The Ten Commandments: Following Scriptures Then and Now

1.) Print off, cut out and laminate the pictures below. Introduce each picture and give them to your child. Have your child hold up the picture every time they hear it’s name. Then at the end of the story have your child tell you the story of the Ten Commandments using the pictures. 2.) Talk about the scriptures that we have now and the different stories that they tell. Print off, color and cut out each picture and corresponding story. Glue the story on the back and then laminate. 3.) Talk about how just the Children of Israel had commandments a long time ago, we have commandments just like them that we need to obey. Print off and laminate (attaching Velcro where directed) the 3 papers with the older commandments. Then print off , cut out and laminate the current commandment cards for our day. Go over each one and how they relate and what they mean. You might need to re-marker over the faded words. Thanks to The Golden Seven for the activities.

The Ten Commandments by the Golden Seven
Moses was called up to Mt. Sinai to talk with the Lord. While Moses was on Mt. Sinai, his brother, Aaron, was left in charge of the Children of Israel. They became restless and afraid when Moses was away so long. They said to Aaron: “Make us gods which shall go before us; for as for this Moses . . . we know not what is become of him” (exodus 32:1) Aaron told them to bring their gold earrings. All the Children of Israel brought their gold earrings. Aaron took them and fashioned them into a golden calf and said to the Children of Israel, “These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt” (Exodus 32:4). Aaron built an altar before the golden calf so the Children of Israel could worship. He said, “Tomorrow is a feast to the Lord.” (Exodus 32:5) Early in the morning the Children of Israel arose and made burnt offerings to the gold calf and worshipped it. Meanwhile on Mt. Sinai the Lord spoke to Moses and gave him commandments written on two stone tablets. Then he told Moses, “Go, get thee down; for thy people . . . have corrupted themselves: They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made a molten calf, and have worshipped it.” (Exodus 32:7-8) Moses went down from Mr. Sinai taking the stone tablets with him. When he came near the camp, he saw the golden calf and the Children of Israel dancing and worshipping before it. Moses was angry. He threw the stone tablets on the ground, which the Lord had written the law with his own hand, and broke them. Then he took the golden calf and burned it. Afterwards Moses stood at the gate of the camp and said, “Who is on the Lord’s side? Let him come unto me.” (Exodus 32:26) The Children of Israel, who chose the Lord, gathered themselves unto Moses. The others were destroyed because they had made a graven image and worshipped it. Moses went back to Mt. Sinai and received the Ten Commandments on stone tablets again. Moses gave these Ten Commandments to the Children of Israel and commanded them to follow the scriptures and commandments.

Moses at the Red Sea Moses’ people were slaves. When he led them to freedom, Pharaoh chased them to bring them back. Heavenly Father made the Red Sea divide so Moses and his people could cross. When Pharaoh’s army tried to follow them, the water went back together and drowned Pharaoh’s army. Moses and his people were safe and free. Daniel in the Lions’ Den Daniel was a leader. Other leaders were jealous, so they made the king promise to throw into the lions’ den anyone who prayed to Heavenly Father. Daniel prayed to Him and was thrown into the lions’ den. But Heavenly Father sent an angel, who kept the lions from hurting Daniel. Lehi Goes to the Promised Land Most of the people in Jerusalem were wicked. When Lehi told them to repent, they threatened to kill him. Heavenly Father told Lehi to leave Jerusalem. Lehi took his family and a few other people and was guided across the ocean to the land that Heavenly Father had promised would be a good land to live in. David Defeats Goliath David’s brothers were in an army fighting the army of Goliath. Goliath was a giant. If any man could kill him, his army promised to stop fighting. Even though David was only a young boy, with Heavenly Father’s help, he killed Goliath, and Goliath’s army ran away.

Esther Gives a Banquet The king didn’t know that Esther, the queen, was a Jew. Haman had tricked the king into commanding that all the Jews be killed. Esther and her people fasted and asked Heavenly Father for help; then she gave a banquet for the king and Haman. At the banquet, she told the king the truth. The king had Haman put to death, and the Jews were saved.

Print off, color cut out and laminate the 4 pictures below. Tell the story about Emma using the pictures.

Emma went to primary on Sunday and listened to her primary teacher, Sister Nelson. Sister Nelson talked about Moses receiving the Ten Commandments from God. She explained to the class that they were sacred scriptures from God and that we need to read the scriptures every day to we can live with God again. Emma came home determined to read her scriptures. She explained to her mom what she wanted to do and her mom gave her a list of different ways she can read the scriptures with her family. HOLD UP PICTURE 1 On Monday Emma woke up and before school started, she grabbed her scriptures, took them outside and read them in her back yard. She loved reading the scriptures and listening to the birds HOLD UP PICTURE 2 On Tuesday she read the scriptures with her family for family scripture study HOLD UP PICTURE 3 On Wednesday she found her little brother after school, sat him on her lap and read him a few verses from the Book of Mormon. HOLD UP PICTURE 4 On Thursday she asked her mom to tell the family about a story from the scriptures. On Friday Emma looked at her check list and realized she only had one more item to cross-off. She looked at the paper and read the last item: “Bear your testimony about the scriptures and keep it as a book mark for your scriptures.” Emma wrote her testimony down about how she felt the spirit during her outside studying and how good she felt reading her scriptures to her brother. She closed her testimony by saying how much she love Jesus and her family. Sunday came back around and when she told Sister Nelson what she had done that week, Sister Nelson gave her a big hug and had her share with the class her testimony. Emma felt good inside and learned different ways she can read the precious scriptures from God.

Explain to your child how to bear your testimony: 1 – start by saying “I’d like the bear my testimony . . . “ 2 – say what you believe is true 3 – close by saying “In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.” Then have your child bear his or her testimony while you write it down. Don’t forget to date it and give it back to your child for their scripture book mark.

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