2) Make dinner for my family. We are having enchiladas for Easter. Odd I know, but that's what everyone wants.
From the Camera:
I hope this Easter season finds you all
happy and healthy AND enjoying your day.
From the Heart:
In keeping with our theme, acts of kindness, here is another idea....
Have you ever thought of owning a pet? Before visiting a breeder, why not check out your local animal shelters? Cats and dogs of all shapes, sizes and personalities are available, ready and waiting for their forever homes!
Adopting a pet offers an abandoned pet another chance at life. Often shelters are over-crowded and not able to take in more animals. Take one off their hands and give it a home! Also, individuals and families who own dogs are often more active, taking their dogs for multiple walks a day. And pets are great reminders to enjoy the little things in life: rolling in the grass, playing ball, a good belly or ear scratch, chasing toys. Who can resist a soft, purring, ball of fur curled up next to you on the couch? No one!
Step It Up:
When you go to adopt a pet, bring a friend or two with you! Maybe they will bring home a pet, too! And then your pets will always have someone to play with. Also be sure to check your local shelter's website, as many offer fundraisers for their facilities: a road race, a cook-off, a bake sale. Participate in one of their fundraisers or create your own and donate the money to the shelter!
Keep It Simple:
Aren't sure you're ready to take the plunge and bring a pet home? Volunteer at the shelter! They are always looking for people to walk dogs or play with cats. Enjoy the animals and help the shelter. Why not bring the staff some cookies to say thanks while you're at it?
From the Kitchen:
Instead of a recipe today, I thought we could share a few fun things to do with all those Easter treats we get.
From the Spirit:
“He Is Risen” - A Prophet's Testimony
By: Thomas S. Monson
“The clarion call of Christendom,” President Thomas S. Monson has declared, is that Jesus of Nazareth rose from the dead. “The reality of the Resurrection provides to one and all the peace that surpasses understanding” (see Philippians 4:7).1
In the following excerpts, President Monson shares his testimony of and gratitude for the Savior’s Resurrection and declares that because the Son conquered death, all of the Father’s children who come to earth will live again.
Life beyond Mortality
“I believe that none of us can conceive the full import of what Christ did for us in Gethsemane, but I am grateful every day of my life for His atoning sacrifice in our behalf.
“At the last moment, He could have turned back. But He did not. He passed beneath all things that He might save all things. In doing so, He gave us life beyond this mortal existence. He reclaimed us from the Fall of Adam.
“To the depths of my very soul, I am grateful to Him. He taught us how to live. He taught us how to die. He secured our salvation.”2
Dispelling the Darkness of Death
“In certain situations, as in great suffering and illness, death comes as an angel of mercy. But for the most part, we think of it as the enemy of human happiness.
“The darkness of death can ever be dispelled by the light of revealed truth. ‘I am the resurrection, and the life,’ spoke the Master. ‘He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.’
“This reassurance—yes, even holy confirmation—of life beyond the grave could well provide the peace promised by the Savior when He assured His disciples: ‘Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.’”3
He Is Not Here
“Our Savior lived again. The most glorious, comforting, and reassuring of all events of human history had taken place—the victory over death. The pain and agony of Gethsemane and Calvary had been wiped away. The salvation of mankind had been secured. The Fall of Adam had been reclaimed.
“The empty tomb that first Easter morning was the answer to Job’s question, ‘If a man die, shall he live again?’ To all within the sound of my voice, I declare, If a man die, he shall live again. We know, for we have the light of revealed truth. …
“My beloved brothers and sisters, in our hour of deepest sorrow, we can receive profound peace from the words of the angel that first Easter morning: ‘He is not here: for he is risen.’”4
All Will Live Again
“We laugh, we cry, we work, we play, we love, we live. And then we die. …
“And dead we would remain but for one Man and His mission, even Jesus of Nazareth. …
“With all my heart and the fervency of my soul, I lift up my voice in testimony as a special witness and declare that God does live. Jesus is His Son, the Only Begotten of the Father in the flesh. He is our Redeemer; He is our Mediator with the Father. He it was who died on the cross to atone for our sins. He became the first fruits of the Resurrection. Because He died, all shall live again.”5
A Personal Witness
“I declare my personal witness that death has been conquered, victory over the tomb has been won. May the words made sacred by Him who fulfilled them become actual knowledge to all. Remember them. Cherish them. Honor them. He is risen.”6
Teaching from This Message
After sharing quotes from President Monson’s message, note the testimony that he bears of the true meaning of Easter. You could ask family members the following questions: “What does it mean to you that a living prophet has testified of these truths today? How can you apply them in your life?” Consider adding your testimony.
I Will See Him Again
Dad made each of us kids feel special. He loved us and would forgive easily. He did his best to make sure that each of us was happy, and he made it clear that he wanted the best for us. I loved him so much.
When I was in sixth grade, my dad died in a car accident. My family and I were totally devastated. There was a big hole in our family. Dad was the one I leaned on, the one I went to if I was having problems. Instead of seeking help, I let the anger and hurt stay. I finally decided it was God’s fault. I stopped reading my scriptures and saying prayers. I went to church only because Mom wanted me to. I tried to stay far away from my Heavenly Father.
Then I went to Young Women camp for the first time. I liked meeting new friends, but I still didn’t read my scriptures. On the last night, we had a testimony meeting. I felt something I hadn’t in a long time: the Spirit. I admired the girls who got up and bore their testimonies, but I stayed seated because I thought I didn’t have one. All of a sudden I felt like I had to get up. I opened my mouth, wondering what to say. So I said I was glad for Young Women camp. Then I found myself saying that I knew Jesus Christ died for me and that my Heavenly Father loved me and that the Church was true.
I was filled with a remarkable peace. Thanks to this experience I can say that I know I will see my dad again because of the Savior’s Atonement and Resurrection.
President Monson teaches that because Jesus Christ died and was resurrected, we all will live again. Look at the pictures below. Write a number in each box to show the order in which these events happened.
Because Jesus Christ lives, families can be together forever
From the Schmidt's:
I have to say this has been an interesting day. With 1/2 of our children not living under our roof this has been a strange Easter Sunday. It's just Kevin, Lexi, and I. Kyle has taken off to go visit with Morgan this afternoon. He plans to watch conference with them and then come home after. Danielle is coming over for dinner with her boyfriend. Still this is a strange day.
Conference was wonderful! I always love watching conference.
I think President Monson's health is becoming an issue. I pray he will be blessed with whatever the Lord knows he needs and will bless him with all that he stands in need of. I surely would not like to lose him as our prophet, but that is not for me to decide, thankfully. I know the man is in his 90's now and unfortunately we may be looking at some changes soon. It will be a sad day if we lose this great man. My heart goes out to him and his family.
Well, I have to keep this short. Time for conference again and time to get some things taken care of for dinner.