Year 01/Lesson 11: Ten Commandments


What You'll Need: scriptures, Moses story shapes (below), Journey Into Egypt game (below), game pieces for each family member, DVD of Cecil B Demille's Ten Commandments. Right click, save and print this Moses coloring page.

You can also choose to download the pdf of this lesson for easy printing. If you download, please leave a comment here on what you like about this lesson.

Scripture: Doctrine & Covenants 59:23 - But learn that he who doeth the works of righteousness shall receive his reward, even peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come.

Opening Song: Keep the Commandments (PCS #146)


Right Click and save the following cutouts (from the Children's Friend magazine) by clicking here. Print on card stock, cut them out and use them to tell the story of Moses and the Ten Commandments.

Tell the story of Moses...

Many many years ago, there was a wicked King named Pharaoh who had many slaves. He made them work all day every day and treated them unkindly. God called Moses to be the prophet to lead the slave (they were called "The Children of Israel") out of captivity in Egypt. Moses led the people out, but the wicked Pharaoh sent his soldiers to chase them and bring them back. Moses and the Israelites came to a big sea of water. They had nowhere to get away from the soldiers. Moses used Heavenly Father's power and parted the Red Sea so that he could lead the people through it to escape the Egyptian armies who were chasing them. The Lord blessed His people, and they were grateful.

After they had traveled in the wilderness for two months, they came to a mountain called Mount Sinai. Moses went up on the mountain, and the Lord called to him and told him to tell the people, “If ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people” (Ex. 19:5). The people answered, “All that the Lord hath spoken we will do” (Ex. 19:8).

The Lord asked Moses to gather the people at the foot of the mountain. When they had gathered there, the mountain was covered with a cloud of smoke and it shook. Then the Lord gave Moses 10 Commandments for all people to follow. Commandants are rules from Heavenly Father. (If needed, explain what each commandment means as you go)

1.Thou shalt have no other gods before me. (Only worship Heavenly Father)

2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. (Don't love any possessions more than you love Heavenly Father)

3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. (Heavenly Father's name is very special. We don't say Heavenly Father's name unless we are in church, talking to Mommy and Daddy about him or saying prayers.)

4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. (Always be reverent and don't do work on Sunday)

5. Honor thy father and thy mother. (Listen to and obey Mommy and Daddy)

6. Thou shalt not kill. (We cannot kill other people)

7. Thou shalt not commit adultery. (You should only live together like Mommies and Daddies if you are married)

8. Thou shalt not steal. (We shouldn’t take things that are not ours)

9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. (We should never lie or gossip.)

10. Thou shalt not covet. (We should be happy with what we have)

Though we were not there at the foot of Mount Sinai when they were given, it is just as important for us to obey them today. As we read this story in the scriptures, we can imagine the voice of the Lord speaking to us, and the voice of Moses counseling us.

Heavenly Father promises us special blessings if we follow His commandments. In the Book of Mormon there was a righteous King who was about to die. He called his sons to him to give them advice on how to be happy. In Mosiah 2:41 we read his words...

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.

Heavenly Father promises that keeping the commandments will not only give us special blessings in our lives and after we die, but also tells us that keeping the commandments makes us happy.

Bear your testimony about the need for commandments and how happy you feel when you keep the commandments.

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)

Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the March Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.


Option 1 - Play JOURNEY INTO EGYPT game. Get different markers for each family member (these could be buttons, coins, etc.)

Download and print the left side and right side of game board onto cardstock. Trim edges and tap together. Laminate of desired.

*JOURNEY INTO EGYPT game from The Children's Friend magazine.

Option 2 - If your children are old enough, show a clip from Cecil B. Demille’s Ten Commandments movie. Start clip when Moses leads the children of Israel out of Egypt and end when the waters are closed on the Egyptian Soldiers.
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15 Way Righteous Comments:

amy said...

i'm looking forward to this lesson. it looks like one that the girls will really enjoy and can get engaged in. thanks again!

Ashley said...

We have been watching Prince Of Egypt (I would recommend watching the movie) a lot lately, so this was a great lesson for us. Since my girls know the story of Moses well because of the movie, we focused on the 10 commandments. I took your list and had them match up each literal commandment with the modern terms. It was a great way to explain each one.

Jake*Marci said...

I am doing a FHE group with some friends and my topic is 10 commandments. I love your story it is great for the kids. I like that it is just a little bit more then the one from the Friend 1998 issue. Thanks. I can't wait to find more great lessons.

angela said...

We just saw the Prince of Egypt and the kids were really interested in the story of Moses so I googled FHE ten commandments lesson. This one looks great! Thanks so much for your efforts and sharing it with the rest of us. I really appreciate it!

Celeste said...

I'm using some of your ideas for sharing time next month. thanks!

Cayli said...

Thank you for all your great lessons. It makes Family Night so much nicer!

Krisi said...

Doing this lesson today - slightly modified. The kids chose 10 commandments. We are going to have our activity be a scavenger hunt to find the commandments - one hidden in eggs and they will get to share how they can keep the commandment. Thanks for making things easy for us when busy!

Brandee Evarts said...

Thank you so much for creating these lessons! My kids love them!

Amy Jo Bugenhagen said...

Just found this site. You do an amazing job. I'm on my 2nd month doing FHE with my own young family, and this is a great starting point to plan from. Thank YOU!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all your hard work in creating these lessons! I am looking forward to using them in our Family Home Evenings.

JeTaya Yarrington said...

We have been using your lessons for about 2 months now. My girls are still very young but I love how adaptable they are. They are learning bout the gospel and the spirit is coming into our home. Thank you so much for preparing these lesson plans!

Wendy Garnica said...

Thank you for these awesome lessons. My girls are loving them.

Wendy Garnica said...

Thank you for these awesome lessons. My girls are loving them.

Wendy Garnica said...

Thank you for these awesome lessons. My girls are loving them.

Amanda and Miles said...

Thank you for the wonderful FHE lessons!

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