My husband and I recently attended the BYU Museum of Art Carl Bloch art exhibit. It had many religious paintings from Bloch and others called “SACRED GIFTS”. The link is HERE. It was very moving. There were many paintings of the savior during the time of his crucifixion and resurrection. It is free. Go see it if you are in Provo during the next month. My favorite was an etching done by Shwartz called “Agony in the Garden”. The link is HERE. It is a picture of an angel trying to comfort Christ as he prays. It moved me to tears. My husband came up to me at the end and said, “Well the best one was that one”. And he pointed to the same one I had identified.
Frans Schwartz “Agony in the Garden” my favorite of the BYU Museum of Art “Sacred Gifts” exhibit. It is very reverent and quiet as you enter the museum. There are ipads and headphones where you can read and hear interpretations from art docents, apostles’ talks, and music by the Mormon Tabs as you walk around and look at each picture. It was really a wonderful date night we had last Friday. I highly recommend it. You just need to order free tickets online.
Easter Singing Time The Resurrection of Christ….the greatest event to ever take place for us….I have SO loved this idea since getting it once in Relief Society in a lesson on the great sacrifice of our Savior and His Atonement. I have used this around the Easter dinner table in my family. I’ve used it teaching teenagers in Sunday School and in a Family Night. And I’ve reused it in primary.
Kids love object lessons. And this easter egg “signs of the Savior’s Sacrifice for us” is a great object lesson for kids and adults alike. Every year, when I’ve taken out my little basket of eggs I’ve got a tear in my eye. I love the Savior. I believe in Him with all my heart. And I know in whom I have trusted.
Easter Primary Singing Time – If you want to hear a great talk check it out HERE.
In this chaotic life we are all a part of, it is a simple and clear walk through the steps to the Savior’s crucifiction and resurrection, easily understood. I would try if I could to get the presidency to let you have a little extra time one of these upcoming weeks leading up to Easter.
I love this painting depicting the sacrifice our Savior made for us….So many times we address just the “Next Lesson” in the yearly lessons at church. As a former Catholic, and a convert to the church, I always have mixed feelings about this. Why not recognize the greatest sacrifice ever made, given by the greatest who ever lived among us on this Internationally celebrated holiday of Easter? I never did get that. Try to honor the Savior on Easter. That’s my simple and heartfelt message.
Another favorite painting of mine…I’m looking for a big copy of it to put in my great room remodel…it says to me….”I will look for you when you are lost…even though you are odd, different, ugly, damaged” His love for us, evident.The eggs can be put together using this easy tutorial HERE at Serving Pink Lemonade’s blog. . Use stuff around the house to fill your eggs. Another with a LIST is HERE at scribd.com. I actually like both of them. You could do a combination of both lists. I would skip the vinegar though, yucky :D. A third lists is here copied from Yahoo Voices.
Egg #1: (palm) Jesus rode into Jerusalem and the people waved palm branches. Matthew 21:1-11Egg #2: (cotton ball with cologne on it) Mary poured perfume on Jesus’ feet. John 12:3Egg #3: (bread) Jesus shared the Last Supper with His disciples. Matthew 26:26Egg #4: (coins) Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Matthew 26: 14-15Egg #5: (a thorny stick) Soldiers placed a crown of thorns on Jesus’ head. John 19:2Egg #6: (cross made from toothpicks) Jesus carried His own cross. John 19:17Egg #7: (dice) Soldiers took Jesus’ clothes from him and cast lots for them. John 19:24Egg #8: (nail) Jesus was nailed to the cross. John 19:18Egg #9: (sponge) They gave Jesus vinegar mixed with gall to drink. Matthew 27:34Egg #10: (whole cloves) Spices are used to prepare Jesus for burial. John 19:40Egg #11: (rock) The stone covering to Jesus’ tomb was rolled away. Matthew 28:2Egg #12: (empty) He is not here He has risen! Matthew 28:6
I would try to use the songs in the Easter section on one Sunday as well as going over your song for the month. Some links for flipcards on good Easter songs are HERE at Precious Primary. 1. Jesus Has Risen 70, 2. Hosanna 66, Beautiful Savior 62 To Think About Jesus 71, etc. HERE is a flipchart on He Sent His Son at Sugardoodle. Pick a child to come up and choose an egg. Read the scripture inside and show what object is inside and explain what part it played in the Easter story. It is usually a very quiet and reverent time, you will see. It may be your favorite thing you ever do in primary.
This picture is from another bogger Beyond Sippy Cups HERE.
I would also include the list of items in a copied off piece of paper to send home with the kids after primary and tell them they can make up their own dozen eggs with help from parents and redo it in their own family night. I loved getting this for my family and I would encourage any primary leaders to do the same. It has made a big difference in my life and my family’s too I believe.