Come Follow Me 2023, Jan 23-29, Free LDS primary lesson helps.
Updated: Jan 27
To give children a chance to share what they have already learned, show a picture of Jesus being baptized. Ask them to tell you what is happening in the picture and how they feel about being baptized.
I got these wooden frames at Dollar tree and stained them with watered down brown paint.
Teach the Doctrine: Younger Children
I can be baptized as Jesus was.
How can you use the account of Jesus’s baptism to help the children prepare to be baptized?
Summarize the story of the Savior’s baptism (see Matthew 3:13–17; see also “Chapter 10: Jesus Is Baptized,” in New Testament Stories, 26–29, or the corresponding video on ChurchofJesusChrist.org). Explain that Jesus was baptized by immersion by someone who had priesthood authority. Repeat the story several times and invite the children to share the details they remember.
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Show a picture of Jesus being baptized and this week’s activity page. Let the children point out similarities between the two pictures. (There’s a picture of Jesus being baptized in this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families.)
Here is a fun baptism activity, on the back side there is a picture of a child getting baptized.
Directions: cut everything out. Attach the rounded shape to a small plastic cup and the rectangle shape to the back of the cup. Attach the pictures to the back and front of a stick or plastic butter knife, stick it through the bottom of the cup.
When assembled, the baptism pictures will be able to move up and down. Talk about the blessings we receive by following Jesus’s example.
Review the promises the children will make when they are baptized (see Mosiah 18:8–10; Doctrine and Covenants 20:37; Gospel Topics, “Baptism,” topics.ChurchofJesusChrist.org). Ask them which of these things they are already doing.
Here are two activities that review our baptismal covenants.
May want to tell them that we are reminded of those covenants every-time we take the sacrament.
Cut out everything. Read the words to the children on the cups and have them match them to the pictures.
This week has some great ways to teach our baptismal covenants, just click on the picture to be taken there.
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Invite a member of the bishopric to tell the children about the baptismal interview they will have before they are baptized.
Sing together a song about baptism, such as “Baptism” (Children’s Songbook, 100–101). Consider asking a child to lead the other children while they sing.
The Holy Ghost helps me.
In addition to preparing for baptism, the children are also preparing to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. How can you help them?
Use Matthew 3:11, 16 to teach the children that the Holy Ghost descended on Jesus when He was baptized (a dove appeared as a sign to show that this had happened). Show the picture The Gift of the Holy Ghost (Gospel Art Book, no. 105), and explain that we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost when we are confirmed.
Bring a box containing things such as a picture of Jesus, a comforting blanket, and a compass or map. Invite the children to select an item, and let them explain how each object represents a way the Holy Ghost can help us—He testifies of Jesus (see John 15:26), comforts us (see John 14:26), and shows us the right way (see 2 Nephi 32:5).
You can put these in your box, and/or you can have the children match them after the scripture is read.
Share your own experiences with receiving help from the Holy Ghost.
Invite the children to listen for ways the Holy Ghost helps us as they sing a song about Him, such as “The Holy Ghost” (Children’s Songbook, 105).
Valentines is coming, here are a couple of ideas, if you would like to give your primary children a treat.
Here is a treasure scripture journal, if you are going for a more sophisticated valentine gift(: Print on sticker paper and put it on a note book.
Teach the Doctrine: Older Children
I am blessed by the ordinances of the Aaronic Priesthood.
John the Baptist held the Aaronic Priesthood, so reading about him in Matthew 3 is a good opportunity to teach the children about the Aaronic Priesthood. Help them recognize the blessings and power that come to us through this priesthood.
Here is a fun way to teach this, you can also print in B&W for coloring pages.
Invite the children to make a list of Aaronic Priesthood duties, using Doctrine and Covenants 20:46, 58–60; 84:111. Ask the children to look in Matthew 3 for examples of John fulfilling some of these duties. How can all of us invite others to come unto Christ, as John did?
Display some pictures of Aaronic Priesthood holders performing the ordinances of baptism and the sacrament (see Gospel Art Book, nos. 103–4, 107–8). Discuss how these ordinances prepare us to receive Jesus Christ and the blessings of His Atonement.
Read together Doctrine and Covenants 13:1, and testify that John the Baptist restored the Aaronic Priesthood to Joseph Smith. Ask the children how they have been blessed because the Aaronic Priesthood was restored.
This is the study of D&C 13:1.
Matthew 3:13–17; Mark 1:1–11; Luke 3:2–18
I can keep my baptismal covenants.
Learning about the account of Jesus’s baptism provides a good opportunity to help the children review their baptismal covenants and recommit to keeping them.
Invite the children to take turns reading verses from Mark 1:1–11. Discuss why Heavenly Father wants us to be baptized. Why was Jesus baptized, even though He did not need to be cleansed from sin? Help the children find answers to this question in Matthew 3:13–15 and 2 Nephi 31:6–7.
Review the covenants the children made at baptism, found in Mosiah 18:8–10 and Doctrine and Covenants 20:37. Invite the children to write these references on this week’s activity page.
Prepare several pairs of cards with matching phrases or pictures that represent our baptismal covenants. Place the cards facedown. Invite the children to take turns turning over two at a time, looking for a match. After a match is made, invite children to share ways they have kept that covenant.
(Print Two on card stock)
Another fun idea, to help the children remember their baptismal covenants.
Share how keeping your baptismal covenants has blessed you.
The Holy Ghost can guide me.
Children are learning how to recognize and follow the Holy Ghost’s guidance. Help them understand that keeping their baptismal covenants will help them be worthy to receive His guidance.
Ask each child to read one of the following scriptures and to explain what it teaches about how the Holy Ghost speaks to us: Helaman 5:30; Doctrine and Covenants 6:23; 8:2–3; 11:12–13.
Ask a child to read Matthew 3:11. How is the Holy Ghost like fire? For instance, fire can be comforting, and it gives light to guide us (see John 15:26; 2 Nephi 32:5).
Invite the children to close their eyes and hold out their hands. Then lightly brush their palms with a feather or string. Invite them to tell you when they feel it. What does this activity teach about recognizing the impressions of the Holy Ghost?
Invite the children to share experiences they have had with the Holy Ghost. Why does keeping our covenants help us to have the guidance of the Holy Ghost?