Saturday, March 3, 2018

Celebrating a Christ Centered Easter Box





He is risen!  He is risen!
Tell it out with joyful voice.
He has burst his three days' prison;
Let the whole wide earth rejoice.
Death is conquered; man is free.
Christ has won the victory.




Easter is a holiday that we mark on our calendars on one Sunday of every year, but in reality it is a celebration that should take place every day of our lives.  The sacrifice and resurrection of our Lord merit more than just one high holiday a year; His is a gift that must be rejoiced in continually.  We must not take it for granted.  We must let it fill our hearts with hope.



It is always fun to send our Kiddos a Care Package - but it is Super Fun to send a Box Full of Easter Bunny LOVE! Our theme for this box was 'Celebrating a Christ Centered Easter!' 

♥︎ If you would like to send your own 'Celebrating a Christ Centered Easter' Care Package to your Missionary - check out this kit we put together to help you do just that!


 This Missionary Easter Care Package kit is designed to give you a Quick and Easy way to send Your Missionary a Spiritual & Fun Care Package.  The Box Flap Designs & Printables have over 90 beautifully-coordinated pieces - available now on Etsy from the Missionary Box Moms.

 This kit includes an 35-Page High-Quality PDF File Download for DIY Printables.



















 For Ideas to help you put together the perfect Missionary Care Package, how you can use each Printable, to find links to print General Conference talks and other stories to include in your box - look below!


Hippity Hoppity Easters On Its Way!  It's always so fun to see the pictures our Missionaries send home of them opening up their crazy boxes decorated in whatever the 'Theme' of the box is.  

Most of the boxes we mailed were 12X12X8 or 12X12X5 which meant the flap size was just under 12X6 - so you can simply cut one piece of 12X12 scrapbook paper in half to cover each box flap. 



For the 'Easter' box we used 2 pieces of Gold Woodgrain 12X12 Scrapbook paper from The Recollections Company that we found at Michael's Craft Store.   We cut each paper in half - then trimmed them slightly to fit the box flaps.  We then printed off our MBM printables onto photo paper, cut them out and attached it all to the box with Glue Dots for durability.  You can find Glue Dots at any craft store near you or on Amazon.

You can choose whatever size box works best for you.  We chose to mail the large 12X12x8 U.S. Postal Service sized box simply for economy - since it was just a few dollars more to send a large box vs. a medium box.
 (The boxes are Free from the US Post Office)  






Bunny Love!!!  One thing we always included in all of our Missionary Box Mom Boxes was a personalized letter to each Missionary from each Mother.  Inside our letters we included our testimonies, the reason we chose that particular item to include in the box, along with uplifting messages filled with love.  A lot of the items won't make much sense as to why you are including them in the box unless you explain how it specifically applies to your Missionary and to Missionary Work.  Many times over we have received thank you letters from our Missionaries - but the things they thanked us all for the most was the letters we included.  It's just a little piece of 'Home' in a box!  So don't forget to write! 

Hop to It!  As we decided on each ‘Missionary Box Theme’, which we based around a scripture or missionary teaching idea, we would then brainstorm fun ideas that could be included in our box.  With this 'Box' we wanted our Missionaries to learn about the personal experiences of people who were closest to the Savior during the final week of His life and the meaning behind traditions that will help Easter to become a 'High Holy Day' in their hearts.  Celebrating a Christ Centered Easter offers hope for and Easter filled with the Spirit of Christ that they can continue throughout the year.  We also threw in a little 'Easter Bunny Fun' for them and their companions - which of course included a little bit of chocolate! 
Print Off The Following Conference Talks & Stories:

(These will be used throughout your box as shown.  But you could swap in any talks or stories that you feel would be fun to send to your Missionary!)

General Conference April 2002 talk: 'The Language of Love' by Gayle M. Clegg. 

General Conference April 2009 talk: 'None Were with Him' by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland.

General Conference April 1999 talk: 'Our Only Chance' by Sheri L. Dew. 

New Era March 2007 talk: 'Gifts to Bring Home from the Mission Field' by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

He Is Risen! - Hymn Lyrics

Christ the Lord Is Risen Today - Hymn Lyrics

General Conference October 2002 talk: 'Rise to Your Call' by Henry B. Eyring.

Ensign April 1992 First Presidency Message: 'The Meaning of Easter' by President Ezra Taft Benson.
Hoppy Easter!  I'm sure it was just as much fun for us to build it as it was for our missionaries to receive it! Depending on the size of the box you are sending – you could include or delete any of the following items – or come up with a few of your own.  We tried to make sure that most of our items could be used to enhance missionary discussions, to be given away, to decorate their missionary apartments and left for future missionaries when they moved on, or simply eaten and enjoyed.  But of course there were always a few that were just for fun!

1. Celebrating a Christ Centered Easter Activity (This activity is included in this MBM kit).
Dear Missionary, In the week before Easter - let us focus on seven different personal experiences that took place just before and just after the Lord's suffering. sacrifice, and resurrection.  These stories have one thing in common - each of the stories is a personal witness of the Lord's individualized ministry.



Our thoughts are with you as you enter this season of hope and celebration.  May those two emotions become the guiding principles behind your studies.  Hope for an Easter filled with the Spirit of Christ and feelings of celebration as we offer our finest to Him in deepest gratitude for His Sacrifice.




To Go along with this activity we included an Easter CD that we put together for our Missionaries.  Included in the MBM kit is a template for you to make your own CD cover.  Here are the links for the songs to include:

Create your own Easter CD:
1. Be Still, My Soul by David Archuleta
2. Nearer, My God, to Thee by BYU Vocal Point w/ BYU Men's Chorus
or
2. Nearer, My God, to Thee by Eclipse 6 w/ Madilyn Paige
3. How Great Thou Art by BYU Noteworthy
4. I Know That My Redeemer Lives by Michael R. Hicks
5. How Deep the Father's Love for Us by Selah
6. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing by Chris Tomlin
7. Christ the Lord Is Risen Today by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Additional Options
1. The Mission / How Great Thou Art by The Piano Guys (Wonder of The World 2 of 7)
2. I Will Rise by Alex Boye & Emi Yo Leke
3. Amazing Grace by The Five Strings
4. You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban
5. He Is Risen - Easter Medley at Payson Temple by Aaron Hinton
6. World's Largest Virtual #Hallelujah Chorus by Mormon Tabernacle Choir and others

2. A 14-Day Walk With Christ Activity.  (This activity is included in this MBM kit).  The only way that we can really know another person is to walk in their shoes: think what they think, learn what they know, and what they would say, do what they would do.  Christ said "Be ye therefore perfect."  We can only accomplish this as we become like Him.  Faithfully follow this fourteen day walk with Christ and you will better understand Him.
As you commit yourself to live a more Christ like life,
take it a step at a time, and you will find peace.
"...it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength..." 
Mosiah 4:27

We included a pair of Hawaiian Sandals with the activity.  Sandals Cost: Approx. $8-10.  You can find them at WalMart, Hallmark, and Amazon.

3. Names of Christ Study Flip Book Activity.  One of our moms purchased this from Shannon Foster at The Red Headed Hostess to include in for our Missionaries.  This book has 72 names to study - and each page has a different design - so there are 72 different designs - plus a few more other names you may find and decide to include into your book. 

4. Conference Notes Journal from Deseret Book

Since General Conference falls on Easter weekend this year we thought it would be fun to include a Conference Notes Journal. You could include a fun pen along with some Easter candy and treats tied up in a fun bag.  We also included a 'Hand of God' Mini Pack of Pictures also found at Deseret Book by Yongsung Kim, a 3X4 'He Lives' print by Simon Dewey, a Blueberry Muffin Mix, some Cupcake Wrappers, and miscellaneous Easter Candy.

5.  Rubiks Cube Object Lesson
Purchase any type of Rubiks Cube for this object lesson activity.  

Begin with the Rubik's cube puzzle solved.  As you talk about the apostasy turn the Rubiks cube until all of the colors are mixed, illustrating the point that parts of the gospel that were lost or confused.  While you talk about the importance of each part of the gospel and the church return the cube to the completed state representing the restoration of the gospel. 

6. Tic Tac Bunny Fun
(Our version of these funny Easter Tic Tac covers are included in this kit).  There are lots of yummy Easter time only flavors of Tic Tacs and you can find them easily at stores near you.
Orange Tic Tacs: Carrot Seeds
White Tic Tacs: Bunny Poop
Green Tic Tacs: Grass Seeds
Purple Tic Tacs: Hippity Hoppity Seeds
Pink Tic Tacs: Bunny Noses
Yellow Tic Tacs: Easter Peeps
Blue Tic Tacs: Easter Egg Seeds

7. Atonement Garland - Advent Calendar 
Your Missionary and his/her companion can open one packet/bag/egg each day leading up to Easter (or if their package reaches them later - they could do it following Easter as well).  Inside each bag is a quote from LDS Church Authorities speaking about the atonement.  Copy your quotes onto white card stock and cut them out.  Place each quote inside your bag with a little Easter treat as well and number each bag from 1-25. Using tape or small clothes pins - attach each bag to a good length of Jute String or Ribbon.  (I buy a large roll of Jute string from CAL Ranch for $3 and use it for a million things!)   You could choose to include 2 Push Pins for your Missionary to be able to hang up their Advent Calendar.

8. Make your own Easter Soap.
This tradition of including homemade soap in all of our MBM boxes started early on with our 9 Bees Box and it has been a fun addition ever since.
 

Making your own soap is fun and easy - so if you have never tried Melt and Pour Soap Crafting before - now is your chance!  The Materials are inexpensive, easy to find, and the steps are not complicated at all.  Plus - your Missionary is always going to need soap - and every time they use the soap you made it will remind them of you!

Most of the supplies will be available in your local craft store or your own kitchen at home - but I purchased a lot of my supplies online at Elements Bath and Body (a Wholesale Soap Making Company).  For this project I used Melt and Pour Soap Base Clear and also white,  Multiple Easter Silicone Molds purchased on Amazon, Fiji Fruit Pineapple Fragrance for some of the soaps and Dreamsicle Fragrance for some, Mica Pearl White  and Mica Pearl Green Sparkles (Micas are  super sparkly and add shimmer and shine to your finished soaps), and Liquid Colorant.  (Cost: Approximately .40 cents a bar.)

Materials Needed:

Soap Step #1. Melt and Pour Soap Base (AKA "Glycerin")
This is a pre-made soap that comes in either clear or white blocks.  The white is exactly the same as the clear base, but with a white colorant.   It's a basic soap that you can melt in the microwave, add colorants and fragrance to, and remold in any flexible container you have.  I like to melt the soap base in a glass measuring cup because it's easy to pour into the soap molds and easy for clean up.  

Soap Step #2. Rubbing Alcohol and a Spray Bottle
This is your best friend, and you will need it for every soap project.  Just fill a small spray bottle with isopropyl rubbing alcohol from a drugstore and you are ready to go.  A few light sprays will pop any surface bubbles when you're done pouring the soap into your mold.  It also makes soap layers adhere to one another if you are doing a multiple layer project. 

Soap Step #3. Colorant (Liquid Colorant and/or Micas can be used)
FD&C colorants are what you'll most likely find at your craft store.  These look like liquid food colors and are practically the same, but not edible.  Micas are made of little powdery flakes that are dyed.  They are shimmery and sometimes even sparkle.  Micas come as powders so you will need to stir them into a little rubbing alcohol before adding them to your project so they don't clump.

Soap Step #4. Fragrance Oils
One of the most exciting parts of making soap is choosing the fragrance.  The options are practically infinite.  You can find everything from tangy lemon to S'more scents.  When shopping for fragrance oils make sure they are specifically for soap making.  Do not use fragrance oils you buy at the grocery store intended for candles or extracts.  

Soap Step #5. Soap Mold
Soap making molds come in various shapes, sizes and materials.  It is crucial to consider what kind of mold you'll be using when designing a soapy project.  One of the most popular soap mold options is a silicone mold (my favorite).  They are easy to clean with no lining necessary and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  They are also very inexpensive to buy. 

9. Reisen Chocolate Caramel Candy and Conference Talks Folder
He is Risen!  He is the Reisen.
Include a copy of whichever General Conference talks and stories you would like - we have some links to the ones we included above. 

10. Missionary Apartment Decor
We sent window/refrigerator clings that we found at the Dollar Tree Store. 



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