The Ten Commandments Teach Me to Love God and His Children
September 2012

“The Ten Commandments Teach Me to Love God and His Children,” Friend, Sept. 2012, 40–41

Bringing Primary Home

The Ten Commandments Teach Me to Love God and His Children

You can use this lesson and activity to learn more about this month’s Primary theme.

You had a busy day! Your classmate asked if he could copy your homework. You wanted to be honest, so you told him no but offered to help him.

On the way home from school, you saw your neighbor struggling to pick up a big basket of vegetables she had just picked from her garden. You wanted to get home, but you ran over and helped her carry the basket inside.

After dinner your dad asked you to do your math homework. Math is hard and you didn’t want to do it, but you decided to obey your dad.

You were tired at bedtime, but you knelt down and thanked Heavenly Father for your blessings.

Did you know that by making all of these good decisions, you were following the Ten Commandments? After the Israelites escaped from Egypt, they needed guidance from the Lord. Through the prophet Moses, the Lord gave the people 10 important commandments to follow to live a righteous life. The Ten Commandments teach about respecting God, being honest, honoring our parents, keeping the Sabbath day holy, and being good neighbors. These rules are as important today as they were thousands of years ago. When we follow the Lord’s commandments, we learn to love and respect God and be kind and loving to those around us.

Illustrations by Scott Greer