Oct 13, 2014

The Lord's Law of Health (FHE)

For our Family Home Evening last week, I based the lesson on the Gospel Principles manual chapter 29, the Lord's Law of Health.  I included a lot of the lesson text from this chapter here, as I feel the Word of Wisdom is a critical law we should keep.  Through it we can become both physically and spiritually stronger, healthier, and happier.  Once I started really keeping the Word of Wisdom, I found that my health problems are lessened, my spirits are higher, my confidence in myself has grown, I've literally been running faster than ever, and I'm just happier.  I know that this is from God and I strongly encourage all to live it to the best they can.

Song: We sang song #154 the Word of Wisdom, from the Primary Children's Songbook.  It goes as follows:
The Lord has revealed the Word of Wisdom to Joseph Smith the Prophet.
If we obey, and follow in faith, beautiful blessings are promised:
A clean body, a clear mind, a spirit in tune with the Lord;
These are promised to all who follow the word and will of God.

Lesson: Our bodies are temples of God (1 Corinthians 3:16–17).  Because our bodies are important, our Father in Heaven wants us to take good care of them. He knows that we can be happier, better people if we are healthy. The Holy Ghost can be with us if our bodies and minds are clean. Our Father knows that we face temptations to treat our bodies unwisely or to take harmful things into them. For this reason He has told us which things are good for our health and which things are bad. This revelation is called the Word of Wisdom and is contained in D&C 89.

We must obey the Word of Wisdom to be worthy to enter the temple. If we do not obey the Word of Wisdom, the Lord’s Spirit withdraws from us. If we defile the “temple of God,” which is our body, we hurt ourselves physically and spiritually.

The Lord commands us not to use wine and strong drinks, meaning drinks containing alcohol. The First Presidency has taught that strong drink often brings cruelty, poverty, disease, and plague into the home. It often is a cause of dishonesty, loss of chastity, and loss of good judgment. It is a curse to all who drink it.  We should also avoid coffee, tea, any tobacco, and all illegal drugs.  We should also avoid overeating. The Word of Wisdom does not tell us everything to avoid or consume, but it does give us guidelines.

The Lords tells us what we should do to be healthy!  We should eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and herbs--especially in their season.  We should eat meat, but sparingly.  Grains are also good for us.  We should also go to bed early and make sure to get enough sleep.  We should exercise and keep our physical bodies active!   We should “cease to be idle; cease to be unclean; … cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated” (D&C 88:124).
When we keep the Lord’s law of health and obey His other commandments, the Lord promises to bless us physically and spiritually.  Physically we have been promised good health. As a result of this good health we “shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint” (D&C 89:20). This is a great blessing, but the spiritual blessings He has promised us are even greater than the physical ones.  President Boyd K. Packer taught: “Our physical body is the instrument of our spirit. In that marvelous revelation the Word of Wisdom, we are told how to keep our bodies free from impurities which might dull, even destroy, those delicate physical senses which have to do with spiritual communication. The Word of Wisdom is a key to individual revelation."

Activity: I printed out the above food cutouts from Mormon Mommy Blogs and then spread them all across the bed.  I gave June her baby hippo stuffed animal (a hand puppet would've worked better, but I had to work with what I have).  I told June she had to use what she learned to feed Baby Hippo all the good things that will keep her healthy and strong.  So, June would grab a paper and "feed" it to Baby Hippo.  I would then have her stuffed animal jump up and down and shout, "That was yummy!  I feel great!" for the healthy answers.  If she tried to give Baby Hippo a harmful substance, I would turn the stuffed animal on its back and tell June, "Oh no!  That was bad for Baby Hippo!  She is dying!  Quick, find her something healthy!"  And then June would scramble and find a healthy paper.  Then, she would throw the harmful substance off the bed.  After we had sorted everything, I told June that Baby Hippo still needed to exercise to be healthy and strong, so I put on a song and we all danced along to it.  After the dance, Baby Hippo needed to sleep so she could be healthy and rested, so June put her to bed and tucked her in.

This activity is one my mother had used when she taught Primary!  June had a blast feeding her baby hippo the right foods.  She had almost as much fun throwing the harmful substances off the bed.  She kept playing and replaying this game on her own long after FHE was done. 

June found all the good food!
When it comes to the Word of Wisdom, I find it important to teach the things we should eat and do along with what we should avoid.  Good nutrition, exercise, and rest are essential to our health and well-being.

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