To help each child understand that because Jesus Christ was resurrected, everyone will be resurrected.
Prayerfully study Matthew 27:45–66, 28:1–8, Luke 24:13–46, and John 19:30, 20:11–18. See also Gospel Principles (31110), chapters 11 and 12.
Cut a sheet of paper the same size as picture 2-65, The Resurrected Jesus Christ (Gospel Art Picture Kit 239; 62187), into eight pieces. Number the pieces from 1 to 8. Cover picture 2-65 as illustrated by carefully fastening the pieces to the picture with paper clips or small pieces of tape.
Prepare to sing or say the words to the first verse of “He Is Risen!” (Hymns, no. 199), or bring a recording of this song.
Cutout 2-5, scene of the Crucifixion; cutout 2-6, wrapping Jesus’ body; cutout 2-7, tomb; cutout 2-8, large stone; cutout 2-9, guards; cutout 2-10, angel; cutout 2-11, women with ointments; cutout 2-12, Jesus resurrected. Stack these cutouts in the order they are to be used in the lesson.
Picture 2-2, Family with a Baby (62307); picture 2-35, Christ and the Children (Gospel Art Picture Kit 216; 62467); picture 2-62, Mary and the Resurrected Lord (Gospel Art Picture Kit 233; 62186); picture 2-63, On the Road to Emmaus; picture 2-64, Jesus Shows His Wounds (Gospel Art Picture Kit 234; 62503).
Make the necessary preparations for any enrichment activities you want to use.
Suggested Lesson Development
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Follow up with the children if you encouraged them to do something during the week.
Jesus Christ Did Something for Us That We Could Not Do
Jesus Christ Was Resurrected
Jesus Christ Appeared to Mary Magdalene and to His Disciples
Because Jesus Christ Was Resurrected, We Will Be Resurrected
Invite a child to give the closing prayer. Suggest that the child thank Heavenly Father for sending his Son, Jesus Christ, who made it possible for us to live again after we die.
Choose from the following activities those that will work best for the children in your class. You can use them in the lesson itself or as a review or summary. For additional guidance, see “Class Time” in “Helps for the Teacher.”
Review the hand and glove object lesson from lesson 3 (see page 13). Continue the analogy by explaining that dying is like taking the hand out of the glove. The body (like the glove) cannot move, but the spirit (like the hand) is still alive. At resurrection the spirit and the body are reunited, and both are alive again.
Have the children stand and repeat the third article of faith with you. Explain that because Jesus Christ died and was resurrected, we will also be resurrected, and if we keep the commandments, we will be able to live with Jesus and Heavenly Father again someday. You may want to help the children memorize this article of faith.
Sing or say the words to “Did Jesus Really Live Again?” (Children’s Songbook, p. 64). Help the children do the actions indicated:
Did Jesus really live again (hold hands out with palms up)?
Yes, when the third day came (hold up three fingers),
He wakened and he left the tomb (walk in place);
He called Mary’s name (cup hands around mouth).
Did Jesus come to those he loved (put hands over heart)?
Yes, people touched his feet (bend over and touch feet),
And of the fish and honeycomb
He did truly eat (pantomime eating).
And there were nailprints in his hands (point to hand)
And a spear wound in his side (point to side).
Did Jesus really live again
After he had died (hands out, palms up)?
Oh yes! And so shall I (nod head)!
With the approval of your Primary president, invite a ward or branch member to come to class and share his or her love for the Savior and testimony of the Resurrection.
Ask the children to close their eyes and pretend they are blind. Explain that when we are resurrected, there will be no more blindness or any other disabilities. Our bodies will be perfect. Everyone will be able to see and hear and run; no one will have any physical problems. No one will get sick. Ask the children to open their eyes, and talk about how wonderful it will be to have perfect healthy bodies.