Scripture of the Week:
And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.
…and he took their little children, one by one, and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them.
3 Nephi 17:21
This lesson was adapted from Lesson 28 in the Family Home Evening Resource Book. We will be blessing our new baby boy soon, so this lesson was designed to teach our children about the sacred ordinance.
Discuss with your family the meaning of their names, and why they were given that name.
Explain that the ordinance of giving a name and a blessing is a sacred and happy experience for the family.Explain that Jesus Christ blessed the children one by one (see Mark 10:16 and 3 Nephi 1721). Show a picture of Jesus blessing the children. When Jesus blessed the children, he did it with authority from our Heavenly Father. We have the same authority in the Church today, the Melchizedek Priesthood.
Talk about each child’s blessing. Show pictures and share the notes from the blessing.
Show the children the certificates of blessing for themselves and the parents. The certificate is an official church record that shows that the baby is now on the official membership records of the Church.
Discuss plans for the baby blessing. Show what the baby will be wearing.
Conclude by discussing our gratitude for each baby that has been born to our family.