At the waters of Mormon, Alma taught the people about the promises we make when we are baptized and the blessings we receive when we make covenants with God. This Book of Mormon FHE lesson takes a closer look at our baptismal covenants and how they can change our hearts.
Yea, and areto mourn with those that ; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as 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 , that ye may have eternal life
1. Jesus came to John the Baptist,
In Judea long ago,
And was baptized by immersion
In the River Jordan’s flow.
2. “To fulfill the law,” said Jesus,
When the Baptist questioned why,
“And to enter with my Father
In the kingdom up on high.”
3. Now we know that we must also
Witness faith in Jesus’ word,
Be baptized to show obedience,
As was Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Begin the lesson with the following activity. You’ll need a permanent marker, a dry erase marker, a cloth, and a laminated card or piece of paper. Have the children write down the word sin on the laminated sheets with the word permanent market. Let it dry. They should have a very difficult time erasing it with the cloth. Then, color over the word with the dry erase marker. The word should now be easy to wipe off.
Read aloud: Right now, we are separated from God. We experience sin and sadness. We make mistakes and keep on trying. Jesus represents the dry erase marker. Without Jesus Christ, we cannot repent and change, just like when we tried to wipe off the words. When we keep our promises to Jesus, our sins are wiped away.
This represents what happens when we are baptized.
Ask: What is baptism?
Read aloud: Baptism is an ordinance. It is something we do to show God we love him and want to follow him. When we are baptized, we make promises with God.
Ask: Do you know what we promise God when we are baptized?
Read aloud: In the Book of Mormon, a prophet named Alma taught a large group of people. He invited them to be baptized and shared some of the things we promise God when we are baptized.
Read through Mosiah 18:9-10. Try to have children listen for action words, such as comfort, stand, and keep. If your children are too little, consider making a simple list based on these scriptures and read it together. Discuss the aspects of the baptismal covenants we make that are most relevant to your family.
Read aloud: God also makes promises to us. He promises to forgive our sins, give us the gift of the Holy Ghost, and eventually help us have eternal life. That is a great promise!
Finish the lesson with your testimony.
FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Begin the lesson by reading Mosiah 18:1-18 together. Make a list on a board or piece of paper of actions we take when we desire to follow God and be baptized.
Read aloud: Alma taught his people that the desire to act grows within our hearts as we learn more about God’s love. When we are baptized, we enter into a covenant with him to do these things on our list. We make a promise to do our best and rely on his help throughout our lives.
Ask: Why do you think God wants to make covenants with us? Why are covenants powerful?
Read aloud: Alma reminds us of the many great promises God makes to us if we keep our covenants. The greatest of these gifts is eternal life. When we think of the great blessings awaiting us, shouldn’t we say “what have you against being baptized” or, in our own words, “why wouldn’t you keep your promises to God?” However, it isn’t always easy to stay true to our promises.
Ask: What holds us back from keeping our covenants fully? How can we improve keeping our baptismal covenants?
Finish the lesson by sharing any relevant personal experiences and bearing your testimony.
Watermelon Lime Sorbet
5 heaping cups cubed watermelon (about 750 grams)
3 tablespoons lime juice
pinch of sea salt (optional)
- Place cubed watermelon on a parchment lined baking sheet or plastic cutting board and freeze for 5 hours, or until frozen.
- Place lime juice, frozen watermelon*, and sea salt (if using) in a high powered blender or food processor. Blend until watermelon is broken down into shaved ice type consistency.
(Courtesy of eatthegains.com)
Book of Mormon Video
Watch the following Book of Mormon video together.