Preach My Gospel, Lesson 4, Heading 1“Obedience”
Get a marble, a plate and a bowl for the object lesson. Print and cut out pictures to use with stories, if desired. Study 1 Nephi 3-5.
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The whole next lesson in
Preach My Gospel
is about commandments from HeavenlyFather. We will learn about 1 or 2 each week. Tonight we will talk about why it iswonderful to obey Heavenly Father’s commandments.(Tell the following true story in your own words).Once there were three boys who liked to go hiking with their dad. Dad always said heknew the mountains like the back of his own hand. He had grown up walking the samepaths with his own dad. “When we come around this bend, you’ll see a little waterfall,”Dad might tell the boys. Or, “Be really quiet here, and you’ll be able to hear the windwhistle up in the cliffs.” He always seemed to know just what to watch or listen for.When the brothers did what Dad told them, they always found something new to loveabout the mountains.But sometimes they just wanted to run, and Dad let them do it when it was safe. Onesummer day they were excited to reach the top of the trail—a high meadow filled withfresh green grass and flowers of just about every color. And so they took off runningthrough the trees at top speed. They wanted to burst onto that meadow like jackrabbits.“Stop when you get to the meadow,” Dad called after them. “I’ll meet you there.” Theyran ahead, each trying to get in front of the others.The boys stopped a moment while their eyes got used to the light. Then they tookoff again, forgetting Dad’s instruction. They ran in circles through the deep grass, jumping and dodging, whooping and hollering and tagging each other.Then the oldest son had an idea. “Let’s race all the way across the meadow!” Theyounger brothers hesitated. They couldn’t see the far side of the clearing because agrassy hill obscured their view. But he told them, “I think this is the same meadow wecame to last summer.”They gathered back at the trees, and he called out, “Ready! Set! GO!” They all ran asfast as they could, enjoying the wind in their faces.“STOP!” a voice bellowed like thunder behind them. All three boys stoppedimmediately. They turned and saw Dad running toward them from the edge of the