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September 2010 Sharing Time: Thumbs Up to Obeying the Commandments

Shauna Gibby - August 17, 2010

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 1:5-16); the Stripling Warriors (Alma 53:16-21; 56:44-56; 58:39); The children of Israel and the Brass Serpent (Numbers 21:6-9; John 3:14-15); and the Nephites listening to King Benjamin and covenanting to keep the commandments (Mosiah 5:1-6; 6:7; 7:1).

Get the following pictures: Daniel Refusing the King's Wine (Gospel Art Book 23 or Gospel Art Kit 114), Two Thousand Young Warriors (GAB 80 or GAK 313), Moses and the Brass Serpent (GAB 16 of GAK 123), and King Benjamin (GAB 74 or GAK 307).

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. We show our love for Jesus Christ by obeying the commandments. 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 Moses and the Brass Serpent. Tell them that the children of Israel became discouraged and spake against Moses and God. The Lord sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit them and many died. Explain that Moses was told to make a brass serpent, put it on a pole and place it where the people could see it. The Lord promised that everyone that had been bitten would live if they looked at the serpent. Jesus taught that this is a lesson for us about the importance of looking to the Savior and his atoning sacrifice. (Sacramental covenants, D&C 20:77). Ask what blessings the Israelites received by doing this (they lived).

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

  • Jason listens to the Sacrament prayers and thinks about Jesus when he takes the bread and water.
  • 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 learn about Jesus and think of him often.

Sing "To Think About Jesus," Children's Songbook, p. 71.

Show the picture of King Benjamin. Tell them about the Nephite people that listened to King Benjamin speak and covenanted to be obedient in all things. They always kept the Sabbath day holy. (Ten Commandments #5, Gospel Standards #6). Ask what blessings the Nephites received by doing this (continual peace 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 "Keep the Commandments," Children's Songbook, p. 146.

© Photo by Richard Styles/sxc.hu.