Year 01/Lesson 20: Baptism by Immersion

What You'll Need: scriptures, GAK #208 John The Baptist Baptizing Jesus, coloring pages and art supplies, a tall glass or vase filled with water, red food coloring, liquid bleach in an unmarked glass, and a stirring tool.

Scripture: 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. (Article of Faith 4).

Opening Song: “When Jesus Christ Was Baptized” (PCS #102 )


This month we have talked about steps to returning to our Father in Heaven. The first step was FAITH, the second was REPENTANCE. Baptism is the third step we need to take to return to our Father in Heaven.

Being baptized means you go into water with a Priesthood holder. You are wearing beautiful white clothes and so is he. The priesthood holder says a special prayer and lowers you into the water and pulls you back up again. It is very fast, but it is also very important. When we are baptized our sins wash away and we are ready to become members of the Church.

Show GAK #208 "John The Baptist Baptizing Jesus"

Jesus Christ showed us how important it was by being baptized himself. Even though Jesus was perfect, and never made any mistakes, he still wanted us to be able to follow his example by being baptized just like he was.

When you are eight years old, you can be baptized. Right now, you should be getting ready for when you turn eight years old and can be baptized. What are some things we can do right now to prepare to be baptized?

1. Believe in and learn about Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father.

• Why should we learn about Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father?

• Where can we learn about them?

2. Pray to Heavenly Father.

• How can praying help us be ready for baptism?

3. Be forgiving and love others.

• What happens when we forgive?

• How can we show our love for others?

4. Choose the right every day.

• What are some ways we can choose the right?

5. Read or listen to scripture stories.

• How has studying the scriptures helped you?

When we are baptized we make covenants (promises) with Heavenly Father. We promise to obey his commandments, forgive others, and follow Jesus Christ. In return, he accepts us into the Church and promises to guide and help us.

Bear your testimony about your own baptism and how you felt on that day.

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)

Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the May Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.


I. Coloring Pages - Included in lesson download

Coloring Page GIRL (from Children's Friend magazine)

Coloring Page BOY (from Children's Friend magazine)

II. Washing Away Sins

You'll need:
- a tall glass or vase filled with water
- red food coloring
- liquid bleach in an unmarked glass.
- a stirring tool

Show the children the vase of clear water. Tell them it represents them before their baptism...that it is clean and pure. Then talk about various mistakes. For each mistake, drop one drop of food coloring into the clean water until it is pink. Then talk about the water now, how it is no longer clean and pure. Then pour in the bleach, symbolizing the power of baptism and stir the water until it becomes clean again.

Now repeat the process with the clean water symbolizing them AFTER baptism. We still make mistakes and become unclean. But we can repent and when we take the sacrament each week, we renew our baptismal covenants with Heavenly Father and can become clean again.

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28 Way Righteous Comments:

Kari said...

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Natalie said...

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stevie kay said...

I think I was a little short on bleach and a little heavy on the food coloring because mine only ended up pink instead of "clean." We just extended the lesson to say that we have to repent fully and the right way to become totally clean :-)

Whitney said...

I love this idea. Tonight we are having a recent convert family over for FHE to show them how easy it is to implement in their busy lives. This will be such a great tool for them. I love this lesson and how it complements what the kids are learning in primary. This months theme was based around the fourth article of faith. Well done!!

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Anonymous said...

I have to give a talk at a little girls baptism, and this lesson(and activity) is perfect.

Thank you,

Kathleen said...

I just wanted to say thanks for putting all these lessons together. My daughter is getting baptized this Sat and, even though she's been preparing for it for a while now, this is perfect for us to talk about it and prepare as a family. THANKS!!

Freddie Dawn said...

This is site is my go to site for FHE inspiration. Your work is amazing and you have done so much in helping people to hold regular FHE. Thank you so much, and your lessons are perfect for younger kids. I appreciate it!

Sara the Survivor said...

Totally awesome - my daughter is working on a faith in God requirement and we downloaded this and the sacrament one. Thank you very VERY much! We LOOOOOOVE you (my 6 year old son thinks you are totally cool and awesome!). Thank you!!!!

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said...

Thanks SO much Emilie! My Little Man's cousin has been talking a lot about baptism lately, so I thought we'd talk more about it tonight for Family Night. I think we're going to show the "Jesus is baptized by John" bible video from to go along with your amazing activities. Thanks again for your hard work!

Melissa said...

Thanks for this lesson!!

Kristin said...

Thank you so much for this lesson. It is wonderful. Every lesson I have ever used from you has been amazing. Thanks for helping my husband and I fulfill our parental responsibilites. This site is a blessing to our whole family.

Kate said...

Thanks for this lesson! I was looking for something to talk about tonight, and baptism is on my mind. This will be perfect. You're the best! Hope all is going well with your move.

Unknown said...

My third son is getting baptized in January so we are dedicating one family night each month to the subject. Thanks for the great lesson and the science experiment was a huge hit! Thanks!!!

nahidworld said...

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you have such great lessons on here! I only have a 5 month old baby right now, but I'm so excited to use some of your lessons when my kids get older! Thanks!

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Todd and Lisa said...

Thanks for this lesson plan. We have loved all of the lesson plans we have tried so far! I'm excited to use this one because my son is getting baptized next month. You have a gift with simplifying gospel topics so that children can understand them and your lessons are so creative. Thanks for taking the time to do these and share them with others!

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Unknown said...

thank you so much for this plan! We are going to a family baptism this weekend and it is perfect to prepare our little guys for this!

Anonymous said...

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Jordan said...

Did you end up posting about your daughter's baptism lunch and other preparations?

Melissa said...

When I try to download the lesson, nothing downloads! Wondering if the link still works?! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Link to download appears to be broken! I would love to get this lesson. Can this be fixed?

Ashley's Jewels said...

I would love to download this lesson but the link seems to not be working. my email is let me know if you can email it. thank you for all the work you have done on these lessons they are great for my young kids!!

Katie said...

Just saw this on your instagram, but the "download pdf" isn't working. It just opens a jpeg of the button image, lol! I'd love to get this lesson if I can.

ktnichols said...

Thank you for putting this together! I love this object lesson. I do want to point out one thing. When children turn 8 and get baptized they do not have any blemishes or spots so-to-speak and therefore are simply but importantly following the Savior by being being baptized. They have nothing to "wash off". It's only from then on that the object lesson is really needed.

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