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Daniel and other youth were selected by King Nebuchadnezzar to be taught the language and customs of the land. The king ordered that the youth be fed his meat and wine. Daniel wanted to be obedient to Heavenly Father’s commandments, so he asked that he and his friends be allowed to eat healthy foods and drink only water for 10 days. After 10 days Daniel and his friends were healthier than all the other children. Because Daniel and his friends were not afraid to obey Heavenly Father’s commandments, they were blessed (see Dan. 1).
While 10-year-old Trace and his friends were watching television, a show came on that Trace knew he should not watch. After a few minutes he felt awful inside. Finally, he had the courage to say, “I can’t watch this show.” Two of his friends said that they couldn’t watch the show either. They changed the channel. Later, Trace’s mom told him that the feeling he had was the Holy Ghost telling him to choose the right. Trace and his friends were blessed with a feeling of peace because they obeyed Heavenly Father’s commandments.
Daniel was obedient in ancient times, and like Trace we can be obedient today. The Holy Ghost will help us know what is right and true. The Holy Ghost will direct us and help us return to Heavenly Father and Jesus.
To make My Gospel Standards cards, remove page 36, paste it on heavy paper, then cut along the dark lines. Try one of these activities.
Sit in a circle with your friends or family. As you sing a song or hymn, pass one of the cards around the circle. Stop singing, and have the person holding the card read the standard aloud, then tell how it could help him or her choose the right. Play again.
Choose a card to memorize, and try to live that standard for a week. Read it each day, and think about how you can follow that standard. Report your experiences to someone in your family.
Photograph by David Stoker, posed by models
MY GOSPEL STANDARDS I will follow Heavenly Father’s plan for me. I will remember my baptismal covenant and listen to the Holy Ghost. I will choose the right. I know I can repent when I make a mistake. I will be honest with Heavenly Father, others, and myself. I will use the names of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ reverently. I will not swear or use crude words. I will do those things on the Sabbath that will help me feel close to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I will honor my parents and do my part to strengthen my family. I will keep my mind and body sacred and pure, and I will not partake of things that are harmful to me. I will dress modestly to show respect for Heavenly Father and myself. I will only read and watch things that are pleasing to Heavenly Father. I will only listen to music that is pleasing to Heavenly Father. I will seek good friends and treat others kindly. I will live now to be worthy to go to the temple and do my part to have an eternal family.
Note: If you do not wish to remove pages from the magazine, this activity may be copied, traced, or printed from the Internet at www.lds.org. Click on Gospel Library.
Sharing Time Ideas
(Note: All songs are from Children’s Songbook unless otherwise noted; GAK = Gospel Art Picture Kit, TNGC = Teaching, No Greater Call.)
1. Display a poster of the Ten Commandments, or list them on the chalkboard (see Ex. 20:3–17). On 20 pieces of paper write the numbers 1 through 10 twice—one number per paper. Place them in scattered order facedown on the floor. Working in pairs (a younger child with an older child), play a matching game by having the younger child toss a beanbag on a paper. Turn the paper over, and have the older child toss a beanbag on another paper. If that paper matches the first number, remove those papers and have the children recite the commandment out loud and show or tell a way we can keep that commandment. If there is no match, turn both papers back over and give the next pair a turn. Continue until all of the commandments have been shared. Use a personal experience to explain how you have been blessed by obeying a commandment. Sing “Keep the Commandments” (pp. 146–47).
2. Use stations to help the children learn the Beatitudes. Begin by telling the story of the Sermon on the Mount. Use
3. Explain that My Gospel Standards help us choose the right and keep Heavenly Father’s commandments. On the chalkboard display the My Gospel Standards poster or list (found on page 36 in this issue or on the back cover of the
For younger children: Prepare five or six slips of paper with one of My Gospel Standards written on each one. Have a child draw a slip of paper out of a basket and act out how to keep that standard. Have that child lead the other children in acting out the standard as they all sing “Dare to Do Right” (p. 158). Teach the children that My Gospel Standards help us choose the right.
4. Lead a discussion to help the children discover the blessings that are promised if they are faithful. Have older children look up scriptures; younger children can guess the principle from the picture clues. Ask, “What is the principle taught? What are some blessings that come from being faithful to this principle?” Sing a song to reinforce the principle. For example, tithing: Mal. 3:8–12, Primary picture 3-26 (girl with tithing envelope), “I’m Glad to Pay a Tithing” (p. 150); Sabbath day: D&C 59:12–19, Primary picture 3-25 (family going to church), “When I Go to Church” (p. 157). Hand out paper and crayons to the children. Have them fold the paper in half. On one half, have them draw a picture of themselves obeying one of the commandments taught today. On the other half of the page, they can draw one of the promised blessings. Have them include the scripture reference on the drawing. Encourage each child to take the drawing home to share with his or her family in family home evening and to post as a reminder of Heavenly Father’s promises to the obedient.
5. Song presentation:
6. Friend references: “If I Choose to Obey, I’ll Be Happy All Day!” Apr. 2004, 28–30; “Spring Cleaning,” Mar. 2004, 2–3; “My Gospel Standards,” Oct. 2004, 24–25; “The Word of Wisdom: A Blessing of Strength,” Feb. 2003, 8–9; “Remember the Sabbath Day,” Nov. 2004, 38–39; “You Are a Child of God,” May 2003, 2–6.