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Follow His Footsteps: Easter Activities That Reflect the Life of Christ

By Mormon.org
Jesus teaching people on a hill

True Love and Adoration

Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, but in a much more meaningful sense, it is the sincerest form of love and adoration. As this Easter season approaches, consider doing more than merely studying the events of the final days of the Savior’s life. Truly show your love and adoration for Jesus Christ this year by following the example He set during that first Easter week so long ago in Jerusalem.

Follow Christ’s Example

We can learn much from the events of the Savior’s final week in mortality about how we should live to come closer to Him. When determining what activities will bring you and your loved ones closer to Jesus Christ as you celebrate Easter, consider these pivotal moments and implement these principles into your planning.

  • Entering Jerusalem triumphantly. With a clear understanding of His identity and purpose, the Savior entered Jerusalem on the back of donkey—a sign of nobility—as believers hailed Him with palm leaves (see Matthew 21:6–11). Follow Christ’s example by learning who you are and what you can accomplish as a child of God. This can be accomplished by keeping the Sabbath day holy and worshipping at church or studying scriptures like Genesis 1:26–27, Psalm 8:4–6, and 1 Corinthians 3:16–17.
  • Weeping over Jerusalem. Filled with compassion, the Savior wept over the inhabitants of Jerusalem for their imminent struggles (see Luke 19:41–44). Take time during this Easter season to show compassion for those around you who are suffering. Send a note to someone in pain. Share a hug and a shoulder to cry on. Open your heart and bear another’s burden.
  • Cleansing the temple. Jesus Christ cast out the moneychangers from the temple, cleansing and purifying it to make it more holy (see Matthew 21:12–13). Make yourself more holy through repentance, and seek holy places to come closer to Christ. Attend events that invite the Spirit of God, like an uplifting musical concert, a sunrise service, or an LDS temple visitors’ center or open house.
  • Serving others. During His final week, Jesus gave sight to a blind man (see Matthew 21:14), taught His disciples to love one another (see John 15:17), and washed His Apostles’ feet (see John 13:4–5). Follow His example by planning simple acts of service for others. You never know when a simple plate of cookies might be the miracle someone is seeking.
  • Praying for others. At the Last Supper and later in the Garden of Gethsemane, as He suffered for our sins, the Savior fervently prayed for those He loved. Take time during this Easter season to pray for loved ones and friends. Remember them by name, and petition the Lord for the blessings they desire.
  • Giving His life. Upon the cross, the Savior gave His life for each of us that we might overcome death. While we aren’t asked to die as He did, we can give our lives by living our lives dedicated to His teachings. Sacrifice your time for a good cause. Be more generous in a donation to a favorite charity or church group. Or simply take time with a child at the end of the day to express your love. Easter is a perfect time to assess whether our actions are consistent with the life of Jesus Christ.
  • Testifying boldly. Following that glorious Easter morn, the risen Lord appeared to Mary, His Apostles, and many others, boldly declaring Himself as Messiah, Savior of the world. In all our interactions, whether in person or online, we can take time during this Easter season to testify of His divinity. Here's a great message to share with those you love: Hallelujah.

If you would like more ideas for Easter activities that center on Jesus Christ, try some of these.