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Lesson 11: Baptism

Prayerfully study Matthew 3:13–17; 2 Nephi 9:23; and Doctrine and Covenants 20:73–74


To help each child better understand the importance of baptism.

You Will Need:

  • glue sticks
  • scissors
  • crayons

Becoming a Member Chart:

Have the chart on the board prior to the beginning of the lesson.  You will want to have the the wordstrips “Faith in Jesus Christ” and “Repentance” in place on the chart. Have the wordstrip "Baptism" ready to place on the chart at the appropriate time during the lesson.



Attention Activity:

Give each child a Great To Be Eight worksheet.  Explain that before the children can be baptized, something important must happen. Tell them to listen as you sing or say the words to a song about baptism. Explain that you will leave out one word. That word is also a number. Ask the children to listen and see if they can tell what the missing word is. Once they have guessed "8" give them each an 8.  They can color the 8 before gluing it to their paper.  Sing or say the song together again.




5th Article of Faith Coloring Page:

Explain to the children that the person who baptizes each of them will have the same priesthood that John the Baptist had. The fifth article of faith tells us how a man receives this authority.

Read aloud and have the children repeat the following:

“We believe that a man must be called of God … by those who are in authority.”



Great To Be 8 Cake:

Place the cake on the board. You will want to cut the candles out prior to class. Discuss steps that the children need to take to prepare for baptism. As each of the following ideas is mentioned have them put the candle on the cake.

• Attend Church

•Learn about the scriptures.

•Be honest.

•Pray daily.

•Pay tithing.

•Be kind 

•Follow Jesus Christ’s example.

•Be eight years old.

•Be interviewed by the bishop or branch president.