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Lesson 4 Part 1 Obedience

Lesson 4 Part 1 Obedience

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A FHE lesson prepared from Lesson 4 part 1 of Preach My Gospel on the topic of Obedience.
A FHE lesson prepared from Lesson 4 part 1 of Preach My Gospel on the topic of Obedience.

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Preach My Gospel, Lesson 4, Heading 1“Obedience”
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Preparation:
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.
Opening Song:
Choose the Right Way ~God gives us commandments for our benefit. They are instructions from a loving ~God gives us commandments for our benefit. They are instructions from a loving ~God gives us commandments for our benefit. They are instructions from a loving ~God gives us commandments for our benefit. They are instructions from a loving Father in Heaven to help us have happy lives.Father in Heaven to help us have happy lives.Father in Heaven to help us have happy lives.Father in Heaven to help us have happy lives.
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
 
meadow. “Come back here beside me,” Dad called, more gently this time. The boysobeyed. “Now, everybody hold hands,” he said. They walked together across themeadow, hand in hand. As they topped the little hill, Dad suddenly stopped. Just a few paces ahead of them, a sheer cliff dropped down at least 20 or 30 feet. If they had been running, there was no way they could have seen it in time to stop.The boys were amazed to see how close they had come to falling down that cliff. Theoldest one said softly, “We could have died.”Dad said, “Well, maybe. I’m sure glad you stopped running, even though I didn’t havetime to explain. Sometimes we have to obey first and ask questions later!”“Especially when someone else knows what’s coming, and you don’t,” the oldest sonsaid.Dad smiled. “Sometimes you’ll get instructions and not know why right away. But if you trust the person the instructions came from, obey anyway. Later you’ll understandwhy.”Object lesson. Place the marble on the plate and rotate the plate in a circularmotion. Slowly increase the speed of the rotation and attempt to keep the marble onthe plate. This will become increasingly hard and the marble will eventually careen off the plate.Now place the marble in the bowl and rotate the bowl in a circular motion. Slowlyincrease the speed of the rotation while keeping the marble in the bowl. The sides of the bowl permit you to increase the speed of the marble without losing control.The plate does not have boundaries. However, without boundaries we, like the marble,may spin out of control. Heavenly Father’s commandments are like the sides of thebowl. They help us to know how to have happy lives and to be safe from the dangers of temptation. Pres. James E. Faust said, ““Obedience leads to true freedom.”
~Obedience to the commandments shows our love for God. He blesses us as we strive ~Obedience to the commandments shows our love for God. He blesses us as we strive ~Obedience to the commandments shows our love for God. He blesses us as we strive ~Obedience to the commandments shows our love for God. He blesses us as we strive to obey His commandments.to obey His commandments.to obey His commandments.to obey His commandments.
The scriptures have many stories about people who were blessed when they wereobedient. Can anyone think of one to share? One of my favorites is when the Lord toldLehi to send his sons back to Jerusalem for the brass plates. (Tell the story in your ownwords, using the flannel board pictures, and emphasize the blessings received by Lehi’sfamily as a result of having the brass plates.) Read 1 Nephi 5:21.Bear testimony of the importance of obedience and how it has blessed your life withhappiness and safety.
 
 
Sources:
The Book of Mormon Preach My Gospel 
 “Obedience”, sugardoodle.net“Stop!”, Ana Nelson Shaw,
Friend 
, June 2005 “Nephi Obtains the Plates”,
Friend 
, March 1992 , 11 

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