Thursday, April 5, 2012

That Our Sins Might Be Washed Away

Just in case 30 Christ-centered Easter traditions is not enough for you...
Here is one more that we did today:

We are on Spring Break, so the kids invited some friends over to play.

After doing a few Easter worksheets I remembered this object lesson that I hadn't yet shared with my children.

In Isaiah we read, "though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow..."

In the carnation experiment, we teach our children how Christ took our sins upon him in the Garden of Gethsemane, but how can we teach them how he can help us each individually to become clean from our daily sins?

I taught the children that like this glass of water, we come into the world pure, but everyone makes mistakes, everyone sins.

When we sin, we become unclean.  I added a few drops of red food coloring into the water to represent our sins and we talked about actions that might cause us to become unclean...such as being unkind to others.  When we have sinned, it's hard to feel the spirit and the world becomes confusing.  

What can we do to become clean again?

We can ask the Savior to help us to overcome our mistakes.

During the Atonement, Jesus Christ became the great and eternal sacrifice for our sins.

(I referred to a worksheet we had done earlier that referred to Christ as The Lamb of God and why he received that name.)

We can call on Christ to help us and to take away our sins.

We added a cup of bleach - representing Christ's Atonement and our repentance - to our water.

We saw the change happen before our very eyes.

Soon our water was clear and pure once again.

And the Atonement really can change us that quickly, but it does take action on our part.  We must act in faith by repenting of our sins in the name of Jesus Christ.

I explained that although our water had become very dirty, they should remember that there will never be a sin that the Atonement cannot cover.

HAPPY EASTER, everyone!


  1. Thank-you for writing this today. I feel like you wrote it just for me. 

  2. thanks Jocelyn for that great lesson.

  3. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!!

  4. how cool...visual aids are excellent for teaching children...

  5. I need to do more gospel visual aids with my kids. :) Easter is good motivation.

  6. Kids love this experiment! You can also only add a small bit of bleach. It will still make the water clear but takes longer which adds to the discussion that sometimes it takes a while for us to overcome our sins or addictions but if we utilize the Atonement it will eventually happen.

  7. This is one of my husband's favorite object lessons, one he has used many times. It always seems to make the point very well.


  8. I will definitely be using that in primary soon! Thanks Jocelyn!

  9. Loved the pictures and the object lesson. Thanks for sharing this sweet family moment.

  10. I hope I remember all your great lessons when my kids are old enough to do stuff like this with. You are such a wonderful example. Thanks for sharing your great insights!

  11. What a great activity!

  12. Will share it with my children.
    oh how I love Christ Jesus!

    mama to 8
    one homemade and 7 adopted