The video clip from “Ruth” is a great example of Ruth’s great loyalty to her mother-in-law. Explore the idea of loyalty to Jesus Christ and His church with a short story and fun game, “Gleaning Ears of Corn.” Also included are a recipe for Corn Pones, activity pages and the music MP3 “Ruth’s Song.”
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
Ruth 1:16–17 & Ruth 2:2, 17–18
16. And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:
17. Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
2. And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.
17. So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley.
18. And she took it up, and went into the city: and her mother in law saw what she had gleaned: and she brought forth, and gave to her that she had reserved after she was sufficed.
Watch chapter 6 from the Animated Complete Learning System, Ruth DVD or CLICK FOR CLIP
For younger children, it may be helpful to summarize the following ideas:
What does it mean to be loyal?
Loyalty is being faithful and true.
“I think of loyalty in terms of being true to ourselves. I think of it in terms of being absolutely loyal to the Church and its many facets of activity. I think of it in terms of being unequivocally true to the God of heaven, our Eternal Father, and His Beloved Son, our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ...Be loyal to the best that is in you.”
Loyalty means standing up for that which is right.
“We show our loyalty to the Lord by being obedient to parents, being respectful of our brothers and sisters, following Church leaders, and fulfilling our church callings and priesthood responsibilities. Loyalty includes being obedient to the laws of the land and the commandments of God. Loyalty to employer and employee, demonstrated by an honest day’s work and an honest day’s pay, is part of our loyalty to the Lord, for what we do unto each other we do unto Him. It means standing up for that which is right when our associates would persuade us to do wrong.”
Discussion Ideas: Use as the Spirit and your family needs guide.
How did Ruth show her loyalty to Naomi?
Instead of returning to her own family, Ruth went to Bethlehem with Naomi. She cared and provided for her by gleaning in the fields.
How has Ruth's loyalty to Naomi blessed us?
“When Naomi sensed the true depth of Ruth’s love and loyalty, she consented and the two made their way back to Bethlehem. There, through the mediating role of Naomi, Ruth met Boaz, ‘a mighty man of wealth’ (Ruth 2:1), and they married. From this union came a son named Obed, who fathered a son named Jesse, who fathered a son named David, the greatest king in Israel’s history. Thus Ruth’s love for and loyalty to Naomi not only brought gospel blessings to Ruth, but ultimately blessed the entire Israelite nation.”
“And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.” Mosiah 2:17
What can our family do to loyally serve Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ?
"Being Loyal to Christ's Church"
John wiggled in his primary chair. “Not this lesson, again!” he thought to himself. “How many times do we have to be taught about the Word of Wisdom? Don’t smoke, don’t drink coffee or tea, and don’t do drugs. I know all this!”
After class John raced to the parking lot. “Hey Mom, can I walk home with Greg and Dan?
“Okay Son, but be careful and don’t go anywhere else. Remember, it’s the Sabbath.”
As they walked home, John brought up the lesson, “Boy, can you guys believe we had to listen to that same boring lesson again? Don’t smoke, don’t drink, blah, blah, blah.”
Greg knew he shouldn’t talk bad about his church leaders, but he agreed with John anyway. “Yeah, what do they think we are? Stupid?” added Greg.
Dan didn’t say anything. His dad smoked. Dan had been praying forever that he could quit. “Maybe if Dad had gone to church and listened to lessons on the Word of Wisdom when he was a kid, he wouldn’t have started smoking in the first place and he wouldn’t be addicted to tobacco.” thought Dan.
When John arrived home he ran into the house. “Mom, I’m home!” he shouted.
Mother came into the kitchen, “I’ll have dinner ready in half an hour. Will you set the table?”
“All right, if I have to,” groaned John. “What are we having?”
“Vegetarian lasagna, salad, and homemade whole wheat bread.”
“Yuck! I hate that stuff.”
“John we’re trying to live the Word of Wisdom more fully,” explained Mother.
“I’m sick of hearing about the Word of Wisdom. We had that same lesson again today and it’s so boring. I know all that stuff! Don’t smoke or drink, blah, blah, blah. What does dinner have to do with it anyway?”
“John, I don’t want you talking that way about the Church,” rebuked Mother. “There is always something you can learn if you listen with the right spirit. Let’s talk about it with the rest of the family during dinner.
At the dinner table John’s family talked about the promise of health that comes from not only abstaining from alcohal, tobacco, coffee, tea and drugs, but also from eating whole grains, fruits, vegetables and eating less meat.
On Monday evening, for family night, they continued their discussion on the Word of Wisdom. Father read a quote by Brigham Young, “The Spirit whispers to me to call upon the Latter-day Saints to observe the Word of Wisdom, to let tea, coffee, and tobacco alone, and to abstain from drinking spirituous drinks. This is what the Spirit signifies through me. If the Spirit of God whispers this to his people through their leader, and they will not listen nor obey, what will be the consequences of their disobedience? Darkness and blindness of mind with regard to the things of God will be their lot; they will cease to have the spirit of prayer, and the spirit of the world will increase in them in proportion to their disobedience until they apostatize entirely from God and his ways….” (DBY, 183).
“There is always going to be controversy on the subject of the Word of Wisdom.” Father continued, “Science has proven that smoking is bad for us. But scientific studies conflict about drinking a little wine, coffee or tea. The bottom line is: When the Proiphet gives us a commandment from God we obey. There are real blessings in obedience. The lessons taught in Church help us to be obedient by keeping the commandments and gospel principles fresh in our minds and hearts.”
Latter that evening Mother found John sitting on his bed playing a computer game. “John, I need to talk to you about something.” After sitting next to him she asked, “Do you know what loyalty is?”
John put the game down and, and looking up at his mother, said “Sure. It means you’re not a traitor.”
“Did you know that complaining about your Primary lesson is being disloyal to Heavenly Father?”
John felt sad. He didn’t want to be disloyal. Looking down he quietly answered, “No.”
Mother opened the March 2006 Ensign “Listen to what President Hinckley said about loyalty.
‘Be loyal to this Church, my brothers and sisters...I want to give you my testimony that the General Authorities of this Church will never lead you in paths that will take you down. They will lead you in a trail that leads upward if you will follow in faith and faithfulness.’ Son, Primary lessons are approved by President Hinckley and the General Authorities. When we listen to the lessons with the right spirit, our testimony of the principles they teach will be strengthened. We can then serve Heavenly Father by sharing our testimony with others.” As Mother scanned the page, she added, “President Hinckley also said at a meeting in Jamaica in May 2002: ‘Never do anything which would speak of disloyalty in any sense. Uphold [the Church], sustain her, pray for her, work for her, move her forward.... We need loyal and faithful Latter-day Saints... Be loyal to the Church of Jesus Christ, and in so doing, you will be loyal to yourselves.’ Do you understand Son?”
“I think so. Mom, I’m sorry I was disloyal,” confessed John. “Can I be alone now? I need to tell Heavenly Father I’m sorry and then I’m going to call Greg and Dan and tell them I’m sorry.
Hey Mom! I’ve got an idea. I’m going to serve Heavenly Father by sharing my testimony of the Word of Wisdom with Dan’s dad.”
Mother gave John a big hug. “I think that’s a great idea! Mr. Evans is a good man. Your testimony just might touch his heart and help give him the strength he needs to be even a better man.”
Add BOILING water and mix to make a thick cornmeal mush.
WAIT 3 to 5 minutes while the boiling water cooks the mix and thickens it to a point that you can spoon up heaping tablespoonfuls to form in the shape of an ear of corn with your hands.
Tip: Form into a football shape in your hand and then place on baking sheet and press with fingers into the shape of an ear of corn. (This can be a fun way for children to help.)
Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet and put in pre-heated oven.
Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Ingredients: Makes 20 to 25 corn pones
Prep Time: 45 minutes
2 Cups cornmeal
1 Teaspoon salt
1/4 Cup sugar
1/3 Cup vegetable oil
1 1/4 Cups BOILING water
Your family will love gleaning this cornmeal treat to eat. Serve warm with honey, butter or jam.
Younger children will need help from an older sibling or parent.
Activity: YoYounger children will need help from an older sibling or
Pick a number or draw straws to determine which team goes first. Each team takes a turn “gleaning” (picking) an ear of corn and answering the question. Team members are not allowed to help (except in the case of younger children).
If you answer your question correctly, place your ear of corn in your team’s basket. If you answer your question incorrectly, place the ear of corn back on ground (face down).
There are two empty corn husks. If you pick an empty husk your team looses a turn. There is one corn husk that has a bonus question. If you answer the bonus question correctly your team receives an extra point (team members can help answer the bonus question).
After all the corn is gleaned the team with the most ears of corn in their basket wins.
Do not count the empty husks, but remember to count the extra point for the bonus question.
What you need:
A copy of the of the “Gleaning Ears of Corn” game (art work included with this lesson) and scissors and 2 baskets (or shoeboxes).
3. Cut out the ears of corn. (Be careful not to cut along dotted line)
4. Place ears of corn, question side down on the floor.
5. Divide into 2 teams.
6. Read Leviticus 23:22
7. Explain that to reap means to cut and gather the crops. In the Bible the Lord instructed the land owners to leave some of their crops for the poor. These are called the gleanings. The poor would then go to the fields and glen (gather) what was left in the fields. Today the Lord instructs us to give a generous fast offering to help the poor.
1. Watch chapter 6 from the Complete Learning System, Ruth DVD. (Also available for viewing online.)
2. What does it mean to be loyal?
Loyalty is being faithful and true. “I think of loyalty in terms of being true to ourselves. I think of it in terms of being absolutely loyal to the Church and its many facets of activity. I think of it in terms of being unequivocally true to the God of heaven, our Eternal Father, and His Beloved Son, our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ...Be loyal to the best that is in you.”
Some of the things we can do to show our loyalty to the Lord are being obedient, respectful, following our Church leaders, fulfilling our stewardships, and keeping the commandments. We can also show our loyalty to the Lord by the way we treat others “...when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.” (Mosiah 2:17.)
4. Read Leviticus 23:22
“And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when thou reapest, neither shalt thou gather any gleaning of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger: I am the LORD your God.”
5. What it means to reap and to glean?
To reap means to cut and gather the crops. The Lord instructed the land owners to leave some of their crops for the poor. These are called the gleanings. The poor would then go to the fields and glen (gather) what was left in the fields.
6. What has the Lord asked us to do for the poor that compares to His instruction to the land owners in Ruth’s time?
To give a generous fast offering.
7. How did Ruth show her loyalty to Naomi?
Instead of returning to her own family, Ruth went to Bethlehem with Naomi. She cared and provided for her by gleaning in the fields.
8. What great blessings came from Ruth’s love and loyalty to Naomi?
Because of Ruth’s love and loyalty to Naomi she was able to meet and marry Boaz. Ruth and Boaz were blessed with a son, Obed and Obed’s son Jesse was the father of David, the greatest king in Israel’s
history. Ruth’s love and loyalty to Naomi not only brought gospel blessings to Ruth, but through her lineage the entire Israelite nation was blessed.”
9. What can our family do to loyally serve Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ?
List and discuss things you can do to loyally serve the Lord and others.