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Resurrection Easter Egg Activity

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.

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 crucifixion and  resurrection, easily understood. I would try to do this activity as a family on Easter Sunday.

I love this painting depicting the sacrifice our Savior made for us….

As a former Catholic, and a convert to the church,  I always have mixed feelings about not telling exactly what happened to Christ during his great sacrifice in Gethsemane and the events leading up to the Crucifixion. Why not recognize the greatest sacrifice ever made, given by the greatest who ever lived among us, on the universal celebration 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 greatroom 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 21:1-11
Egg #2: (cotton ball with cologne on it) Mary poured perfume on Jesus’ feet. John 12:3
Egg #3: (bread) Jesus shared the Last Supper with His disciples. Matthew 26:26
Egg #4: (coins) Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Matthew 26: 14-15
Egg #5: (a thorny stick) Soldiers placed a crown of thorns on Jesus’ head. John 19:2
Egg #6: (cross made from toothpicks) Jesus carried His own cross. John 19:17
Egg #7: (dice) Soldiers took Jesus’ clothes from him and cast lots for them. John 19:24
Egg #8: (nail) Jesus was nailed to the cross. John 19:18
Egg #9: (sponge) They gave Jesus vinegar mixed with gall to drink. Matthew 27:34
Egg #10: (whole cloves) Spices are used to prepare Jesus for burial. John 19:40
Egg #11: (rock) The stone covering to Jesus’ tomb was rolled away. Matthew 28:2
Egg #12: (empty) He is not here He has risen! Matthew 28:6

 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.

This picture is from another bogger Beyond Sippy Cups HERE.

 I loved getting this for my family and using it many times. It has made a big difference in my life and my family’s too I believe.

I am looking forward to Easter and Conference. My little kid’s table all ready…..

These eggs can be used for Resurrection Easter Eggs and the leftovers for an Easter Egg Hunt! 

“The grace of God is a precious gift, an enabling power to face life with quiet courage, to do things we could never do on our own. The Great Physician does more than forgive sins. He ministers relief to the disconsolate, comfort to the bereaved, confidence to those who wrestle with infirmities and feelings of inadequacy, and strength and peace to those who have been battered and scarred by the ironies of this life.” Robert Millett (see Isaiah 61:1–2Alma 7:11–13).” 

As we contemplate the gifts we have received from our Savior, and Redeemer, I have hope and trust in the above quote. I know there is a power we can turn to when life gets hard. And I, for one, need that power every single day.

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Diamonds in the Rough

With the 2014 mutual theme being, “Come Unto Christ and be Perfected in Him…” I have had overwhelming email requests and comments on this particular post. Most of you are requesting a copy of the talk. Just so you know… I have made a request for the talk that was used, but not sure if she still has a copy. This particular New Beginnings was held a few years ago, back in 2010. I will let you know if and when it becomes available.
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Original 2010 post:
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This year our ward’s New Beginnings theme was, “Diamonds in the rough: Come unto Christ and be perfected in Him” .
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Diamonds in the Rough
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INVITATION
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Invitations were hand delivered in a simple black envelope, tied with black ribbon. Each name was written in metallic silver on the front of the envelope.
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Needed Supplies: simple printout of invitation on white copy paper, black card stock, black envelopes, clear rhinestone stickers, double-sided tape or glue stick, and a silver metallic Sharpie.
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Other ideas:
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Square Bracket Cards
You can purchase them here
I saw these cute Square Bracket Cards and thought they might be a bit more “girlie” than the straight edge we used on our invites.
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AMBIANCE/DECOR
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The Relief Society room was transformed into our Young Women’s Diamond Boutique

Décor included: black and white table coverings and drapes, black tulle, topiaries, lighting, large acrylic crystals, and a simple vase filled with faux beautiful soft pink roses (which were given to our new and incoming Beehives during the program).

The Young Women Medallion was displayed on a black velvet neck display. And the new Personal Progress booklet, Strength of Youth pamphlet and Guidebook for Parents and Leaders of Youth, each received a “bling, bling makeover”, using clear rhinestone stickers. the YW values were also displayed.

My daughter’s dress form was transformed into our daughter of a king, complete with a few of the large acrylic crystals around the neck and a sparkly “Diamonds in the Rough” sash, which I made using a piece of black scrap material and felt letters stickers I found at a local fabric store (simple, yet adorable!).

Along with the bling was a large piece of coal, a simple rock we found at the lake recently, spray painted black.
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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
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I do not have an exact program outline. But our program included Personal Progress updates, Spotlights on our newest Beehives, a couple musical numbers, and talks from our Young Women’s President (Amy) and our Bishop. They each tied in the theme nicely. Amy started out her talk with the cutest object lesson… “How to make a diamond”.
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OBJECT LESSON IDEAS
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1) I recall Amy standing in front of the group in a darling apron. Holding a recipe card. She took a piece of coal (could be a simple rock painted black) and placed it in a frying pan. She asked the young women how long it would take her to turn that piece of coal into a diamond. I believe this is when she pulled out the blow torch. She didn’t use it of course. Just a visual aid. :) After some discussion, she bridged over to what it takes to be perfected in Him.
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2) Another idea would be to use a tarnished piece of silver and polish it while explaining how our Savior helps refine us – in the end the silver will shine.
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photo credit here, from The Creek Line House
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3) Diamonds, an object lesson.

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RESOURCES FOR TALK PREPARATION
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The process to create diamonds is completely natural. The diamonds start out as a simple piece of coal, until a molten rock heats pure carbon under tremendous pressure. This causes the diamond crystals to be formed. Volcanic activity will, over time, push the diamonds to the earth’s surface, where they can be found buried in the earth. The diamonds still have to get cleaned and polished before they shine.
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The  Lord’s Pattern for Peace, Elder Christoffel Golden Jr., Ensign April 2008
“Then, as I looked at his almost transparent countenance, I recalled many of the small and great deeds he had done. It was in the small deeds that I discovered the greater joy. Through his renewed life of submission and service, this noble servant of the Lord had received the approval of heaven. He was no longer a rough diamond but rather a refined, polished shaft.
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Opposition in Order to Strengthen Us, Eldred G. Smith, General Conference October 1973
“We all have our trials of life to strengthen us. Each thinks he has the hardest or most severe trials. It may be that they are the most difficult only because they are the hardest or most difficult for you. The diamond is enhanced and made more valuable with polishing. Steel is made harder and more valuable through tempering. So also opposition builds the character of man.”
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James E Faust uses the story of a man’s search for diamonds to teach a few different lessons:
Happiness and Our Search For Happiness, James E. Faust, Liahona October 2000
“How many times do we look for our happiness at a distance in space or time rather than right now, in our own homes, with our own families and friends?”
The Truth Shall Make You Free, James E. Faust, Liahona September 1998
“Where can truth be found?”
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http://www.lds.org/media-library/images/mormonads/trials-and-adversity?lang=eng
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How Diamonds are Formed, National Geographic
As I watched this I was intrigued with the idea that once a diamond is formed beneath the earth’s surface, it still needs to be transported. Just as we need our Savior.
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MUSICAL NUMBER SUGGESTIONS
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Brie sang her first solo in public. She and one of our beehives sang “Daughter of a King“, by Jenny Phillips. They each sang a verse on their own and sang the chorus together. Brie was so nervous, but she did wonderful.
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TAKE-A-WAY/GIFTS
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After the program, the Young Women were directed to the back of the room. There they found two tables which were set-up with supplies for each of them to make their own “Be Strong and of Good Courage” tiles – because that was the mutual theme for 2010. (supplies: 4×4 tiles, prepared vinyl lettering, and Pampered Chef scrapers)
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REFRESHMENTS
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We served up Chocolate Mousse Parfaits with Brownies and Caramel Sauce, Amy’s creation.
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TAKE AWAY IDEAS
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Each of the young women were given a small bag, tied with a black ribbon, holding a ring pop inside as they were leaving.
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(1) Small Black Velvet Drawstring Pouches, purchase here ($2.93 for a pack of 12)
(2) Clear treat bags, found at your local craft stores
(3) Black Organza Bags,purchase here ($1.50 for a pack of 10)
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Here are a few other ideas…
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Ring Pop Popsicles
idea found here, from Make It Cozee
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 Edible Sugar Diamonds
Multiple colors and shapes. Great to top cupcakes or cookies with!
You can purchase them here, at Fancy Flours
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Gem Candy Molds
Have a candy making activity beforehand.
Candy molds found here
photo from Make It Love It
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MUTUAL or F.H.E. ACTIVITY IDEAS
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Rock Hounding, Family Home Evening Resource Book

Rationalization and Excuses Leave You Empty

Object Lesson

I’ve posted both the full lesson and the object lesson part here in case Seminary Mom’s (rather long) lesson doesn’t fit with the message you’re trying to get across in your lesson: The Object Lesson I brought out a muffin tray with muffin liners, but no actual muffins inside the liners. I explained I’d planned on baking muffins for them during class, but had forgotten the necessary eggs for the…
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Stretch a little Higher, Be a little better, Enlarge thy tent

Object Lesson

As a prelude to the lesson, I began by calling a student volunteer to the front of the room. As it happened, it turned out to be the tallest student in the class. I asked him to show how high he could reach. He went over to the wall and rested his verrry long arm at a very tall spot on the wall. Then when it appeared he had reached…
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How will we find our way?

Object Lesson

First tell the students that there is a great reward hidden in the building somewhere and that you will give them a map to help them find it. Next turn out the lights and then hand each student the map. Give them a few minutes to try and read the map (they can not read it in the dark). Then collect the maps and turn the lights back on. Then…
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Follow the instructions

Object Lesson

Teach the class that following instructions exactly is important by drawing a picture on the chalkboard different than the one for which you give oral instructions. Tell the class members you will give them some instructions to draw a picture. Instruct them to listen carefully to the instructions and follow them closely. Encourage the class members to refrain from talking or discussing the class activity while you’re giving instructions. Don’t…
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Build on the Rock

Object Lesson

Put the empty casserole dish on the table so that all the children can see it. Then tip the small bowl with sand in it upside down inside the casserole dish to make something like a small sand island in the dish. (Don’t worry if a little crumbles.) Place the medium size rock at the other end of the casserole dish. Then place a “house” on both the sand island…
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