“Lesson 14: The Word of Wisdom,” Primary 3 (1994), 66–69
“Lesson 14,” Primary 3, 66–69
To help each child understand that the Lord blesses us when we follow the commandments given in the Word of Wisdom.
Two paper bags, one with a smiling face drawn on it, and one with a sad face. If paper bags are not available, draw a smiling face and a sad face on separate pieces of paper.
Make a small round paper smiling face for each child. You may choose to bring pins or tape to fasten one to each child’s clothing.
Draw small pictures of food or cut them out of magazines (if available). Provide enough so that each child can have at least two pictures. Include a wide variety of healthy foods, and also pictures of tobacco products, tea or coffee, and alcoholic drinks.
Prepare to sing or say the words to “For Health and Strength” (Children’s Songbook, p. 21).
A Bible and a Doctrine and Covenants.
CTR shield and ring.
Picture 3-6, The Prophet Joseph Smith (62002; Gospel Art Picture Kit 401); picture 3-29, Daniel Refusing the King’s Meat and Wine (62094; Gospel Art Picture Kit 114); picture 3-27, Sharing the Tricycle (62317); picture 3-30, Jumping Rope (62523); picture 3-31, Child with a Dog.
Make the necessary preparations for any enrichment activities that you will be using.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Follow up with the children if you encouraged them to do something during the week.
Display the CTR shield or a CTR ring. Emphasize the importance of choosing the right way to keep our bodies strong. Ask a few questions from the lesson as a quick review, such as the following:
Jesus taught us how we should keep our bodies healthy and strong. Where can we read about this in the scriptures? (Doctrine and Covenants 89.)
We call this the of . (Word of Wisdom.)
Why do you think it is called the Word of Wisdom?
What are some good things that we should eat and drink?
What are some things that could be harmful to our bodies?
How did Daniel show his courage? (By saying “no” to unhealthy foods.)
What can you do when someone offers you something unhealthy? (Ask them about some specific items, such as cigarettes, drugs, or even too much candy. Help the children learn and practice ways to respond to such temptations.)
Choose from the following activities those that will work best for your children. You can use them in the lesson itself or as a review or summary. For additional guidance, see “Class Time” in “Helps for the Teacher.”
You may decide to bring a small healthy snack to share with the children, such as fruit or crackers. (Check with the parents of the children before doing so to ensure that none of the children have allergies or other negative reactions to a food. Do not bring food on a fast Sunday.)
Sing or say the words to the second verse of “In Our Lovely Deseret” (Hymns,no. 307) with the children.
That the children may live long
And be beautiful and strong,
Tea and coffee and tobacco they despise,
Drink no liquor, and they eat
But a very little meat;
They are seeking to be great and good and wise.
For younger children, you might make a simple puppet out of paper or cloth with a mouth that opens wide. Show pictures of food or describe various foods. Open the puppet’s mouth wide for good foods and close it for things that should not be taken into the body. Or you could invite the children to open and close their mouths as you show or describe various foods. (See the Friend, Nov. 1993, p. 12.)
Invite the children to role-play the story of Daniel and his friends refusing the rich food of the king and choosing the simple food they knew was more healthy.