Week long Countdown to EASTER
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Edited version by Bev Qualheim

Artwork by Simon Dewey

Saturday before Palm Sunday 
John 11:7 Jesus returned to Jerusalem area for the final time.

John 11:1-53 Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (Bible Dictionary p 723 Lazarus)
John 11:54 Jesus went to the city of Ephraim

John 12:1-8 In Bethany, Mary anointed Jesus feet (BD p776 Spikenard)
John 12:9-11 Chief priest conspired to kill Jesus and Lazarus (BD p 769 Sanhedrin)

(3 Nephi 8:2-3)
 Activity: review your feelings about the Savior. Who is he? 
As He helped those in need, find someone who needs your help and reach out to them today.  Pray for someone in need.  Knit a preemie hat for your local NICU

Sunday before Easter 
(Palm Sunday)
JST Matt 21:1-6 As instructed, two disciples brought a colt to Jesus.
JST- Matt 21:7-11 Jesus made his triumphal entry (BDp704-5 Hosanna)
Luke 19:41-44 Jesus wept over Jerusalem (BDp 712 Jerusalem)
Activity: Bear testimony of Christ in the way you act, in the way you treat those you love and those around you.  Write your testimony in a journal or online.

 Monday before Easter 
John 12:20-50 At the temple Jesus taught some Greek Jews about His Father.

Matt 21:12-16 Jesus cast money changers out of the temple a second time.
Matt 21:17 Jesus returned to Bethany
Activity: cleanse your own temple (your home, or a room in your home)
Clean up/use up some of your yarn stash by crocheting a warm hat for a shelter.

Tuesday before Easter
Matt 21:18-22 On His way back to Jerusalem Jesus cursed the barren fig tree (BDp 674 Fig tree)

Matt 21:23-46 Chief priests challenged Jesus’ authority.  He rebuked them.
Mattt 21:28-22:14 Parable of the two sons, the wicked husbandman, and the marriage of the king’s son.
Matt 22:15-16 Enemies tried to trap Jesus in His words.  He answered their questions about Roman taxes, marriage and the Resurrection, and the great commandment ( BD p 628 Caesar  p 701-2 Herodias p767 Sadducees)
Mark 12:41, 44 At the temple treasury Jesus notice a widow donating a mite (BDp 733-34 Mite)

Matt 23:1-36 Jesus warned the multitude about hypocrisy (BD p 770 Scribe)
Matt 23:37-39 Jesus lamented over Jerusalem
Matt 24-25 Joseph Smith Matt 1 At the Mount of Olives Jesus taught His disciples about the destruction of Jerusalem and the signs of His Second Coming. (BD p 633 Christ p 648 Coming of Jesus Christ)
Matt 25 Parable of ten virgins, talents, and the sheep and the goats (BD p 788-89 Weights and Measures)
Activity: add something to your food storage

Wednesday before Easter 
Matt 26:1-2 Jesus told His disciples He would be crucified in two days

Matt 26:3-5 Chief priests conspire again to kill Jesus
Matt 26:6-13 Jesus visited the house of Simon the leper.  A woman anointed Jesus in preparation for His death (BDp 775 Simon)
Luke 22:3-6 Judas Iscariot arranged to betray Jesus to the chief priests (BD p 719 Judas)
Activity: do an act of service in secret.  
Crochet a HUG SHAWL for a nursing home near you.
Thursday before Easter 
Luke 22:7-13 The disciples prepared an upper room for the Passover meal ( BD p 672-74 feasts)

Luke 22:14-38 After sundown Jesus had His last Supper with His twelve Apostles
John 13:18-30 Jesus announce that one of His disciples would betray Him.  Judas left the room.
Mark 14:22-25 Jesus instituted the sacrament
Activity: review your testimony of the sacrament.

Have a meal of flatbread, lamb and grape juice
7p.m. to 9 p.m.
John 13:2-17 Jesus washed the feet of the Apostles
John 13:31-35 Jesus taught His disciples and commanded them to love one another as He had loved them.
Mark 14:27-31 Jesus’ disciples pledged their loyalty to Him
John 14 Jesus testified of His divinity and taught of the Comforters (BDp 648 Comforter p 704 Holy Ghost)
Luke 22:39 Jesus and the disciples left for the Mount of Olives
John 15-16 Jesus taught His disciples of the true vine, love, opposition, and His imminent death (BDp 697 Grace)
John 17 Jesus offered the intercessory prayer, praying to the Father for His Apostles and all who believe in Him through them.
John 18:1 Jesus and His disciples arrived at the Garden of Gethsemane.
Pray a special prayer of thanks to your Father in Heaven
Crochet some slippers to warm the feet of a loved one.

Mark 14:32-42;
Luke 22:40-46 Jesus took Peter, James, and John, into the garden; Jesus prayed; an angel comforted Him; Jesus found the three asleep; He prayed a second time; Jesus bled from every pore; the three still continued to sleep; He prayed a third time: Jesus woke his disciples.
(BD p 600 Abba, p 617 Atonement, p 680 Gethsemane)

D&C 19:16-19
Comfort a new mom by knitting or crocheting a preemie hat for her baby

Friday   Midnight  to 3 a.m.

John 18:10-11 Peter tried to stop the arrest of Jesus
Luke 22:49-51 Jesus healed the ear of the high priest’s servant
Mark 14:46;48-52 Jesus was arrested; the disciples fled
John 18:13 Jesus was first taken to the palace of Annas (BDp 609 Annas)

3 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Matt 27:1;
Luke 22:67-71Jesus declared himself to be the Son of God.  He was condemned to death for blasphemy (BDp 625-26)

Matt 27: 3-10 Judas hanged himself (BD p 602 Aceldama, p 752 Potter’s Field)
John 18:28 Jesus was led to the Roman hall of Judgment
John 18:29-38 Pilate questioned Jesus and found not fault in Him (BD p 751 Pilate p752 Pontius)
Luke 23:6-7 Pilate sent Jesus to King Herod Antipas
Luke 23:8-12 Herod questioned and mocked Jesus (BD p 700-1 Herod)
Luke 23:11 Jesus was sent back to Pilate
Luke 23:13-25 Pilate offered to release Jesus, but the people said, “Crucify him.” Pilate release Barrabas (BDp Barabbas)
John 19:1-16 Jesus was whipped had a crown of thorns place on His head was clothed in a purple robe, and was beaten by Roman soldiers.  Pilate sought again to release Jesus, but the people wanted Him crucified.
Mark 15:20-22 Jesus was led to Golgotha (BDp 629 Calvary p 682 Golgotha)

Mark 15:23-28; John 19:23-24 Jesus was nailed to the cross.  Soldiers cast lots for His clothes (BDp 651 Crucifixion)
Mark 15:29-32 Jesus was mocked as His hung on the cross

Noon – 3 p.m.

Mark 15:33 Darkness covered the land for three hours.
John 19:29 Jesus was offered vinegar to drink (BDp 706 Hyssop)
Mark 15:31-37 A soldier pierced Jesus’ side with a spear.
John 19:38-42 Before sundown Jesus’ body was laid in a tomb
Matt 27:62-66 Chief priests and Pharisees sealed the tomb and assigned guards to watch it.
3 Nephi 8 :5-21 Great storms and earthquake caused destruction in the Americas,  Three days of darkness covered the land

Activity: record in your journal your thoughts on the Atonement.
Saturday before Easter 
D&C 138:11-24 While His body laid in the tomb, Jesus visited the righteous in the spirit world

3 Nephi 10:9 Jesus spoke from heaven to the more righteous people in America
Activity: do something for the dead, genealogy, temple work, visit a cemetery, etc.

Sunday Easter morning 
JST Matt 28:1-8; JST Mark 16:1-8 Some women, including Mary Magdalene, found the tomb open, saw the angels and ran to tell the disciples (BD p 729 Mary Magdalene)

John 20:2-10 Peter and John ran to the tomb found it empty
John 20:11-17 Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene at the tomb.
Luke 24:32 Jesus appeared to Peter
Matt 28:9-10; Luke 24:10-11 Jesus appeared to other women.  They testified to the disciples of His Resurrection.
Luke 24:13-35 Jesus appeared to two disciples on the road to Emmaus.
Luke 24:36-48; John 20:19-25 At Jerusalem Jesus appeared to a group of disciples; Thomas was not with them.
Activity: have empty tomb biscuits for breakfast  (*see below)

Other appearances
John 20:26-29 Eight days later Jesus appeared to Thomas and the other Apostles.

John 21:1-23 At the Sea of Galilee Jesus appeared to seven of the Apostles and said to Peter, “Feed my sheep.”
Matt 28:16-20 In Galilee Jesus appeared to 11 disciples
Luke 24:49-53; Acts 1:1-11 Forty days after His Resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven from the Mount of Olives.  Two angels promised that Jesus would return in like manner (BD p 614 Ascension)
3 Nephi 11:1-26:15 Jesus visited and taught the people in America
3 Nephi 16:1-3 Jesus visited the other Lost Sheep of the House of Israel.
JS-H 1:17
D&C 76:22-24
*Recipe for Empty tomb biscuits (Roll dough works better)
One biscuit rolled out to about three inches.
Wrap the rolled biscuit around a large marshmallow and seal the edges very tight.
(someone said to spray a cupcake liner with PAM spray and put the roll upside down  in the sprayed cupcake liner. This makes for quicker clean up in case the roll is not sealed tight. Bake for 10 minutes.  Serve

When you eat the rolls, or biscuits discuss how the roll is empty  like Christ's tomb was empty.
1-     Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain other with them.

2-     And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher.
3-     And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
Luke 24:1-3


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