Thoughts: I wanted to focus this week about why we get baptized. I wanted to take another approach on why we make covenants, that we make covenants with the Lord, and we have ordinances so that we remember the promises that we have made and so other people can help us remember too. We spend our lives trying to become more like Jesus Christ and because of the atonement we can repent and try again and again.
Attention Getter: Ask the children at random what they did on a certain day, just pull dates out of the air and get them closer and closer to today. You can even throw in what did you do last Christmas besides open gifts?
Why is it hard to remember what you did in days that have gone past?
Does anyone remember any promises they made 5 years ago? Did anyone say that they would clean their rooms, how about ____.
Does anyone remember any promises that anyone made to them last week, last year, yesterday?
Identify Doctrine: Begin my showing pictures of Jesus being baptized. And modern pictures from the library of children and other people being baptized.
Ask the children what is happening in these pictures?
Next ask what is happening to the clothes and the hair and the skin of the people in these pictures. Answer: Getting wet.
Who remembers when they were baptized or when they went to a baptism? Why do you think someone would remember being baptized? (because we get wet, because our parents, or the missionaries, and the ward make it special).
When we make covenants with God it is special and important because God wants us to remember that He loves us and that we are special. He also wants us to remember the promises we made so that we can become like Jesus and have the Holy Ghost with us to help us be happy.
And that we get to promise God that we will keep our promise to help and love others, to help those who are sad, and to be kind and to become like Jesus.
When do we get to remember what we promised when we got baptized? During the sacrament, at church, from our parents, from reading the scriptures and so forth.
Activity: Have children who have been baptized or adults for jr primary come and share what they remember about their baptism day. I like to rotate 4 to 5 groups having the person sharing their experience is the one who rotates.
Recollect class and share testimony.