The teaching materials for the learning experience on “Commandments” are divided into three parts. In part 2, students will study this doctrinal topic using information in the Doctrinal Mastery Core Document. They will learn about the Word of Wisdom and the Lord’s commandment to teach the gospel to others. They will also study the doctrinal mastery passages found in Doctrine and Covenants 89:18–21 and Doctrine and Covenants 18:15–16.
Note: You could teach the segments of this lesson in a single class session or over the course of multiple class sessions. If you choose to teach the segments over the course of multiple class sessions, you may need to briefly review with students what they learned in the previous segment before you teach a new segment.
Write the following key statement of doctrine on the board: God’s commandments include observing the Word of Wisdom and teaching the gospel to others.
Divide students into pairs. Give copies of the handout “The Word of Wisdom” to half of the pairs in class, and give copies of the handout “Teaching the Gospel to Others” to the other half of the pairs in class. Ask students to work together with their partner to complete their worksheet and to be ready to teach about their assigned commandment. Explain that they will have 10 to 15 minutes to prepare.
After students have had time to learn together and are prepared to teach, invite partnerships who studied “The Word of Wisdom” handout to teach partnerships who studied the “Teaching the Gospel to Others” handout, and vice versa. If your class is small, you might invite the partnerships to teach the class.
Share your own experience and testimony related to these two commandments.
To help students better understand the promises and blessings of keeping the Word of Wisdom recorded in Doctrine and Covenants 89:18–21, provide students with the accompanying handout of statements by President Boyd K. Packer (1924–2015) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Invite several students to read the paragraphs aloud. Ask the class to follow along, marking the promises President Packer mentioned.
What do President Packer’s statements help us understand about the promised blessings of the Word of Wisdom?
You may want to point out to the class that, in general, obeying the Word of Wisdom will help us have a better quality of life than if we choose not to obey it. However, the Word of Wisdom is not a guaranteed protection against the trials of mortality, including illness, disability, and death. The Lord’s promises are for eternity, and those who follow His commandments but do not receive all of the promised blessings in this life will receive them hereafter. (See Doctrine and Covenants and Church History: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual , 125.)
Note: The following review activities are not intended to be taught during the same class session as this lesson—“Commandments, Part 2.” Please present these activities during seminary class sessions that take place after you have taught this lesson, but before you teach “Commandments, Part 3.” These short reviews can be taught at the beginning or end of classes in which you teach a regular sequential scripture lesson from the Doctrine and Covenants. Be sure that these reviews take no longer than the designated time, so as not to take away from the scripture block students will be studying in class.
Provide students with a sheet of paper. Ask them to write the number 89 in the middle of the paper. Then invite them to create a picture or pictures using the number 89 to depict the meaning of Doctrine and Covenants 89:18–21. For example, students might make the 8 or the 9 (or both) into a picture of someone running without weariness or someone opening a treasure chest. Or students might draw pictures on the paper surrounding the number 89. These pictures could represent the promises described in the doctrinal mastery passage. (You might want to explain that the purpose of this activity is to find interesting and creative ways to remember this doctrinal mastery passage, and not to assess their drawing skills.) After about five minutes of drawing, invite students to volunteer to show and explain their pictures. You might post some, or all, of the pictures in the classroom so students can be reminded of where to find the promises for obeying the Word of Wisdom.
Write the following key statement of doctrine on the board: God’s commandments include teaching the gospel to others.
What scripture or scriptures do you know that help teach this doctrine? (If students cannot remember the reference, invite them to look in paragraph 9.5 in the Doctrinal Mastery Core Document. This paragraph refers to Doctrine and Covenants 18:15–16.)
Invite students to turn to and read silently Doctrine and Covenants 18:15–16. Ask them to explain the meaning of the passage and how it supports the statement on the board. Students could do this with a partner or with the entire class.
Suggest to students that they could remember this reference by associating it with the age that young men become eligible to serve full-time missions (18). Ask them how they might remember the verse numbers. You could use some of their suggestions to review this scripture in the future.
Display or write the following questions on the board:
Invite students to work with a partner and answer these questions about each of the following doctrinal mastery scripture passages. Provide these passages one at a time to the class by writing them on the board.