My Reading Schedule

  • Sunday: Read new chapters.
  • Monday: Choose verse & study
  • Tuesday: Find craft and use study guide.
  • Wednesday: Find song and read references.
  • Thursday: Find a game. Study chapter & read references.
  • Friday: Find props & study story.
  • Saturday: Re-read chapter.

Pant's Reading Schedule

  • Monday: Read cartoon book
  • Tuesday: Read verse & watch movie version
  • Wednesday: Craft and retell story
  • Thursday: Sing song and read verse
  • Friday: Play finding game & tell story in own words
  • Saturday: Role play & read verse
  • Sunday: Read cartoon and verse

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Easter!

I gave a talk in my ward today on Easter. Lucky me :)

I title it "Did Jesus Really Live Again?

Elder Holland gave an insightful talk about the miracles surrounding Easter. He says
“I speak of the Savior’s solitary task of shouldering alone the burden of our salvation.

I speak of those final moments for which Jesus must have been prepared intellectually and physically but which He may not have fully anticipated emotionally and spiritually—that concluding descent into the paralyzing despair of divine withdrawal when He cries in ultimate loneliness, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

Indeed it was central to the significance of the Atonement, that this perfect Son who had never spoken ill nor done wrong nor touched an unclean thing had to know how the rest of humankind—us, all of us—would feel when we did commit such sins.

Finally and mercifully, it was “finished.”18 Against all odds and with none to help or uphold Him, Jesus of Nazareth, the living Son of the living God, restored physical life where death had held sway and brought joyful, spiritual redemption out of sin, hellish darkness and despair. With faith in the God He knew was there, He could say in triumph, “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.”19

The Primary song that we will be singing Did Jesus Really Live Again tells of some of the events that happened after his death.

Did Jesus Really Live Again?
Yes, When the 3rd day came, he wakened and he left the tomb, he called Mary’s name.
Did Jesus Come to Those he Loved?
Yes, People touched his feet and of the fish and honeycomb he did truly eat.
And there were nail prints in his hands and a spear wound in his side. Did Jesus really live again after he had died? Yes and so shall I!

Going back to right after Christ’s death,
Did Jesus Really Live Again?
Yes, When the 3rd day came, He wakened, and he left the tomb, he called Mary’s name.

Ezra Taft Benson explains: With sorrow unspeakable those who loved Him placed His wounded, lifeless body in the tomb. He, Lord and Master, had been crucified and His body laid in a sealed tomb. He had taught them of His death and Resurrection, but they had not understood.

Then on the 3rd day, in sorrow Mary came to the tomb. But the stone was no longer in place and the tomb was empty.

In John 20:11 it says “But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,

“And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

“And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

“And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

“Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

“Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
So…as the song says…. did Jesus Really Live again? Yes, when the 3rd day came, he wakened and he left the tomb, he called Mary’s name! The first of many accounts of Christ’s resurrections.

2nd Verse adds to the accounts of Christ’s resurrection.
Did Jesus Come to Those he Loved?
Yes, People touched his feet and of the fish and honeycomb he did truly eat.


Christ visited many people after his resurrection.
He appeared to the Apostles. At that time, “They gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he … did eat before them” (Luke 24:42–43).

But he did not forget his other sheep in the Americas. He loved them as well, just as he loves each of us today. The Book of Mormon records Christ appearance to the Nephites.
“Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world. …
“Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.”
In 3 Nephi 17:25 it says that at least twenty-five hundred souls heard his voice, felt the nail marks in his hands and feet, and thrust their hands into his side.

Many of his visits were not written in detail, but those that are, according to John 20:31 “are written, that we might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that believing we might have life through his name”

So the scriptures of Christ visit with Mary, with the apostles, and with the Nephites in the Americas, as well as the latter-day revelation to Joseph Smith all serve as a testament that Christ truly did overcome death and lives!

Which lead to the 3rd verse:
And there were nail prints in his hands and a spear wound in his side. Did Jesus really live again after he had died? Yes and so shall I!

Ezra Taft Benson stated: The greatest events of history are those that affect the greatest number of people for the longest periods. By this standard, no event could be more important to individuals or nations than the resurrection of the Master. The literal resurrection of every soul who has lived and died on earth is a certainty, and surely one should make careful preparation for this event. A glorious resurrection should be the goal of every man and woman, for resurrection will be a reality.

So How do we have “a glorious resurrection?
In 1 Corinthians, it says “As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”

Christ’s atonement made it possible for us to be forgiven and return to live with our Heavenly Father. Unfortunately, enduring is not as easy as it sounds, but Elder Holland reminds us that “Jesus walked such a long, lonely path utterly alone, we do not have to do so. His solitary journey brought great company for our little version of that path- the merciful care of our Father in Heaven, the unfailing companionship of this Beloved Son, the consummate gift of the Holy Ghost, angels in haven, family members on both sides of the veil, prophets and apostles, teachers, leaders, friends. All of these and more have been given as companions for our mortal journey because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the Restoration of His gospel.”



Did Jesus Really Live Again? Yes! When the 3rd day came, he wakened, and he left the tomb, he called Mary’s name.
Did Jesus Came to those he loved? Yes, people touched his feet and of the fish and honeycomb he did truly eat.
And there were nail prints in his hands and a spear wound in his side. Did Jesus really live again after he had died? Yes, and so shall I.


I love the Primary songs that speak the plain and simple truths of the gospel. I am grateful of my calling to teach the children these songs so that I can better learn the gospel myself.

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