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"The Admoniton of Paul”

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Learn about the similarities between the 'Admonition of Paul" and the "Thirteenth Article of Faith" and the authors who wrote them. A fun activity and recipe will help your children understand the importance of following these two scriptures and enduring to the end as The Apostle Paul and The Prophet Joseph Smith did.

 

SONG

SCRIPTURE

VIDEO CLIP


LESSON SUMMARY

POINTS TO PONDER

 

STORY

TREAT
TIME

ACTIVITY

ACTIVITY PAGES

MUSIC MP3

 

VIDEO CLIP:
The Animated Stories from the New Testament The MInistry of Paul

PRINCIPLE:
Salvation

 

 

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20 MINUTE LESSON

   

SONG

 
 

Childrens Songbook #132 “The Thirteenth Article of Faith.”

 

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/cm

SCRIPTURE

Philippians 4:8

 

8. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

 

 

VIDEO

Watch chapter 10 from The Animated Stories from the New Testament The MInistry of Paul DVD or CLICK FOR CLIP

 

LESSON SUMMARY

 
 

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

 

Admonition of Paul
What are some of the similarities in the 13th Article of Faith, that Joseph Smith wrote and the scripture we just read (Philippians 4:8), that the Apostle Paul wrote? (Read both scriptures again to help refresh children’s memories, then discuss ideas.)

In the 13th Article of Faith, Joseph Smith states, “We follow the admonition of Paul.” The word, admonition, means to give advice or warn somebody to do or not to do something.
How will following the “Admonition of Paul” and the 13th Article of Faith, help us? (Discuss ideas. Emphasize that these things will help us “endure to the end.”)

Endure all things.
In the 13th Article of Faith, Joseph Smith states, “We have endured many things and hope to be able to endure all things.” Elder Wirthlin said, “Some think of enduring to the end as simply suffering through challenges. It is so much more than that—it is the process of coming unto Christ and being perfected in Him.... Enduring to the end is the doctrine of continuing on the path leading to eternal life after one has entered into the path through faith, repentance, baptism, and receiving the Holy Ghost.... Enduring to the end means that we have planted our lives firmly on gospel soil, staying in the mainstream of the Church, humbly serving our fellow men, living Christlike lives, and keeping our covenants.” Joseph B. Wirthlin, Ensign, Nov 2004 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Sometimes enduring all things is referred to as enduring to the end.
Why is it important for us to endure to the end? (Discuss ideas.)
“Enduring to the end, or remaining faithful to the laws and ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout our life, is a fundamental requirement for salvation in the kingdom of God. This belief distinguishes Latter-day Saints from many other Christian denominations that teach that salvation is given to all who simply believe and confess that Jesus is the Christ.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf, General Conference, Oct 2007 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

What does the Lord promise us if we endure to the end? (Discuss ideas.)
“And, 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)

At the end of the Apostle Paul’s life he said, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” (2 Tim. 4:7)

Do you think that Paul endured to the end? (Discuss ideas.)

 

POINTS TO PONDER

 
 

Joseph Smith talks about hope in the 13th Article of Faith.

Why is important to have hope?
“Hope is part of our religion and is mentioned in one of the Articles of Faith: ‘We follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things.’...The Lord of hope invites all people to come unto him. Steps toward him begin with faith, repentance, and baptism ‘And the remission of sins bringeth meekness, and lowliness of heart; and because of meekness and lowliness of heart cometh the visitation of the Holy Ghost, which Comforter filleth with hope and perfect love, which love endureth by diligence unto prayer, until the end shall come, when all the saints shall dwell with God.’ (Moroni 8:26)” Russell M. Nelson, Ensign, Feb 1997 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

What are some things we need to work on in our family to better “Follow the Admonition of Paul” and the 13th Article of Faith, so that we can “endure all things”? (Discuss ideas.)

Quote:

“As we look forward to the future, we ‘hope to be able to endure all things.’ ... How will we endure all things? The answer is amazingly simple: We shall do so by faith, by unity, and by following the prophets of God.” President James E. Faust, Ensign, 1998 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

STORY

Entangled in Satan's Chains of Deception

 

Tyler tiptoed into his room and quietly shut the door and pulled the model car out from under his shirt. “I’m going to get a real car, just like this one, when I turn sixteen,” he said to himself, as he excitedly examined the die-cast replica of the silver Ferrari 612, with its detailed interior and dashboard. Tyler carefully opened the doors, then the hood and then the trunk. “This is so awesome!” he exclaimed, just before he heard footsteps coming up the stairs. Tyler quickly hid the car in his dresser drawer, under his jeans. Mother opened the door and entered the room. She was carrying a pile of folded clothes in her arms. “Oh, Tyler. You scared me!” she exclaimed. “I didn’t know you were home yet.”

“Sorry, Mom. I just got home,” Tyler apologized, as Mother moved towards his dresser. Tyler’s face turned red, and panic wrenched his stomach. “Um, I, can put those, um, away Mom,” he stammered.

“Thanks, Ty!” Mother said, after handing him the neatly folded clothes. After turning to leave the room, she stopped at the door. “You can go play as soon as your homework’s done,” she added.

Tyler thought about the math assignment he was dreading before answering. “I don’t have any homework,” he lied.

“Well, then you can go play until dinner.”

After Mother left the room, Tyler took the car from his dresser, slid it back under his shirt and ran down the stairs. “I’m going to go play in my tree house,” he shouted to Mother, before slipping out the door.

 

Tyler played in his tree house, with the toy car, until Father call him to come in for dinner. With the key that hung from a chain around his neck, Tyler opened the old cash box Father had given him to keep his treasures in. After wrapping the car in an old cloth, he placed it in the box and locked it back up.

That night, Tyler tried to say his prayers, but a lump formed in his throat and his face flushed. He closed his eyes tighter and tried to erase the image from his mind, but it wouldn’t go away. With his prayers unsaid, Tyler climbed into bed.

Tyler tossed and turned, before a voice in his mind said, “Don’t worry about it. What does an old man need all those toy cars for anyway? Besides he has so many, he’ll never even know it’s gone.”

“That’s right,” thought Tyler. “He’ll never even miss it!”

The next morning, when Mrs. Hunter told the class to turn in their math assignments, Tyler crumbled the page of un-solved problems and shoved it in his desk. A lump formed in his throat and his face flushed as he remembered his mother asking if he had homework.

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“Just tell Mrs. Hunter your little sister tore it up and she’ll give you a new one and you can do it tonight,” he heard a voice in his head say.

Over the next few weeks Tyler struggled with telling the truth. Which was causing him to have trouble sleeping and eating.

“Is that all you’re going to eat?” Mother asked. “I thought lasagna was your favorite!”

“I guess I’m just not feeling very well,” he quietly answered.

Mother reached across the table to feel Tyler’s forehead. “You don’t seem to have a fever,” she said. “Does your throat hurt?”

Tyler shook his head before whispering, “It’s my stomach. It feels like I’ve been riding a roller coaster!”

The next day, Mother took Tyler to see Dr. Hendricks. After a thorough examination, Dr. Hendricks couldn’t find any thing wrong. “It could just be stress,” he said. “Is there anything bothering you, Tyler?”

Tyler felt the flush rushing up his face and a shooting pain stabbed at his stomach. Tears ran down his cheeks. “The only thing bothering me is this pain!” he cried.

“Well if you don’t feel better in a few days, I’ll send you over to the hospital for some tests.”

Tyler curled up in his bed when he got home. Once again images and voices raced through his mind and tears streamed down his face. Tyler clenched his arms around his aching stomach. “What’s wrong Tyler?” he sarcastically repeated his mother’s question. “What’s wrong with me is that I’m a liar and a thief!” Tyler whimpered.

 

“That’s right, Tyler! You’re a thief and a liar and there’s no way out. You can’t tell anyone now or they’ll put you in prison,” a voice in Tyler’s head snickered.

Suddenly Tyler’s tears stopped. “I don’t care!” he thought. “Anything has got to be better than being tied up in Satan’s chains.”

With a strength that he hadn’t felt in a long time, Tyler crawled out of bed and knelt down beside his bed and told Heavenly Father what he had done and pleaded for a long time for forgiveness. The lump in Tyler’s throat and the pain in his stomach seemed to melt away as he resolved what he needed to do. After retrieving the car from the cash box, Tyler rang Mr. Porter’s doorbell.

After taking care of that problem, Tyler hurried back home. He found Mother sitting on the couch
reading her scriptures. She motioned for him to come and sit by her and once again the tears streamed down his face as he told Mother everything he had done and about the struggles he had been having.

“Tyler, it’s easy to get entangled in Satan’s lies, especially if you stop praying,” Mother counseled. “I am so proud of you for finally listening to the Holy Ghost. He gave you the strength to seek out our Heavenly Father, and now, through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, you can, once again, be free.”

by Margie Nauta Lee © 2007 Living Scriptures, Inc.

 

TREAT TIME

CLICK TO PRINT “'Admonition' Sc-Roll Cake” recipe

"Admonition" Cake Sc-Roll

Prep Time: 15minutes

Bake Time: 30 minutes

Chill Time: 30 minutes

Directions:

Prepare Cake: Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Beat eggs and vanilla until foamy. Beat in sugar. Mix in pumpkin. Fold in dry ingredients. Bake in a greased jelly roll pan lined with wax paper that has been greased and floured. Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes. Sift some powdered sugar onto a slightly damp dishtowel. Turn cake onto towel. Peel off wax paper and roll up in towel. Chill in refrigerator until cool.

Prepare Filling: Beat all ingredients together until smooth and creamy.

Unroll cake and cut into 6 large or 12 small rectangles (see diagram).

Treat Time:

Give each family member a rectangle on a piece of wax paper. Spread filling evenly over each rectangle. With the tip of a tooth pick dipped in food coloring, write an admonition (be honest, true, chaste, etc.) on your rectangle. Roll into a scroll and tie with a chocolate “licorice” twist. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

 

Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Filling:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Decorating

  • Chocolate “licorice” twists
  • Extra powdered sugar
  • Food coloring
 

ACTIVITY

 

 

Activity: Younger children will need help from an older sibling or parent.

 

1. Explain: The Apostle Paul and the Prophet Joseph Smith were both unjustly imprisoned many times by wicked men and even put in arm irons. Both of these great men of God gave their lives for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
2. Ask: Do you think these two great men, endured to the end?
3. Give each child a scroll to unroll. Read: The 13th Article of Faith and Phil. 4:8.
Explain: These are two of the many verses that the Apostle Paul and the Prophet Joseph Smith recorded for us before they died, to help us endure to the end.
4. Explain: We will probably never have to face death for the gospel, but Satan would like to imprison us and keep us from enduring to the end with his “Chains of Deception.”
5. Give each child two “iron arm cuffs” and a set of chain links.
6. Explain: Each link contains a lie that Satan might try to make us believe to imprison us.
7. Take turns reading the statements on the links and then making a chain out of them by gluing the ends together (link the first and last chain link to the cuffs). After reading each statement, Ask: Can you find which part of The Thirteenth Article of Faith that Satan that is written on your scroll that Satan is trying to get you to not follow or believe? (A. Honest B. True C. Chaste D. Benevolent E. Virtuous F. Doing good to all men G. Following the admonition of Paul H. We believe all things I. We hope all things J. We have endured many things K. Hope to be able to endure all things L. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.)
8. Have the children slip on their arm irons.
Explain: One time when the Apostle Paul was imprisoned and in arm irons, he knew that his missionary work on earth was not done and that God would help him break the chains that bound him.
Ask: Do you know what he did? (He sang a song of praise to Heavenly Father.)
9. Explain: Heavenly Father has power over Satan. If we sincerely ask for His help, and repent, He will break the bands that Satan tries to bind us with so that we can endure to the end and return to live with Him some day.
10. Have the children stand and sing Childrens Songbook #146 Keep the Commandments.
11. As they sing break each child’s chains.

Preparation:

1. Print out the artwork and text.
2. Roll up “scroll” and tie with ribbon.
3. Glue ends of “Chains of Satan’s Deception” pieces together (wrong side together-line up slits) to form “iron” arm cuffs.

What you need:

A copy of the “Admonition” activity (artwork included with this lesson) for each child, scissors, glue and ribbon.

 

 

 

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20 MINUTE LESSON

CLICK TO PRINT “20 MINUTE” LESSON NOTES

 

1. Watch chapter 10 from the animated Complete Learning System, The Ministry of Paul DVD. (Video clip is also provided for viewing online.)

2. Read: Philippians 4:8
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

3. Sing: Children’s Songbook #132 “The Thirteenth Article of Faith.”

4. What are some of the similarities in the 13th Article of Faith, that Joseph Smith wrote and the scripture we just read (Philippians 4:8), that the Apostle Paul wrote? (Discuss ideas.)

5. In the 13th Article of Faith, Joseph Smith states, “We follow the admonition of Paul.” The word, admonition, means to give advice or warn somebody to do or not to do something.
How will following the “Admonition of Paul” and the 13th Article of Faith, help us? (Discuss ideas. Emphasize that these things will help us “endure to the end.”)

6. In the 13th Article of Faith, Joseph Smith states, “We have endured many things and hope to be able to endure all things.” Elder Wirthlin said, “Some think of enduring to the end as simply suffering through challenges. It is so much more than that—it is the process of coming unto Christ and being perfected in Him.... Enduring to the end is the doctrine of continuing on the path leading to eternal life after one has entered into the path through faith, repentance, baptism, and receiving the Holy Ghost.... Enduring to the end means that we have planted our lives firmly on gospel soil, staying in the mainstream of the Church, humbly serving our fellow men, living Christlike lives, and keeping our covenants.” Joseph B. Wirthlin, Ensign, Nov 2004 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

7. Why is it important for us to endure all things? (Explain that sometimes enduring all things is referred to as enduring to the end. Discuss ideas.)
“Enduring to the end, or remaining faithful to the laws and ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout our life, is a fundamental requirement for salvation in the kingdom of God. This belief distinguishes Latter-day Saints from many other Christian denominations that teach that salvation is given to all who simply believe and confess that Jesus is the Christ.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf, General Conference, Oct 2007 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

8. What does the Lord promise us if we endure to the end? (Discuss ideas.)
“And, 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)

9. Do you think that Paul kept the faith and endured to the end? (Discuss ideas.)
At the end of the Apostle Paul’s life he said, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” (2 Tim. 4:7)

10. What are some things we need to work on in our family to better “Follow the Admonition of Paul” and the 13th Article of Faith, so that we can “endure all things”? (Discuss ideas.)

11. Quote: “As we look forward to the future, we ‘hope to be able to endure all things.’ ... How will we endure all things? The answer is amazingly simple: We shall do so by faith, by unity, and by following the prophets of God.” President James E. Faust, Ensign, 1998 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.