Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter Countdown Day 12: He is Risen!

Easter Countdown Day 12


And the angel answered and said unto the women, “Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.” Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.” Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. … and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. … Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, “Peace be unto you.”

And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

Matthew 28:5-7; John 20:2-9,19, 30-31
(See also: Luke 24:36-51; 3 Nephi 11:8-15; 3 Nephi 15:13-17, 21)

... What does the resurrection mean for us? 
... What does Jesus life and sacrifice mean to you? 

Thanks for joining us!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Resurrection Rolls

Making Resurrection Rolls has become an annual tradition in our home. I blogged about them last year - you can check out the recipe HERE.

Basically, you make plain old bread dough, divide into rolls, and fill each with a large marshmallow. Then seal them well, roll them in butter, then in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar, then bake them.

You have a delicious roll that is sweet and sugary on the outside...

... and hollow on the inside.

These symbolize the empty tomb and the resurrection, hence the name. We like to make them together, and discuss the symbolism while we do it. The marshmallow being the body of Christ, wrapped in white, goes into the "tomb" of the bread dough. Then we close it up, and after it's baked, the "body" is gone. I'll be bringing them to church for our small congregation on Easter Sunday.

Most of mine split this year, which i'm kinda sad about, but they still look cool. Luckily the splits are at the bottom, so they still look whole from the top. The ones the boys did were a little misshapen, so we ate those ones ourselves. I kinda like this one my six year old did - it looks like a snake head:

hahaha! Happy Easter, everyone!

Easter Countdown Day 11: The Stone is Rolled Away

Easter Countdown Day 11

a stone

Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, Saying, “Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, ‘After three days I will rise again.’” … Pilate said unto them, “Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.” So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.
In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
Matthew 27:62-66; 28:1-4

Friday, April 6, 2012

Easter Countdown Day 10: Jesus is Buried

Easter Countdown Day 10

a white cloth

When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimath├Ža, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.

Matthew 27:57-60

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Easter Countdown Day 9: The Savior Dies

Easter Countdown Day 9

A dark cloth, broken rocks

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?...
Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom, and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent… Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God.”

Matthew 27:45-46, 50-52
(See also: Helaman 14:14-20; 3 Nephi 8:19-23)

...Jesus felt the Father's presence removed from him for a moment while he was on the cross. Why was this necessary?
...What was the significance of the darkness, the earthquakes, the storms, and other tumults that occurred after the death of the Savior? 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Easter Countdown Day 8: Soldiers Cast Lots for His Clothes

Easter Countdown Day 8


And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet… And sitting down, they watched him there.

Matthew 27:35-36
(See also: Psalm 22:18)

...Why did they gamble for his clothing? Is it significant that prophets knew such details so many years before they happened?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Easter Countdown Day 7:Jesus is Crucified

Easter Countdown Day 7

a cross and a nail

And after that they had mocked him, and they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear His cross. And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him… And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Matthew 27:31-32, John 19:17-19
(See also: John 20:25; 3 Nephi 27:14)

...Jesus had the power to save himself from all of this suffering and death. Why didn't he?

Monday, April 2, 2012

Easter Countdown Day 6:Jesus is Mocked

Easter Countdown Day 6


And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand; and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.

Matthew 27:28-30

...How did Jesus react to the mocking and abuse that he received? 

My First Attempt at Word Art

(if you're looking for the Easter Countdown, we haven't gotten to it yet - sometime tonight. sorry for the delay!)

I love word art. I love decor that is meaningful and inspiring. Last weekend was the 182nd Semi-Annual General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

In short, our leaders spoke to us and gave us some magnificent counsel. Quotes from this conference have been used plentifully to make word art by a number of people. I'm just throwing my own hand into the mix. I spent a lot of time playing on Picasa and downloading fancy fonts from DaFont. I must say, I had a lot of fun. I still have yet to find out how to get a dark colored background on Picasa (all i can produce are washed out pastels that don't really appeal to me), so my quotes are on plain white. If white doesn't appeal, printing it on colored paper will work.

As i said, these are first attempts, so aside from their messages, they're nothing overly special. These are the two quotes/mottos that stuck with me.

First, a quote from President Monson. It was quoted by someone else in the conference, but it was Pres. Monson who said it first:

Next, a quote from Elder Andersen. Sometimes we focus too much on what others think of us, scared of the opinions of the world, and this simple question really spoke to my heart.

i like them. I still don't know if i'm absolutely crazy about them, but i may be a little cross-eyed from staring at them for too long.  Still working on my skill. :)

If you like either of these jpg images, they can be saved to your computer and printed off from there.

Here are some links to other conference printables made by people much more skilled (and obviously with much better programs) than me. :)

Spiritually Speaking
Our Hands, His Hands 
Bitsy Creations

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Easter Countdown Day 5: Pilate Washes His Hands/Jesus is Delivered to be Crucified

Easter Countdown Day 5


When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.” Then answered all the people and said, “His blood be on us, and on our children.” Then released he Barabbas, unto them: and when he scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

Matthew 27:24-26

...Pilate believed Jesus to be innocent, and he had the political power to save him from death. Why didn't he?