The Last Week: The Atonement and Resurrection–Easter sharing time idea or family activity

When I was a missionary in Spain I experienced an amazing celebration called La Semana Santa, The Holy Week.  In Spain the entire week leading up to Easter is a celebration.  This was something I wanted to take with me when I returned to the United States.  I have always loved celebrating Easter, but experiencing La Semana Santa made me really think about the amazing events in Christ’s last week leading up to his crucifixion and resurrection.

In our family our tradition is to celebrate Jesus’ last week by reading and discussing the things he did in his last mortal days on earth, day by day in the same order that they happened.  We like to take a few minutes at breakfast, or before bed each day beginning the Sunday before Easter, to share the scripture stories with our children.  We open the scriptures so they know where the story comes from, then we simplify the words a little to make it more developmentally appropriate.  I have  simple drawings of some of these events that I like to show the kids while we are talking (See the Gospel Art Kit suggestions below if you are searching for pictures).  These discussions have elicited wonderful questions from our children.  I feel more in tune and aware of the meaning of Easter because we are thinking about it and discussing it all week!

This is a wonderful family activity, but it could also be an idea for Sharing Time.  In Sharing Time, the Sunday before Easter, you could introduce the idea and share the scripture story of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem and then give parents this handout as a reference for more scripture study during the rest of the week.  Then, on Easter Sunday you could share the scriptures about Christ’s resurrection and discuss how the children felt learning about Jesus’ last week.  (Since General Conference is the weekend before Easter this year you might consider emailing this to families in your ward so they can use this throughout the week if they desire.)

The Last Week of Jesus’ Life-Easter PDF

Gospel Art Kit (GAK) pictures online

~Michelle

Triumphal Entry GAK 223

Jesus Cleansing Temple GAK 224

The Last Supper GAK 225

Jesus Washing Apostles Feet GAK 226

Gethsemane GAK 227

Judas Betrays Jesus GAK 228

Crucifixion GAK 230

Burial of Jesus GAK 231

The Tomb GAK 232

The Empty Tomb GAK 245

Jesus Appears to Mary GAK 233

Jesus Shows His Wounds GAK 234

 

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One response to “The Last Week: The Atonement and Resurrection–Easter sharing time idea or family activity

  1. WOW! These scriptures have so much power! I shared this early on in the week with the sister I visit teach. I was overwhelmed by the spirit as I shared scriptures and ideas from Jesus’ discourse on prayer, faith and repentance.

    Then, this morning over breakfast, studying with my children we were all in tears talking about Jesus’ friend betraying him and the incomprehensible pain and suffering and mocking he endured. It is beyond my ability to comprehend what He experienced.

    I feel like taking this journey through this Holy Week helps me love and appreciate Jesus more, and rejoice more in Resurrection! Hosanna!

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