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Ann Jamison, “Sharing Time: A Sacred Promise,” Friend,
Mar 2000, 12
Do you know what a covenant in the Church is? It is a sacred promise, an
agreement between Heavenly Father and His children. Since the time of Adam and
Eve, Father in Heaven has made covenants with His children to help us live
righteously and be worthy to live with Him again.
In the scriptures, we learn about many people who made covenants with the
Lord. When the people of Alma gathered at the waters of Mormon, he invited them
to be baptized, to make a covenant (see Mosiah 18:8–13). The people were so happy that they clapped their hands with joy. They wanted to show their love for Heavenly Father, and their desire to keep His commandments, by being baptized.
Alma taught his people what they must do to keep and honor their baptismal
covenant. He said that they must be willing to be called God’s people and to
obey His commandments. He told them that they should help one another and
comfort one another. They were to be “witnesses of God” (Mosiah
18:9). That means that they would tell others about Heavenly Father and about how much He loves each of His children. If they did these things, the Lord would bless them with His Spirit. Alma’s people learned that Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to make a sacred covenant with Him.
We begin our journey back to Him by making a covenant and being baptized.
When Jesus was baptized, He made a covenant that He would be obedient to
Heavenly Father’s commandments (see 2 Ne. 31:5–8). When you are baptized, you make that same covenant to serve Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Then, when you are confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you covenant to take His name upon you, to always remember Him, and to keep His commandments. Just like the people of Alma, you promise to be a witness of the Savior—to tell others about, or testify of, Him. When you keep your part of the baptismal covenant, you will always have His Spirit to be with you. That is God’s promise to you.
To make a mobile to help you remember your baptismal covenant, mount page 13
on heavy paper, then color and cut out the figures. Using string or yarn, attach
each figure to a clothes hanger or decorative hook, and display the mobile where
you can see it each day.
(Illustrated by Phyllis Luch.)
When I Am Baptized, I Make a Sacred Covenant
And now, because of the
covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons,
and his daughters (Mosiah 5:7).
I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
I am baptized by immersion.
I receive the gift of the Holy
I promise to testify of Jesus Christ.
I promise to serve
I promise to serve God and keep His commandments.