For the Strength of Youth: Physical Health

“For the Strength of Youth: Physical Health,” Fulfilling My Duty to God: For Aaronic Priesthood Holders (2010), 31–35


After you have begun working on your plans in “Spiritual Strength” and “Priesthood Duties,” create a project based on the standards in the “Physical Health” section of For the Strength of Youth. Use the steps on the following pages as a guide. Your project should be challenging and should include a significant time commitment. It should be based on your own needs and interests. It should establish a pattern that will help you build and maintain physical health throughout your life.

Step 1: Learn

You could do step 1 with your quorum. Also consider doing your project with someone else, such as a quorum member, a parent, or a leader. In this way, you can support and strengthen each other.

Read “Physical Health” in For the Strength of Youth, and study the following scriptures: Doctrine and Covenants 88:124, Doctrine and Covenants 89, and 1 Corinthians 3:16–17. Identify principles that relate to physical health. Write down your answers to the following questions, and share them with a parent, a priesthood leader, or quorum members:

  1. Why is it important to be physically healthy? How will being physically healthy help you fulfill your priesthood duties (including as a missionary, as a father, and in your service to others)?

  2. What are the spiritual benefits of being physically healthy? What are the spiritual consequences of not caring for our physical bodies properly?

“The temple of God is holy, which temple ye are” (1 Corinthians 3:17).

Step 2: Create a Project

Create a project that will help you apply what you have learned about physical health. It should include two parts: (1) regular exercise and (2) nutrition. Have a parent or leader approve your project before you begin working on it. Here are some examples of things you could include in each part of your project:

Examples—Regular Exercise

  • Create a monthly exercise chart. Include a variety of exercises that help you become more physically fit, such as running, biking, or training for a sport.

  • Learn and participate in a sport.

  • Increase your capabilities in a physical activity you are already involved in.

Examples—Nutrition

  • Make a commitment to live the Word of Wisdom. Include in your commitment: (a) how you will avoid situations in which you may be tempted to violate this commitment and (b) how you will respond to temptations (for example, ways you might explain to others why you obey the Word of Wisdom).

  • Learn principles of proper nutrition from Doctrine and Covenants 89 and from books, the Internet, or other sources. Teach your family or quorum what you discover. Keep a record of what you eat for a month, and then make changes to your diet based on what you have learned about nutrition.

  • Learn how to prepare three nutritionally balanced meals. Prepare them for your family.

My Project

Regular Exercise

Nutrition

Approval of a parent or leader

Estimated date of completion

My signature

Date completed

Step 3: Report Your Experiences

In the space below, write what you have learned from carrying out your project and how you will apply it throughout your life. Report on your experiences to your family or quorum members.