Easter Week is a Holy Week
Easter Week, or the time from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday (or Resurrection Sunday), is a great time to work on Personal Progress. Personal Progress is the program that girls 12-18 years old (and older!) are invited to complete in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It has activities and scriptures that teach about the 8 values of the Young Women program: faith, divine nature, individual worth, knowledge, choice and accountability, good works, integrity, and virtue.
We believe as we accept and act upon these values, we will be prepared to strengthen home and family, make and keep sacred covenents, and enjoy the blessings of exaltation.
Completing the Personal Progress program can help you stand in figurative and literal “holy places” as you serve, pray, fast, seek, and read. So, it goes without saying that there are plenty of Personal Progress related activities you can do as you observe Easter Week.
The Church has put together a beautiful and simple visual that summarizes the Savior’s last week. You can see that visual here.
I’ve used the summarized points of each day to create an outline of sorts of suggested Personal Progress activities anyone can do to observe Easter Week. Beginning with the Triumphal Entry on Palm Sunday to Christ’s resurrection on the following Sunday, I encourage you to seek a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ in the holy scriptures, in prayer, and in the relationships all around you.
If you would like to read a more in-depth article on the Savior’s last week on the earth, you can read this article. Consider using it to check off Faith #8 or #9, a personalized additional value experience.
I am grateful for scriptural accounts of the Savior’s ministry to the children of God. I know he lived, died, and rose again. He lives today. As I’ve drawn closer to him and our Heavenly Father, I’ve experienced more joy in my life. May we all strive to feel a little closer to the Savior next week and always.
Sunday: Triumphal Entry
Would you have recognized he was the Son of God, the King of Kings entering his city?
Learn about the first principle of the gospel: faith.
What is your divine and unique mission to fulfill?
Remember who you are.
Monday: Cleansing of the Temple
Be worthy to enter the temple. It is a place of profound peace, revelation, beauty, and unity.
Tuesday: Teaching in Jerusalem
What principle of the gospel would you like to learn more about?
One of the Holy Ghost’s roles is testator or witness. He helps you recognize or remember when you hear truth. The Spirit of God would havae been in abundance as Christ bore his testimony and taught the people.
After being taught, take some time to ponder on the beautiful truths of the gospel.
Knowing what’s to come, do you truly understand why Christ had to perform the atonement?
Jesus Christ is the perfect example of service. We can read about many of his acts of service in the scriptures, but I am sure there are so many more quiet, private, and sacred acts of service he rendered to those around him. Follow in the Savior’s footsteps and learn why service is a fundamental principle of the gospel.
Thursday: The Garden of Gethsemane
Learn about the sacrament by reading about the Last Supper.
An understanding of the atonement performed by Jesus Christ can increase our faith in him and God’s plan for us.
Memorize the sacrament prayers. Remember what we are promising and what we are promised during that weekly ordinance.
Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God shall give thee.
And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
Repentance is a beautiful gift. Rejoice in the ability to repent because of all that Christ did for us.
Integrity can be defined as doing what you know is right even when no one is looking.
Repentance is available because of the atonement performed by Jesus Christ.
Friday: Crucifixion and Burial
Jesus’s knowledge of his divine identity and individual worth allowed him strength, courage, obedience, and humility to suffer all that was required of him.
Christ chose to submit to the will of the Father. Because we know he chose to obey the Father, rather than being compelled to do so, Jesus’s atonement can bring a deeper meaning and can motivate us to “choose the right” always.
Saturday: The Tomb
Invite a friend to your Easter worship services tomorrow.
He is risen! He is risen!Tell it out with joyful voice.
Sunday: The Resurrection
Coming to finish the burial preparations so hastily performed two days prior, it was Christ’s female disciples who were the first to see the resurrected Lord. You and I are part of a wonderful legacy of faith and service.
Because we know that Jesus Christ lives today and gave us the wonderful gift of the atonement, we must stand as witnesses “at all times and in all things, and in all places” (Mosiah 18:9).
The Book of Mormon adds a witness to the Bible that Jesus is the Christ, that he did live and die, and that he lives still today. He appeared before the people in the Americas and taught them the beautifully simple yet powerful truths he taught to the people in the Holy Land. Read this sacred book and “ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost” (Moroni 10:4).