These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
1. Jesus, the very thought of thee
With sweetness fills my breast;
But sweeter far thy face to see
And in thy presence rest.
2. Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame,
Nor can the mem’ry find
A sweeter sound than thy blest name,
O Savior of mankind!
3. O hope of ev’ry contrite heart,
O joy of all the meek,
To those who fall, how kind thou art!
How good to those who seek!
4. Jesus, our only joy be thou,
As thou our prize wilt be;
Jesus, be thou our glory now,
And thru eternity.
*Suitable for All Ages*
Begin the lesson by asking this question: What brings you peace?
Read aloud: In John 16:33, Jesus Christ tells us that while the world shall be in tribulation, we might have peace through him. Jesus Christ is the ultimate source of peace. Throughout the scriptures, he has been called the Prince of Peace. This year, the Church is providing the world with a powerful initiative to remind us where we can find the ultimate peace.
Mormon.org will host stories and reflective prompts to help us find peace and draw closer to our Savior. This is done by highlight eight key principles.
Before you read the eight key principles out loud, ask everyone to think about how one of these principles has brought them peace.
- God’s Word/Scripture
Share a personal story about one of these principles and how it has helped you feel peace and come closer to the Savior. Then, invite others to share their experiences.
Read aloud: We can help spread this powerful Easter message with the world. We can help prepare for this initiative by:
- Thinking of how Christ brings us peace
- Thinking of someone who is a great example of one of the key eight principles
- Prayerfully pondering how we can share these stories (whether it is in person or through social media)
Finish the lesson by committing everyone to prepare for the Easter initiative and by bearing your testimony.
-1 bag of microwave popcorn (full-sized, not snack)
-15 purple candy melts*
-15 pink candy melts*
-15 white candy melts*
-sprinkles in spring colors
-Peanut M&Ms in pastel colors (or M&Ms of choice)
*feel free to mix up the colors a bit.
- Pop the popcorn, then separate into two large bowls. Try and remove the unpopped kernels.
- Place the candy melts in small bowls, one for each color.
- Microwave the purple candy for 40 seconds then stir, repeat in 20-second intervals until melted and smooth. (takes 1-1½ minutes dependent on melt brand and your microwave).
- Drizzle over one of the bowls of popcorn, use a silicone spatula to ensure you get all the chocolate candy melt out. Toss the popcorn with your hands until well coated. Leave to cool.
- Repeat above process with pink candy melts.
- Once the pastel chocolate has set on the popcorn, mix the two colors together, then spread out on a large platter.
- Melt the white candy melts and drizzle over the platter of popcorn, immediately top generously with candy sprinkles. They will adhere to the melted white chocolate candy.
- Add the M&Ms and serve.
(Courtesy of blommi.com)
#PrinceOfPeace Writing Prompt
For this activity, you’ll need to give everyone paper and writing utensils or have them bring journals from home. While playing some calm music, give everyone 10 or 15 minutes to answer one or both of the questions in the lesson:
- How has Christ brought you peace?
- Who has been a great example of finding peace through Christ? What have they taught you?
If you feel so prompted, have those willing to share do so after everyone is done writing. Discuss some ways you can share these stories during the #PrinceOfPeace initiative.
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.