating the Passover feast, He gave His endorsement to all those similitude, signs, and tokens of the past millennia that had prefigured His great sacrifice.

Significant, too, is the fact that the Son of God commenced His earthly ministry with an ordinance—baptism—and ended His ministry with an ordinance—the sacrament. Both bore record of His death, burial, and resurrection. (“Remembering the Savior’s Atonement”, Elder David B. Haight, Ensign, April 1988)


Atonement (Garden of Gethsemane)~

For children: Garden of Gethsemane story

Elder James E. Talmage

“Christ’s agony in the garden is unfathomable by the finite mind, both as to intensity and cause. … It was not physical pain, nor mental anguish alone, that caused Him to suffer such torture as to produce an extrusion of blood from every pore; but a spiritual agony of soul such as only God was capable of experiencing. No other man, however great his powers of physical or mental endurance, could have suffered so; for his human organism would have succumbed, and syncope would have produced unconsciousness and welcome oblivion. In that hour of anguish Christ met and overcame all the horrors that Satan, ‘the prince of this world’ could inflict. …

“In some manner, actual and terribly real though to man incomprehensible, the Savior took upon Himself the burden of the sins of mankind from Adam to the end of the world” (Jesus the Christ, 613).

Calvary & The

Crucifixion(Friday)~

Elder James E. Talmage

“It seems, that in addition to the fearful suffering incident to crucifixion, the agony of Gethsemane had recurred, intensified beyond human power to endure. In that bitterest hour the dying Christ was alone, alone in most terrible reality. That the supreme sacrifice of the Son might be consummated in all its fulness, the Father seems to have withdrawn the support of His immediate Presence, leaving to the Savior of men the glory of complete victory over the forces of sin and death. …

“The period of faintness, the conception of utter forsakenness soon passed, and the natural cravings of the body reasserted themselves. The maddening thirst, which constituted one of the worst of the crucifixion agonies, wrung from the Savior’s lips His one recorded utterance expressive of physical suffering. ‘I thirst’ [John 19:28], He said. One of those who stood by, whether Roman or Jew, disciple or skeptic, we are not told, hastily saturated a sponge with vinegar, a vessel of which was at hand, and having fastened the sponge to the end of a reed, or stalk of hyssop, pressed it to the Lord’s fevered lips. …

“Fully realizing that He was no longer forsaken, but that His atoning sacrifice had been accepted by the Father, and that His mission in the flesh had been carried to glorious consummation, He exclaimed in a loud voice of holy triumph: ‘It is finished’ [John 19:30]. In reverence, resignation, and relief, He addressed the Father saying: ‘Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit’ [Luke 23:46]. He bowed His head, and voluntarily gave up His life.

“Jesus the Christ was dead. His life had not been taken from Him except as He had willed to permit. Sweet and welcome as would have been the relief of death in any of the earlier stages of His suffering from Gethsemane to the cross, He lived until all things were accomplished as had been appointed” (Jesus the Christ, 661–62).


Resurrection Sunday~

President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985)

“Only a God could bring about this miracle of resurrection. As a teacher of righteousness, Jesus could inspire souls to goodness; as a prophet, he could foreshadow the future; as an intelligent leader of men, he could organize a church; and as a possessor and magnifier of the priesthood, he could heal the sick, give sight to the blind, even raise other dead; but only as a God could he raise himself from the tomb, overcome death permanently, and bring incorruption in place of corruption, and replace mortality with immortality. …

“No human hands had been at work to remove the sealed door nor to resuscitate nor restore. No magician nor sorcerer had invaded the precincts to work his cures; not even the priesthood, exercised by another, had been brought in use to heal, but the God who had purposefully and intentionally laid down his life had, by the power of his godhead, taken up his life again. … The spirit which had been by him commended to his Father in Heaven from the cross, and which, according to his later reports, had been to the spirit world, had returned and, ignoring the impenetrable walls of the sepulcher, had entered the place, re-entered the body, had caused the stone door to be rolled away, and walked in life again, with his body changed to immortality, incorruptible—his every faculty keen and alert.

“Unexplainable? Yes! And not understandable—but incontestable. More than 500 unimpeachable witnesses had contact with him. They walked with him, talked with him, ate with him, felt the flesh of his body and saw the wounds in his side and feet and hands; discussed with him the program which had been common to them, and him; and, by many infallible proofs knew and testified that he was risen, and that that last and most dreaded enemy, death, had been overcome. …

“And so we bear testimony that the being who created the earth and its contents, who made numerous appearances upon the earth prior to his birth in Bethlehem, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is resurrected and immortal, and that this great boon of resurrection and immortality becomes now, through our Redeemer, the heritage of mankind” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball [1982], 17–18).


Easter Traditions Trivia~
The
Easter Bunny is not a modern invention. The symbol originated with the pagan festival of Eastre. The goddess, Eastre, was worshiped by the Anglo-Saxons through her earthly symbol, the rabbit.

The Germans brought the symbol of the Easter rabbit to America. It was widely ignored by other Christians until shortly after the Civil War. In fact, Easter itself was not widely celebrated in America until after that time.

The Easter Egg

As with the Easter Bunny and the holiday itself, theEaster egg predates the Christian holiday of Easter. The exchange of eggs in the springtime is a custom that was centuries old when Easter was first celebrated by Christians.

From the earliest times, the egg was a symbol of rebirth in most cultures. Eggs were often wrapped in gold leaf or, if you were a peasant, colored brightly by boiling them with the leaves or petals of certain flowers. Today, children hunt colored eggs and place them in Easter baskets along with the modern version of real Easter eggs — those made of plastic or chocolate candy.

(From http://wilstar.com/holidays/easter.htm)

Activity~ Dye Easter eggs and have a Easter egg hunt.

Treat~

ResurrectionRollsLarge Resurrection Rolls~

Servings: 12
Skills: Beginning
Prep Time: 10 min (not including thaw time)
Bake Time: 15 min

Ingredients

  1. 12 Rhodes Texas™ Rolls, thawed but still cold
  2. 12 jumbo marshmallows
  3. 1/4 cup butter, melted
  4. 1/4 cup sugar
  5. 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions

    1. In a small bowl combine cinnamon and sugar.
    2. Roll out each roll into a 5 inch circle.
    3. Dip a marshmallow in butter and then in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
    4. Place one marshmallow in the center of each 5 inch circle.
    5. Fold each side of the circle over the marshmallow, and pinch together to close.
    6. Place on a sprayed baking sheet, with the seam facing down.
    7. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap, and allow to double in size.
    8. Remove wrap and bake at 350°F for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

 

Notes:

*For those of you who are interested in the symbolism of Resurrection Rolls* Marshmallow – the body of Jesus Melted Butter – the oils for embalming Cinnamon/Sugar mixture – spices used to anoint the body Roll- the wrapping of Jesus’ body Oven – the tomb Cavity in roll – the empty tomb after Jesus has risen.

Photo and recipe credits for Resurrection Rolls: RhodesBread.com.

 

Easter cup cakes

Makes 24 (1 cupcake) servings.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS

1 package (18 1/4 ounces) white cake mix

1 container (16 ounces) vanilla frosting

Flaked coconut (about 1 cup for each desired color)

McCormick® Assorted Food Colors and Egg Dye or McCormick® Assorted NEON! Food Colors and Egg Dye

Candies for decorating, such as jelly beans or gum drops (optional)

DIRECTIONS

1. Prepare and bake cake mix as directed on package for cupcakes. Cool on wire racks. Frost cupcakes.

2. Place coconut in large resealable plastic bag. Squeeze food color into coconut (use 5 to 6 drops desired food color to 1 cup coconut). Shake until color is evenly distributed.

3. Sprinkle frosted cupcakes with tinted coconut. Decorate as desired with candies.


Our last thoughts: We hope that you have enjoyed the selection of talks and other works for this lesson on Easter week.

Be sure to check out all the links for the excerpts for more on the incredible talks on these great events. All that we posted, doesn’t even give these sacred topics justice.

Challenge yourself, family or FHE groups/wards to study these topics throughout this week in preparation for Easter Sunday.

Share your thoughts with us by leaving comments below.



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General Conference Review Family Home Evening

“General Conference Review Family Home Evening”

 

 
Purpose: To reinforce some of the topics that each person learned from watching/attending General Conference.

Hymn: “Teach me to Walk in the Light”

Scripture: Doctrine & Covenants 19:23

Lesson: Twice each year we are able to gather as a world-wide church and listen to the prophet of the Lord and his Holy Apostles. In each conference session we are filled with knowledge, help and inspiration to make better choices, live better lives, be kinder people and to be true followers of Christ.

We have been taught to study the teachings of the church leaders often. They are indeed our living scriptures today. We are likewise counseled to continually to study from the ancient prophets in the Holy Bible, Book of Mormon and of course the latter-day revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price.

The teachings and principles that we learn during conference help each of us in our day. How are we taking these teachings into our lives? Who are these men and women giving these talks?

Activity:

1– Take a few minutes and talk about some of the things that were taught in this past conference that stuck out to you. If you didn’t have the opportunity to view conference, choose a session and talk online here! Each session (including Relief Society General/Young Women meeting and the Priesthood session) are all available online.

2- Name all those in the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve. If available, use or print individual photos of each leader, then write their names on other pieces of paper, tear individually and play a name/face matching game.

3- Write down 2-3 goals that you want to improve on from something you learned during General Conference. Post these goals somewhere where you can see them every day. Remember– it’s not a goal if it isn’t written down— it’s just a thought.

Treat:

Best Peanut Butter Cookies EVER!

Easy, 6-Ingredients to heaven!

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FHE: General Conference Preparation

General_Conference_The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter_day_Saints_Family_Home_Evening copyPreparing our Family for General Conference
 
Purpose: We meet two time a year as a world-wide church to listen to the counsel and instructions from our Prophet and other church leaders. With the help of technology many families gather together in their own homes and listen and watch General Conference. This Family Home Evening lesson will help prepare your family and our minds for the upcoming sessions of conference. 

Materials Needed: Blankets, chairs, scriptures, primary CD w/ player or link to the hymn below.

Create a blanket tent in your living room- or pitch a tent outdoors for this lesson. Allow the children to sit inside the tent during the lesson, with an opening towards the teacher.
Scripture:Mosiah 2:5,6 
 
 
Lesson: 
 
In Mosiah, we learn that the people gathered together in their families to listen to their “conference” held by their prophet, King Benjamin. In the scripture, we learn that they pitched their tent doors facing the temple so that they could hear the words of the prophet. 
 
Our “tent doors” can be our hearts and our ears. 
 
You can create a proper atmosphere for General Conference in your home by preparing each member with what will be expected of them during the conference weekend. 
 
Saturday Session: Some families choose to treat the Saturday day of conference as an extra Sabbath Day where you attend all meetings (but, you can still run your errands in between). That is sports and other activities that are normally planned on Saturdays are put off during this special day. Also plan to get all household chores done before Saturday so that won’t interrupt the day. (See discussion topic below)
 
You can plan for a family picnic in between sessions or family dinners and gather to discuss the lessons each of your learned during conference. Each person hears something someone else may have missed. In addition, discussing the principles learned helps you retain the teachings better. 
 
Decide what works best for your family. The most important part is creating a sense of reverence during the sessions. 
 
Discussion:
 
What can our family do to prepare for General Conference?
 
What are some ways we can lighten our load on Saturday to spend our time listening and watching conference?
 
Why is General Conference so important?
 
Activity: Create A Lesson Board
Materials Needed:  (see example below)
Poster-board (small sizes, like a packet of the quarter sheets works best)
Photos of General Autorities
Markers
Create your lesson board by separating the poster into different sections. Cut out photos of the General Authorities, Auxiliary leaders and so forth in preparation for the talks. While you’re watching General Conference, glue or tape the speakers in order that they speak. In the section beside them, write down what you learn from their talks. You will also most likely need a few copies of the First Presidency photos.
Place the posters in a place where the family can view them over the week following General Conference.

General Conference Coloring Pages & Activities for Children (from LDS.org)

1. General Conference Notebook
2. Conference Squares
3. Conference Coloring
4. Conference Hidden Pictures
5. Children’s Web site
And more…

General Conference Follow-Up Lesson: Be sure to check back next week for the General Conference In Review FHE Lesson!

Treat:  
 

Biscuit Treasures

  • 1 can refrigerated biscuit dough
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • Jam or jelly (optional)

Take the biscuits out of the cardboard tube. Separate and flatten each biscuit individually on a cutting board, using your hand, a rolling pin, or the side of a straight drinking glass. In the center of each biscuit put a small dollop (about a measuring teaspoon) of butter. On top of that, put a teaspoon of sugar, followed by a sprinkling of cinnamon. If you prefer, you can use a teaspoon of jam or jelly instead of the sugar and cinnamon.


Tightly pinch together the edges of the biscuits so that the filling won’t leak out. Put the biscuit pouches on a cookie sheet and bake according to the directions on the biscuit can. Serves 4 to 6.


(Clark L. and Kathryn H. Kidd,
52 Weeks of Recipes for Students, Missionaries, and Nervous Cooks, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2007], p. 90.)

Find the Cutes – Kickstarter Family-friendly activity

The_Cutes_Kickstarter_Title_page Help Support Family-friendly Activity Book – “Find the Cutes” 

We wanted to help spread the message about this wonderful family activity book that has just launched on Kickstarter! Here is all the information about this new book series.

Reasons to buy this book:
The world market is flooded with numerous children’s books, so if we wanted to make it big, we knew our book had to stand out. It had to have that extra something that makes you want it and be impressed with it, so that you recommend it to others personally and in reviews. You need to feel your money was worth it. So why buy “Find the Cutes – Playtime?” Because it’s not a regular children’s book.

- It keeps you and your children entertained for hours.
- The illustrations look beautiful.
- It’s cute and funny.
- It’s educational.

What is “Find the Cutes – Playtime” all about?
Children are creative. They have a huge imagination. In society today, despite all the technology and opportunities, the greatest happiness is often found in the home. Children give families that extra enthusiastic energy. “Find the Cutes – Playtime” is based on that concept. It sparks the imagination, stimulates dialogue without words, educates, entertains, and inspires.

Who are the Cutes?

The_Cutes_Kickstarter_Kids

The Cutes are a family. Their last name is “Cute” and all the kids’ names start with a “C”: Carissa, Chaz, Cade, Cammy, and Cindy. The story is based on the “second-mom” phenomenon: As the oldest daughter you sometimes get to babysit your younger siblings a lot. That’s how it can work in bigger families. In every illustration I tried to show their innocence and playfulness.

What inspired you as an illustrator?
As a child, I was much intrigued by search books. I spent hours looking for the right characters and objects on every page. But I discovered there weren’t that many different ones out there. Over the years, I developed a unique cartoon style that I was able to use for several companies and assignments. Together with my ideas and the concept of a search book, my wife (then girlfriend) and I came up with a search book and a fun family as the main characters.

How did you come up with each page, and how long did it take to draw them?
Before each page, I brainstorm about as many creative, funny things that could happen. For example, I divided the Birthday Party page into section of balloons, ball pit, presents, etc. Children can be very silly. So I think of what they’d do with a balloon, like rubbing it over their hair, letting it go into the air, binding it to their ears, popping it, etc. Each page took almost 100 hours to sketch, draw, color on the computer, etc. Each person is hand-drawn and colored in Photoshop. My wife, Celestial, did most of the storytelling. The whole book took 1 year to finish. Some drawings are based on real events. Sometimes something funny that happened in our lives, comes back in the drawings. For instance, when I was dating my wife, we both took a bite of the same huge hotdog at the same time. So in the Swimming Pool page, I drew a boy and a girl eating a hotdog at the same time.

The_Cutes_Kickstarter_soccerWho is the book for?
Children ages 3 and up. Adults could enjoy it too. With 12 pages of things to search for, kids could be entertained for hours. Not only are we going to make a book, but we are planning on making it a tablet game for the ipad, kindle, and other devices. That will be a stretch goal if we make it.

The_Cutes_KickstarterAre you on social media?
We have a website, www.findthecutes.com, which will be the means of selling our book once it’s updated with a payment system. We are also on Facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest, Twitter, and Tumblr. Feel free to look us up and follow us.

Are you going to make a sequel?
Yes. We are planning on an entire series of 10 books The next book will be called “Find the Cutes – Festival Fun” and will have fun search pages about Christmas, Easter, and Halloween, but also about the Tomato Festival in Spain, Songkran in Thailand, and Sinterklaas in the Netherlands. It will also have 12 pages and a storyline. We already started working on it.

When will it be available?
The book is completed, so we now have a Kickstarter campaign from March 1st until March 31st. You can sponsor/back our project in those 30 days and get discounts that way. We are getting the website www.findthecutes.com ready for ordering, so we are in the process of getting the book printed and attaching a payment system to the website. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions at findthecutes@gmail.com or personally to my account at vincentnoot@gmail.com.

The Authors:

The_Cutes_Kickstarter_Author  Vincent & Celestial Snoot

  Kickstarter Campaign- Click to Support Here

Quick and Easy 5 Ingredient Peach Cobbler

This is one of my FAVORITE desserts and while I was in college, I came across this amazingly easy recipe for delicious homemade peach cobbler that can be done when dutch oven isn’t an option! It’s also a fantastically delicious dessert to have when you need to make a quick treat and not many ingredients around.

Pre-heat oven at 350-degrees.

Ingredients Needed:

Two cans of sliced peaches (you may want to drain a portion of the syrup to cut on sugar. You can also use any mix of fruit you want)

One box of yellow cake mix

2 sticks of butter (melted) (you can also cut down to 1 1/2 stick of butter)

Cinnamon

Brown sugar

Instructions:  (combine all ingredients in a 9 x 13, ungreased pan)

Step #1: Pour both cans of peaches into bottom of the pan

sliced peaches

 

 

 

 

 

Step #2: Pour the bag of cake mix over all of the peaches.

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Step #3: Drizzle melted butter over the cake mix.

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Step #4: Sprinkle cinnamon over the top of the cake mix. Use as much or as little as your taste buds desire.

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Step #5: Sprinkle brown sugar over to top of mixture, as desired.

Brown Sugar

 

 

 

 

Bake for 30-35 minutes. Serve warm alone or with vanilla ice-cream!

If you need to make a dessert to take over to a friend, neighbor or family member, you can use a tin baking pan and leave them the goodness without having to wait for your pan to return home!