Year 01/Lesson 08: Showing Love Through Obedience

What You'll Need: scriptures, GAK 117/GAB 26: Daniel in the Lion's Den, coloring page and coloring supplies of your choice. Ingredients to make treat if desired.


John 14:15 - If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Mosiah 2:41 - And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.

Opening Song: Quickly I'll Obey (PCS #197 )


Showing Love Through Obeying Heavenly Father's Commandments.
Heavenly Father loves each of us. He wants us to be happy. He has made rules for us to follow that will keep us safe and make us happy. We can show how much we love him by obeying his commandments. In the Scriptures we learn about a righteous man who showed his love for Heavenly Father by being obedient.

(display Daniel in the Lion's Den) and read the following story.

Daniel lived in a land called Babylon. Daniel was righteous and always obeyed Heavenly Father. Wicked princes told the King make a rule that no one in the kingdom would be allowed to pray Heavenly Father for thirty days. They wanted to make a rule that you could only pray to the King. Anyone who broke the law was to be put into a den (or pit) filled with lions. But prayer was so important to Daniel that, even though he knew he might be cast to the wild lions, he still prayed to Heavenly Father three times every day.

The bad princes spied on Daniel's house. When they saw him praying, they hurried to tell the king. The king loved Daniel and realized what a terrible trick the wicked princes had played. The King tried to change the law to save Daniel from the lions, but the princes told him no law made by him could be changed. When evening came, Daniel was thrown into the den of hungry lions.

Sorrowfully the king said to Daniel, “Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.” The King spent the night fasting for Daniel. In the morning, the king rushed hopefully to the den and called, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?”

Daniel answered, “My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me.”

The King was so happy and he took Daniel be taken out of the lions’ den. Because of Daniel’s faith in God, he had not even been scratched by the hungry lions. Then the king commanded that the wicked princes be put into the den of lions, where they were killed at once. Afterward the King made a new rule that people could worship and pray to Heavenly Father.

Heavenly Father has given us Prophets, the scriptures, Church Leaders and parents to teach us the right things to do and help us to be obedient.

Showing Love Through Obeying your Parent(s)
Just like Heavenly Father, Daddy and Mommy love each of you. We want you to be happy. We make rules for you to follow that will keep you safe and make you happy. You can show your love by obeying our rules.

Q: What are some rules Daddy and Mommy made to keep us safe?

These might include....
- Holding hands while crossing the street.
- Don't touch the hot stove.
- Don't play with scissors.
- etc.

Q: What are some rules Daddy and Mommy made to help us to be happy?
These might include....
- Bedtime. Explain to your kids that being tired makes us feel grumpy and unhappy.
- No hitting, punching, kicking, etc.
- Sharing toys.
- Having meal times together.
- etc.

Heavenly Father wants each of us to obey His commandments and he also wants us to obey our Father and Mother. The commandments help us be happy and keep us safe and so do the rules in our family.

- Share a personal story of a time when you were little and a rule your parents made kept you safe or added to your happiness.

Bear your testimony about happiness coming through being obedient.
(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)


Play a game of Simon Says, but instead give each parent a turn to be it and when it's there turn to call out the directions they change the name of the game to "Mommy Says" or "Daddy Says". Make it as silly as you want and have tons of fun!

(included in lesson download)

(included in lesson download)

Treat: Lion Cupcakes

You'll Need
- Cupcakes (prepared from a cake mix)
- Vanilla Frosting
- Orange Food Coloring (mixed with frosting in dark orange and light orange)
- mini M&Ms
- Caramel Popcorn (Fiddle Faddle, Yellow Zonkers, etc.)
- Cheerios (optional)
- Pretzel Sticks

1. Frost prepared cupcakes with dark orange frosting. Add a small circle of light orange slightly lower than center.
2. Add caramel popcorn all around outer edge, pressing down lightly into frosting.
3. Add brown mini M&M's as eyes and a red mini M&M as a nose.
4. Break each pretzel stick in half and stick into cupcake top on either side of the nose to form whiskers.
5. Add a Cheerio for each ear (optional).

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9 Way Righteous Comments:

Emily said...

We did this lesson earlier today. My husband is going to the Jazz game tonight so we had Family Home Afternoon. I was surprised how much better the kids responded in general when we did an earlier time. We've also done a lesson a lot like this recently and my five-year-old remembered and helped me tell the story of Daniel. They really loved the Mommy and Daddy says game, and then we played "Isaac and Noah" says, that was a hit. I also made a list of rules we follow on our chalkboard. They LOVE it when I use the chalkboard, even if they can't read it. Thanks a bazillion for the lesson, and for cataloging all of those Friend coloring pages. You're totally amazing. All 4 of us colored, and my husband's turned out the best (go figure?).

Deanna said...

Loved this! We had a mini-meltdown from our 4 yr old, but then he hasn't felt good all day long...He loved looking at the picture of Daniel while we told the story of him in the Lion's den, and was SO concerned about Daniel being eaten! all the boys (our two little ones, AND my husband) enjoyed ______ says.

And yes, thank you, for the color pages. FAb.U.lOUS!!!

Ashley said...

We loved this lesson. My 4 year old wanted to tell the story of Daniel and she did an awesome job. I think I don't give her enough credit of how many of the scripture stories she knows.

I truly appreciate the time and effort you put into putting together these lessons. I follow your blog in my google reader and it is wonderful having that reminder of having FHE. The coloring pages links are awesome!

Larsen said...

Doing this lesson tonight!

EM- YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU and have for YEARS. I am grateful we met each other back in the NOM a million years ago, and I still wish we could have sang a song together. That would have been killer.

LOVE you.

Michael said...

thanks for the inspiration,
The Dalsgaard family, Denmark ;)

Angie said...

Emily, I love your lesson plans. Thank you for sharing your talent with us :)

Laura Wynn said...

That cupcake!! So cute. These are amazing FHE ideas. Love them.

Unknown said...

My kids really enjoyed this lesson because they felt like they had a lot to add. It really helped them to internalize the idea of obedience because of love. Loved this lesson! Thank you for posting it!

Christina said...

The exact lesson our family needed tonight!

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