Dec 17, 2014

Obedience (FHE)

I'm back to my family home evening lessons using the Gospel Principles manual as my guide.  This week we studied chapter 35 on Obedience.

Song: We sang one of my favorite Primary songs from the Children's Songbook, Nephi's Courage song #120.  This is such a fun song to sing!  It goes as follows:

1. The Lord commanded Nephi to go and get the plates
From the wicked Laban inside the city gates.
Laman and Lemuel were both afraid to try.
Nephi was courageous. This was his reply:
 
Chorus:  "I  will go; I will do the thing the Lord commands.
I know the Lord provides a way; he wants me to obey.
I will go; I will do the thing the Lord commands.
I know the Lord provides a way; he wants me to obey."
 
2. The Lord commanded Nephi to go and build a boat.
Nephi's older brothers believed it would not float.
Laughing and mocking, they said he should not try.
Nephi was courageous. This was his reply:
 
3. The Lord gives us commandments and asks us to obey.
Sometimes I am tempted to choose another way.
When I'm discouraged, and think I cannot try,
I will be courageous, and I will reply:
 
Lesson: By keeping God’s commandments, we prepare for eternal life and exaltation. Sometimes we do not know the reason for a particular commandment. However, we show our faith and trust in God when we obey Him without knowing why.
 
God will provide a way for us to keep His commandments!  The Book of Mormon tells us that Nephi and his older brothers received a very difficult assignment from the Lord (see 1 Nephi 3:1–6). Nephi’s brothers complained, saying that the Lord required a hard thing of them. But Nephi said, “I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them” (1 Nephi 3:7). When we find it difficult to obey a commandment of the Lord, we should remember Nephi’s words.
 
Sometimes we may think a commandment is not very important. Sometimes we may think a commandment is too difficult for us to obey.  We should be willing to do anything God requires. The Prophet Joseph Smith said, “I made this my rule: When the Lord commands, do it." This can be our rule also. 
 
Jesus Christ was the sublime example of obedience to our Heavenly Father. He said, “I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me” (John 6:38). His whole life was devoted to obeying His Father; yet it was not always easy for him. He was tempted in all ways as other mortals (see Hebrews 4:15). In the Garden of Gethsemane He prayed, saying, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matthew 26:39).
Because Jesus obeyed the Father’s will in all things, He made salvation possible for all of us.

The kingdom of heaven is governed by law, and when we receive any blessing, it is by obedience to the law upon which that blessing is based (see D&C 130:20–21; 132:5). The Lord has told us that through our obedience and diligence we may gain knowledge and intelligence (see D&C 130:18–19). We may also grow spiritually (see Jeremiah 7:23–24). On the other hand, disobedience brings disappointment and results in a loss of blessings. “Who am I, saith the Lord, that have promised and have not fulfilled? I command and men obey not; I revoke and they receive not the blessing. Then they say in their hearts: This is not the work of the Lord, for his promises are not fulfilled” (D&C 58:31–33).
The Lord counsels us, “If you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God” (D&C 14:7).

Activity: What better way to teach about obedience then to play "Simon Says."  I explained the rules to June, and we started playing.  At first, she just did every action I told her, even without the "Simon says" part.  After a bit, she picked up on it and was true to the game.  I told her that we should everything Heavenly Father tells us to do, just like we do everything Simon says to win.  I also told her that she should also be obedient to her parents because we want to help her do Heavenly Father's will.  However, we don't have to do everything other people tell us to do--especially when it's not what Heavenly Father wants.  Sometimes they are tricky, so we have to listen carefully to what is being said.

Once she got the hang of it, she loved playing this game!  I'm sure it would've been more fun with more kids, but still we made due with just the two of us.  I tried to keep the commands fun for her.
 

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