“Lesson 13: The Baptismal Covenant,” Primary 3 (1994), 61–65
“Lesson 13,” Primary 3, 61–65
To help the children understand that when they are baptized, they make a covenant with Heavenly Father.
Note: Because this lesson may need a great deal of adaptation for four-, five-, and six-year-olds, you might want to wait to teach it until the children are almost ready for baptism.
Prepare the following wordstrips:
Make two paper signs by folding paper lengthwise, and label them as shown:
Prepare to help the children sing or say the words to “Baptism” (Children’s Songbook, p. 100).
A Book of Mormon.
A paper badge for each child with the words “I can keep my promises.”
Cutout figures of a boy and a girl (cutouts 3-1 and 3-2).
A paper bag large enough to hold wordstrips.
Chalk, chalkboard, and eraser.
CTR shield and ring.
Picture 3-13, Boy Being Baptized (62018); picture 3-10, The First Vision (62470; Gospel Art Picture Kit 403); picture 3-23, Child Reading the Scriptures; picture 3-24, Child Praying; picture 3-25, Going to Church; picture 3-26, Child Paying Tithing; picture 3-27, Sharing the Tricycle (62317); picture 3-28, Choosing Right.
Make the necessary preparations for any enrichment activities that you will be using.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Follow up with the children if you encouraged them to do something during the week.
Choose from the following activities those that will work best for your children. You can use them in the lesson itself or as a review or summary. For additional guidance, see “Class Time” in “Helps for the Teacher.”
Show to the children “Baptism—A Promise to Follow Jesus” (9 minutes) on Primary Video Collection (53179), and discuss the following questions:
What did Luis promise his parents?
What did Luis promise Heavenly Father when he was baptized?
Prepare a copy of “My Baptismal Covenant,” located at the end of the lesson, for each child. Read it with the children. Help or have each child write his or her name on the line provided. Encourage them to keep the handout in a special place so they will see it and think about it often.