Family Home Evening

FHE – Baptism

By June 30, 2014 No Comments

Objective

To help family members better understand the promises they made or will make as baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Letter-Day Saints.

Basic Doctrines

Plan of Salvation, Atonement of Jesus Christ, Priesthood and Priesthood Keys, Ordinances and Covenants, Commandments

Beforehand

  1. Get a team jersey, either a family member’s or a professional one. Or a picture will do fine.
  2. Use heavy cardstock to make a paper doll for each member of your family. Do 2 per page. A stick figure will be perfect! Cut around them.
  3. Make little plastic bag jerseys out of sandwich bags and write “JC” on the front. Don’t have them on the dolls yet (even though the above pix shows them in their JC jerseys.
  4. Make the following word strips:
    KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS
    ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM
    TAKE HIS NAME UPON YOU
  5. Print these questions or make up some of your own!
    • How can you show you’re on Jesus Christ’s team and keep your promises when you see someone on the bus get picked on?
    • How can you show you’re on Jesus Christ’s team and keep your promises when someone on your soccer team says bad words?
    • How can you show you’re on Jesus Christ’s team and keep your promises when you see your mom cleaning up the kitchen?
    • How can you show you’re on Jesus Christ’s team and keep your promises when your friends want to watch a movie you know isn’t good?
    • How can you show you’re on Jesus Christ’s team and keep your promises when you see your friend being sad?
    • How can you show you’re on Jesus Christ’s team and keep your promises when kids at school are mean to you because you believe in the gospel?

Song

When I Am Baptized, Children’s Songbook, pg 103 – To find it click here

Prayer

Scripture

Acts 2:36-42

Lesson

Show the team jersey and discuss the following questions:

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  • If you saw the owner of this jersey wearing it, what would you know about them?
  • ere would you expect to see them?
  • What would you expect them to be doing?
  • Who would they be listening to?
  • Who would be around them? (make sure your family knows that they’re surrounded by teammates and opponents as well as people cheering them on and boo-ing them)

Explain that when a sports player puts on his (or her) jersey, he is taking on that team’s name. There are things he is expected to do and a way he is expected to act.

Tell your family that when we are baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, it is like joining a the Savior’s team. Give your family the paper dolls you made of each of them and their plastic bag “jerseys” you made. Have them put their jerseys on.

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Read Moroni 6:3-4 (it is best if everyone has their own scriptures). Before you read, have your family look for what one promises to do when they are baptized. Display the word strip you made earlier: TAKE HIS NAME UPON YOU.

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Discuss the following questions:

  • Even though this jersey is invisible, how could you tell if someone was wearing it?
  • Where would you expect to see them?
  • What would you expect them to be doing?
  • Who would they be listening to?
  • Who would be around them?

Explain that Alma was talking to a large group who wanted to be on the Savior’s team and become members of His church. He told them there were certain things they had to do as players for the Savior’s team. Invite your family to search Mosiah 18:8-10 and underline the things that members of the Savior’s team must do.

*emphasize that they are to search for the actions that they must do otherwise your family might just underline all the good things they see. You may also want to play instrumental hymns during this time.

Mosiah 18:8-10

8 …as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;

 9 Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—

 10 Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?

Have your family share what they found, making sure you touch on all of the things we must do as members of the Savior’s team. Discuss each one so they understand what the words mean. It is a good idea to say the promise in a different way:

  • bear one another’s burdens / help others with their whatever they’re doing
  • mourn with those that mourn / be sad with those who are feeling down
  • comfort those that stand in need of comfort / cheer up others
  • stand as witnesses of God at all times / always act in a way so that others know you’re wearing the jersey of Christ and play for His team!
  • serve him / serve Jesus by serving others
  • keep his commandments / do everything He asks

Practice playing for Jesus Christ’s team! Have each member of your family choose one of the question slips you made earlier. Take turns answering and if anyone wants to add their thoughts to another’s question – awesome! You also might want to show the paper doll and have your family answer the question in a way that they will leave the jersey ON and also have them think of what actions would cause the jersey to come OFF.

  • How can you show you’re on Jesus Christ’s team and keep your promises when you see someone on the bus get picked on?
  • How can you show you’re on Jesus Christ’s team and keep your promises when someone on your soccer team says bad words?
  • How can you show you’re on Jesus Christ’s team and keep your promises when you see your mom cleaning up the kitchen?
  • How can you show you’re on Jesus Christ’s team and keep your promises when your friends want to watch a movie you know isn’t good?
  • How can you show you’re on Jesus Christ’s team and keep your promises when you see your friend being sad?
  • How can you show you’re on Jesus Christ’s team and keep your promises when kids at school are mean to you because you believe in the gospel?

Treat

The treat in the FHE is still part of the lesson. Give each family member a Kit Kat and tell them they can remember their baptismal covenants by remembering the “KAT” when they hear the Sacrament prayer. Have your family open their scriptures to Moroni 4:3 and tell them they are reminded each week of the things they promised to do as members of the Savior’s church when they TAKE HIS NAME UPON THEM (show the paper dolls with their clear baggie jerseys). Ask them to find in the Sacramental prayer where it seems to sum up the promises they made at baptism that they studied already in Mosiah 18.

Moroni 4: 3 

O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.

Show the other two word strips.

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It is important to refresh ourselves on the specifics of our promises in Mosiah 18, but if we just listen for the summation of our promises in the Sacramental prayer, we will be ready for another great week of wearing the Savior’s jersey and being one of His star players as we keep our promises each day!

Eat Kit Kats.

 

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