Twelth Article of Faith

Song: "Choose the Right Way" (Children's Songbook, p. 160.)

Scripture: Article of Faith 1:12

Quote:

To obey, honor, and sustain, we must know the law and live it. We must be good citizens in our church, schools, and communities. We must also be prepared to make our contribution by giving service to others.

(L. Tom Perry, "Youth of the Noble Birthright," Ensign, Nov. 1998, 73)

Lesson:

Choose two family members to pretend to drive a car. Ask one to start at the back of the room. Ask the other to drive across the front of the room. Stand at the intersection with a paper traffic light. Have the two drivers act out the following story:

One day a motorist was traveling to the store. He saw that the traffic light was red, but he was in a hurry. He did not want to stop. He slowed a little, could not see any other vehicles, and plowed into the intersection. But another car was coming. She was not expecting to stop for a green light. She saw the man's car but did not have time to stop completely before BOOM! She crashed into his back fender.

Ask what could have prevented the crash. (The first driver's obeying the traffic light.) We need rules and laws to ensure the safety and happiness of everyone. Christ has asked us as members of his church to obey His laws as well as the laws of the land. Reenact the story, but this time have the first driver obey the traffic light and avoid the accident. Point out that there is safety in obeying laws.

(Christena C. Nelson, Sharing the Articles of Faith, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1994], p. 60.)

Activity:

Play "Who's the Leader?" Players stand in a circle. One player leaves the room. A leader is selected, and the whole group of players begins to clap. This is the signal for the player who left the room to return. He goes to the center of the circle and tries to find out which player is leading the group in its action. In the meantime the leader changes from clapping to jumping, hopping, patting his head, and immediately the players do the same thing. Sometimes it takes quite a while for the player in the center to discover who the leader is, especially if the group members do not watch the leader. They can watch others in the circle and get the next action as quickly as watching the leader. Talk about following our church and government leaders.

(Alma Heaton, The LDS Game Book, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1968], p. 299.)

Refreshments:

Peanut Butter Fudge

3 cups sugar

1/4 cup cocoa

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

2 heaping tablespoons peanut butter

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup chopped walnuts

In a heavy saucepan, mix sugar and cocoa. Stir in corn syrup, salt, and cream. Bring to a boil over medium heat and, stirring constantly, cook to soft-ball stage (240 degrees on candy thermometer). Pour out on buttered marble slab or into a buttered bowl to cool. Do not scrape pan, or candy will become sugary. When cool, add peanut butter and vanilla. Beat with a wooden spatula until candy loses its gloss. Stir in nuts. If candy becomes crumbly, knead until smooth. Put in a 9-inch square buttered pan; when candy sets up, cut into squares. Makes 2 pounds.

(Paula Julander and Joanne Milner, Utah State Fare, [Salt Lake City: Shadow Mountain, 1995], p. 89.)

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