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Guess what - it's Easter week!!!! Gah! I cannot even tell you how much has gone into this week's Simply Family Home Evening lesson. Well I could but it would take forever! 😂 Whitney is amazing and has gone over and over this Easter lesson really trying to make sure everything is there. 


Come, Follow Me; Simply Family Home Evening FHE lessons: April 15-21 "O Grave, Where is Thy Victory?"

I'm not gonna lie, I have been a little intimidated to come here and type it all up for you guys because this Easter Week lesson, "O Grave, Where is Thy Victory?" it is SO FULL and I don't want to screw it up! And when I say so full, I mean so full of awesomeness but don't let it make you think you have to do it all. It honestly might be too much for one family to take on and do it all but the options that are here are amazing and we didn't want to leave something out! This will definitely be a lesson that you can take what you want to use and leave what you don't think will fit your family. It's totally fine (and most likely necessary 👌😘) Because this post is so full we have split this lesson into two sections. First you will see the lesson for the week from Come, Follow Me in our usual format and then you will see the Easter BONUS section! The Easter Bonus breaks down the Savior's activities day by day so that you can go through the last week of His life with your family and get some context for those events. We included a LOT of Bible Videos and really you just need to go look at it.

We hope you love this week! We spend so much time prepping for and celebrating and talking about the birth of our Savior at Christmas time. We practically dedicate an entire month to it! I feel like our Savior's resurrection and all the events in that last week leading up to that one beautiful event deserve just as much preparation, attention and time. {Although that is not always possible with our busy schedules} 

So here is what we have put together for you for Simply Family Home Evening's lesson plan of "O Grave, Where is Thy Victory?" If you have time to do it all - you are AMAZING - if you don't - you are AMAZING!!!

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Come, Follow Me; Simply Family Home Evening FHE lessons: April 15-21 "O Grave, Where is Thy Victory?"

April 15-21
Lesson
"O Grave, Where is Thy Victory?"
Simply Family Home Evening Lesson Plan
Discussion Topics:
  • Jesus Christ is my Savior
  • Because Jesus was resurrected, I can live again
  • Jesus suffered for me in Gethsemane and on the cross
  • Because Jesus died and was resurrected, I will live again
Bible Videos:
New Testament Stories:

Other Resources From The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints:
Link to Come, Follow Me for Primary
Link to Come, Follow Me for Individuals and Families
The Friend - For ideas on how to use The Friend Magazine see our Activity Ideas page

The lesson idea we decided to focus on for Family Home Evening this week is:
Jesus Christ is my Savior
Come, Follow Me; Simply Family Home Evening FHE lessons: April 15-21 "O Grave, Where is Thy Victory?"
Preparation:
Print the 3rd Article of Faith card that you want to use to help your family memorize it. We found two great options. One from Simply Fresh Designs and one from Over The Big Moon.
Prepare the Easter Treasure Hunt. (SO MUCH FUN!)
Scriptures: 
     Matthew 26:36-46 and Luke 22:39-44
Videos:
Bible Video: 
     The Savior Suffers in the Garden of Gethsemane
New Testament Stories:
     Chapter 51: Jesus Suffers in the Garden of Gethsemane
Lesson: 
Watch the videos; read the scriptures or use a combination of both.
Have the kids hold up a mirror or go look in one in the bathroom. Have them say, "Jesus loves [their name] and He can save [their name]."
Read and memorize the 3rd Article of Faith together.
We found a couple really awesome memorization tools for you:
Simply Fresh Designs has adorable cards that can be printed and hung up in your home to be viewed during the week.

Over The Big Moon has memorization cards that have first letter prompts for each word and the full Article of Faith on the back so you can practice memorizing them.
Activity Ideas:
Easter Treasure Hunt

Additional Lesson or Discussion Ideas:

Because Jesus was resurrected, I can live again
Come, Follow Me; Simply Family Home Evening FHE lessons: April 15-21 "O Grave, Where is Thy Victory?"

Preparation: 
Have a pair of gloves for each of the kids. Have a picture of someone in your family who has passed away.
Print off a Primary Handout for each child
Videos:
Bible Videos
     Jesus is Resurrected
     The Risen Lord Appears to the Apostles
New Testament Videos
     Chapter 54: Jesus is Risen
Lesson:
Watch the videos; read the scriptures or use a combination of both. 
Take out the gloves and give one to each kid. Use the gloves to teach them that we all have bodies (the gloves) and spirits (their hands). Have them put the gloves on and talk about how when they are born, their bodies and their spris unite, or are put together. (take the gloves off) When we die, our body is buried and remains here on earth, but our spirit lives on in Heaven. (put the gloves back on) When we are resurrected, our spirits and bodies are put back together again.  
Come, Follow Me; Simply Family Home Evening FHE lessons: April 15-21 "O Grave, Where is Thy Victory?"
Activity Ideas:
Do the Primary Handout

Easter Program:
Come, Follow Me; Simply Family Home Evening FHE lessons: April 15-21 "O Grave, Where is Thy Victory?"
Preparation: 
Print off the lesson plan for this week {O Grave, Where is Thy Victory?} so you can read and take turns as Narrator. We also have everything linked here for easy reference when you come to the scriptures and the songs. 
{Of course you may do this at any time this week but we have suggested Saturday as an idea if you are going through this week a day at a time as we have listed below.}
Program:
{Each Narrator section can be read straight out or you can take the time to discuss that subject with your family. They will all be labeled as Narrator to keep everything organized in the program but do what works for your family.}

Read John 3:16

Narrator: Even though he knew that Jesus would be cruelly treated, our Heavenly Father sent Him to earth. He sent Jesus because He loves us. And Jesus loves us so much that He wanted to come. They both wanted every one of us to have the chance to go back and live with them. Is it any wonder that the angels sang for joy over this miracle of love, the gift of the Savior's birth?

Sing "Silent Night" (Hymns, no. 204)

Read Matthew 19:13-14

Narrator: When Jesus grew up, he spent his time teaching the people how to live and how to be happy. He preached the gospel, healed the sick, and blessed the children. He loved everyone, and many of the people loved Jesus, too. He lived a life of service and provided us with a perfect example to follow. Never thinking of Himself, He lived His life giving to others.

Sing "I Think When I Read That Sweet Story" (Children's Songbook, p.56)

Read Luke 22:44

Narrator: Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to suffer for our sins and die. He gathered His Apostles around around Him for the Passover feast, which was to be His last supper with them. There He taught them about the sacrament so that they would remember Him and what He was about to do for them. He said something very important to them, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you." (John 13:34

Sing "Love One Another" (Hymns, no. 308; Children's Songbook, p. 136)

Read John 19:17-18

Narrator: On Friday, after a long night of illegal trials, Jesus was sentenced to death. He was beaten and laughed at and spit upon. Then He was hung on a cross, with nails piercing His hands and feet, and left to die. Still, He never stopped loving. He forgave those who were putting him to death. While He hung there, darkness covered the earth, for men were murdering their Creator.

Sing "There Is a Green Hill" (Hymns, no. 194)

Read Matthew 24:57-60

Narrator: Jesus was buried in a borrowed tob on Friday evening, for Saturday was the Sabbath and burying people on that day was not allowed. Some women wanted to put special ointments on Jesus' body to prepare it for burial, but they didn't have time, so they planned to come back as soon as the Sabbath was over to finish preparing His body. The Sabbath was a long, sad day. Jesus was dead, and His follwers could only wait and weep and think about Him.

Sing "To Think About Jesus" (Children's Songbook, p. 71)

Read Luke 24:1-9

Narrator: The great rock was rolled away, and an angel declared that Jesus had risen. Mary Magdalene was the first to see Him and she told His Apostles, but they did not believe her. Soon He appeared to others.
Then, as the Apostles were gathered together, "Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, 'Peace be unto you.'"
"But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit."
"And He said unto them, 'Why are ye troubled? And why do thoughts arise in your hearts?'"
"'Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.'" (Luke 24:26-39)
At last they believed, though they were filled with wonder and joy. Jesus had risen from the dead and was with them again.
Although the events of the first Easter happened almost two thoughsand years ago, the story of Jesus does not end there. Still He lives, and still He loves us. He has again set up His Church on the earth so that we can hae the blessings of the Gospel. And that is the miracle of Easter. Jesus the Christ has triumphed over sin and death. He lives!

Sing "Jesus Has Risen" (Children's Songbook, p.70)

Bear your own testimony to your family that Jesus lives today, that He is directing the prophet and guiding His Church. Allow each member of your family to express his feelings and appreciation for the Savior and the Atonement.

Sing "He is Risen" (Hymns, no. 199)

Close with a prayer



Easter Week Activities
Come, Follow Me; Simply Family Home Evening FHE lessons: April 15-21 "O Grave, Where is Thy Victory?"
Preparation:
Here are links to a few maps and posters that you can use to count down the days before Easter and to understand where Jesus was in the City of Jerusalem during that week.
Easter Countdown from The Friend: A cute little chart with images to help you count down the week and see quickly what was going on in the Savoir's life that day.
Map/maze to show where Jesus was in the City of Jerusalem each day: A fun printout that each kid can use as you discuss what happened to Jesus each day.
Map: This one is from the scriptures.
Map: This one is for all you history buffs who want a little more.
Sunday:
Scriptures:
Matthew 21:6-11
Videos:
Bible Videos:
     The Lord's Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
New Testament Videos:
     Chapter 44: The Savior Goes to Jerusalem
Lesson: 
Jesus Christ rides triumphantly into Jerusalem, His followers reverently laying down cloaks and and palm fronds in His path. It is not the first time He has entered the city. His three-year ministry took Him across the Holy Land, where He taught, worked miracles, and spread the light of His Gospel. But this time, Jesus Christ is preparing to perform His most important miracle of all. Like everything He did, Jesus Christ's entrance fulfills prophecy. His arrival in Jerusalem is powerful evidence that God keeps His promises to His children. Our Heavenly Father provided a way for us to overcome sin and death - through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Read "The Living Christ" with your family. (The Butler House Blog has a BEAUTIFUL printable) Talk about what the atonement means to your family. If you want to take it a step further and work on memorizing it check out the resources on LDS Notebooking!

Monday:
Scriptures:
Matthew 21:12-16
Videos:
Bible Videos:
     Jesus Cleanses the Temple
Lesson: 
After entering Jerusalem, one of the first things Jesus Christ does is go to the temple. There, inside His Father's house, Jesus sees various merchants buying and selling to those passing by. Speaking with unmistakable authority, He commands them to leave. The cleansing of the temple at Jerusalem was an act of bravery. We can take courage knowing that Jesus Christ did what He knew to be right, whether it was popular or not. When we follow Him, we receive the strength to do the same.
If you have a temple nearby, take your family on a walk around the grounds and talk about the importance of temples. If not, look at pictures of a temple that mean something to you or your family and talk about their significance. If you can, plan a trip to do some work in the temple with whatever family can attend.

Tuesday:
Scriptures:
Matthew 21-23
Videos:
Bible Videos:
     Christ's Authority is Questioned
     Render Unto Ceaser and Unto God
Lesson: 
Jesus' presence in Jerusalem did not go unnoticed by the authorities. Seeing Jesus as a threat, they seek to discredit Him. On the Temple Mount, they question Jesus in hopes of finding something they can use against Him. But Jesus' inspired answers reveal no crime, and His enemies only discredit themselves. Despite incredible opposition, the work of Jesus Christ moved on. Because of His great love for us, we don't have to face life's obstacles alone. When we seek His help, we can overcome even the greatest of challenges.
Wednesday:
Scriptures:
Matthew 24-25
Videos:
Bible Videos:
     Jesus Teaches About the Widow's Mite
     The Ten Virgins
     Ye Have Done it Unto Me
     The Parable of the Talents
New Testament Videos:
     Chapter 45: The Widow's Mite
     Chapter 46: The Second Coming
     Chapter 47: The Ten Virgins
     Chapter 48: The Talents
Lesson: 
The events of Wednesday are unknown. But instead of focusing on where Jesus was, we can focus on what Jesus taught during His ministry. Jesus was the Master Teacher. By opening our hearts to Him, we can find answers to life's most important questions. But to do so, we must be as His disciples were - humble and sincere.
Thursday:
Scriptures:
Matthew 26
Videos:
Bible Videos:
     The Last Supper
     Jesus Warns Peter and Offers the Intercessory Prayer
     The Savior Suffers in Gethsemane
New Testament Videos:
     Chapter 49: The First Sacrament
     Chapter 50: Other Teachings at the Last Supper
     Chapter 51: Jesus Suffers in the Garden of Gethsemane
Lesson: 
Jesus observes the Passover with His Apostles in what is often referred to as the Last Supper. He shares His love for them, through both His words and His actions. Then together they depart to a quiet garden called Gethsemane. But what happens next Jesus must endure alone. He prays and is overcome by unfathomable agony. This is the beginning og the culmination of Jesus Christ's sacred mission. He takes upon Himself the sins of the world. Even though He lived a perfect life, Jesus Christ paid the price for all our sins. It was a sacrifice only He could make, and He did so willingly - for you, for all of us. 
Get together with family or close friends. Talk about the importance of Passover to the Jews before Christ's time and why it was important and what it represented.
Use the Old Testament Stories to tell the story of the Passover.
The Feast of the Passover was instituted to help the children of Israel remember when the destroying angel passed over their houses and delivered them from the Egyptians. (Ex. 12:21-28) The unblemished lambs, whose blood was used as a sign to save Israel anciently, is a symbol of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, whose sacrifice redeemed all mankind.

  • This is the ordinance of the Passover Ex. 12:43
  • Jesus and His Apostles kept the Passover at the Last Supper Matt. 26:17-29; Mark 14:12-25
  • Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world John 1:29, 36
  • Christ, our Passover, is sacrificed for us 1 Cor. 5:7 
  • We are redeemed by the blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish 1 Pet. 1:18-19
  •  Have faith on the Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world Alma 7:14
  • Saints who live by the Word of Wisdom are to be preserved as were the children of Israel D&C 89:21
  • The Lamb is slain from the foundation of the world Moses 7:47
Read the Sacrament prayers in Moroni 4-5
Talk about what it means to be able to take the sacrament each week.

Friday:
Scriptures:
Matthew 27:1-61
Videos:
Bible Videos:
     Jesus is Tried By Caiaphas. Peter Denies Knowing Him
     Jesus is Condemned By Pilot
     Jesus is Scourged and Crucified
New Testament Videos:
     Chapter 52: The Trials of Jesus
     Chapter 53: Jesus is Crucified
Lesson: 
In the early hours of the morning, Jesus is betrayed into the hands of the local authorities. After a series of one-sided trials, He is sentenced to death by crucifixion. He dies on the cross that afternoon, with His disciples and accusers present as witnesses. Because Jesus Christ experienced such profound suffering, He has perfect empathy for us when we are in pain, be in physical or spiritual. Because He overcame death to live again, He has the power to help us rise above the challenges in our lives, no matter how dark and difficult things may seem.
Saturday:
Scriptures:
Matthew 27:62-66; D&C 138
Videos:
Bible Videos:
     Jesus is Laid in a Tomb
Lesson: 
The night before Jesus Christ's body had been placed in the tomb. The scriptures are mostly silent on the day after His crucifixion, but while Christ's body laid in the tomb, His spirit was ministering in the Spirit World. Likely, this was a day of deep reflection for His followers and thier families. Likewise, you and your family are invited to take time to truely think about what Jesus Christ went through ad why He was willing to do so. Enjoy spending the day with your family! As you do Easter Egg hunts and celebrate with family, make sure to remember why we celebrate this wonderful holiday! This would be a great day to do the Easter Program we have written above.
Sunday:
Scriptures:
Matthew 28:1-10
Videos:
Bible Videos:
Jesus is Resurrected
My Kingdom is Not of This World
Christ Appears on the Road to Emmaus
The Risen Lord Appears to the Apostles
Blessed are They That Have Not Seen, And Yet Have Believed
To This End Was I Born
He is Risen
For God so Loved the World
New Testament Videos:
     Chapter 54: Jesus is Risen
Lesson: 
Early in the morning, Mary Magdalene, a friend and follower of Jesus, comes to the tomb to care for Jesus Christ's body. Th her astonishment, she finds the tomb empty. But she is not alone. A man addresses her, a gardener, she supposes. But then He says her name, "Mary." And she sees. He is Jesus. The Christ lives! Jesus Christ overcame death and was resurrected and because He lives, all of us will live again. Because He lives, not just on the third day, but this day, every day, we can find Him.

I know this was such a full week. We hope it was an AWESOME week! That you and your family was able to get to know more about our Savior and get to know and love Him more! We want to know how it went! Feel free to comment below, or show us how it's going using #simplyfamilyhomeevening on social media. You can also tag us in your photos on Instagram and Facebook. We'd love to see you there!

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