“Lesson 16: We Can Show Our Faith by Being Obedient,” Primary 3 (1994), 75–79
“Lesson 16,” Primary 3, 75–79
To help the children understand that they can show their faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ by obeying the commandments.
Prayerfully study the account of Lehi and his family in 1 Nephi 1–2.
Items or pictures of items that represent the belongings Lehi’s family had to choose from when preparing to go into the wilderness.
Prepare to sing or say the words to “Faith” (Children’s Songbook, p. 96).
A Book of Mormon.
Picture 3-39, Lehi Prophesying to the People of Jerusalem (62517; Gospel Art Picture Kit 300); and picture 3-40, Lehi’s Family Leaving Jerusalem (62238; Gospel Art Picture Kit 301); and a picture of the current prophet.
The CTR shield and ring.
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.
Show the CTR shield and ring again and remind the children to always choose the right. When they choose the right, they are obeying. When they obey, they are showing Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ that they have faith in them.
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.
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.”
Have a member of your ward or branch tell how obedience has helped him or her. A returned missionary, new convert, or someone who has recently been through the temple would be an appropriate choice. Obtain approval from your Primary president and priesthood leader before asking the individual to come to your class.
Gather several items that offer protection, such as shoes, hat, umbrella, and so on. Have enough items so every child in your class can participate. Ask the children, one at a time, to select an item and tell what kind of protection it gives (shoes protect feet, and so on). Tell the children that when we obey our parents and leaders, we are also protected. Talk about some rules and how they can be a protection.
Hold up your hands and show the children how you can move your fingers. Explain that you can move your own hands and fingers, but you can’t move another person’s fingers. Ask the children to hold up their hands, move their fingers, and open and close their hands. Help the children understand that when they tell their hands to choose the right, they are obeying.
Sing or say the second verse of “I Have Two Little Hands.”
Kind Father, I thank thee for two little hands
And ask thee to bless them till each understands
That children can only be happy all day
When two little hands have learned how to obey.
(Children’s Songbook, p. 272)
Find all of the ways that we can choose the right that are included in the thirteenth article of faith. Involve the children in doing so. Have them count the ways, point to them, or repeat them. Encourage those children who can to memorize a phrase or two that is important to them.