Thirteenth Article of Faith

by | Oct. 03, 2005


Song: "Our Primary Colors" (Children's Songbook, p. 258.)

Scripture: Article of Faith 1:13


Give more than lip service to the Thirteenth Article of Faith, and actually seek after that "which is lovely and of good report." (Ezra Taft Benson)


"We believe . . . in doing good to all men . . ." Heavenly Father has commanded us to love Him and to love others. We show our love for others through our thoughts and actions. One way we show our love is by doing good to others. What are ways you can do good to others? Tell how you would do good to:

A new boy at school.

Your mother when she is really tired.

An old man that lives next door.

Someone you know who is serving a mission.

A new Primary teacher.

" . . . If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."To "seek" means to "look for." Even when you think you are already doing good things, you can still seek after more things that are good. Put an X next to the things below that are virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy.

___ butterflies

___ the scriptures

___ reading

___ picnics

___ writing in a journal

___ music lessons

___ fighting

___ talking back to someone

___ swearing ___ rainbows

(Ann Laemmlen and Jackie Owen, Articles of Faith Learning Book, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1990], p. 159, 168.)


". . . We seek after these things . . ." Have a treasure hunt.

1. Hide in advance a dozen or so slips of paper throughout the house (or yard). Each slip of paper should contain a clue as to where the next slip of paper is hidden. The last location will be the treasure (a bag of candy or a prize). Start at the treasure and work backward when laying out the course and the clues--it is easier to give clues to where you have just been.

2. Give everyone the first clue for the location of the first hidden slip of paper.

3. Let the search begin.

(George and Jeane Chipman, Games! Games! Games! [Salt Lake City: Shadow Mountain, 1983], p. 55.)

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