Baptism Preparation Treasure Hunt: Month 1: First Article of Faith

I’m so excited about this idea…I couldn’t keep it in any longer. So here it is…I decided that I wanted to help my son, Eli get prepared for his baptism which will be in July 2018. I know that is far in the distance but I thought it would be fun to develop a plan that would take a year. So, I thought of the 13 Articles of Faith. I thought that I could do one Article of Faith each month up till he is baptized (13 months). Genius idea! However, I also wanted him to be ready to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and be prepared to make a special covenant with Heavenly Father. I also wanted to be ready. Ideas and thoughts emerged and I finally developed the Baptism Preparation Treasure Hunt. Of course I created 5 pages of instructions you can download for FREE. Click on the Baptism Preparation Treasure Hunt below. Or go HERE to get the Treasure Map, Instructions & 52 Things to do to prepare for baptism.

 Baptism Prepartion Treasure Hunt (pdf)

This treasure hunt correlates with the thirteen Articles of Faith. First, start a month before your child’s seventh birthday. Choose a day each week to complete each week’s assignment.

Here is an outline of the week’s assignment for each month:

Week 1: Article of Faith packet

Week 2: Read a Friends talk or book on baptism

Week 3: Choose a video to watch or song to listen to.

Week 4: 52 Things to do to prepare for baptism checklist.

Okay, so when I was young, I remember my local library had a treasure map and we had to read a certain amount of books to get to the treasure. I was super excited and of course read the books required. It was a fantastic idea so I started thinking that it would be fun to have a treasure map for the baptism prep course. Here is the treasure map I created…

{Treasusre Map-pdf}

Instructions for Treasure Map:

Avast ye, scallywags. Time to plunder on this Baptism Preparation Treasure Hunt. Join us and yer fellow pirates for an adventure as ye embark on the path to find the treasure.

This will take thirteen months to complete so start a month before your child’s seventh birthday. As your child completes each week’s assignment he/she can add a sticker to each dotted line (there are four dotted lines between each number to represent each week). After your child completes each month’s assignments reward him/her with a small prize (dollar store prizes). Each month he/she will also memorize an Article of Faith. Once he/she has completed the Article of Faith packet, memorized the Article of Faith and says it out loud without looking, let him/her take a candy from the candy jar or prize box.

When your child has completed all thirteen numbers, present a treasure box (gift box, shoe box, etc). Items in the treasure box may include a white towel, journal, pen, Baptism book, new tie, white handkerchief, white pillowcase, set of scriptures or a white bracelet.

Your child is now ready and prepared to enter the waters of Baptism which is a wonderful treasure he/she will receive.

Here is a breakdown of each week:

Instructions for Week 1: Articles of Faith packet:

FIND THE ARTICLE OF FAITH PACKET IN THE FREE PRINTABLES SECTION OF THE WEBSITE OR SIMPLY CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING:

The First Article of Faith Packet (pdf)

Treasure Hunt Race (pdf)

The Godhead card (pdf)

Write your words (pdf)

Write the AOF (pdf)

{I will post one month at a time so June is Month 1: First Article of Faith: Godhead and I will go in order}

There are thirteen Articles of Faith packets. Each packet should be completed on the first week of each month. Each Article of Faith includes the following:

  • Words
  • Write your words page
  • Treasure Hunt Race
  • The Article of Faith (Read three times)
  • Write out the Article of Faith page
  • The Article of Faith 8×11 page

Repeat the Article of Faith out loud (without looking) and return completed packet to parents on Friday for a prize (candy jar or small dollar store prize).

Instructions for Week 2: Read a Friends talk or book on Baptism:

I created a list of talks and books on Baptism. Choose one or two books/talks on the second week of each month.

{Find the entire list in the Instructions guide-I added it again here just in case you missed it}

Instructions (pdf)

Instructions for Week 3: Choose a video to watch or song to listen to:

I created a list of videos and songs on baptism. Choose one or two on the third week to watch or listen to.

{Find the entire list in the Instructions guide above}

Instructions for week 4: 52 Things to do to prepare for Baptism checklist:

52 Things to do to prepare for baptism (pdf)

Choose 1-3 activities from the 52 Things to do to prepare for Baptism checklist on the fourth week of each month. Another idea is to complete one activity per week to complete the Baptism checklist.

I hope that you enjoy doing this Baptism Preparation Treasure Hunt with your child to prepare him/her for baptism. I know this was inspired to help my family and hope it will inspire your family as well.

Next month: Second Article of Faith: The Fall of Adam & Eve

 

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