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Obedience (Jan 8-14)

Obedience to God is not a surrender, it is a victory! It is the key that unlocks the windows of Heaven, and the means by which God’s love and goodness can be manifested in our lives! This week’s video "In the Tunnel" is an allegory of our journey back to our Heavenly Parents! In this fictional story, guidance from a loving parent serves as a vital lifeline rather than a restriction or a burden. If we can teach our children to see their relationship with Heavenly Father in this way, they will be forever connected with their spiritual lifeline! 


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➤ L E S S O N

Open the lesson with a song and a prayer.


 

🎶 O P E N I N G S O N G : "Nephi's Courage"


 

➤ I N T R O D U C T I O N


Play a few rounds of “Simon Says” with the children.


(If you are not familiar with Simon Says, participants must follow the commands preceded with “Simon says” (Simon says touch your ears) and they must ignore the commands given without “Simon says” (Touch your nose). If a participant makes a mistake, he/she is out!)


After playing Simon Says, ask the following discussion questions with the children.


1) If you wanted to win this game, what did you have to do? (Follow directions from Simon.)


2) In real life, what do we have to do if we want to "win" and be the most happy? (Obey Heavenly

Father’s commandments.)

 

🎥 V I D E O : "In the Tunnel"


Say: “We are going to watch a video about obedience. There’s a boy who needs to get out of a tunnel before his batteries run out. The boy doesn’t know which way to go to get out of the tunnel, but his dad knows the way and he tells the boy which way to go! Let’s see if the boy chooses to obey his father’s instructions, or if the boy chooses not to obey.”



Discuss the following questions after watching the video:


1) Did the boy choose to obey his Father? (Yes)


2) What happened when he obeyed his Father? (He made it out of the tunnel.)


3) What do you think would happen if the boy didn’t obey? (Discuss the children's ideas.)


4) The dad asked the boy “Do you trust me?” What does it mean to trust someone? (It means we

know they care about us and want the best for us, and we know they are not trying to trick us.)

5) How do we know if we can trust Heavenly Father when he gives us commandments? (We can to

see examples of His love for us and examples of when he has kept His promises.)


 

➤ S C R I P T U R E


Read the following scriptures together and discuss the questions that follow:



1) What is the commandment that Heavenly Father gave to Lehi’s family?

(Go back and get the plates.)



1) What did Nephi’s brothers do when they heard the commandment? (They murmured and

complained and they didn't want to do it.)

2) What does murmur mean? (It means to complain, to whine, or to have a bad attitude about

something.)


3) Why do you think they murmured? (Discuss some of the children's ideas.)



1) What did Nephi do when he heard the commandment? (He said “I will go and do!”)


2) Why do you think he obeyed Heavenly Father’s commandment? (He loved the Lord and he

trusted the Lord. He knew that the Lord would only ask him to do things that were good for

him and his family.)


3) Do we sometimes murmur when Heavenly Father gives us a commandment? Why? (Discuss the

children's ideas.)

4) Why should we obey the Lord instead of murmur? (Because we can trust Heavenly Father. He

will never ask us to do something unless it is for our good.)


5) Why does Heavenly Father give us commandments? (To bless us and to show us the way to great

joy.)


 

➤ A C T I V I T Y





Activity 1) Invite the children to complete the maze without any mistakes by following the instructions on the next page. If children are able to read, you could have one child read the instructions to a second child who is completing the maze.


Activity 2) Invite the children to color and cut out the props on the third page (from the video). Have children take turns hiding the “finish” sign. Also hide the props along the pathway to represent temptations and distractions. The person who hid the “finish” sign will give voice commands to other participants to guide them to the finish. Once the “finish” marker is discovered, rotate to give everyone a turn.


 

➤ T E S T I M O N Y


Bear testimony of the truths found in the scriptures.


 

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