Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God (John 3:5).
What do you think is the most important word in the dictionary? President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985) said that perhaps the most important word is remember. He said our greatest need is to remember (see “Circles of Exaltation,” address to religious educators, Brigham Young University, June 28, 1968, 8).
The Book of Mormon prophet Helaman knew how important it is to remember. He urged his sons Nephi and Lehi to remember to keep the commandments of God. He asked them to remember the great men they were named after. He asked them to remember the words of the prophets. Most of all, he asked them to remember that Jesus Christ would come to redeem the world. Helaman said, “My sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation” (Helaman 5:12; see also vv. 5–9).
Nephi and Lehi did remember the teachings of their father. They were valiant men who kept the commandments of God all their lives.
We go to sacrament meeting every Sunday to take the sacrament. It is a time to remember our baptismal covenants. When a priest blesses the sacrament, we hear him say, “Always remember him and keep his commandments” (D&C 20:77; emphasis added).
Your faith will grow when you make baptismal covenants. After you are baptized and confirmed, you must remember to keep those covenants throughout your life. Your faith will continue to grow as you remember Jesus Christ.
Mount page 16 on heavy paper, and cut out the pictures. Place them face down. Turn over two of the pictures. If they match, put them in a pile, and take another turn. If they don’t match, turn them back over, and let the next person turn over two pictures. Try to remember where each picture is. Keep playing until all of the pictures and the word remember have been matched.
Illustrations by Dilleen Marsh
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Sharing Time Ideas
(Note: All songs are from Children’s Songbook unless otherwise noted; GAK = Gospel Art Picture Kit, TNGC = Teaching, No Greater Call.)
1. Pretend to be a journalist. Show the children
After you have answered all of the questions, put the answers together to form a story. Invite the chorister to lead the children in “Baptism” (pp. 100–101), and point out that the first five questions are answered in the first verse of the song and that the why question is answered in the second verse.
Learn the first verse of
(If you cannot access this song, teach “When I Am Baptized” [p. 103] or another baptism song from Children’s Songbook.)
Explain that Jesus set an example for us and that each of us needs to be baptized. Bear your testimony that Jesus is the Son of God.
2. Write each word of John 3:5 on pieces of paper, and distribute the papers to the children. Ask the children to read the words in random order, and ask them what the scripture might be about. Explain that key words such as water, Spirit, and enter might help them. When the children correctly guess that the scripture is about baptism, give them the scripture reference, and help them put the words in order. Repeat it several times together.
The week before Primary, invite children to ask their parents how the children got their names. Ask them to report on what their names mean or why their parents chose their names. Then ask what it means to take upon ourselves the name of Christ. Conduct a discussion (see TNGC,
Together, have the children repeat from My Gospel Standards: “I will remember my baptismal covenants and listen to the Holy Ghost.”
Learn the second verse of “I Want to Be Baptized”:
Invite the music leader to testify of the importance of baptism. Then bear a second witness of baptism and of Jesus Christ. Bear testimony that each of us needs to be baptized, or we cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
3. Divide the Primary into two groups. Ask the first group to find a scripture that tells who the third member of the Godhead is. Ask the second group to find a scripture that tells what the fourth principle and ordinance of the gospel is. If they need a clue, remind them that the Articles of Faith are part of the Pearl of Great Price. Review the first and fourth articles of faith.
Describe a time when you felt guided by the Holy Ghost. Or read the experience in
Tell the children that it is difficult to explain exactly what the Spirit feels like but that Jesus taught about the Holy Ghost. Ask an older child to read John 14:26. Tell the children to listen for another name for the Holy Ghost (Comforter) as they listen to the scripture. Display a soft blanket or comforter. Point out the similarities between the Holy Ghost and the blanket. For example, the blanket provides a warm and a soft feeling, just like the Holy Ghost.
Learn the third verse of “I Want to Be Baptized”:
(If you cannot access this song, teach “The Holy Ghost” [p. 105] or another song about the Holy Ghost from Children’s Songbook.)
Challenge the children to listen for the promptings of the Holy Ghost. Tell them that they can feel the Spirit as they keep the commandments. Express your appreciation for this third member of the Godhead.
4. Display a loaf of bread and a pitcher of water. Also display
Use True to the Faith,
For younger children: Add actions to the poem
5. Song presentation: “I Want to Live the Gospel” (p. 148). Ask the children, “What do you want?” Give many children an opportunity to respond so that there is a broad assortment of ideas. List them on the board. Tell the children that you are going to tell them what you want. Sing the first verse of “I Want to Live the Gospel.” Ask them what you want (to live the gospel). Post four wordstrips: “to live,” “to know,” “to follow,” “live.” Using questions and repetition, teach the first verse of the song. Ask the children how likely it will be that they get the things listed on the board. Tell them that it is very likely that they will live the gospel if they do what the chorus of the song says. Sing the chorus. Explain that it is a statement of commitment. Point out the words do and say. Ask the children to think of things that they can do and things that they can say to live the gospel. For example, “I can read the scriptures,” or, “I can say thank you to show that I’m grateful.” Ask the children to think of one thing they can do or say this week “to live the gospel more each day.” Tell them that living the gospel begins with trying to do what is right. Testify of the truth of the gospel and the joy it brings.
6. Friend references: