5- Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
1. 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.
2. I know when I am baptized my wrongs are washed away,
And I can be forgiven and improve myself each day.
1. “Come, follow me,” the Savior said.
Then let us in his footsteps tread,
For thus alone can we be one
With God’s own loved, begotten Son.
2. “Come, follow me,” a simple phrase,
Yet truth’s sublime, effulgent rays
Are in these simple words combined
To urge, inspire the human mind.
3. Is it enough alone to know
That we must follow him below,
While trav’ling thru this vale of tears?
No, this extends to holier spheres.
4. Not only shall we emulate
His course while in this earthly state,
But when we’re freed from present cares,
If with our Lord we would be heirs.
5. We must the onward path pursue
As wider fields expand to view,
And follow him unceasingly,
Whate’er our lot or sphere may be.
6. For thrones, dominions, kingdoms, pow’rs,
And glory great and bliss are ours,
If we, throughout eternity,
Obey his words, “Come, follow me.”
*For All Family Members* Read or summarize “We Must Be Born of Water and of the Spirit” (taken from the Feb. 2013 Ensign). Testify of the importance of Baptism and receiving the Holy Spirit
We believe we must be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (through an ordinance called confirmation) to be saved in the kingdom of heaven. The Savior taught, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5).
The Lord also taught that the ordinance of baptism—like all other gospel ordinances—must be performed by a worthy priesthood holder: “The person who is called of God and has authority from Jesus Christ to baptize, shall go down into the water with the person. … Then shall he immerse him or her in the water, and come forth again out of the water” (D&C 20:73–74).
Baptism by immersion symbolizes the burial of the sinner and the spiritual rebirth of the person to live in “newness of life” (Romans 6:4). By baptism we leave behind our old life and start a new life as disciples of Jesus Christ. When we are confirmed, we become members of His Church.
Baptism also includes a sacred covenant, a promise, between Heavenly Father and the individual who is baptized. We covenant to keep His commandments, serve Him and His children, and take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ. He promises to forgive our sins, “pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon [us]” (Mosiah 18:10), and offer us eternal life.
The Savior Himself kept the commandment to be baptized, even though He was sinless (see Matthew 3:13–17). He was baptized to be obedient, to set the example for us, and to “fulfil all righteousness” (see 2 Nephi 31:5–9). Thus, those who are baptized are following the Savior’s example.
- Those who desire to be baptized must “humble themselves before God, … witness before the church that they have truly repented of all their sins, and [be] willing to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ” (D&C 20:37).
- “We believe [in] … baptism by immersion” (Articles of Faith 1:4).
- Following baptism, we are confirmed members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Baptism and confirmation allow the Atonement of Jesus Christ to bring about a spiritual cleansing in our lives, including “a remission of … sins” (D&C 33:11).
- By baptism and confirmation we become “fellowcitizens with the saints” in the “household of God” (Ephesians 2:19).
For more information, see chapter 2 in Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow (2012).
A Sacred Covenant
“Baptism … is an ordinance denoting entry into a sacred and binding covenant between God and man. Men promise to forsake the world, love and serve their fellowmen, visit the fatherless and the widows in their afflictions, proclaim peace, preach the gospel, serve the Lord, and keep His commandments. The Lord promises to ‘pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon [us]’ (Mosiah 18:10), redeem His Saints both temporally and spiritually, number them with those of the First Resurrection, and offer life eternal.”
Testify of the importance of Baptism and receiving the Holy Spirit
*For Teenagers or Adults* Read or summarize “We Must Be Born of Water and of the Spirit” (taken from the Feb. 2013 Ensign). Testify of the importance of Baptism and receiving the Holy Spirit
We have great helps to give us courage in this life. The greatest is the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Because of what He did, sins can be washed away in the waters of baptism. We can renew that blessing when we partake of the sacrament in faith and with a repentant heart.
Spiritual gifts are another help. We receive the Spirit of Christ at birth. That gives us the power to know when a choice would lead toward eternal life. The scriptures are a sure guide when we read them with the Holy Ghost as our companion.
The Holy Ghost lets us express thanks and ask for help in prayer with the clarity and confidence we once enjoyed with our Heavenly Father and which we will have when we return to Him. That communication with God helps banish fear from our hearts as it builds faith and love of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
The Prophet Joseph Smith in his service had reason to be fearful. But God gave him courage.
God has given us more than enough help to banish fear and give us courage, whatever we may face in life. As we reach out for His help, He can lift us toward eternal life.
Find the Gifts
President Eyring tells us about several gifts that give us courage. Read each scripture tag below and write the name of the gift in the blank. Then match each tag with the picture to the right. Talk with your family about how that gift can give you courage.
Strawberry & Chocolate Nachos or Raspberry-Mango Smoothie
Strawberry & Chocolate Nachos
*Proportions are up to you- make to taste!
–Baked Cinnamon Chips (Click here for recipe)
–Diced strawberries tossed with granulated sugar and left to sit for 10 minutes.
–Melted chocolate chips (use these proportions for dipping chocolate), ganache, or hot fudge
–Sweetened Whipped Cream, whipped cream from a can, or Cool Whip
Place Cinnamon Chips on a platter and top with diced strawberries. Drizzle with melted chocolate and top with whipped cream. I know, super complicated. I’m a genius. (Taken from Our Best Bites)
1 1/2 cups Orange Mango Peach juice
1 cup cubed mangoes (or peaches)
1 cup raspberries
1 1/2 cups (about 3 large scoops) pineapple sherbet
2 cups ice (omit 1 cup ice per frozen fruit used)
Add all ingredients to your blender in the order listed and blend until smooth. Drink immediately. Makes 2 large smoothies or 4 smaller smoothies. (Taken from Our Best Bites)
1- Share Your Experiences with Baptism and the Spirit
2- Play Hide and Seek or Marco Polo
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.