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April 11–17. Easter: “He Will Swallow Up Death in Victory”


“April 11–17. Easter: ‘He Will Swallow Up Death in Victory,’” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Old Testament 2022 (2021)

“April 11–17. Easter,” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: 2022

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The Tomb of Jesus Christ

Illustration of the empty tomb by Maryna Kriuchenko

April 11–17

Easter

“He Will Swallow Up Death in Victory”

As you prepare to teach, ponder how you can help the children gain a deeper understanding and testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

Record Your Impressions

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Invite Sharing

Ask the children what their families do to celebrate Easter. What do they do to remember Jesus Christ’s Resurrection?

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Teach the Doctrine: Younger Children

Jesus Christ is my Savior.

Easter Sunday is a good occasion to teach the children about the Savior’s Atonement in Gethsemane and His death on the cross. This can help them feel Jesus’s love for them.

Possible Activities

  • Show pictures of the Savior in this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families or other pictures of the Savior’s sacrifice (see Gospel Art Book, nos. 56, 57, 58), and let the children share with you what they know about the events depicted in the pictures. Tell the children about Jesus’s suffering in Gethsemane and on the cross (see Matthew 26:36–46; 27:35–50; Luke 22:39–46; John 19:16–30; “Chapter 51: Jesus Suffers in the Garden of Gethsemane,” in New Testament Stories, 129–32). Bear your testimony that Jesus was willing to suffer and die for us because He loves us. Invite the children to share how they feel about Jesus Christ.

  • Read John 10:9 to the children, emphasizing Jesus’s words “I am the door.” Because Jesus suffered for our sins, died, and was resurrected, He made it possible for each of us to live with God again. Use the door of your classroom to teach that Jesus is like a doorway that allows us to return to Heavenly Father.

  • Read Isaiah 53:6 to the children, and show them a picture or drawing of a sheep. Let one of the children put the picture in a far corner of the room. Explain that when we make wrong choices, we are wandering away from Heavenly Father like a sheep going astray. Then invite the child to bring the sheep back, and bear your testimony that because Jesus Christ suffered and died for us, He can bring us back to Heavenly Father. (You might show a picture of Jesus as a shepherd, such as picture 64 in the Gospel Art Book.)

  • Sing with the children a song about Jesus Christ, such as “I Feel My Savior’s Love” (Children’s Songbook, 74–75). Help them notice any feelings of peace and love they have as they sing. Also point out words in the song that describe the Savior’s love. How can we share His love with others?

Jesus died and was resurrected for me.

How can you help the children learn that because of Jesus Christ’s Resurrection, we and our loved ones will be resurrected someday?

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The Savior’s Atonement

Grey Day Golgotha, by J. Kirk Richards

Possible Activities

  • Tell the children about Jesus’s death and Resurrection (see Mark 15–16). Use the pictures in this week’s outline, pictures 57–60 in the Gospel Art Book, or “Chapter 54: Jesus Is Risen” in New Testament Stories (pages 139–44) to help the children visualize the story.

  • Help the children understand that resurrection means that after we die we will live again forever with a perfect physical body and will never die again. Share your testimony of the Resurrection, and let the children work on this week’s activity page. Invite the children to use it to share with their families the story of Jesus’s Resurrection.

  • Read Alma 40:23 to the children. Show them your hand inside a glove. Tell them that your hand is like a spirit and the glove is like a physical body. Take the glove off to show that when we die, our spirit will leave our body. Put the glove back on to represent the Resurrection.

  • Sing a song about Jesus Christ’s Resurrection, such as “Did Jesus Really Live Again?” or “Jesus Has Risen” (Children’s Songbook, 64, 70). Bear your testimony that because of Jesus Christ we will live again and have perfect bodies after we die.

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Teach the Doctrine: Older Children

Jesus suffered for me.

As you study the Savior’s Atonement, ponder how you can help the children understand how the Savior can bless and strengthen them.

Possible Activities

  • Divide the children into three groups, and give each group one of the following scripture passages: Isaiah 53:4–12; Alma 7:11–13; and Doctrine and Covenants 19:16–19. Invite the children to look for words and phrases that describe the things Jesus Christ suffered for us. Ask them to write their answers on the board and share how they feel about the Savior after reading these scriptures.

  • Prepare strips of paper. On half of them, write Old Testament scripture references of prophecies about Jesus Christ. On the other half, write corresponding New Testament scripture references about how these prophecies were fulfilled. (This week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families lists some examples.) Invite the children to read the verses and match the prophecies with their fulfillment.

  • Help the children memorize the third article of faith. What does this scripture teach us about Jesus Christ’s Atonement and Heavenly Father’s plan for His children?

  • Ask the children how they would describe the Atonement of Jesus Christ to someone. Encourage them to use scriptures, hymns, or pictures to express what the Savior’s atoning sacrifice means to them. How are we blessed because of the Savior’s Atonement?

Jesus died and was resurrected for me.

The reality of Jesus Christ’s Resurrection can bring us great hope and joy—especially when we experience the death of a loved one. How can you help the children find comfort in the Resurrection?

Possible Activities

  • Display pictures 57–59 in the Gospel Art Book. Ask the children to match the pictures with the following passages: Matthew 27:29–38; Matthew 27:59–60; and John 20:10–18. Then invite the children to tell the story of Jesus’s death, burial, and Resurrection in their own words.

  • Read Job 14:14 with the children. Invite the children to share how they would answer Job’s question. Help them find scriptures that testify of the Resurrection (see Guide to the Scriptures, “Resurrection,” scriptures.ChurchofJesusChrist.org).

  • Read Moses 1:39 with the children. Ask them if they know the difference between “immortality” and “eternal life.” Invite them to look for answers in the first paragraph of “Eternal Life” (Gospel Topics, topics.ChurchofJesusChrist.org). Who will receive immortality? What is required to receive eternal life? Bear your testimony that both of these precious gifts are possible because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

  • Sing together an Easter song or hymn, such as “He Sent His Son” (Children’s Songbook, 34–35) or “He Is Risen!” (Hymns, no. 199). Invite the children to share how they feel when they sing these songs. What do these songs teach us about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ? Invite the children to write their testimonies of the Savior to share at home with their families.

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Encourage Learning at Home

To help the children share with their families what they learned in class, encourage them to sing a song at home this week about Jesus Christ’s Atonement.

Improving Our Teaching

Children can recognize the influence of the Spirit. Teach the children that the feelings they have when they talk or sing about Jesus Christ and His gospel come from the Holy Ghost and that these feelings can build their testimonies.