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“Hear and Obey”

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The touching video clip is a perfect example of hearing and obeying your priesthood leaders. This lesson, fun activity and clever treat will help teach your family to hear and obey your priesthood leaders and the blessings that come from obedience.

 

SONG

SCRIPTURE

VIDEO CLIP


LESSON SUMMARY

POINTS TO PONDER

 

STORY

TREAT
TIME

ACTIVITY

ACTIVITY PAGES

MUSIC MP3

 

VIDEO CLIP:
The Modern Prophets:

Spencer W. Kimball ch 11
(click on above for full screen)

PRINCIPLE:
Obedience

 

 

PRINT THIS ENTIRE LESSON

 

20-MINUTE LESSON

   

SONG

 
 

Childrens Songbook #197 “Quickly I’ll Obey.” Substitute “my Bishop” and “the Prophet” for “my mother” and “my father.”

 

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

D&C 1:14

 

14. And the arm of the Lord shall be revealed; and the day cometh that they who will not hear the voice of the Lord, neither the voice of his servants, neither give heed to the words of the prophets and apostles, shall be cut off from among the people;

 

 

VIDEO

Watch chapter 11 from The Modern Prophets, Spencer W. Kimball DVD or CLICK FOR CLIP

 

LESSON SUMMARY

 
 

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

 

Hear and obey your priesthood leaders.

Spencer W. Kimball listened in faith to the counsel given him by his priesthood leaders. When President Harold B. Lee advised him to undergo open heart surgery, which went against medical advice, Elder Kimball listened. He knew that this counsel came from the Lord. “For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith.” (D&C 21:4–5)

 

Seek counsel from the Lord through his inspired priesthood leaders.

Spencer W. Kimball went to his priesthood leaders for counsel. “It is a gift from the Spirit to believe on the words of your priesthood leaders....If one will listen to his priesthood leaders he can then learn vicariously, through the spiritual vision of others, without having to participate in every type of activity to learn for himself good from evil....May each of us seek not to counsel the Lord, but seek counsel from his hand and from his inspired priesthood leaders, as it is the same.”

Gene R. Cook, Ensign, May 1978, © 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc.  All rights reserved.

Heed prophetic messages.

“Messages come to us individually and directly from a divine source and through our presiding officers in the Church...We should always be looking for and heeding the prophetic messages that come from the current President of the Church.”

James E. Faust, Ensign, May 2004, © 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc.  All rights reserved.

 

Obedience brings perfection.

We are all the children of God. He has endowed each of us with the gift to become perfected as He and our Savior Jesus Christ are perfect. We will receive this greatest gift through obedience. Keeping the commandments and listening to and obeying the Lord’s chosen servants.

 

POINTS TO PONDER

 
 

Who are the Lord’s chosen servants?

(Prophets, apostles, general authorities, stake and branch presidents, mission presidents, bishops, etc.)

 

What are some of the reasons we might seek counsel from our leaders?

“...Perhaps we seek increased understanding of the gospel or the duties of our callings. Perhaps we need inspired counsel and direction to help with our families or our occupations. We may need temporal assistance in a time of stress. We may even reach out for discipline to assist us in getting back on the path of growth.”

Dallin H. Oaks, Ensign, May 1997, © 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc.  All rights reserved.

 

Besides your current priesthood leaders, where else can we seek counsel from the Lord and His chosen servants?

(General Conference, The Book of Mormon, Holy Bible, Pearl of Great Price, Doctrine and Covenants, Ensign, New Era, Friends, Liahona, etc.)

 

How will you know that the counsel you receive comes from our Heavenly Father?

Heavenly Father does not expect blind obedience. You can know for yourself that the counsel you receive from your priesthood leader comes from Him through prayer. If you are faithful and patience you will get your confirmation through the Holy Ghost.

 

Do you, like President Kimball, have enough faith to follow the counsel of your priesthood leaders?

“...Thou are blessed because of thy exceeding faith in the words alone of my servant...” (Mosiah 26: 15)

 

What has the Lord promised us if we listen to and obey the words of our leaders?

(Eternal life, eternal families, exaltation, perfection, joy, etc.)

“...All those from the beginning...who believed in the words of the holy prophets, who spake as they were inspired by the gift of the Holy Ghost, who truly testified of him in all things, should have eternal life,” (D&C 20:26)

 

STORY

 

 

Luke hurried to the bishop’s office for his interview. He had just turned twelve-years-old was looking forward to becoming a deacon. After finding Luke worthy to become a deacon, Bishop Wood preceded to counsel Luke. “I’ve watched you grow over the years, Luke, and you’re a fine young man. Before our interview I prayed for guidance to help me know what counsel the Lord would have me give you,” Bishop Wood said. “You have good parents Luke, who have taught you well and I admonish you to continue to listen and obey them and your priesthood leaders.”

Luke nodded his head. He thought of the many times he thought he was too tired to get up and go to church. His mother wouldn’t nag at him, but would sit on his bed and talk to him about the importance of partaking of the sacrament and attending primary. “We can’t be a forever family, if we don’t all do our best to obey the commandments Luke,” his mother would say. Luke love his family more than anything and couldn’t imagine not being with them.

“Luke when you are participating in the passing of the sacrament,” Bishop Wood continued, “always remember you are representing the Savior. You should wear a white shirt and tie and keep your body and mind clean and pure.”

 

“Why do we have to wear white shirts?” Luke asked.

“That’s a good question Luke. The color of your shirt doesn’t make you good or bad, but white is a symbol of purity.” He continued, “But, the most important reason is to show your obedience to the counsel given by your leaders. Does that make sense?”

“Yes. I think so.”

“In 1 Corithians 3:16–17 it says, ‘Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.’ So, Luke, we’ve talked about being morally clean and keeping the Word of Wisdom, but I also want to caution you about other ways people defile their bodies. You’ve seen where people have tagged buildings with graffiti right?”

Luke nodded.

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“Tagging is wrong, but think about how the Lord would feel if someone tagged His temple.”

Luke pictured the temple with graffiti on it. “I think it would make him very sad!”

“It would also make him very sad if you tagged your body! In his Oct. 2000 General Conference address, President Hinckley said, ‘Teach them to respect their bodies. The practice is growing among young people of tattooing and piercing their bodies. The time will come when they will regret it, but it will then be too late...We—the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve—have taken the position, and I quote, that ‘the Church discourages tattoos. It also discourages the piercing of the body for other than medical purposes, although it takes no position on the minimal piercing of the ears by women for one pair of earrings.’”

When Luke was a junior, he was on the high school soccer team. After winning the championship some of the boys on the team decided to pierce their ears, but Luke refused. “Come on Luke! Everyone’s doing it,” his best friend, Ryan, had taunted. “It’s not like it’s going to change who you are.”

“You’re wrong Ryan! Disobeying the Prophet, will change who I am and it will change who you are too!”

Ryan wouldn’t listen to Luke. He was going to get his ears pierced, just like the other guys. “Piercing my ears is not going to change who I am! It will be showing that I can be an individual,” he said.

 

“You think going along with the crowd is showing your individuality?” Luke had responded.

Over the next few years Luke and Ryan drifted apart. Each choosing a different path to follow.

Ryan dropped out of high school, started taking drugs, had several tattoos, body piercings and completely drifted away from the church. While Luke continued to honor his priesthood, graduated from high school with honors and served a full-time mission.

When Luke returned from his mission, he spoke in Ryan’s parents ward. After the meeting Luke approached Ryan’s mother. “It’s been a long time Sister Wheeler. How’s Ryan doing?”

With tears in her eyes, she shook her head. “I just don’t know what happened to him, Luke,” she said. “He was such a good little boy! I keep praying that he’ll come back.”

Luke thought back on that day, when Ryan had chosen to disobey his priesthood leaders and get his ears pierced. It hadn’t been a huge indiscretion, but it had started him down the wrong path.

That night, when Luke said his prayers, with gratitude in his heart, he thanked Heavenly Father for a bishop who, years earlier, had earnestly sought the spirit when giving counsel to him.

 

by Margie Nauta Lee © 2006 Living Scriptures, Inc.

 

TREAT TIME

CLICK TO PRINT “H ‘ear’ and Obey Cookies” recipe

H ‘ear’ and Obey
Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Chill Time: 10-20 minutes

Bake Time: 8-10 minutes

Directions:

Cream the butter and sugar until light. Add the egg, corn syrup and water blending well. Sift the dry ingredients together and add to the butter mixture. Chill the dough for approximately 10-20 minutes.

 

Treat Time:

Give each child a two 1 inch balls of dough. Roll balls of dough in sugar and then form into the shape of ears (see diagram).

Bake, on ungreased cookie sheets, in a preheated 350 degree F. oven for 8 to 10 minutes.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 C. butter
  • 1 1/2 C. sugar
  • 1 Large egg
  • 2 Tbsp. dark corn syrup or molasses
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 3 1/4 C. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
 

ACTIVITY

 

 

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

 

1. Mix up the words and the pictures.

2. Decode the picture words and then match them to the correct word. (See Example)

3. Tape the word to the picture words as you decode them.

4. After all the words are decoded arrange the words to form the sentences “Follow the Prophet”, “Hear and Obey”, “Listen to Your Priesthood Leaders” and “Keep the Commandments.”

5. Talk about the importance of following the counsel given in each of these sentences.

Preparation:

1. Print out the artwork and text.

2. Cut along dotted lines.

 

What you need:

A copy of “Picture Words” game (artwork included with this lesson), scissors, two pieces of paper, tape, two pens or pencils, and a timer.

 

ACTIVITY PAGES

 
       
         
         

MUSIC MP3

 

 

20-MINUTE LESSON

CLICK TO PRINT "20-MINUTE" LESSON NOTES

 

1. Watch chapter 11 from The Modern Prophets, Spencer W. Kimball DVD.

(Video clip is also provided for viewing online.)

 

2. Did Spencer W. Kimball listen to the counsel given him by his priesthood leaders?

When President Harold B. Lee advised him to undergo open heart surgery, which went against medical advice, Elder Kimball listened. He knew that this counsel came from the Lord. “For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith.” (D&C 21:4–5)

 

3. Should we look for and heed the messages that come from our current President of the Church?

“Messages come to us individually and directly from a divine source and through our presiding officers in the Church...We should always be looking for and heeding the prophetic messages that come from the current President of the Church.”

James E. Faust, Ensign, May 2004, © 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc.   All rights reserved.

 

4. Besides your current priesthood leaders, where else can we seek counsel from the Lord and His chosen servants?

(General Conference, The Book of Mormon, Holy Bible, Pearl of Great Price, Doctrine and Covenants, Ensign, New Era, Friends, Liahona, etc.)

5. Does Obedience bring perfection?

We are all the children of God. He has endowed each of us with the gift to become perfected as He and our Savior Jesus Christ are perfect. We will receive this greatest gift through obedience. Keeping the commandments and listening to and obeying the Lord’s chosen servants.

 

6. How will you know that the counsel you receive comes from our Heavenly Father?

Heavenly Father does not expect blind obedience. You can know for yourself that the counsel you receive from your priesthood leader comes from Him through prayer. If you are faithful and

patience you will get your confirmation through the Holy Ghost.

 

7. Do you, like President Kimball, have enough faith to follow the counsel of your priesthood leaders?

“...Thou are blessed because of thy exceeding faith in the words alone of my servant...” (Mosiah 26: 15)

 

8. What has the Lord promised us if we listen to and obey the words of our leaders?

(Eternal life, eternal families, exaltation, perfection, joy, etc.)

“...All those from the beginning...who believed in the words of the holy prophets, who spake as they were inspired by the gift of the Holy Ghost, who truly testified of him in all things, should have eternal life,” (D&C 20:26)