January 28–February 3. Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3: ‘Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord’
    Footnotes

    “January 28–February 3. Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3: ‘Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord’” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2019 (2019)

    “January 28–February 3. Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3,” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: 2019

    John the Baptist baptizing Jesus

    Stained-glass window in Nauvoo Illinois Temple, by Tom Holdman

    January 28–February 3

    Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3

    “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord”

    As you read about John the Baptist and the baptism of Jesus Christ, record any spiritual impressions you receive. Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families can help you understand these scriptures, and it will help you support the learning that your class members are doing on their own.

    Record Your Impressions

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    Invite Sharing

    To give children a chance to share what they have already learned, show a picture of Jesus being baptized, and ask them to tell you what is happening in the picture and how they feel about being baptized.

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    Teach the Doctrine

    Younger Children

    Matthew 3:13–17

    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?

    Possible Activities

    • Summarize the story of the Savior’s baptism (see Matthew 3:13–17; see also “Chapter 10: Jesus Is Baptized,” New Testament Stories, 26–29, or the corresponding video on LDS.org). Repeat the story several times and invite the children to share the details they remember. Explain that Jesus was baptized by immersion by someone who had priesthood authority.

    • Show a picture of Jesus being baptized and this week’s activity page. Let the children point out similarities between the two pictures.

    • You might review the promises the children will make when they are baptized (see Mosiah 18:8–10; D&C 20:37; True to the Faith, 23). Ask them which of these things they are already doing.

    • Invite a member of the bishopric to tell the children about the baptismal interview they will have before they are baptized.

    • Sing “Baptism,” Children’s Songbook, 100–101, with the children. Consider asking a child who knows the song well to lead the other children while they sing.

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    We can follow Jesus’s example by being baptized.

    Matthew 3:11, 16

    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?

    Possible Activities

    • 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. Invite the children to select an item and then share how each object represents a way the Holy Ghost can help us—He testifies of Jesus, comforts us (see John 15:26), and shows us the right way (see 2 Nephi 32:5).

    • 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 “The Holy Ghost,” Children’s Songbook, 105.

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    Teach the Doctrine

    Older Children

    Matthew 3

    I am blessed by the ordinances of the Aaronic Priesthood.

    John the Baptist held the Aaronic Priesthood, so this is a good opportunity to teach the children about the Aaronic Priesthood and help them recognize the blessings and power that come to both men and women through this priesthood.

    Possible Activities

    • Invite the children to make a list of Aaronic Priesthood duties, using Doctrine and Covenants 20:46, 58–60; 84:111. Explain that priests in the Aaronic Priesthood can “baptize, and administer the sacrament.” Priests, teachers, and deacons are to “teach, and invite all to come unto Christ” (D&C 20:46, 59). Ask the children to look in Matthew 3 for examples of John fulfilling 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, 108). Discuss how these ordinances prepare us to receive Jesus Christ and His Atonement.

    • Read together Doctrine and Covenants 13:1, and explain 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.

    Matthew 3:13–17; Luke 3:2–18

    I can keep my baptismal covenants.

    The account of Jesus’s baptism is a good opportunity to help the children review their baptismal covenants and recommit to keeping them.

    Possible Activities

    • Ask two children to read Luke 3:7–9, 15–17, one reading the words of John the Baptist and the other reading the rest of the words. After each verse, pause and help the children understand what the verse means.

    • Review the covenants the children made at baptism, found in Mosiah 18:8–10 and Doctrine and Covenants 20:37. (See also True to the Faith, 23–26.) 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.

    • Share how keeping your baptismal covenants has blessed you.

    Matthew 3:11, 16

    The Holy Ghost can guide me.

    Children are learning how to recognize and follow the Holy Ghost’s guidance. How can you teach them that keeping their baptismal covenants will help them be worthy to receive this guidance?

    Possible Activities

    • Ask each child to choose one of the following scriptures to read and explain how the Holy Ghost speaks to us: Doctrine and Covenants 6:23; 8:2–3.

    • Ask a child to read Matthew 3:11. How is the Holy Ghost like fire? For instance, fire is 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?

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    Encourage Learning at Home

    Encourage the children to ask their parents or other family members about their baptism.

    Improving Our Teaching

    Seek your own inspiration. Don’t view these outlines as instructions that you must follow as you teach. Rather, use them as ideas to spark your own inspiration as you ponder the needs of the children you teach. (See Teaching in the Savior’s Way, 7.)

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