Baptism Lessons

We have three first graders turning eight next year.

Mary turned seven already this summer, Alex turns seven in a few weeks, and Kirk turns seven after the first of the year.

With news of Mary’s termination, it officially means she is getting adopted, which means we will have permission for her to get baptized.

The two boys are adopted and those adoptions finalized, so they are also now free to be baptized.

It’s time to start getting ready, formally.

We are doing our baptism lessons while the preschoolers sleep during Sunday nap.

 

We opened with the song “When I am Baptized” in hopes it will be one they continue to learn.

I like to look for rainbows, whenever there is rain,
And ponder on the beauty of an earth made clean again.

I want my life to be as clean as earth right after rain.
I want to be the best I can, and live with God again.

I know when I am baptized, my wrongs are washed away,
and I can be forgiven and improve myself each day.

I want my life to be as clean as earth right after rain.
I want to be the best I can, and live with God again.

Then we had a prayer.

We started by taking turns reading some related scriptures.

Today we read 1 Nephi 10:9-10:

And my father said he should baptize in Bethabara, beyond Jordan; and he also said he should baptize with water; even that he should baptize the Messiah with water.

And after he had baptized the Messiah with water, he should behold and bear record that he had baptized the Lamb of God, who should take away the sins of the world.

We talked about the prophecies of the Messiah, and what they said about Jesus and his baptism.

Then we read the account of the Savior’s baptism in Matthew 3:13-17:

Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

After talking about what everything meant and what happened in the story, and matching it up with what the prophecies said, we watched THIS VIDEO from the church site:

 

 

We talked about how Jesus had no sins to wash away, but He did have a desire to be obedient to His Father in Heaven, and so He was baptized anyway.

 

So we sang the “Choose the Right” song, which is another one I want them to know but they are less familiar with for some reason, so we are working on it.

Choose the right when a choice is placed before you.
In the right the Holy Spirit guides;
And its light is forever shining o’er you,
When in the right your heart confides.
Choose the right! Choose the right!
Let wisdom mark the way before.
In its light, choose the right!
And God will bless you evermore.
Choose the right! Let no spirit of digression
Overcome you in the evil hour.
There’s the right and the wrong to ev’ry question;
Be safe thru inspiration’s pow’r.
Choose the right! Choose the right!
Let wisdom mark the way before.
In its light, choose the right!
And God will bless you evermore.
Choose the right! There is peace in righteous doing.
Choose the right! There’s safety for the soul.
Choose the right in all labors you’re pursuing;
Let God and heaven be your goal.
Choose the right! Choose the right!
Let wisdom mark the way before.
In its light, choose the right!
And God will bless you evermore.
Choosing the right is why, I said, we talk about baptism in our family and at church.

Because if Jesus got baptized even when he had not sinned, but only to be obedient to the ordinances of the gospel as given by our Father in Heaven, then we must follow His example and also be baptized.

The coloring sheets I found online. There were about five different sets of baptism packets I liked, so I printed or copied those, and then pulled from those sets to make our own booklets.  Today we only did three papers, plus a word search I made just to give them time to let it sink in (and for the preschoolers to wake up), but it was a solid introduction, I hope, and a good start to getting ready.

We finished with a closing prayer, and I gave them snacks, and passed out a word search I made online for them.

About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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