John 11:25 “25. I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believe in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live”
I Know That My Redeemer Lives #136 Hymn Book
I know that my Redeemer lives.What comfort this sweet sentence gives!He lives, he lives, who once was dead.He lives, my ever-living Head.He lives to bless me with his love.He lives to plead for me above.He lives my hungry soul to feed.He lives to bless in time of need.
He lives to grant me rich supply.He lives to guide me with his eye.He lives to comfort me when faint.He lives to hear my soul’s complaint.He lives to silence all my fears.He lives to wipe away my tears.He lives to calm my troubled heart.He lives all blessings to impart.
He lives, my kind, wise heavenly Friend.He lives and loves me to the end.He lives, and while he lives, I’ll sing.He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.He lives and grants me daily breath.He lives, and I shall conquer death.He lives my mansion to prepare.He lives to bring me safely there.
He lives! All glory to his name!He lives, my Savior, still the same.Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:“I know that my Redeemer lives!”He lives! All glory to his name!He lives, my Savior, still the same.Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:“I know that my Redeemer lives!”
*For Younger Children* Read or share My Brother and the Resurrection and discuss what Jesus means to you and who you look forward to seeing in the next life. Michelle stood up in front of the entire Primary, not sure if she was ready to do this. In Primary during the month of April, they were talking about Jesus Christ’s Atonement. Michelle had been excited when it was her class’s turn to give the talk and say the prayer in opening exercises. She had asked if she could give the talk, knowing just what she would talk about. But now she wasn’t so sure. Her stomach was feeling funny, and her mouth was dry. Then she saw her mom and dad in the back of the room and remembered the prayer they had together that morning. Now she didn’t feel quite so scared anymore. Michelle took a deep breath and held up a picture of a tiny baby. “This is my brother. His name is David Alan, and he would have been three years old this year. But when he was born, he couldn’t breathe very well. He stayed alive in the hospital long enough to have a blessing, and then he died. I never got to see my brother, and sometimes I’m really sad about that.” Then Michelle held up a picture of Jesus. “But because of the Atonement and Resurrection, I don’t have to be sad all the time. When Jesus died and came back to life, He made it possible for my little brother to one day have a perfect body. That will happen when Jesus comes back to earth and people are resurrected. I can hardly wait, because then I will see my little brother again.” Michelle held up her brother’s picture again. “I know sometimes people have to die. My family still gets sad sometimes when we think of David Alan. But we know that Jesus suffered for our sins, died for us, and was resurrected so that we can be resurrected too. “I’m glad I’ll be able to see my little brother and that he will be healthy. I’m also glad that Heavenly Father and Jesus loved us enough to make the Atonement happen so we can see the people we love again. I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.” Michelle stepped down from the podium. When she went to the back of the room, she gave her mom and dad a big hug. “You did a wonderful job,” Mom whispered. “We love you so much,” Dad said. Michelle felt happy after her talk because Heavenly Father put a good feeling in her heart. She knew He loved her too. “Because of Christ there is hope smiling brightly before you, and you need not worry too much about … death. … Through our Savior Jesus Christ you will be resurrected.”
*For The Whole Family* Read through and share some from Resurrection and Restoration Discuss about how the resurrection has influenced your life and what you can do to show your gratitude. April is truly a historic month in which we commemorate two of the most important events in the history of mankind: the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the reestablishment of his church and kingdom here upon the earth in these, the latter days. Members of the Church also believe that Christ was born on April 6 in the year 1 B.C. (See D&C 20:1.) As we contemplate the birth, death, and resurrection of our Savior, we realize that “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16.) Though Jesus suffered and bled and died on the cross as he cried out in agony to his Father, and though the Father endured great pain and sorrow at the suffering of his Son throughout this ordeal, yet it was a moment of triumph to them and to every living soul who has breathed the breath of life. I am sure that we, with the poet Charles H. Gabriel, feel to say:
I wonder if we pause often enough to ponder over these momentous happenings and to fully realize their significance for us. Can we begin to imagine such great encompassing love as our Savior must have had to offer to suffer for all of us so that we could be spared the agony of individual atonement? We must understand that in accordance with the Father’s plan of life and salvation, Adam fell that men might be, and because the fall introduced death and the grave, there must needs have been an atonement and a way to release mankind from the bands of death. This was the purpose of our Lord’s crucifixion and resurrection. Thus all are redeemed from the grave, but he wants us to have even greater blessings. Salvation from eternal death is indeed wonderful, but he has offered us a plan whereby we can have exaltation and eternal life, or life with God, our Eternal Father. For this purpose he has reestablished his church, and it is the same church he organized with his apostles in order that all who would be called Saints could be taught and instructed, and could repent, be baptized, and receive the saving ordinances by the laying on of hands by those in authority. This is not commonly understood by the world. How fortunate we are to be members of the Church of Jesus Christ, wherein we are taught the gospel in its fullness as it has been revealed and restored in these latter days. What a great blessing it is for us to know that God is a real personage in whose image we are created; that we are his spirit children; that he loves us and is interested in us; and that through his Son he has given us a blueprint of life that if followed will lead us back into his presence, where we can enjoy eternal progression with our families and loved ones. Jesus said: “For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” (Moses 1:39.) But just knowing these things and just being members of his church will not save us or bring us the promised blessings. It is by doing the will of the Father and by keeping his commandments and living according to the principles of his gospel that we will receive the blessings that have been promised to the faithful. We must learn and live the commandments, always remembering that the first and great commandment is: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matt. 22:37, 39.) If we live these two, we cannot help but be prepared to accept and live the other commandments, remembering that as we “seek … first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness … all these things shall be added.” (Matt. 6:33.) How fitting to commemorate the organization of the Church and the resurrection at the same season! The resurrection makes it possible for us to come forth from the grave, and the Church with its saving ordinances enables us, according to our faith and faithfulness, to enjoy exaltation and eternal life.
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Sunflower Seed Bread and Fluffy Easter Cake
- 2 cups biscuit baking mix
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- Mix in a bowl with fork baking mix, water, and garlic powder.
- Pat dough on ungreased cookie sheet into 10″ circle.
- Melt 1/4 cup butter in saucepan and brush dough with melted butter.
- Sprinkle seeds over dough and press lightly.
- Score circle into pieshaped wedges. Bake at 425° for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Break into wedges.
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- 1 angel food cake
- 1/4 pint cream, whipped
- 2 2/3 cups flaked coconut
- Easter candy
- Frost cake with whipped cream and sprinkle with coconut.
- Decorate cake with Easter candy of your choice.
(From LDS.org )
Striped and Checked Eggs
- Wrap egg in cloth and tie rubber bands tightly around each end.
- Drop spots of one color of dye at a time onto cloth-wrapped egg. Rinse out eyedropper before changing colors.
- Let egg dry before unwrapping.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.