Their assignment for our "Baptism class" was to write down the 4 steps to repentance on their paper. The four steps are:
1. Feel Sorry
2. Ask forgiveness
3. Right the wrong
4. Don't repeat the wrong
In the LDS church, we believe a child is not responsible for their sins until they reach the age of accountability of 8 years old. At this age, we believe that they know the difference between right and wrong.
This year is a very important year for my Primary children. They are 7 years old turning to 8 years old. I really wanted to make an impact on them that after they are baptised at 8 years old, they will have to start repenting for the things they do wrong and these are the 4 steps to always remain clean from sin.
I also handed them all a new pencil with this reminder:
"God .... has a pencil with an eraser on it and he has promised us that he will use it if we would forsake our evil ways .... He has said that if we would forsake our evil and thoroughly make up our minds against it, then He would wash it out of his mind and just forget the whole thing. Of course, he expects that we will wash it out of our minds also. -- Sterling W. Sill
It's amazing that we can repent of our sins and we can be forgiven and they are remembered no more. Jesus Christ paid the price for us. He paid the price for all sin and it is up to us to have enough faith in him to take advantage of this gift. If we don't repent, then he paid the price vain. I know this is true, the price has been paid and it is up to us to repent always that we may live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ again one day - pure and clean from sin.
March 15 we taught about Priesthood blessings and ordinances.
The Priesthood can bless everyone.
Priesthood bearers can bless and name babies.
Priesthood bearers can administer to the sick.
Children can ask their father or another worthy Melchizedek Priesthood holder for a blessing when they have a special need.
I'm thankful that the Priesthood has been restored to the earth again. The Priesthood is the power to ask in God's name on the earth.
The Aaronic Priesthood was restored when John the Baptist came back to earth as angel and gave this power to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery that they would have the authority to baptise each other.
The Melchizedek Priesthood was restored when Peter, James and John (Jesus Christ's Apostles) came back to the earth as angels and gave this power to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery.
The true Priesthood of the Lord is back on the earth. We have the authority to perform the necessary ordinances - blessings, baptism, confirmation and the gift of the Holy Ghost, Temple ordinances and Sealing husbands and wives (and families) together forever in the Holy Temple of the Lord.
This is a coloring picture of the Priesthood in action. I'm thankful for the Priesthood.