I was asked to give talk at a baptism this last week. As St. Patrick's Day fast approaches my brain was on leprechauns and rainbows :). So, I decided to drop the leprechaun thought and go with rainbows.
When we get baptized we make a few promises and in return we are promised certain blessings. As I laid these promises and blessings onto the rainbow idea it all connected beautifully! I created each color as a separate strip so that while I spoke I could tape each color to the board when I discussed the principal.
Promises We Make:
RED- Take upon ourselves the Name of Jesus Christ
I glued on a heart with Jesus Christ's name inside the heart
ORANGE- Always remember Him
An orange cone signifies awareness which correlates with always remembering
YELLOW- Keep His commandments
A miniature image of golden plates reminds of us His commandments
GREEN- Serve Him to the end
A green stop light tells us to Go, Go, Go...don't stop. In other words, serve Him to the end!
BLUE- If we repent we will be forgiven
Water represents cleansing
PURPLE- Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost
Purple gift symbolizes receiving a gift
CLOUDS- Always have His Spirit to be with you
SUPER COOL CONCLUSION:
Pure white light is made out of all the colors of the rainbow. When you get baptized you make promises and in return you are promised blessings. When combined these steps purify and prepare you to return to your Heavenly Father.
The talk seemed to go over well enough :). I had a few adults mention that they appreciated hearing a new approach. Many said, "Wow, I haven't seen this idea before...how fun!" It made me laugh...and no, I did not mention that is was my idea :). My seven year old now has all the principles memorized and I do too for the first time! I guess the concept helped at least two people.