Commandments: Lesson Ideas

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Why Should We Keep the Commandments

Friend August 2020 “Happiness and Obedience” God gives us commandments to bless us and bring us joy. Trying to obey all of God’s commandments will:

Keeps Us Safe

Friend January 2018 “What’s on Your Mind?” An explanation for why it matters that we keep the commandments. For example: How would it feel flying with a pilot who didn’t follow the rules of aviation? What about riding on a bus with a driver who didn’t stop at red lights? The commandments help keep us safe.

Friend May 2020 “My Family Night Fun” Print or draw some road signs that help you stay safe, like stop signs, speed limits, and other warnings. Take turns holding up the signs and having people follow them in pretend cars! What would driving be like without those signs?

Abinadi taught about the Ten Commandments (see Mosiah 13:12–24). How does following the commandments keep you safe and happy?

To Help Us Return to Live With Him

Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020 “Mosiah 11-17” Invite the children to count to 10. Or give them 10 numbered pieces of paper and let them put the papers in order. Explain that Heavenly Father gave us Ten Commandments to help us return to live with Him. Help the children recite with you some of the Ten Commandments from Mosiah 12:33–36 and 13:11–24.

Show a picture of Moses with the Ten Commandments and briefly explain how Moses received the commandments from God (see Exodus 19–20). Abinadi reminded King Noah and his priests about the Ten Commandments.

Gospel Art Book, no.14
Scripture Stories Coloring Book—Book of Mormon “Abinadi and King Noah”

Give the children heart-shaped pieces of paper, and invite them to write one or more of the Ten Commandments on their hearts (see Mosiah 13:11)—perhaps one they feel they should try harder to obey.

Teaching Children the Gospel: Obedience, Commandments

Song Idea

Sing together a song about commandments, such as “Keep the Commandments” (Children’s Songbook, 146–47). Why do we keep the commandments?

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