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Sunday, July 31, 2011

FHE Idea - Living Our Gospel Standards

The Primary children have been learning about being worthy to go to the temple and how their body is a temple. We've also recently discussed the specific Gospel Standards, so I thought a fun lesson at home would be a good idea!

Song: I love to see the Temple (Children's Songbook #95) (Download the song here or see and hear the music here)

Scripture: Article of Faith 1:13

Lesson Idea:
Write or type the Gospel Standards onto separate sheets of paper:
  1. I will remember my baptismal covenants and listen to the Holy Ghost.
  2. I will be honest with Heavenly Father, others, and myself.
  3. I will seek good friends and treat others kindly.
  4. I will dress modestly to show respect for Heavenly Father and myself.
  5. I will only read and watch things that are pleasing to Heavenly Father.
  6. I will only listen to music that is pleasing to Heavenly Father.
  7. I will use the names of Heavenly Father and Jesus reverently. I will not swear or use crude words.
  8. I will keep my mind and body sacred and pure, and I will not partake of things that are harmful to me.
  9. I will do those things on the Sabbath that will help me feel close to Heavenly Father.
  10. I will choose the right. I know I can repent when I make a mistake.
  11. I will live now to be worthy to go to the temple and do my part to have an eternal family. 
  12. I will follow Heavenly Father’s plan for me.
  13. I am a child of God
  14. I know Heavenly Father loves me, and I love him.
  15. I can pray to Heavenly Father anytime, anywhere.
  16. I am trying to remember and follow Jesus
Prominently display a picture of a temple or Christ at one end of the room. Lay the papers out on the floor as a path to the temple. If you have stairs, you could put the picture at the top and the papers could be on each step. Read aloud each of the Gospel Standards and help children understand what they mean. As part of the lesson, have your children walk along the path to the temple. Point out that it's pretty easy if you're following all the of the steps. Then take out a few of the papers along the path so that they can still step along but it requires more work. Try taking out more papers (so that there are only 3 or 4 along the path) and explain how if you're not following and living by the Gospel Standards, it's almost impossible to reach our ultimate goal - the temple and to live with our Heavenly Father again.

To help children visualize and understand the Gospel Standards, find pictures that go along with each Standard. This will be especially helpful for younger children. I was going to do up my own to share with you, but then I came across this one here (from that has the standards typed up and pictures to go with them. As I've said before, why reinvent the wheel?

You could also find objects to represent each standard and discuss which standard the objects relate to and why that specific standard is important.

If your children are older, instead of using the Gospel Standards, you could use the standards defined in the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet. That link will take you to PDFs of the entire pamphlet.

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