I don’t know how old I was when I was introduced to the parallels between the ancient prophets and Jesus – and how there have been so many symbolisms throughout their life. For example:
Pharaoh's orders to slay the male children (Moses) and Herod’s orders to slay male children (Jesus)
Noah and his family in the ark for 40 days and nights as Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights
Joseph’s brothers (Judah in particular) selling him to the Ismaelites for twenty pieces of silver as Judas Iscariot had betrayed “selling” Jesus for silver pieces.
Or Jonah having been inside a whale’s belly for 3 days before he was spit out or Jesus having been inside a tomb before the stone rolled away
As well as countless others. As I searched for scriptural references, I found these three links (Moses, Joseph, Joseph Smith) that go into a lot more detail than what I have here.
As the last speaker in our sacrament meeting yesterday related the account of Mary looking into an empty tomb and weeping, and checking it again to find two angels. I thought of the story found in 1 Kings, particularly vs. 7 when Samuel asks a woman to prepare a meal for him and she tells him it is all that she has. But as long as she continues to prepare his meal first and then return to fix meal for herself and her son. I wonder if she looked on with the same surprise and awe as Mary may have when she found angels where her Savor was supposed to be.
Danny had prepared the lesson for primary. She had decorated the room in plastic eggs – which excited Thomas to no end. I just happened to be sitting next to him and did my best to try and control his excitement - and asked why we celebrate Easter. The lesson was good. Danny really put a lot of thought into it, and demonstrated our imperfect lives (chewed up gum) to the possibilities of making us whole (none of us were able to put our chewed gum into the wrapper to make it appear as it had before we chewed it)
Afterward, Danny allowed for a match game. Hidden in each egg were pictures depicting the Savior's life. 24 eggs and 12 pictures. After all the pics were matched, Danny than allowed the children to put the pictures as they would see them on the timeline of the Savior's life.
We then sang "I Stand All Amazed" - a hymn I had memorized several decades ago as my eyes are always too blurred to actually see the lyrics. I was a Spiritual wreck by the time class ended.