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Why does the Lord want me to be healthy?

Good health is an important part of being self-reliant. Safeguarding our health will allow us to fulfill our divine potential and serve others more effectively. The way we treat our bodies affects our spiritual health and our ability to receive guidance from the Holy Ghost. In order to preserve our health, we should obey the Word of Wisdom, eat nutritious food, exercise regularly, and get adequate sleep.

Prepare yourself spiritually

As you study the scriptures and other resources about the Word of Wisdom, look for things that would help the young men feel the importance of taking good care of their minds and bodies and why the Lord wants them to do so.

Daniel 1:3–20 (Daniel and his friends are blessed for obeying the Hebrew laws relating to certain foods)

D&C 88:124 (The Lord counsels us on work and sleep habits)

D&C 89 (The Lord reveals the Word of Wisdom and the blessings for obeying it)

Boyd K. Packer, “The Word of Wisdom: The Principle and the Promises,” Ensign, May 1996, 17–19

M. Russell Ballard, “O That Cunning Plan of the Evil One,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 108–10; see also the video “You Will Be Freed”

Physical and Emotional Health,” For the Strength of Youth (2011), 25–27

Word of Wisdom,” True to the Faith (2004), 86–88

Video: “God Gave Them Knowledge”; see also Old Testament Visual Resource DVD

Let the young men lead

A member of the quorum presidency (or an assistant to the bishop in the priests quorum) conducts the quorum meeting. He leads the young men in counseling together about quorum business, teaches them their priesthood duties (from the scriptures and the Duty to God book), encourages them to share their experiences fulfilling their duty to God, and invites an adviser or other quorum member to teach a gospel lesson. He could prepare by filling out a quorum meeting agenda during a presidency meeting. 

Begin the learning experience

Choose from these ideas or think of your own to review last week’s lesson and introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Write on the board the title of last week’s lesson, and invite the young men to share something they remember.
  • Write on the board, “Why does the Lord want us to be healthy?” Invite the young men to share possible answers and look for additional answers throughout the lesson. 

Learn together

Each of the activities below will help quorum members understand the Lord’s law of health. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your quorum:

  • Invite the young men to turn to pages 31–32 in their Duty to God books and complete steps 1 and 2 as a quorum. Encourage the quorum to plan a quorum project, in addition to their individual projects, that will help them maintain their physical health. Invite any of the young men who have already completed their projects to share how living their plans has affected them. Tell the young men that for the next several weeks, you will be asking them to share the experiences they are having fulfilling the plans they have made. 
  • If possible, bring a fishing lure or fly to the quorum meeting, show a picture of one, or show the video “You Will Be Freed.” Have the young men explain how fishing lures and flies work in deceiving fish. What are some ways Satan deceives or tricks young men into violating the Word of Wisdom? Divide the quorum into two groups. Have one group read Doctrine and Covenants 89:5–15 and identify the things the Lord has forbidden or wants us to use sparingly. Have the other group read verses 10–20 and identify what the Lord has ordained for man’s use. Define or clarify any unfamiliar words or phrases (see “Word of Wisdom” in True to the Faith, 186–88). Have the young men share what they can do to avoid situations in which they could be deceived or tempted.
  • Write two headings on the board: “Spiritual Blessings” and “Physical Blessings.” Invite the young men to read D&C 89:18–21, looking for blessings and then listing them under the appropriate headings on the board. What do the young men understand about these blessings in their lives? Which of the blessings listed have the young men already experienced? (If they need help understanding these promises, suggest that they refer to President Boyd K. Packer’s explanation in his talk “The Word of Wisdom: The Principle and the Promises”).
  • Show the video “God Gave Them Knowledge,” and ask the young men to look for the ways in which Daniel and his friends were blessed for obeying their law of health. (You may choose to pause the video and discuss these things as the young men discover them.) Ask questions such as the following: How have you been blessed for obeying the Word of Wisdom? How will obeying the Word of Wisdom help you fulfill your priesthood duties? What are some of the challenges youth face today as they strive to live the Word of Wisdom? What can they do to overcome those challenges? Bear your testimony of the importance of obeying the Word of Wisdom in order to maintain the Spirit in your life.
  • Invite the young men to read “Physical and Emotional Health” in For the Strength of Youth. Ask some of the young men to list on the board several items of counsel they find, and ask others to list the blessings promised to those who follow this counsel. Ask them to discuss how the way they treat their bodies affects their spirits. How could they use the lists on the board to explain their standards to friends of other faiths?

Ask the young men to share what they learned today. What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they understand why the Lord wants them to be healthy? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this topic?

Invite to act

The young man who is conducting concludes the meeting. He could:

  • Invite the young men to make a list of some of the blessings they notice this week as they live the Word of Wisdom.
  • Challenge the young men to create a project in their Duty to God books to help them be healthy (see pages 31–34) and share their experiences carrying out their project.