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When I was called to be the teacher of 7 turning 8 year olds I was excited! This is one of the most important years in their life. A time when they officially become accountable! With all this excitement comes the opportunity of preparing them to be ready for their baptism and the covenants they make. As I am aware of this I wanted to prepare a little packet of stuff just to help get your brains thinking about neat things you can do with your family during this year! My most memorable moment of my own baptism was a talk that I had with my Father and the suggestion that he gave me in that talk. A couple weeks before my baptism my Dad asked if we could have a chat. In that talk he asked me WHO I wanted to have baptize me. Of course naturally I wanted him but he wanted to make sure it was my choice. Secondly he talked with me about who I wanted to help confirm me. NOTHING was assumed! He talked with me about the importance of these men in my life and how they would be people that I could always talk to or turn to for help. He encouraged me to call all of the people on my list and personally request their presence in the circle at my confirmation. I also remember talking with my Mom in the dressing room immediately after my baptism. I remember that what was said was heartfelt and that she gave me a necklace that was very special that said, “I am a Child of God.” As she put the necklace on me for the first time she made sure that I knew what that meant. I remember getting my first real set of scriptures from my grandparents with my name on them and I remember my family making sure that I knew they were proud of me. My memories of my baptism helped me recognize the importance of the choice I was making, that I needed to make the choice on my own, but that my family would be there to love and support me through it. What a wonderful experience and great memories! The things you are planning to do with your child on their baptism and during this year are the building blocks for their own testimony. This year as I teach them I want to encourage them to pray and look for opportunities that help them gain this testimony. My hope is that they can understand the magnitude of the covenant that they will make and that they will want to be baptized out of their own desire. I hope to give your family a few resources to help effectively teach and prepare your child for their baptism. This is a collection of some of the things you may or may not know about. And because another thing that I remember from my own baptism is that we forgot dry underwear I am also
Father in Heaven we do Believe Below are a few object lessons they are my favorite because I think they are so effective! Baptism object lesson Preparation or Objects Needed: hard boiled egg.Come Follow ME .lds. At my house this is helpful because we dont know the piano & cant always remember the tune! http://www. hit my brother.Baptism . we make mistakes which tarnish us. cheated on my homework.Take the crayons and make marks on the shell of the hard boiled egg as you mention possible sins-lied to my mom.When I am Baptized .you will find endless info! Church Music Player!!!!! This tool is awesome! It is a piano that plays any hymn or primary song you want & then you and your family can sing along. meshamckittrick@gmail. crayons Summary: Through baptism we can become clean again Hold up the pure white egg and tell how we all come to the earth pure and unblemished.org/cm Here are some songs about baptism . stole candy from the store.(Do not use markers as they will bleed through the shell.com PS .including a checklist of things to remember!!!! Excited for the year ahead! Sister Mesha McKittrick 272-4502 home . said a bad word.If you would like more resources than included in this packet then just google: FHE baptism Lessons .) Then . As we grow. 702-300-6929 cell .
and POOF! The water turns back clear again just like that.) This also works wonderful for a giving a talk at a baptism too. Life stains us all Preparation or Objects Needed: Bottle. Food coloring. However. through repentance our souls can become clean again. Then you add the food coloring to the water to represent sin or mistakes orwhatever. Tell the child being baptised that today they will make mistakes in their life. 1. Carefully peel the egg to show how baptism allows us to shed our wordly self and become pure and unblemished again. Then you add some bleach. We come to this earth sinless. but because they have been baptised and washed clean. . and become clean each week by taking the sacrament. etc.3. atonement. As we progress. half full of water. the bleach works better.3.hold up the egg so all can see the blemishes. Lesson Application:1.2. they can renew those covenants. repent. Now pour bleach in the bottle. Summary: We can become clean through repentance. You start with clean water and you put a couple of tablespoons of vinegar in it first. Show a bottle of clear water. Bleach. which will turn the water clear again.2. I believe that if you put vinegar in the water before you add food coloring. Here is what you do. Then add a couple of drops of food coloring to the water. (repentance. each of us sins and it marks our souls.
Explain that through Jesus Christ's Atonement we can be forgiven of our sins and be completely clean! When we are clean. . (Discuss Repentance). Explain that when we sin. Dump the dirt from the jar. Explain that this represents the person being baptized (Johnny). (They should be able to. Ask the children if they can hear the Holy Ghost. Kids love the dirt and listening for the Holy Ghost. but he forgot. Hold up a shiny new quarter and explain that this is the Holy Ghost. Start with a mason canning jar or a clear vase. Soon the children will not be able to hear the Holy Ghost. Drop it into the jar and shake it around. wipe off any excess. Add a small scoop of dirt to the jar and explain that Johnny promised his mother he would clean his room before going out to play. This works well at baptisms if you have a tablecloth or something to keep the mess to a minimum. the Holy Ghost withdraws from us and can't speak to us.Sin interferes with hearing the Holy Ghost Preparation or Objects Needed: mason jar quarter or large button dirt spoon wet wipe Summary: Teach children how sins can muffle the Holy Ghost's whispering. This represents the Holy Ghost helping us to choose the right.) Keep adding small scoops of dirt and explain the mistakes that Johnny has made. Ask the children how we can make it so we can hear the Holy Ghost again. Shake the jar again and ask if the children can hear the Holy Ghost still. we are able to hear the Holy Ghost clearly again. and put the quarter back in.
5. What does Heavenly Father promise me? That his Spirit (the Holy Ghost) will always be with you. Being under the . If you do this. anyone! 4. Can I hold my nose when I go under the water? Yes. uncles. and always remember to do what he has taught us to do. you can return and live with him again. What do I need to have with me? a towel a comb dry underwear your recommend/certificate from Bishop white socks white baptismal clothes 3. Who may come to see me be baptized? Mom and Dad. aunts. The person baptizing you will show you how. What promise or covenant do I make with Heavenly Father when I am baptized? You promise that from now on you will choose the right and obey all of his commandments. What does it mean to be baptized by "immersion"? This means that your whole body is put completely under the water and then brought back up out of the water. Grandmas and Grandpas. This will help you do what is right so that you can always be happy. teachers. friends. 7. brothers and sisters. What happens if some of my hair or one of my toes doesn't go all the way under the water? You will be immersed (put under water) a second time.About My Baptism 1. You will take upon yourself the name of Christ (that is. 6. to become one of his true followers). What do I wear to the baptism service? Sunday clothes 2. 8.
Jesus says that if a man is a priest in the Aaronic Priesthood.water is a likeness of Jesus' death and burial. and by listening to prayers offered over the bread and water. clean life of righteousness. he doesn't have the right to do these special things for Heavenly Father and Jesus. A man who holds the Melchizedek Priesthood has the right to confirm people members of the Church of Jesus Christ. If a man doesn't hold the priesthood. he has the right or authority to baptize people in Jesus' name. or holds the Melchizedek Priesthood. . 10. Being brought up out of the water is a likeness of Jesus' resurrection to a new life. Why must I be baptized and confirmed only by a man who holds the priesthood? A man who holds the priesthood has some of the same powers on earth that Heavenly Father and his son Jesus have. 9. and a likeness of your being born to a new. How shall I remember the promises I make at baptism? By reverently partaking of the sacrament each Sunday.
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And it came to pass in those days. he saw the heavens opened. Lesson Summary: Jesus came to John the Baptist..” Thomas S. I remember that day as though it were yesterday and the happiness I felt at having had this ordinance performed.org/cm (Note: Navigate to the Interactive Church Music Player where you can listen to and print Church hymns and children’s songs. Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit. And straightway coming up out of the water. Following in Christ’s footsteps will lead us to exaltation. and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: 11. It is a happy day that should always be remembered. It is the day that we receive the first ordinance of the gospel that leads us back to our Father in Heaven.. needed to be baptized to return to Heavenly Father. but he still came to John the Baptist to be baptized. I say unto thee..” [John 3:5] ) Following in His footsteps. he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Inc.) Video: Watch chapter 10 from the animated Complete Learning System. John the Baptist DVD.I dressed in white and was baptized. (Ask a family member to share memories of their baptism day. verily. Jesus was without sin. And there came a voice from heaven. Why was Jesus baptized? (“And Jesus answered.” If you wish to have an online music file to accompany you visit: http://www. ← Talk about making and keeping our Baptismal Covenant. in whom I am well pleased.Jesus. “When I was eight years of age my mother talked with me about repentance and about the meaning of baptism. that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee. Thou art my beloved Son. 10. During the Saturday Afternoon Session of the April 2007 General Conference. Discuss the things we should be thinking about and . Monson recalled. (if you have this…. When we are baptized our sins are washed away and we are forgiven. who was without ← sin. and was baptized of John in Jordan. Monson © 2007 Intellectual Reserve. Thomas S.) Scripture: Mark 1:9–11 9. Verily.” ← Emphasize that even Jesus Christ. Our baptism day is a special day. saying. Baptism Song: Children’s Songbook #100 “Baptism. All rights reserved.lds.) How can going to church help us remember our baptism day? (We renew our baptismal covenants when we partake of the sacrament.
” “Oh! I am so glad that Grandma-great will be here for my baptism. I need to mark the back. Ensign. Nov 1984 © 2007 Story time: Mary sat on the floor. to forgive us when we repent and to let us live with Him again forever. She quickly folded the last napkin and ran to meet her great-grandmother with a big hug. Anxiously Mary put down her crayon and jumped up. and being baptized by immersion for the remission of sins by one having priesthood authority. while Mother’s sewing machine quietly hummed along. What do we need to do after we have been baptized to follow the Savior on the path to exaltation? (Discuss ideas. Sporadic and shallow dipping in the doctrine of Christ and partial participation in His restored Church cannot produce the spiritual transformation that enables us to walk in a newness of life. Grandma-great. coloring in her John the Baptist activity book. Stopping with her back facing Mother she exclaimed. What is the covenant we make at Baptism? (We promise to take upon ourselves the name of His Son. It’s been forever since I’ve seen her. Daddy will be home soon with Grandma-great. April 2007 General Conference © 2007 Points to Ponder: Quote: When we are baptized we make a covenant.And after we come out of the waters of baptism. and always remember Him and keep His commandments. A covenant is a two way promise.” David A.. Saturday Morning Session. Bednar.how we should act during the sacrament. It is the most beautiful dress I’ve ever seen!” “The most beautiful dress for the most beautiful girl!” Mother exclaimed. a life of purpose. you agree to do certain things and He agrees to do certain things. Young.” Mary was helping set the table when she heard the back door open. When you make a covenant with Heavenly Father. our souls need to be continuously immersed in and saturated with the truth and the light of the Savior’s gospel. “I’m almost ready to have you try on your dress. constancy of commitment. fidelity to covenants. she watched her remove the row of straight pins.” Swinging around in two and a half big circles. We need to go get lunch on the table.) “We begin the process of being born again through exercising faith in Christ. . Rather..) Continuously immersed in the light of the gospel. before pulling the dress over Mary’s head. and offering our whole soul unto God are required if we are to receive the blessings of eternity. repenting of our sins. “Hurry quick..) “Baptism is the beginning of a new life for each one of us. so I’ll know where to sew on the buttons. Mommy. “Take it back off now. Jesus Christ.” Mother announced as the sewing machine came to a stop. “Oh. Hurrying to Mother’s side.) What does Heavenly Father promise if we keep our part of the Baptismal Covenant? (Heavenly Father promises to give us that we will have His spirit to be with us. “Turn around. Mary dramatically sighed with delight as she watched the full skirt billow out. though.” Dwan J.
But I was determined not to wait.” by Margie Nauta Lee © 2007 Living Scriptures. “You are such an excellent seamstress. Mommy is making me!” “If I don’t hurry. “Just give me a needle and some thread and you go finish up your talk.” Margaret expressed before giving her Grandmother a peck on the cheek. peaceful feeling.” Nettie confided. “My. “It was a cold January afternoon. while tugging on her great-grandmother’s arm. She wrapped her best quilts around us. you get a clean.” she stated.” “My mama told me I should wait until spring. “You know.” Mother confessed.” Mary sat wide-eyed as her great-grandmother recalled the memories of her special day. “Woo hoo! Grandma-great’s here. our Lord Jesus Christ!” “Did you catch a cold?” Mary asked curiously. After the ice had melted ’cause I might catch a nasty cold. every Sunday. Insisting that he and the boys would clean up.” they shouted before fighting for a hugging position and nearly knocking Great-grandmother off her feet.. That’s why I get to be baptized!” Nettie laughed with amusement at her grown-up great-granddaughter. I was baptized in Cedar Lake. Grandma-great!” Mary said. as you partake of the sacrament and renew your baptismal covenants with God. “It really is me Grandma-great! I’m just grown-up now. still sew on buttons.” “Were you baptized in a river? Just like Jesus?” Mary asked. I can however. Grandma. Mama had tears rolling down her face. “When we climbed out of the water and onto the banks. “I turned eight-years-old on my birthday.” she said as she gave Mary’s hand a squeeze. Papa cut a big hole in the ice. After lunch father shooed the “girls” out of the kitchen. Mary looked in awe at her great-grandmother. “Not a river. instead of seventy-eight years ago. Margaret!” “Thank you.” Grandma-great said. “You can keep that feeling of peace. I wasn’t baptized in a baptismal font either. “Slow down just a minute and let me look at you. it’ll never be done in time. you’re way too big. “Quick. . “You’ve got to see the most beautiful dress in the whole world. “But the best part is.” she promised. And make it fast. “There are still eight little buttons to sew on and I haven’t put the finishing touches on my talk for the baptism yet. “But you know it’s just because I had an excellent teacher!” “You’ve far outdone your teacher. Inc. “Not even a sniffle!” Nettie then looked deep into Mary’s eyes.” Mary said. “Go get washed up for lunch now. Is that true? Can you still remember the day you were baptized?” Nettie smiled. yes! Seems like only yesterday.” Nettie continued with a far away look in her eye.. but close.” she continued. “Grandma-great! Mommy says that I’ll remember my baptism day forever.” Nettie said. Just then Cory and Logan dashed into the room.Lunch’s ready and I want you to sit by me!” Mary said as she tugged on her great-grandmother’s hand. Mary! After you’re baptized. “Then Papa told me how proud he was of me and how pleased God in Heaven was with me too! Just like He had been pleased with His Son.” Mary sat close to her great-grandmother while she sewed the tiny pearl buttons onto the baptism dress. white dress. “Oh my you can’t be my little Mary. “You boys be careful!” Father reprimanded his rambunctious sons.” Nettie admired the dainty. I’m starving!” He said before greeting Mother with a kiss on the cheek. who seemed to be glowing. “So.
Preparation 1. 3. Explain: Heavenly Father was pleased with Jesus when he was baptized. 2. verily. Ask: Do we need to be baptized to return to live with Heavenly Father? (Yes.Activity Time: Go here to print the activity that goes with this FHE… http://www.) Ask: Who came to Joseph Smith and taught him the correct way to baptize and restored the Aaronic Priesthood to the earth? (John the Baptist.) Ask: How are we baptized? (Just like Jesus. Ask: Who Baptized Jesus? (John the Baptist. in whom I am well pleased.) Demonstrate: Use the Jesus and John figures to demonstrate baptism by immersion.) Read: “And Jesus answered. scissors. I say unto thee. Place figures through slit in backgrounds (see image) and secure with brads.pdf What you need: A copy of the “I Will Be Baptized Like Jesus” activity for each child (artwork included with this lesson). glue. Cut out artwork. Ask: Is Heavenly Father pleased with each of us when we are baptized? (Yes.” (Matthew 3:17). Ask: Why was Jesus baptized? (To be obedient to all of Heavenly Father’s commandments. Glue artwork to card stock.) Share: Have family members who have been baptized share memories of their baptism day. by a man who holds the priesthood. Jesus was without sin. This is my beloved Son. If desired don’t completely immerse the boy and explain how the baptism has to be redone if this happens.) Ask: How was Jesus baptized? (By immersion in the Jordan River. 5. Print out the artwork. yet He was still baptized.) Demonstrate: Use the young boy and priesthood holder figures to demonstrate how we are baptized like Jesus. Verily. “ And lo a voice from heaven.” (John 3:5 ) 2.) Ask: What authority did John have to baptize? (The priesthood. by immersion. Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit.com/media/PDFs/fhe/baptizedlik ejesus. 4. Explain: When we are baptized our sins are washed away. saying. Activity: 1. 3. Cut out circles (paper punch works well for this step) and long dotted lines.) Ask: What does baptism by immersion mean? (To be baptized by going completely under the water. he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.ldsfamilyfun. “Immersion” Cookies (Shortbread) 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt . (2) brads & card stock.
Begin a discussion about the importance of the covenants associated with baptism and its related ordinances. FHE: Faith and Strength in Baptismal Covenants Scripture: D&C 68:27 Song: “When Jesus Christ Was Baptized. Clarify the meaning of “covenant” as needed. cookies burn easily). Closing Prayer and blessing on the food.1 cup butter (softened) 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract A glass of milk for each family member Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. as fingers will get wet). Lesson:Read the focus scripture together and ask the family why it is important to be baptized and receive the Holy Ghost. roll the dough out to 1/2-inch thick. Mix on low until everything comes together into a thick dough. Be sure to have plenty of napkins on hand. thin string or yarn (multiple colors can be fun if available). or until the bottoms of the cookies are barely golden (watch carefully. Wrap in plastic and chill completely in the refrigerator for about thirty minutes. When eating “Immersion Cookies” completely immerse (dunk) cookies into a cold glass of milk. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. baking powder. Cut the dough into small bite size shapes with cookie cutters or a knife. Treat Time: Immersion is the dipping of something in liquid so that it is completely covered. After the dough is chilled. Beat in the vanilla extract. Read Mosiah 18:8-10 together. Place pan on wire rack and cool completely. When we are baptized by immersion we are completely covered with water. In a mixing bowl cream the butter until light and fluffy. and salt into a bowl and set aside. Prepare the string by cutting it into 9 long pieces and divide them into 3 sets of 3. Call attention to the three most important covenants made at baptism. Press the dough out into a flat patty an inch thick. 102 Preparation: Gather embroidery floss. Slowly add the flour mixture.” Children’s Songbook. Sift the flour. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl once or twice while you are mixing.These are: become a member of the church (come . Bake for 7 to 10 minutes. Add the powdered sugar and continue to beat.
Explain how you took something thin and fairly fragile to create something bigger and stronger than each piece could have been on its own. When we receive the Holy Ghost. Return to Mosiah 18:10 and remind the family what blessings are promised by Heavenly Father at baptism. It’s also a time to help us correct any mistakes we may have made through repentance. After we have been “introduced. Heavenly Father is introducing us to someone who can be a very good friend. Discuss the types of blessings that can come from keeping close to the Spirit. When we make and honor them through our faith. Moroni 6:4-9 can add to your discussion as needed. This is the way covenants work. Explain that one benefit of the baptismal covenant is a gift that can be thought of as another covenant. Show the next three pieces of string and use 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (respecting our bodies and morality). Take the three strands and braid them together as you discuss how these covenants work together and ways they can be implemented in our lives. We make a promise to nurture a good relationship with Him and He promises to stay with us if we do. but for the most part they can fall under one of these three types of promises. etc. Each time we take the sacrament.The other items listed are important parts of the covenant. and keep the . it is a reminder and renewal of the covenants we made at baptism.” each person decides what kind of friendship we will have with the Spirit. and keep His commandments. they can strengthen our lives through the blessings Heavenly Father gives us in return. Use D&C 20:77 to identify your last three strands of promises made and renewed during the sacrament:take Christ’s name.unto the fold and be called His people). Braid the pieces together while discussing other ways we can keep close to the Spirit. Return to 3 Nephi 18:17 and identify the method of remembering Christ that is called out. Taking the sacrament is also a covenant. For instance: bearing another’s burden is serving God by serving those around us. serve God. 3 Nephi 11:29 (avoiding contention) 3 Nephi 18:17 (remember Christ) to show ways we honor that covenant. Each of these things will be represented by one strand of yarn or string. remember Him. standing as a witness is an example of keeping the commandments no matter where we are.
Older children— Any type of string or yarn craft your family is familiar with. We promise that we will continue to obey the Lord’s commandments. the Lord has promised us that our sins can be forgiven and we can continue to have the Holy Ghost with us. but they also prepare us to keep the greater covenants of the temple when we’re older.fastq. Refreshments:Braided breadsticks and pizza sauce Go Here --- http://www. Or.com/ %7Ejbpratt/lds/resources/scriptures.take turns using a ball of string to mark an obstacle course path through home or yard that other family members must follow the trail of the string (rewinding the ball as they go.commandments. the stronger our faith and testimony becomes.html#Baptism And find all these lessons! Plain Words About Baptism: Why Is It Important for Me to Be Baptized? The Age of Accountability: Why Am I Baptized When I Am Eight Years Old? The Resurrected Christ Teaches About . End with your own testimony. encouraging your family to work at keeping their covenants every day. challenge each other to braiding races or creating the longest single braid possible. Now braid the individual covenant braids you created together and explain that honoring these covenants and gifts keep us safe and strong in the gospel now. If we keep our promise. Reinforce the importance of following the covenants and paths that the Lord has laid out for us in order to make it back home to Him. The more we make promises with our Heavenly Father and try to do what is right. Activity: Younger children— Play with string mazes. as able).
Baptism: What Happens When I Am Baptized? Covenants at the Waters of Mormon: What Do I Promise Heavenly Father When I Am Baptized? The Nephite Disciples Baptize: What Does Heavenly Father Promise Me When I Am Baptized? A Happy People: How Will the Holy Ghost Help Me to Keep My Baptismal Covenant? The Nephites Learn of the Sacrament: How Does Partaking of the Sacrament Help Me Remember My Baptismal Covenants? The Army of Helaman: How Can "My Gospel Standards" Help Me Keep My Baptismal Covenant? Enos and the Power of Prayer: What Other Special Helps Has Heavenly Father Given Me to Help Me Keep My Baptismal Covenants? Ammon's Example: How Do I Show That I am Keeping My Baptismal Covenant? Nephi Forgives: How Can We Help Each Other Keep Our Baptismal Covenants? Moroni's Words to Us: How Will Keeping My Baptismal Covenant Help Me Follow Jesus Throughout My Life? Baptism Story Some years ago. as a pilot. I was taken by an instructor up in an airplane. By turning the airplane at less than two .
the instructor succeeded in turning the airplane completely upside down. every instrument. of His willingness to serve and to be an example to us. This is called vertigo. I would like to talk for a moment about spiritual vertigo." there are times when we get off course. Everything on the airplane.degrees at a time.. I did not know that. we are told that we will always have His Spirit to be with us. we take upon us His name and promise that we will always be obedient.. We will always have the spiritual gyroscope that will guide us so that we will never have to encounter spiritual vertigo and that we will never be off course. and of His message to "come. Although we know of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. less than a degree at a time. and it taught me a great lesson. which was upside down.. Hales . Therefore. it was upside down. of His obedience. follow me. and do not know that we turn totally upside down. and every reaction I made had an opposite reaction from what I thought it would have.. My inner ear could not detect the transition because he kept positive gravity upon us at all times.For that obedience.When we go into the waters of baptism." Robert D. when he gave the airplane to me. was exactly right except for the landing gear.
We must be dressed in _____ to be baptized. 3. Across 1. 5. 4.QuickTimeª and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. Baptism by _____ is the only way. When we are confirmed we receive the gift of the _____ _____. What fractional amount of your income should be tithed? . How old must you be to be baptized? 2.
5. Down 1. 6. Only those who have the proper _____ authority can baptize. Who baptized Jesus? 3. How many other churches have the authority to baptize? .6. 4. The Word of _____ tells us to abstain from using liquor and tobacco. Babies are _____ but are not baptized. It is important that we have _____ in Jesus Christ. 2. We are commanded to attend _____ meeting. Before being baptized we must get a _____ from the bishop. 7.
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