Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3 "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord" (Jan 28-Feb 3)

Study the baptism of Jesus Christ this week as you dive into “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord” January 28 to February 3. Discover study resources, teaching ideas, and free handouts below.

 
 

Study Suggestions

These are great resources to study throughout the week as you prepare to teach this to your family or as you study it together.

Matthew 3 (Lesson 7) in the New Testament Seminary Teacher Manual

Mark 1 (Lesson 34) in the New Testament Seminary Teacher Manual

Mark 1-4 (Lesson 11) in the New Testament Teacher Manual

Matthew 1-4 (Lesson 2) New Testament Teacher Manual

Luke 1-3 (Lesson 15) New Testament Teacher Manual

Mark Guide to the Scriptures

Matthew 3 from the New Testament Study Guide for Home-Study Seminary Students

Mark 1 from the New Testament Study Guide for Home-Study Seminary Students

Luke 3-4 from the New Testament Study Guide for Home-Study Seminary Students

“Repentance and Conversion” by President Russell M. Nelson

“Do Not Delay” by Elder Henry B. Eyring

“The Covenant of Baptism: To Be in the Kingdom and of the Kingdom” by Elder Robert D. Hales

“Ye Must Be Born Again” by Elder David A. Bednar

“Repentance” True to the Faith

“Repentance” For the Strength of Youth

Deseret Bookshelf PLUS Recommendations

These are great to listen together in the car on the way to school. My whole family loves listening to the youth speaker ones especially. Remember, as a Deseret Bookshelf PLUS member, you can access these eBooks or audio books anytime. Find out more about Deseret Bookshelf PLUS.

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  • Encourage daily scripture study with my February’s reading tracking chart. Color in one thing a day! Remember, you can get the weekly tracking chart instead in my General New Testament helps.


Media

Watch a video and discuss it after dinner, print out images for your bulletin board, make a playlist to encourage personal study time or learn a new song!

VIDEOS

More Holiness Give Me (about 5 minutes)- Music video from The Choir at Temple Square

The Covenant of Baptism (about 16 minutes)- General Conference talk from Elder Robert D. Hales

Repentance (about 2 minutes)- Doug discovers there is more to life and talks about repentance. 

The Sting of the Scorpion (about 3 minutes) A young boy’s encounter with a scorpion in the Arabian desert can teach us a lot about what we must do to avoid and overcome the venomous sting of sin.

Repentance Is a Blessing to All of Us (about 1 1/2 minutes)- Elder Andersen speaks of the need to humbly and sincerely follow the promptings to repent. 

The Baptism of Jesus (about 3 minutes)- Bible Video

Jesus is Baptized (about 2 minutes)- Illustrated scripture story

Jesus Teaches of Being Born Again (about 6 minutes)- Bible Video

Baptism- (about 2 minutes)  Music video with words to learn the song

A Mighty Change: Conversion (about 3 minutes)- Alejandra expresses gratitude for the changes in her life that resulted from her baptism and the joy she feels when serving others.

Baptism of the Holy Ghost (about 1 1/2 minutes)- Elder Bednar teaches about the baptism of the Holy Ghost. 

God and Angels (about 2 minutes)- Illustrated scripture story about Joseph Smith’s revelation that Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father have bodies of flesh and bones

Godhead- He Knows Me (about 3 minutes)- Siblings share how they come closer to Heavenly Father

The Restoration (about 20 minutes)- Account of Joseph Smith’s First Vision

MUSIC

Use your LDS Media App to quickly put together a playlist to listen to as you ponder, get ready for the day, or drive in the car.

Use the Hymns under the topics of Repentance and Baptism.

Use the songs in the Children’s Songbook under the topics of Repentance and Baptism.

IMAGES

Hang one on the fridge, mail it to a friend, cut it into a puzzle, and more! Bright Idea posters come from the Friend, Mormonads are from The New Era, and others are images found throughout LDS.org

Repentance- Several Mormonads on this topic

They That Gladly Received His Word Were Baptized- Bright Idea

Baptism is the Starting Point- Bright Ideas

Understanding Baptism- Poster with answers about the baptism ordinance

Our Savior, Jesus Christ- Poster of Jesus getting baptized

John Baptizes Christ- Gospel Art

Baptism Boy- Gospel Art

Baptism Girl- Gospel Art

Man Being Baptized- Gospel Art


Questions to Ponder

Use these questions to help you ponder as you do your personal studies, encourage journaling for your kids, text them to a friend or child to get the conversation going, or take them with you in the car and randomly draw from a bag as you carpool to school or your next practice. These go beyond the questions in the manual.

Add some Swedish Fish or Dove chocolate to your routine. Print out these free New Testament Candy Grams. Then as you read these scriptures or answer so many questions, pass out a sweet treat!

  • What are some memories you have of your own baptism?

  • How was your baptism similar to Christ’s baptism? How did it differ?

  • If you were to meet John the Baptist, what would you ask him?

  • What do you learn about John the Baptist in these chapters?

  • How can we prepare the way for the Lord’s second coming?

  • How do you think John the Baptist felt about baptizing Jesus?

  • How do you think those who witnessed Christ’s baptism felt after they heard the voice and saw the sign of the dove? How would you feel?

  • In what ways do you please God? What else can you do?

  • Think back to the last baptism you attended. What do you remember most?

  • How does studying the accounts of Christ’s baptism increase your testimony?

  • How can we show Christ that we have truly repented?

  • What have you learned about yourself through the process of repenting?

  • What other examples are found in the scriptures of people repenting? What can we learn about repentance from them?

  • What spiritual experiences have you had while partaking of the sacrament and renewing your baptismal covenants?

  • How is your understanding of the Godhead strengthened by reading these chapters?

  • Ponder and write down the Fourth Article of Faith. What impressions come to mind?

  • Why do you think that faith and repentance are required before baptism?

  • How has your faith grown in the last month? If it hasn’t, what can you do to increase your faith?

  • How has faith helped you along the path of repentance?

  • What verse stood out the most to you when reading Luke 3:7-14? Write down your thoughts.

  • How has the gift of repentance blessed your life?

  • Like the Pharisees and Sadducees, have you ever “strayed from the original intent of God’s Laws”? What have you done to get back on the right track?

  • What causes us to stray? What can we do to stay on the path better?

  • After reading D&C 20:37, what requirements are needed to be baptized? Why do you think so much is required from us before we are baptized?

  • Have you been able to keep the baptismal feeling in your life?

  • Contemplate the sacrament prayers in D&C 20:75-79. What feelings do you have? How do you keep those covenants every week?

  • When have you had the experience of having “his Spirit be with you”?

  • Have you ever shared your testimony with someone who does not know that God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost are not one? How was that experience? If not, how would you explain your beliefs about the Godhead to someone?

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Teaching Ideas

These are my ideas. My hope is that my thoughts may be a springboard to your own great ideas that are right for you and your family. Some ideas are for families with young children while others might be for widows meeting together as a group. Read through and find what’s right for your situation. Note: Preparing for baptism and baptismal covenants are focused on more in the Primary manual so those additional helps can be found there.

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  • Discuss who Mark is and why he wrote his testimony to share with us. Print out my profile card and add it to your scripture info key ring.

  • Use my poster print of Luke 3:5 to discuss how we can apply that scripture to our lives as well. Give everyone a strip of paper to write down something that is hard in their lives- something they are really struggling with. Then cover up some of the words on the poster with their words to show how we can directly apply this scripture.

  • Meck Mom is always a great source for object lessons. Watch her great repentance object lesson to use with your family this week.

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  • Use my free printables of the boy and girl with the bandaids to discuss repentance. Laminate the dolls (you can use clear packing tape if you don't have a laminator) then draw injuries on the doll with a dry erase marker to represent sins. Cover the injuries with the bandages as you go through the steps. After all the steps are done, remove the bandages while wiping off the marker to reveal the doll as good as new (You may want to put cotton swabs on the bandaids to easily erase the injury).

  • Use the I’m Sorry circles to practice repentance with younger children. You can turn it into a necklace or use it as a lacing card too.

  • Little LDS Ideas has another great way to teach about repentance plus a great poster about the steps of repentance.

  • Discuss ways we can say sorry. Sometimes that’s the hardest part! Making Life Blissful has some ideas plus free printable cards to help!

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  • Discuss Jesus Christ’s baptism while remembering your own by using my printables to make a baptism flip book. Looking for something older? Use my Baptism Squares instead.

  • Really get dirty with this baptism object lesson from Future Flying Saucers.

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Activity Pages

Use these activities during your lesson, as a morning activity reminder, or any other time to quietly reinforce this week’s lesson. Many of these resources are from LDS.org, however, some may be from other helpful bloggers.

REPENTANCE

Learning from Mistakes- A four part picture that can be put in order to talk about saying and being sorry.  

King Benjamin Teaches the Nephites- A rebus (word picture) story 

Repentance and the Atonement- A booklet

Travis Learns About Repentance- A pictured story about choosing wrong and saying sorry.  

Showing Sorry- A maze

I Choose the Right When I Am Baptized- Word Jumble game

What is Repentance?- Unscramble the shapes to fill in the blanks

COLORING PAGES

Shield of Faith

Repentance

Jonah Repents

Faith, Prayer, Repentance, and Forgiveness Strengthens Me and My Family

I Love My Savior, Jesus Christ, and His Restored Gospel

BAPTISM

A Sacred Promise- Mobile of promises we make at baptism

Baptism- Crossword Puzzle

Baptism, My First Covenant- Poster to fill in about baptism

Questions and Answers about Baptism-Good to read over before someone is baptized.

Find the Differences- A girl getting interviewed by the Bishop before her baptism

Fill the Font- Fill the font by filling in the blanks

Fraction Puzzle- Solve the bottom puzzles to revealed the word "baptism"

I Can Repent and Be Baptized- 3-D scene to make

I Will Make and Keep My Baptismal Covenants- Maze

Keeping Our Baptismal Covenant- Board game

Learning about Baptism- Find all the things starting with "B"

My Baptism Book- Booklet

Remembering Jesus- Puzzle

Jesus' Baptism- A cute poem with a finger play

Jesus Christ is Baptized- A child friendly read along short story- read together then give a copy to each child to take home

The First Principles and Ordinances of the Gospel- Mobile

The Kingdom Up on High- Puzzle

They That Gladly Received His Word Were Baptized- Poster

Understanding Baptism- Poster with answers about the baptism ordinance

Our Savior, Jesus Christ- Poster of Jesus getting baptized

COLORING PAGES

Jesus Christ is Baptized

John Baptizes Jesus

Baptism and Confirmation are ordinances that Bless My Family 

I Follow Jesus Christ in Faith When I Make and Keep My Baptismal Covenant

When I am Baptized, I Make a Covenant with God 

We Receive the Ordinances of Salvation through the Priesthood 

The Baptism of Jesus Christ

The Resurrected Christ Teaches About Baptism

The Power to Baptize and Confirm

Baptism and confirmation are ordinances that bless my family

When I am Baptized, I make a Covenant with God

Why Is It Important for Me to Be Baptized?

The Godhead

The Godhead- Read the scriptures and color in the page

Article of Faith One- Activity page

Article of Faith One- Activities for each member of the Godhead

First Article of Faith Coded Message- Decode it!

Priesthood

Aaronic Priesthood Activity- Have the kids dress the boy up for Priesthood duties.  

The Power and Authority of God- A puzzle- you could put a picture underneath the puzzle pieces

Article of Faith 5- Goes with Priesthood, this has pictures to be put in the right order- could use in the lesson

Remember- Memory game

Ready for Blessings- Pictures that show how to be reverent and not during a blessing

Time for a Blessings- Pictures to show different types and times for blessings

Lindsay's Priesthood Blessing- Hidden pictures 

The Priesthood- A crossword puzzle

Priesthood Hidden Scripture- A word puzzle 

Priesthood Word Square- Word search

Prayers and Ordinances- Decode the puzzle

The Priesthood Helps People- Draw yourself in these pictures where the Priesthood is being used.

COLORING PAGES

We Receive the Ordinances of Salvation...

My Faith in Jesus Christ Grows

The Power to Baptize and Confirm

I Believe That the Priesthood Blesses My Life

Holy Ghost

Inviting the Spirit- 4 ways to invite the Spirit to color...try cutting up the squares and punching holes on each side.  Then string a ribbon through and make it into a sash to wear instead.  

Listen to the Still, Small Voice- Color a quilt and read some scriptures- probably better for the older classes.  You could bring stickers to put into the squares instead.

Names of the Holy Ghost- Word Search

The Gift of the Holy Ghost- Fill in the blank cards

Understanding the Holy Ghost- Fill in the blank and crossword puzzle

The Holy Ghost Can Help Me- Make this invitation to remember to invite the Holy Ghost in.

The Holy Ghost Testifies of the Truth of All Things- Journal activity and make a Liahona.  

When We are Worthy- Fill in the blanks

The Holy Ghost- Crossword or use this one.  

COLORING PAGES

A Happy People

The Holy Ghost Testifies of Me

My Faith in Jesus Christ Grows When I Listen to the Holy Ghost

I Choose to Fill My Life with Things that Invite the Spirit