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The Word of Wisdom

In the early days of the church the brethren were using chewing tobacco in meetings and were making a big mess! Joseph Smith inquired of the Lord about the use of tobacco, and God's answer was the revelation know as "The Word of Wisdom" found in D&C 89.


This revelation was given to guide us in making good choice about what food and substances we put into our bodies. The Lord created our bodies and He knows what is best for our bodies! It can be a hard commandment to keep! There are so many foods available that don't nourish our bodies. Each of us, through personal revelation and by adhering to the Word of Wisdom, can discover how to best heal, nourish, and strengthen our bodies by what we consume.


The blessing promised for keeping the Word of Wisdom are incredible! "And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones; shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones; And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint." (D&C 89:18-20)

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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 : "The Lord Gave Me a Temple"

➤ P R E P A R A T I O N


You will need three plastic water bottles. Fill one water bottle completely with water. Fill another one partially with water (about half way), and empty out the last water bottle completely.

➤ I N T R O D U C T I O N


Invite the children to take turns trying to do a bottle flip with the empty bottle. (A bottle flip involves throwing a plastic bottle into the air so that it rotates, in an attempt to land it upright on its base or cap. If you are still unsure of what a bottle flip is, look it up on the internet.) Give them plenty of time to attempt this (it is nearly impossible). Next, invite the children to take turns trying to do a bottle flip with the bottle that is full of water (this is also nearly impossible). Now, invite the children to take turns trying to do a bottle flip with the partially filled water bottle. This will still take several attempts, but it is much easier to do! Allow them to keep trying until someone completes a successful bottle flip!


After you complete the activity, ask the following questions:


1) Did the bottle flip work very well when the bottle was empty? (No.)