I Am Thankful for Water
To help each child feel gratitude to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ for water.
- Picture 7-7, John the Baptist baptizing Jesus
- A copy of “I am thankful for water” for each child
- Plastic cups for each child
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Ask a child to come to the front of the class. Whisper in his or her ear an activity that uses water, such as brushing teeth, washing hands, or watering plants. Have the child act out the activity while the other children guess what is being acted out. (You may need to show the children how to act out each situation.) Let each child have a turn acting out an activity.
Point out that each activity that was acted out needs water. Tell the children that we should be thankful to Heavenly Father and Jesus for giving us water.
Water was an important part of the Creation
Do you remember who made the earth? Heavenly Father chose Jesus to make it. Last week we talked about the first day when Jesus made the light and the dark. When he made light he called it day. When Jesus made dark he called it night.
On the second day Jesus divided the water.
Some water was on the earth. Some water was in the clouds in the sky.
Why is water so important for us?
How do we get our water?
Water comes from many places, including lakes, rivers, oceans, rain, and snow.
Snow and ice are frozen water.
Do the following actions as the children pretend it is raining—softly at first, and then gradually harder.
Pat fingertips together.
Pat hands together.
Pat knees, alternating hands.
Tell the children you are thankful that water is a part of Heavenly Father’s plan.
We need water for many things
Why do we need water? What is it used for?
All living things, including people
, and plants
, need water to live. If possible, give each child a small cup of water to drink. Talk about how our bodies could not live without water to drink.
How do animals and plants get the water they need?
If possible, take the children outside and let each one water a plant. Or bring a plant to class and allow each child to give a little water to the plant. Explain that plants also need water to live and grow.
We also need water for other things, such as washing and cooking.
Jesus gave Moses and the Israelites water in the desert
The Israelite people were traveling in a hot, dry desert. Have you ever been to a desert?
There is no water in desert and it is so hot! The Israelite people were really thirsty and there was no water to drink.
They got really mad at Moses. They blamed Moses for taking them from Egypt and into this hot and miserable desert! Moses prayed to Heavenly Father and asked him to help the Israelite people.
Moses got an answer to his prayers. It was a strange answer. Do you know Jesus told Moses to do? He told Jesus to hit a rock. Crazy huh? Do you think it would work to hit a rock? Moses had faith and he obeyed Jesus. Moses hit the rock, and guess what, water came out!
It was a miracle. It showed the people God’s power. The Israelites drank the water and traveled on.
What would have happened if the Israelites didn’t receive water?
Have you ever been very thirsty? How does it feel to have a cool drink of water when you are thirsty?
Give each child a small drink of water. Water is part of Heavenly Father’s plan for the earth. We can drink water when we are thirsty.
Water is important in the Church
John the Baptist was teaching people about repentance and baptism. Do you know what repent means? To feel bad about our wrong choices and not to make them again. People would come from all over to the to listen to John and then be baptized.
When Jesus was about 30 years old, he left his home to find John the Baptist. John was surprised when he saw Jesus and said “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John knew that Jesus was the Christ, the Savior of the World. Jesus asked John to baptize Him. John was shocked. Jesus was perfect! He didn’t need to repent! John told Jesus that Jesus should baptize him! Jesus explained to John that even He needed to be baptized. Jesus needed to be baptized to “fulfill all righteousness”. Being baptized is one of God’s commandments and He needed to follow God’s commandments just like everybody else. He was also an example to us and needed to show us what we should do. John understood then that Jesus needed to be baptized. John and Jesus entered the waters of the
. Picture 7-7, John the Baptist baptizing Jesus
John baptized Jesus by
. Do you know what it means to be baptized by immersion? He laid him down in the water until Jesus was completely covered by the water and then brought him back up. After Jesus was baptized, the heavens opened up. John the Baptist saw a dove that represented the Spirit of God.
A voice from heaven said, Matthew 3:17 “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” When John heard the voice of Heavenly Father, he knew for certain that Jesus Christ was the Son of God.
Where was Jesus baptized?
How was Jesus baptized?
Where are we baptized when we are eight years old?
Have you ever seen someone being baptized? Allow the children to talk about what happened when they saw someone being baptized.
We must have water to be baptized.
How do we use water in sacrament meeting?
Express your gratitude for water so that we can be baptized and partake of the sacrament.
I am thankful for water!
Give each child the picture of “I am thankful for water!” Let them color the picture.
Express your testimony of Heavenly Father’s plan and his love for us in giving us water. Tell the children you are grateful to Heavenly Father and Jesus for this wonderful gift.
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