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“I Will Go and Do”

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Use the example of Nephi’s determination to obey the Lord’s command to get the plates of brass to help your family understand the importance of choosing to obey all of God’s commandments. Relate the story of a baseball team that decides not to play on the sabbath, pull fun objects from a bag that symbolize ways we show obedience, and make yummy Brass Plates Treats.

 

SONG

SCRIPTURE

VIDEO CLIP


LESSON SUMMARY

POINTS TO PONDER

 

STORY

TREAT
TIME

ACTIVITY

ACTIVITY PAGES

MUSIC MP3

 

VIDEO CLIP:

The Animated Book of Mormon:
Nephi and the Brass Plates chapter 4
(click on above for full screen)

PRINCIPLE:
Obedience

 

RELEASED: 08/24/05

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20-MINUTE LESSON

   

SONG

 
 

Sing together Children’s Songbook #120 “Nephi’s Courage” verse 1

 

 

If you wish to print sheet music or have an online music file to accompany you click on the song link to visit: http://www.lds.org/churchmusic

SCRIPTURE

1 Nephi 3:1–9

 

1. AND it came to pass that I, Nephi, returned from speaking with the Lord, to the tent of my father.

2. And it came to pass that he spake unto me, saying: Behold I have dreamed a dream, in the which the Lord hath commanded me that thou and thy brethren shall return to Jerusalem.

3. For behold, Laban hath the record of the Jews and also a genealogy of my forefathers, and they are engraven upon plates of brass.

4. Wherefore, the Lord hath commanded me that thou and thy brothers should go unto the house of Laban, and seek the records, and bring them down hither into the wilderness.

5. And now, behold thy brothers murmur, saying it is a hard thing which I have required of them; but behold I have not required it of them, but it is a commandment of the Lord.

6. Therefore go, my son, and thou shalt be favored of the Lord, because thou hast not murmured.

7. And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: 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.

8. And it came to pass that when my father had heard these words he was exceedingly glad, for he knew that I had been blessed of the Lord.

9. And I, Nephi, and my brethren took our journey in the wilderness, with our tents, to go up to the land of Jerusalem.

The distance from Jerusalem to the Red Sea (the Gulf of Azaba) is about 180 miles through the hot, barren country infested anciently by many marauders. Lehi and his family traveled three days’ journey beyond this point (see 1 Nephi 2:5-6). This meant at least a twelve- to-fourteen-day trip one way, which gives added meaning to Nephi’s response in 1 Nephi 3:7.”

Book of Mormon Student Manual, Religion 121 and 122, ©1989 by Corporation of the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, p.5

VIDEO CLIP

Watch chapter 4 from The Animated Complete Learning System, Nephi and the Brass Plates DVD or CLICK FOR CLIP

 

LESSON SUMMARY

 
 

For younger children, it may be helpful to summarize the following ideas:

 

One reason we are here on the earth is to show our willingness to obey Heavenly Father’s commandments.

In the premortal existence, Heavenly Father presided over a great Council in Heaven. There we learned of the plan for our salvation, which included a time of testing on the earth: ‘We will make an earth whereon these may dwell; and we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them’ (Abraham 3:24-25).”

 

God gives commandments for our benefit.

Many people feel that the commandments are burdensome and that they limit freedom and personal growth. But the Savior taught that true freedom comes only from following Him: ‘If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free’ (John 8: 31-32). God gives commandments for our benefit. They are loving instructions for our happiness and our physical and spiritual well-being.”

The prophets teach us that obedience to the commandments leads to blessings from God.

Joseph Smith said: ‘There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundation of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—and when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated’ (D&C 130:20-21).

King Benjamin also taught this principle: ‘I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God,” he counseled. “For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it’." (Mosiah 2:41)

 

Our obedience to the commandments is an expression of our love for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

The Savior said, ‘If ye love me, keep my commandments’ John 14:15). He later declared: ‘If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love’ (John 15:10).”

True to the Faith: A Gospel Reference, ©2004 by Intellectual Reserve, pp.108-109

 

POINTS TO PONDER

 
 

Share H. David’s Burton’s observation in the November 1995 Ensign, “I Will Go”: There is a sign prominently displayed in a shopping mall in Manila, the Philippines, that reads, Your ‘I will’ is more important than your ‘IQ.’ ”

© 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc.  All rights reserved.

 

What does this mean and how does it apply to obeying the Lord’s commandments?

 

Sometimes it may be difficult to do what is asked of us.

Share a commandment that you think may be difficult to obey and ask other family members what commandments they think may seem difficult or unreasonable. Honor and sympathize with their feelings. Even the Savior wondered if another way was possible. Discuss Luke 22:42: “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”

End with H. David Burton’s comments:

“…when someone with whom you associate suggests you participate in something that is not as ‘the Lord commands,’ you can think of the courageous plea Nephi made to his elder brothers: ‘Let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord’ (1 Nephi 3:16).”, © 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc.  All rights reserved.

 

STORY

"I Will Go"

 

Read the story, I Will Go, in the Nov. 1995 Ensign by H. David Burton.

 

 

TREAT TIME

CLICK TO PRINT “Brass Plates Treat” recipe

Brass Plates Treat

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cool Time:10 minutes

Pre-heat oven to 350°

 

Directions:

  1. Stir corn syrup and sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat until mixture comes to a full rolling boil.
  2. Remove saucepan immediately from heat and stir in peanut butter.
  3. Stir in cereal.
  4. Press into a greased 9” x 13” pan.
  5. In a double-boiler melt butterscotch chips.
  6. Spread over treats.
  7. Cut into 24 pieces while still warm and then cool.
  8. Make three holes through the left of each treat (top and bottom) with a toothpick and loop a 3” piece of licorice through each set of holes (see photo).

Ingredients

  • 1 c. corn syrup
  • 1 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 1 c. butterscotch chips
  • Twizzlers® Pull ‘N’ Peel chocolate licorice
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 6 c. Rice Krispies®

 

Treat Time:

Treats could be made ahead of time and left in pan to cool. Cut and make into “plates” after the lesson.

ACTIVITY

 

Activity:

Explain that there are many things Heavenly Father has asked us to do to bring us happiness. Invite the first member of the family to close their eyes and pull out an item from the bag and guess what Heavenly Father has commanded us to do based on the item. Add your testimony about how obeying that particular commandment makes you feel and how it has blessed you and your family.

 

Or downloan and play "The Quest for the Brass Plates Game."

What you need:

  1. A bag or pillowcase filled with items that symbolize ways we can show obedience to God
  2. Missionary tag (serving a mission)
  3. Tithing envelope with a slip in it (pay an honest tithing)
  4. Scriptures (study the scriptures daily)
  5. Apple (keep the Word of Wisdom)
  6. Ring in a box (marry in the temple)
 
 

ACTIVITY PAGES

 
   
 

 

 

         

MUSIC MP3

Listen to the Song, I Will Go and Do the Things Which the Lord Hath Commanded from the Animated Stories from the Book of Mormon, Nephi and the Brass Plates.

 

20-MINUTE LESSON

CLICK TO PRINT "20-MINUTE" LESSON NOTES

 

1. Watch chapter 4 from The Animated Complete Learning system, Nephi and the Brass Plates, DVD. (Video clip provided online for viewing.)

 

2. “The distance from Jerusalem to the Red Sea (the Gulf of Azaba) is about 180 miles through the hot, barren country infested anciently by many marauders. Lehi and his family traveled three days’ journey beyond this point (see 1 Nephi 2:5-6). This meant at least a twelve- to-fourteen-day trip one way, which gives added meaning to Nephi’s response in 1 Nephi 3:7.”

Book of Mormon Student Manual, Religion 121 and 122, ©1989 by Corporation of the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, p.5

 

3. “...When someone with whom you associate suggests you participate in something that is not as ‘the Lord commands,’ you can think of the courageous plea Nephi made to his elder brothers: ‘Let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord’ (1 Nephi 3:16).”

H. David’s Burton, Ensign, November 1995© 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

4. One reason we are here on the earth is to show our willingness to obey Heavenly Father’s commandments.

In the premortal existence, Heavenly Father presided over a great Council in Heaven. There we learned of the plan for our salvation, which included a time of testing on the earth: ‘We will make an earth whereonthese may dwell; and we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them’ (Abraham 3:24-25).”

 

5. Sometimes it may be difficult to do what is asked of us.

Share a commandment that you think may be difficult to obey and ask other family members what commandments they think may seem difficult or unreasonable. Honor and sympathize with their feelings. Even the Savior wondered if another way was possible. Discuss Luke 22:42: “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”

 

6. Explain that there are many things Heavenly Father has asked us to do to bring us happiness.

List some items that might symbolize ways we can show obedience to God (See activity for ideas) and have family members guess what Heavenly Father wants us to do based on the item.