Introduction for the Teacher
To prepare yourself spiritually to teach this lesson, please read and ponder the following:
Heavenly Father has given parents the primary responsibility for teaching their children the commandments, providing for their physical and spiritual needs, and protecting them from harm. He encourages us to honor and obey our parents, and He blesses us with safety and happiness when we do so. (See Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1–3; Colossians 3:20;
Begin with a gathering activity. For ideas, see page 3.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Ask the children to do five or six actions, such as stand up, raise their hands, turn around, clap their hands, and sit down. Praise them for obeying you.
Have a child hold the picture on page 62. Point out the father and mother in the picture. Explain that the father and mother have asked the children to help in the garden, and the children said, “I will obey.” Point out the children in the picture and emphasize that they are helping their parents.
Tell the children that in the scriptures we learn that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ want us to obey our parents. Open the Bible to Ephesians 6:1 and read, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.” Invite the children to say, “I will obey.” (Note: It may be that some of the children are being raised by grandparents or other relatives. Be sensitive to such circumstances during this lesson.)
Invite the children to stand. Sing or say the words to
Show the picture of Jesus on page 106. Tell the children that Jesus obeyed Heavenly Father, and He wants us to obey too.
Share your testimony that we will be happy if we obey.
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.
For the object activity: Bring a box, basket, or other container with a few items inside that give protection, such as an umbrella, shoes, a hat, a coat, or gloves. Try to have at least one item for each child to hold.
For the puppet activity: Copy and cut out the illustration on page 63 for each child to color. Glue or tape them to sticks or paper sacks to make puppets.
Say and do the following with the children:
Mommy says, “Get dressed, please.” Let’s get dressed (pretend to get dressed).
Daddy says, “Wash your face, please.” Let’s wash our faces (pretend to wash face).
Repeat with other actions, such as “eat your breakfast,” “go to sleep,” and so forth. Praise the children for obeying.
Ask a child to choose one of the items out of the box and try it on. Talk to the children about what kind of protection that item gives (for example, shoes keep our feet from getting dirty or hurt; umbrellas keep us from getting wet from the rain or hot from the sun; and so on). Explain that these things keep us safe; we can also be safe and happy when we obey our parents.
Let the children color the puppets you prepared. Read the following scenarios (or create some of your own). After each one, have the children use their puppets to answer, “I will obey.”
Mommy says, “Be kind to your sister, please.” What will you say?
Daddy says, “Time to go to bed, please.” What will you say?
Grandmother says, “Come to dinner, please.” What will you say?
Teacher says, “Let’s get ready for prayer, please.” What will you say?
Jesus says, “Love one another.” What will you say?
This activity is especially appropriate for older children.