“We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost” (A of F 1:4).
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What would happen if you went to college before you went kindergarten? Could you learn to add numbers before you learned to count? Could you run before you learned to walk? When you learn something, you usually start with the simplest part of it, then move on to a more difficult part. You put first things first.
Joseph Smith said that when you become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the first things that you need to do are to have faith, to repent, to be baptized, and to have those with the proper authority lay their hands on your head so that you can receive the Holy Ghost. When we obey these first principles and ordinances, we can then learn other things that Heavenly Father wants us to learn and do.
Each picture and story on the following pages are examples of faith, repentance, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Sharing Time Ideas
Dramatize the four stories.
Have children relate or illustrate personal experiences demonstrating faith, repentance, baptism, and gift of the Holy Ghost.
Show a plant in different stages from seedling to maturity to demonstrate how our understanding of the gospel grows. (See Alma 32.)
Put different-size cans or rocks labeled “sins” in sack. Have child carry it around. Tell children that the weight of our sins can hold us back from living with Heavenly Father. We can rid ourselves of our sins by repenting. Take contents out of sack and say that when we repent, our sins are forgiven, and we can forget them. We no longer have to bear their heavy burden.