June Sharing Time: Commandments Thumbs Up

This sharing time will help the children learn about the blessings they receive when they keep the commandments of God.

Preparation: Familiarize yourself with the following stories/scriptures: Daniel refusing the King's wine (Daniel 1); the Stripling Warriors (Alma 53:10- 21; 56:44-56; 58:39); Nephi desiring to know the truth (1 Nephi 2:16, 19; 11:1- 7); and the Nephites keeping the commandments and waxing strong (Jarom 1:6).

Get the following pictures: Daniel Refusing the King's Wine (Gospel Art Kit 114), Two Thousand Young Warriors (GAK 313), and Lehi's Family Leaving Jerusalem (GAK 301).

Presentation: Explain to the children that commandments are the rules or laws that Heavenly Father wants us to live by. We find the commandments in the scriptures, or by listening to the prophet. When we obey the commandments the Lord gives us many blessings.

Explain that you are going to tell them some stories, after each story they will play a game.

Show them the picture of Daniel and his friends. Briefly tell the story. Explain that we now call the commandment that Daniel was obeying the Word of Wisdom (see Doctrine and Covenants, section 89). Ask what blessings Daniel received from obeying this commandment (knowledge, strength, good health).

Play "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" as you give the following examples. Have the children point their thumbs up if the example is one of obeying the commandment and point their thumbs down if the example is not obeying.

* Sam eats fruit and vegetables and other healthy foods.

* Brett's friends find a can of beer while walking home from school. They decide to try it.

* Julie eats more cookies, candy, and soda than good food.

* Brittlyn has decided to never smoke.

* Jolynn goes outside and gets lots of exercise.

Testify to the children that you know they will also receive blessings if they obey this commandment.

Sing "The Lord Gave me a Temple," Children's Songbook, p. 153.

Show them the picture of the Stripling Warriors. Briefly tell them the story emphasizing the young men listened to their mothers and knew their words were true. Explain that this is an example of honoring their fathers and mothers (Ten Commandments #6 and Gospel Standard # 7). Ask what blessings these warriors received from obeying the commandments (the Lord protected them from being killed).

Play "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" as you give the following examples.

* Peter always comes when his mother calls, even if he is having fun playing.

* Sarah helps her mother with the dishes.

* Brian watches TV when his father asks him to clean his room.

* Cami argues about going to bed.

* Rachel loves to read the scriptures with her mother and father each night.

Testify that you know they will also receive blessings if they obey this commandment.

Sing "Quickly I'll Obey," Children's Songbook, p. 197.

Show them the picture of Nephi. Tell them that Nephi wanted to learn the truths of the gospel. He "hungered and thirsted after righteousness." (Beatitudes, Matthew 5:6). Ask what blessings Nephi received by doing this (heard the voice of the Lord, saw the Spirit of the Lord, learned the truth).

Play "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" as you give the following examples.

* Jason listens to his teachers and tries to learn what they teach.

* Jamie wants to play video games instead of having Family Home Evening.

* Andrew loves to read the scriptures.

* Alex complains that church is always boring.

* Caleb likes to learn the songs and sing in Primary.

Testify that you know they will also receive blessings if they desire to learn the truth.

Sing "Dearest Children, God is Near You," Hymns, 96.

Tell them about the Nephite people that lived about 200 years after Nephi. They were very obedient to the commandments and always kept the Sabbath day holy. (Ten Commandments #5, Gospel Standards #6). Ask what blessings the Nephites received by doing this (they waxed strong in the land).

Play "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" as you give the following examples.

* Kyle visits his grandparents after church on Sunday.

* Ashley chose to play in a soccer tournament on Sunday.

* Brandon slept late and didn't go to church.

* Becca goes to Sacrament meeting and takes the bread and water to remind her of Jesus.

* Emma likes to go to Primary to learn about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

Testify that you know they will also receive blessings if they obey this commandment.

Sing "The Chapel Doors," Children's Songbook, p. 156.

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