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I Believe in Being Obedient

Karen Lofgreen, “Sharing Time: I Believe in Being Obedient,” Friend, May 1995, 42

(Information about and quotations by President Hunter are from Howard W. Hunter by Eleanor Knowles, pages 25–41.)

By the obedience of one [man] shall many be made righteous (Rom. 5:19).

Being obedient means being willing to make right choices. When you are obedient, you are blessed. Can you remember a time when you were blessed because you obeyed a commandment, a law, or your parents?

President Howard W. Hunter knew that it was important to obey his parents. He also learned that it is important to obey Heavenly Father’s commandments. He kept a journal, in which he told about things that happened in his early life and about the lessons he learned then.

For example, in those days, you could buy fruits and vegetables only at the time they were harvested in your area. Each spring he helped plant a family garden. During the summer and fall, he picked the fruits and vegetables and helped his mother preserve, or save, them for eating during months when they weren’t otherwise available.

His mother taught him to pray, and he developed a testimony while he was very young. He said, “My mother had taught me to pray and to thank Heavenly Father for all the things that I enjoyed. I often thanked Him for the beauty of the earth and for the wonderful times that I had at the ranch and by the river and with the Scouts. I also learned to ask Him for the things that I wanted or needed.”

When he was eight years old, he wanted to be baptized. His nonmember father felt that Howard should be older before he joined any church. Though he knew Heavenly Father wanted him to be a member of the Church, he also knew it was important to do what his father wanted him to do. He honored his father by waiting for his permission. Five months after his twelfth birthday, Howard was baptized.

When he was a teenager, the Saints in Boise, Idaho, met with Church officials to talk about building a new tabernacle. The Boise members were asked to donate money to build the tabernacle, and Howard was the first to raise his hand. He pledged twenty-five dollars—a lot of money for a teenager in those days—as his offering. “I worked and saved until I was able to pay my commitment in full,” he said.

Instructions: The pictures of President Hunter on page 43 show some of the things that he did to be obedient. Fill in the missing word(s) under each picture. On separate sheets of paper, draw pictures of ways that you are obedient. Label and color the pictures

Sharing Time Ideas

1. Thread a long piece of yarn or string through a button or a ring, and tie the ends together. Have the children stand in a circle and pass the button along the string from person to person. As each child receives the button, he or she names a way to be obedient at home, school, neighborhood, or church.

2. Make eight to ten large footprints out of paper. Label one “Earth” and another “Eternal Life,” and place them far apart from each other in the room. Ask the children to name some things we can do so that we may gain eternal life—love others, keep the Word of Wisdom, etc. As each answer is given, write it on a footprint and place it in a path on the floor or around the wall between the “Earth” and “Eternal Life” footprints. Discuss how we can obey each commandment. Use all the footprints.

3. For each class, prepare a set of nine cards with a letter from o-b-e-d-i-e-n-c-e written on each. Have each class work together to discover what the letters spell, then, using the letter on the card to begin each response, write on each card ways they can be obedient (e.g., O—obey my parents, obey traffic signs; B—be at church on time, be kind to my brothers and sisters). Share all ideas with the whole group.

4. Make a calendar for each child. Have the older children fill in the name of the month and the days of the week (teachers may do this for younger children). Let each child decorate his or her own calendar, and encourage all to hang them in their homes. Each evening they can write or draw on the calendar what they did to be obedient (e.g., “I stopped at the stop sign,” “I said my prayers,” “I ate a healthy breakfast”). Have them bring the completed calendars to Primary on the final Sunday of the month and share them.

5. Invite the children to name songs that help them learn about obedience. Sing the songs and discuss what rule(s) is (are) taught in each song. Include “I Thank Thee, Dear Father,” “Baptism,” “Quickly I’ll Obey,” (Children’s Songbook, pp. 7, 100, and 197, respectively).

6. Have the children draw a picture illustrating the following terms to add to their “My Articles of Faith Book” (see Sharing Time, Jan. 1995, p. 36): obedience—when we are willing to make the right choice, law—a rule that requires us to be obedient.

Filed under: Lesson 14: I Will Obey, Lesson 16: We Can Show Our Faith by Being Obedient, Prophets, Sharing Time, , , ,

George Albert Smith

“George Albert Smith,” Friend, Jul 1993, 5

Latter-day Prophets (puzzle-coloring page)

Instructions: Cut out the puzzle squares, put them together to create a picture of this prophet, and read some of the highlights of his life. Glue the picture, its title, and the highlights to another piece of paper, and color it.

1870 April 4, is born in Salt Lake City

1880 (age 10) Father is ordained an Apostle

1883 (age 13) Works in ZCMI overall factory

1891 (age 21) Serves a mission to Southern Utah in the interests of the YMMIA (Young Men)

1892 (age 22) Marries Lucy Emily Woodruff

1892–94 (age 22–24) Serves a mission to the Southern States

1898 (age 28) Is appointed Receiver for the U.S. Land Office and special Disbursing Agent for Utah by U.S. President William McKinley

1903 (age 33) Is ordained an Apostle

1909–12 (age 39–42) Is very ill

1916 (age 46) Is elected president of the International Irrigation Congress

1917 (age 47) Is elected president of the International Dry Farm Congress

1919–21 (age 49–51) Serves as president of the European Mission

1921 (age 51) Is appointed general superintendent of the YMMIA

1922 (age 52) Is elected vice president of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution

1931 (age 61) Is elected a member of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America

1938 (age 68) Tours the missions of the South Pacific

1945 (age 75) Is sustained as President of the Church; dedicates the Idaho Falls (Idaho) Temple

1951 (age 81) April 4, dies

Filed under: Lesson 8: The Church of Jesus Christ Has Prophets to Teach Us, Prophets, ,

David O. McKay

“David O. McKay,” Friend, Aug 1993, 11

Latter-day Prophets (puzzle-coloring page)

Instructions: Cut out the puzzle squares, put them together to create a picture of this prophet, and read some of the highlights of his life. Glue the picture, its title, and the highlights to another piece of paper, and color it.

1873 September 8, is born in Huntsville, Utah

1897 (age 24) Graduates from the University of Utah; was class president and valedictorian

1897–99 (age 24–26) Serves a mission to Great Britain

1899 (age 26) Becomes a faculty member at Weber Stake Academy (Utah)

1901 (age 27) Marries Emma Ray Riggs

1906 (age 32) Is ordained an Apostle; becomes the second assistant superintendent of the Sunday School

1917 (age 44) Writes his first book, Ancient Apostles

1918–34 (age 45–61) Serves as general superintendent of the Sunday School

1919–21 (age 46–48) Is Church commissioner of education

1920–21 (age 47–48) Makes a tour of missions worldwide

1922–24 (age 49–51) Serves as president of the European Mission

1934–51 (age 61–77) Serves as Second Counselor in the First Presidency

1951 (age 77) Is sustained as President of the Church

1955 (age 82) Dedicates the Swiss Temple

1956 (age 82) Dedicates the Los Angeles (California) Temple

1958 (age 84) Dedicates the New Zealand Temple, the Church College of New Zealand, the London Temple, and the Church College of Hawaii

1961 (age 88) Overseas the beginning of the Church correlation effort

1964 (age 91) Dedicates the Oakland (California) Temple

1970 (age 96) January 18, dies

Filed under: Lesson 8: The Church of Jesus Christ Has Prophets to Teach Us, Prophets, ,

Harold Bingham Lee

“Harold Bingham Lee,” Friend, Oct 1993, 5

Latter-day Prophets (puzzle-coloring page)

Instructions: Cut out the puzzle squares, put them together to create a picture of this prophet, and read some of the highlights of his life. Glue the picture, its title, and the highlights to another piece of paper, and color it.

1899 March 28, is born in Clifton, Idaho

1916 (age 17) Earns a teaching certificate at Albion State Normal School in Idaho

1917 (age 18) Is appointed the principal of the one-room Silver Star School at Weston, Idaho; serves also as the teacher, the custodian, and the groundkeeper.

1920–22 (age 21–23) Serves a mission to the Western States Mission

1923 (age 24) Marries Fern Lucinda Tanner; she dies in 1962

1930 (age 31) Is called to be president of Pioneer Stake in Salt Lake City; serves during the Depression

1932 (age 32) Is appointed to the Salt Lake City Commission

1935 (age 36) Organizes the Church Security Program (later called the Church Welfare Program)

1941 (age 42) Is called as an Apostle

1961 (age 62) Helps organize the Church Correlation Program

1963 (age 64) Marries Freda Joan Jensen

1970 (age 70) Is called to serve as a counselor in the First Presidency

1972 (age 73) Is sustained as President of the Church; serves only 538 days

1973 (age 74) December 26, dies

Filed under: Lesson 8: The Church of Jesus Christ Has Prophets to Teach Us, Prophets,

Spencer W. Kimball

“Spencer W. Kimball,” Friend, Nov 1993, 5

Latter-day Prophets (puzzle-coloring page)

Art from Presidents of the Church coloring book: courtesy of Grandin Book, Orem, Utah

Instructions: Cut out the puzzle squares, put them together to create a picture of this prophet, and read some of the highlights of his life. Glue the picture, its title, and the highlights to another piece of paper, and color it.

1895 March 28, is born in Salt Lake City, Utah1898 (age 3) Moves with family to Thatcher, Arizona

1898–1905 (age 3–10) Suffers from typhoid fever, facial paralysis, and a near drowning

1906 (age 11) Mother dies

1909 (age 14) Teaches a Sunday School class

1914–16 (age 19–21) Serves a mission in the Central States Mission

1917 (age 22) Marries Camilla Eyring

1927 (age 32) Establishes insurance and real estate agency in Safford, Arizona

1936 (age 41) Is elected leader of the Arizona Rotary Club

1938 (age 42) Is called to serve as president of the Mount Graham Stake in Arizona

1943 (age 48) Is called to be an Apostle

1946 (age 51) Receives the assignment from President George Albert Smith to work with the Indians

1946–50 (age 51–55) Supervises missionary work in South America; begins missionary work among the Indians of the Andes

1968 (age 73) Is named Supervisor of the missions in Great Britain

1973 (age 78) Is sustained as President of the Church

1974 (age 79) Dedicates the Washington (D.C.) Temple

1978 (age 83) Receives a revelation extending the priesthood to all worthy male members; dedicates the São Paulo Temple1979 (age 84) Oversees publication of the LDS edition of the King James version of the Bible

1980 (age 85) Dedicates the Tokyo Temple and the Seattle Temple

1981 (age 86) Oversees publication of the new edition of the Triple Combination

1985 (age 90) November 5, dies in Salt Lake City, Utah

Filed under: Lesson 8: The Church of Jesus Christ Has Prophets to Teach Us, Prophets, ,

President Thomas S Monson

Filed under: Primary 3: Choose the Right B, Prophets,

Primary 3 Lesson 8 The Church of Jesus Christ Has Prophets to Teach Us

The Prophet Matching Game

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LDS Prophets Facts Game

http://lds.about.com/library/bl/games/latterday_prophets_fact.pdf

Online Game Matching First Presidency

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Filed under: Primary 3: Choose the Right B, Prophets,

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