The Living Christ: A 30 Day Easter Countdown

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Easter is one of the most spiritual and beautiful holidays! To celebrate the atonement and resurrection of Jesus Christ and what it means in our lives is truly to reflect on the whole purpose of why we are here and on HE who makes it possible for us to be redeemed from our sins.

This 30 day countdown to Easter utilizes The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles. Each day focuses on a portion of that document – either a sentence or a paragraph. Many names by which Christ is known are included in The Living Christ, consequently there are also days of the countdown that focus on a name given. Hopefully this will aid in understanding all the characteristics of Jesus Christ and how we can try to be more like Him in our daily lives.
I spent some time redoing my Easter countdown from last year. I have expanded it to 30 days and incorporated names of Christ mentioned in The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles.

As part of our countdown we also did many activities with our children. Links to those activities can be found at the bottom of this post. Not only are there links to activities but there are also links to The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos the church has produced. This page will continually be updated as more videos are released. These add greatly to this countdown and are a valuable addition in teaching your children about Jesus Christ.

The pdf file is ordered as follows: the days of the countdown with daily devotional ideas, tags to cut out and display on an Easter tree, also included are all of the artwork or paintings first in small scale (for you to create your own tags) and also in large scale (to use as an art study). The paintings and artwork I chose are, for the most part, part of the public domain. Most were found at wikimedia.

My hope is that your testimony and those of your children in the Savior, Jesus Christ, will grow as you focus more on Him this Easter season.

Enjoy!

The Living Christ: A 30 day Easter Countdown {pdf file}
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You'll notice that several of the tags have the same number. For those days I thought that having two (or three) pictures better clarified the scriptures and doctrinal concepts being taught and discussed.

Additional activities and resources for each day: {This will be updated daily}

For 2012 start on March 8 {to end the day before Easter} of March 9 {to end on Easter}

Day 1:The Birth of Jesus Christ
The Birth of Jesus Christ
Bible Video: An Angel Foretells of Christ's Birth to Mary
Bible Video: Shepherds Learn of the Birth of Christ
Bible Video: Good Tidings of Great Joy: The Birth of Jesus Christ

Day 2: Jehovah
Stories of Jehovah
Names of Christ Ornaments
Names of Christ Study Booklet

Day 3: Messiah
Handel's Messiah from NPR
Bible Video: Jesus Declares He Is the Messiah
Names of Christ Ornaments
Names of Christ Study Booklet

Day 4: Creator
Salt Dough Earth
Names of Christ Ornaments
Names of Christ Study Booklet

Day 5: He was the creator of the earth
Activity: He was the creator of the earth
Music Study: Haydn - The Creation {oratorio}

Day 6: The baptism of Jesus Christ.
Activity: Jesus Christ was Baptized
Bible Video: The Baptism of Jesus

Day 7: The Miracles of Christ
Activity: The Miracles of Jesus
Bible Video: Jesus Turns Water Into Wine
Bible Video: Jesus Raises the Daughter of Jairus
Bible Video: Jesus Heals a Woman of Faith
Bible Video: Jesus Forgives Sins and Heals a Man Stricken with Palsy
Bible Video: Jesus Heals a Possessed Man


Day 8: Jesus Taught the Truths of Eternity
Activity: Jesus Taught the Truths of Eternity
Bible Video: Jesus Teaches a Samaritan Woman
Bible Video: Jesus Teaches About the Widow's Mite
Bible Video: The Parable of the Good Samaritan
Bible Video: Jesus Teaches of Being Born Again
Bible Video: Sermon on the Mount: The Beatitudes
Bible Video: Sermon on the Mount: The Higher Law
Bible Video: Sermon on the Mount: The Lord’s Prayer
Bible Video: Sermon on the Mount: Treasures in Heaven
 

Day 9: He Instituted the Sacrament
Activity: He Instituted the Sacrament
Bible Video: The Last Supper

Day 10: His great atoning sacrifice
Activity: The Atonement
Bible Video: The Savior Suffers in Gethsemane

Day 11: The Betrayal and Trial of Jesus Christ
Activity: Betrayal and Trial of Jesus
Bible Video: Jesus is Tried by Caiaphas; Peter Denies Knowing Him
Bible Video: Jesus is Condemned Before Pilate

Day 12: Calvary's Cross
Activity: Calvary's Cross
Activity: Calvary's Hill or Empty Tomb Garden {start two weeks before Easter}
Bible Video: Jesus is Scourged and Crucified

Day 13: Firstborn
Names of Christ Ornaments
Names of Christ Study Booklet

Day 14: Only Begotten Son
Names of Christ Ornaments
Names of Christ Study Booklet
Sun Light Catchers

Day 15: Redeemer
Names of Christ Ornaments

Day 16: The Risen Lord
Activity: The Risen Lord
Activity: Calvary's Hill or Empty Tomb Garden {start two weeks before Easter}
Bible Video: Jesus is Laid in a Tomb
Bible Video: Jesus is Resurrected
Bible Video: He is Risen

Day 17: Good Shepherd
Names of Christ Ornaments
Names of Christ Study Booklet

Day 18: His other Sheep
Activity: His Other Sheep

Day 19: Alpha & Omega
Names of Christ Ornaments
Names of Christ Study Booklet

Day 20: Advocate
Names of Christ Ornaments
Names of Christ Study Booklet
Bible Video: Jesus Offers the Intercessory Prayer 

Day 21: I am the First and the Last
The First and the Last Funstuf Activity

Day 22: Chief Cornerstone
Read Different Walls, Same Foundation
Names of Christ Study Booklet

Day 23: His Priesthood and Church are Restored
Activity: Apostasy Cups {teaching about the apostasy and restoration}

Day 24: Joseph Smith's Testimony; Testimony of the Apostles
Activity: Testimony of the Apostles

Day 25: King of Kings
Names of Christ Ornaments
Names of Christ Study Booklet
Bible Video: The Lord's Truimphal Entry into Jerusalem 

Day 26: Lord of Lords
Names of Christ Ornaments
Names of Christ Study Booklet

Day 27: The Second Coming
Activity: The Second Coming

Day 28: Judgment
Activity: Judgment

Day 29: Immanuel
Names of Christ Ornaments
Names of Christ Study Booklet

Day 30: Jesus is the Living Christ
Bible Video: Jesus is Resurrected
Bible Video: He is Risen

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33 comments :

  1. thank you! this is great! and we do an easter tree. One note as I only have a b&w printer, when I printed out the tags, the lovely shape of the tag, outline etc did not print out- Just the pictures, the number and the words. I'll work around it but thought you might be interested in knowing.

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  2. This will be wonderful for my family. Thank you so much for sharing your work with others. We have never done an Easter countdown before and I am so excited in bringing more of Christ into our month. THANKS!

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  3. This is really cool. Thank you! My children and I spent the last few months memorizing The Living Christ and it was a phenomenal experience. (We started at the beginning of December to help prepare for Christmas.) These activities will be a great addition. Thanks again!

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  4. Great idea. I'm glad you gave me a few days to prepare!

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing all your hard work and making it so easy for us to teach our families about Christ. This is beautiful and I will share with others.

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing this - I am very excited! I was printing off my tags and noticed that there are 2 tags that say 11, so I didn't know if that is a typo or not?

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    1. I forgot to say in the file that there are two tags for 11. I loved both pieces of artwork so much, I felt they both added to that day so I kept them both.

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  7. Perfect. You are genius. I don't know how to transform the archive in Word so I could change to Portuguese. Would you have the Word version? If so, my e-mail is elaine_deoliveira@hotmail.com
    Thank you sooo much!!!

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  8. Thank you! We started doing this countdown and are loving it!

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  9. Thanks! I just printed it!

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  10. Montserrat! you are an amazing mama! We started on this today and really love the Names of Christ book. Thank you for doing such an awesome thing for all of us!

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  11. You are incredible! Even though we are off to a late start, I am going to get cracking on this. What a fabulous gift to share with all of us. Thank you so much!!!!!!

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  12. I am trying to print your pdf but when I click on the link, it takes me to 4shared, and when I click "view document" it only shows me up to day 14, with no tags or pictures. Am I doing something wrong? Is there another way to view your pdf?

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    1. To download:

      Click on the blue "download now" button.
      Then because it is a free service it makes you wait for 20 seconds.
      After the twenty seconds a blue "Download File Now" link will appear.
      Click on that and the pdf file will download to your computer.

      The view only previews the document and does not show all of it.

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  13. Oh thank you! I'm a new reader and I was just struggling with what to do for Easter and this is perfect! I'm just sorry I didn't discover this earlier. :)

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  14. Montserrat, I am SO excited to be doing this with my family! Thank you so much for all the work you put into these! We got a late start and I've just been printing a day at a time. I just noticed though... the tag numbers start to go wonky halfway through. There are 3 day 11s, and then 12,16,18,23, with days missing in between. Is there a design to the duplicate/missing days or am I the one missing something?

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    1. You'll need to print out all the tags at once. When I redesigned the countdown to include 30 days {it previously had 16} it was easier to change the numbers on the tags than to recreate new tags and put them all in the correct order. A couple of the days {like day 11} have more than one tag. I loved all the artwork and felt they all added to that day's study. The "missing" days are the tags with the names of Christ on them found at the end of the pdf file. I hope that makes sense! They are all there - just not in order.

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    2. Ah! Totally get it now! I just didn't scroll down far enough today and that's why I was confused. Thanks for being helpful for an, um, sleep deprived Mom on FHE night! :) We are loving this way to remember Christ during the spring season.

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  15. We have been doing this the past month. Only four more days to go. It has been a good experience for our family. Thanks for all your hard work in putting this together!

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  16. This is so neat! Thank you for sharing!

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  17. This is so wonderful! I'm excited to try this out this year! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  18. I am getting ready to print our tags, did you print your tags on regular printer paper or card stock? Just curious... I am thinking card stock will be more durable for future years, but harder to cut out...

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    1. I used cardstock. I then cut out the tags with a paper cutter, folded hen in half and cut the corners off with scissors.

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  19. Awesome resource! Thank you for sharing all of your hard work.
    I thought you might like to see this list that my brother in law made for the Church's videos. On the church's website they are put in the order in which they were loaded, so he created a chronological list based on the life of Christ (and even handily divided it into major events such as Jesus' birth, Easter week, etc).
    http://nathanrichardson.com/2013/02/biblevideos-org-chronological-index/#.USqL4B3Aca8

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    1. Yes! Nathan posted it in the LDS Journalists, Bloggers and Influencers facebook group we are a part of. Great resource to have handy.

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  20. I just discovered this countdown and am so inspired by it! Thank you for all the time and effort you spent creating the beautiful cards and outlining the daily devotionals. I hope that my family will more fully feel the spirit of Easter by doing this countdown together. Thanks again!

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  21. I'm having trouble with the download. Can you help? I downloaded a week or so ago but ran out of printer ink. I tried again this morning and it comes up but the letters are overlapping and it's hard to read. When I did it last week, it just pulled up. Now it's going through something called dropbox, which I know nothing about. Any help would be appreciated. It looks awesome! Thanks.

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    1. Hi Quailene,

      You should be able to download directly from dropbox. I switched to that because it is completely free and those that download don't need an account like you do with Scribd or 4Share. You should see a blue download button on the upper right of your screen when you are in dropbox. The preview does look funny but it downloads properly, I promise! If you still are having trouble send me an e-mail at chocolateonmycranium {at} live {dot} com and I'll e-mail the pdf file to you.

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  22. Love this idea. I am going to send it to my daughter whose on a mission but doesn't like "sweets" This will be perfect. I have one question though. I downloaded the pdf but the scripted pages are misaligned starting from the first page. It looks like everything moved down about 2-3 lines so the last line or two prints on the next page, not keeping the "days" together. Is it my computer or the pdf?

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    1. In my original pdf file that only had 16 days of countdown I had the days separated on individual pages. Now because of the 30 day countdown it created such a HUGE file that it was easier to just let the days flow onto the next page rather than make each day have its own page. The file is correct and the days do flow onto the next page on some of them.

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  23. You are an amazing woman! Thank you thank you! I will definitely use this with my family :)

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  24. Thank you so much for organizing and sharing!!!!!!!! Thank you thank you!

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