Tuesday, April 17, 2012

When I take the Sacrament I renew my baptismal covenants Sharing time

I Make Promises with my Heavenly Father at Baptism Sharing time
June 2013 Week 3
"When I Take the Sacrament, I Renew my Baptismal Covenants"

Tell Three Bears of Baptism story.(could draw the story and make a book or use objects with three actual bears with tags in a wrapped present. The bear labels came from http://www.sweetdreamsquiltstudio.com/images/bear%20head%20outline.jpg

        Once upon a time there was a girl named Sally. She had pretty gold locks in her hair so sometimes people called her Goldilocks. She just turned eight years old and for her birthday she got a gift from her grandma. Inside the box were three bears with tags, The first bear’s tag was “Bear His Name” The second bear’s tag was “Bear one another’s Burdens” and the third bear’s tag was “Bear testimony” “Bear one another’s Burdens”. She placed them on her shelf, slightly confused. Later that evening, she was reading scriptures and her family read, “Yea, blessed is this people who are willing to bear my name; for in my name shall they be called; and they are mine. That reminded her of the first bear she had received, “Bear His name”. (hold bear up)She exclaimed, “When I am baptized, I promise to be a disciple of Jesus and act like Jesus in all I do. Mom, I understand the first bear!”

         The next day, she saw an elderly lady in her neighborhood that needed some help with her groceries because they were too heavy. She helped her and thought about the second bear’s tag.(hold bear up) “Bear one another’s burdens” She had helped the lady do something that was hard for her. “That’s it! I understand the second bear!” She would try and do more things that would help people because that is what Jesus would do if he were on the earth.

       The next day she was on the playground and her friend asked if she wanted to go to her party on Saturday. She started to tell her that she was being baptized that day. Her friend asked her some questions and Sally thought about the third bear, “Bear Testimony”. (hold bear up) She told her friend that the church she was joining was true. She felt happy inside.

       That evening the Bishop interviewed Sally and told her about the promises she would make when she was baptized.  They were the same promises on the bears that Grandma gave her.  She felt ready to be a member of God’s church.

       The next morning, she got ready and was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She was so happy and gave her grandma a huge hug. “Thank you Grandma, for helping me see the promises that I need to make to Heavenly Father at baptism.

We learned from the story that we make promises to Heavenly Father when we are baptized. What were the three bears or promises that Sally made in the story? (Bear His name, Bear One another’s burdens, and Bear our testimony)We make many promises to Heavenly Father as we journey through life and Heavenly Father promises us things back too. This two-way promise between us and Heavenly Father is called a covenant. (From Sharing time outline, May week 4) We are going to play a game that helps us discover some promises we make to Heavenly Father and what he promises back to us if we keep them.

 Covenants BINGO. We are going to try and get four corners on this giant BINGO game.(Gospel art pictures make up the BINGO spaces on the chalkboard) The markers are bear clipart. Sample bear http://picturesforcoloring.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Teddy-bear-Coloring-Pages-05.gif We will pull a clue(scripture) out of this bag that will help us discover which covenant we make to Heavenly Father in our life. It will also help us discover what Heavenly Father promises back to us if we keep that promise.

Source: http://www.eprimary.dk/index_uk.htm Conny Hillgaard

Pay tithing- (picture of tithing) Primary packet 3-26

Clue Scripture-Malachi 3:10 “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” If we do this, the Lord promises to bless us, even to the point that we won’t be enough room for the blessing!

Repent of sins-(girl crying) Gospel Principles p. 106 yes I cut it out of the book! Or http://institute.lds.org/content/images/manuals/doc-gosp/14-1.gif

Clue scripture-D&C 58:42 "Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more." If we promise to do this, the Lord promises to forget what we did wrong and let us begin with new clean slate. If we forgive others, He promises to forgive us.

Obey parents-(picture of girl washing dish with dad) Primary packet 1-45

Clue scripture-Exodus 20:12 "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. "The Lord promises if we obey our parents, we will live longer.

Pray-(picture of boy praying)Gospel Art kit 605 or http://theideadoor.com/CLIPART/boy%20praying.jpg

Clue Scripture- D&C 10:5 "Pray always, that you may come off conqueror; yea, that you may conquer Satan, and that you may escape the hands of the servants of Satan that do uphold his work." If we do this, the Lord promises that Satan has no power over us.

Clue scripture- D&C 59:10 "For verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High;"

D&C 59:16 "Verily I say, that inasmuch as ye do this, the fulness of the earth is yours, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and that which climbeth upon the trees and walketh upon the earth;" If we promise to keep this, the Lord promises us all the things on the earth are ours for our benefit."
When we take the sacrament each week, we renew the covenants or two way promises with Heavenly Father.

Word of Wisdom-(picture of food) or p. 57 of Ensign March 2009 http://www.lds.org/churchmagazines/EN_2009_03_00___04203_000_000.pdf

Clue scripture-D&C 89:18"And all saints who remember to keep and do these things, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones;"

20 "And shall run and not be weary, and walk and not faint." If we promise to do this, the Lord promises that our bodies will be stronger and our minds will too!

Love the Lord-(picture of Jesus with heart) Primary 1-1 or http://ldsblogs.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/jesus-mormon.jpg with heart in corner
Clue scripture- James 1:12 "for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him." If we promise to do this, He promises everlasting happiness and the kingdom of God."


Clue scripture- D&C88:3 "Wherefore, I now send upon you another Comforter, even upon you my friends, that it may abide in your hearts, even the Holy Spirit of promise; which other Comforter is the same that I promised unto my disciples, as is recorded in the testimony of John." If we promise to do this(some of us already have), the Lord promises to send this Comforter, the Holy Ghost to be with us and help us choose the right.
Study His word-(picture of Book or Mormon and Bible) Gospel Art Kit 326 or http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aik4-ulQfyQ/Taiitw0kSKI/AAAAAAAAAL8/2_AVgoRk5DU/s1600/bible_bookofmormon.jpg

Clue scripture- Joshua 1:8 "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success." If we promise to read this, the Lord promises that we will have success and make right decisions.

I hope we will renew the covenants, two way promises that we have made with Heavenly Father every week, in the name of Jesus Christ amen.