Sharing Time: Obedient Servants of God


“Blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it” (Luke 11:28).

Obedient Servants of God

King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon created a golden image and commanded all his people to worship it. Anyone who would not bow down and worship the image was to be thrown into a fiery furnace.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego were faithful servants of God. They told the king that they would not bow down or worship anyone but Heavenly Father. They bore their testimonies to the king and said, “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace.” They added that even if God chose not to preserve their lives, they still would “not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up” (Dan. 3:17–18).

King Nebuchadnezzar was angry and commanded that the furnace be made as hot as possible and that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego then be thrown into it. The fire was so hot that it killed the mighty soldiers who threw them in. When the king looked into the furnace, he was astonished to see the three men walking about—and with them was a fourth person, who looked “like the Son of God” (Dan. 3:25).

When the king called for the three men to come out from the furnace, he saw that not even their hair or their clothes had been burned. They didn’t even smell of fire. The king then commanded all his people to respect the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego.

From this experience, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego must have known with even greater confidence that God lived and watched over them. Like these obedient servants of God, we can strengthen our testimonies as we obey Heavenly Father’s commandments and live as he wants us to live.

Instructions

Read each set of riddles on the following pages about people in the scriptures whose testimonies were strong because they were obedient to the commandments of God. As soon as you can guess who the person is, write his or her name in the blank. Glue the puppet figures on heavy paper, cut them out, and glue each one onto a flat stick. Use the puppets to retell the riddles to your friends and family.

1. ___________________

  1. a.

    I was born in Jerusalem.

  2. b.

    My father was a prophet who led his family into the wilderness.

  3. c.

    I obeyed my father when he told my brothers and me that the Lord wanted us to return to Jerusalem to get the brass plates from Laban.

  4. d.

    I was obedient to the Lord and built a ship to carry my family to the promised land.

(See 1 Ne. 2, 1 Ne. 3, 1 Ne. 18.)

2. ___________________

  1. a.

    I persecuted members of Jesus’ church.

  2. b.

    While I was traveling on the road to Damascus, Jesus appeared to me and told me to repent, which I did.

  3. c.

    I was obedient to God’s commandments and was chosen to be an Apostle. I served many missions.

  4. d.

    Because I bore testimony of Jesus Christ, I was imprisoned for many years and was finally put to death in Rome.

(See Acts 8, Acts 9; Bible Dictionary—Paul.)

3. ___________________

  1. a.

    I was a priest of wicked King Noah.

  2. b.

    I believed the preaching of the prophet Abinadi and repented.

  3. c.

    I baptized many people in the waters of Mormon.

  4. d.

    I was obedient to God’s commandments. With His authority, I founded His church and was a high priest over the people.

(See Mosiah 17, Mosiah 18, Mosiah 23.)

4. ___________________

  1. a.

    I was engaged to be married to Joseph.

  2. b.

    An angel visited me and told me that I would be the mother of the Son of God.

  3. c.

    I was obedient to God and said, “Be it unto me according to thy word.”

  4. d.

    My baby was born in a stable in Bethlehem.

(See Luke 1:26–38; Luke 2:4–7.)

5. ___________________

  1. a.

    Jesus’ twelve Apostles called me to help the widows.

  2. b.

    Because I was obedient to God’s commandments, I was full of faith and power and did great wonders and miracles among the people.

  3. c.

    I bore testimony that I saw Jesus standing on the right hand of God.

  4. d.

    I was stoned to death for my testimony of Jesus.

(See Acts 6, Acts 7.)

6. ___________________

  1. a.

    I went to the woods and prayed to know which church I should join.

  2. b.

    Heavenly Father and Jesus appeared to me and told me to join none of the churches that existed then.

  3. c.

    I was obedient to God and helped restore the true Church to the earth.

  4. d.

    I was put into prison many times and was martyred for my testimony.

(See JS—H 1.)

Answers:

Sharing Time Ideas

  1. 1.

    Divide children into groups and let them dramatize scripture stories of men and women who were obedient servants of God. Prepare bags with simple props or costumes to go with each story.

  2. 2.

    Discuss rules and laws that we should obey in our families, schools, and country. Younger children could tell how they were obedient during the week and draw a picture.

  3. 3.

    Discuss Doctrine and Covenants 82:10. To illustrate, explain several laws of nature. For example: if you drop an object, it always falls to the ground; or if you rub your hands together quickly, they always get warmer. The results will always be the same. When we obey God’s laws or commandments, the Lord will always keep his promises and bless us.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Lori Anderson

(1) Nephi, (2) Paul, (3) Alma, (4) Mary, (5) Stephen, (6) Joseph Smith, Jr.