(Serena, West VAlley City UT)

Setup: Large Easter Basket in Front of Room with toy Bunny and colorful eggs inside.

Today we're going to talk about the real Easter story.

SONG: "He Sent His Son" (pg 34)

(Put up picture of the Last Supper 62174)
Jesus and his apostles gathered together in an upper room to observe the Feast of the Passover. And as they did eat, Jesus took bread and blessed it, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take it, and eat. Behold, this is for you to do in remembrance of my body; for as oft as ye do this ye will remember this hour that I was with you. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them; and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, this is in remembrance of my blood which is shed for many, and the new testament which I give unto you; for of me ye shall bear record unto all the world. And as oft as ye do this ordinance, ye will remember me in this hour that I was with you and drank with you of this cup. (JST Mark 14-20-24) This was the first sacrament. (Take out tin pie plate and cup or chalis ) Jesus and his apostles would have used a plate and chalis or cup similar to these. There were only 13 people at the last supper. There are many members to pass the sacrament to each week in our ward. (Take out sacrament trays) We have sacrament trays to help members of the priesthood make sure that everyone has the chance to partake of the sacrament every Sunday.

SONG: "THE SACRAMENT" (pg 72 vs 1)

(Put up picture of Jesus Praying in Gethsamane 62175)
After celebrating the Feast of the Passover in Jerusalem Jesus and his disciples went to the garden of Gethsemane where Jesus left them and went to pray to Father in Heaven. He knew that to fulfill Heavenly Father's Plan He would have to endure great suffering for the sins of every man. He also knew that this sacrifice had to happen to make it possible for all men to be forgiven of their sins when they repented, and someday return to live with Heavenly Father. Jesus chose to die to atone for all of our sins. This was a great gift of love. The sacrament is a reminder that Jesus died for us so that we can be forgiven of our sins and return to live with Heavenly Father. It is the most important and sacred part of our Sacrament meeting. By being reverent and thinking about Jesus during the sacrament our thoughts and actions show him how much we love him and appreciate his sacrifice for our sins.


Before the Feast of the Passover "one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went into the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him (meaning Jesus) unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. (Bring out 30 dimes) And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him." Matt 26:13-16, This fulfilled the prophecy in Zechariah 11:12-14, that Jesus would be sold for 30 pieces of silver.

(Put up Picture of Betrayal 62468 or OQ505)
Jesus had finished praying in the garden of Gethsamane and returned to the spot where he had asked his disciples to wait for him. They were asleep. He awakened his disciples and said "Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand. And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely. And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him. And they laid their hands on him and took him. (Mark 14:42-46) "When the morning was come, all the chief priest and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: Then did they spit in his face and buffetted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands. (Show knotted twine) And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor."( Matt. 27:1-2)

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After speaking to Jesus Pilate knew that Jesus was a just man and wanted to let him go. This made the crowd of people angry and they cried "Crucify Him, Crucify Him". (Bring out Bowl of Water and Piece of Soap) " And the Governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified. 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 to this just person: see ye to it. Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified." (Matt 27:23-26)

(Put up Picture of Jesus in Thorny Crown & Robe)
"Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. (Show piece of red felt or fabric) And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe, (Show platted crown made of small grapevine wreath with toothpicks sticking out as thorns) And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, (show twig) and reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, say, Hail, King of the Jews! And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him and put his own raiment on him, and lead him away to crucify him" (Matt 27:27-31)

(Picture Christ bearing Cross?) (Show cross made of popcycle sticks or toothpicks)
"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 two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst. And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS." (John 19"17-19) (Show large nails) When Jesus was hung on the cross large nails had to be used to support his weight. They were driven into his hands, wrists and feet.


(Put up picture Christ on the Cross 62179)
"Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took him garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from to top throughout. (Show Dice) They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scriptures might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did" (John 19:23-24)

"And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying,Ö.. my God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Matt 27:46) Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. (John 19:28) (Bring out drinking glass filled with white vinegar & offer child a drink) Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. (John 19:29-30) And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to bottom.and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent: ( Matt 27:51) And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God." Mark 15:37-39

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"When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, 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. (Show white cloth & Spices) 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 sepulcher, and departed." (Matt 27:57-60)

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"the chief priest and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, Saying Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was jet alive, After three days I will rise again. Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day,Ö.Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye cam. So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch." (Matt 27:62-66)

"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. (Put up Picture Angel with Mary) And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from Heaven, and came to rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it And the angel answered and said unto the woman, 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." Matt 28:1-2 & 5-6 (Put up picture of Empty Tomb 62184) After Jesus' resurrection the disciples were gathered together discussing whether or not He could truly have risen from the dead. "And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. (Put up Picture Christ showing his prints OQ182 or Christ showing his Wounds OQ503) 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. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. (Luke 24:36-40)


Put up Picture of Resurrected Savior - 2nd Coming of Christ)
Video Segment from Special Witnesses of Christ - President Hinckley bearing his testimony of the divinity of Christ in front of the Tomb


Note: The doctrine of the atonement embraces, sustains, supports and gives life and force to all other gospel doctrines. It is the foundation upon which all truths rest, and all things grow out of it and because of it." Bruce R. McConkie - Mormon Doctrine