Year 02/Lesson 28: Saving the Book of Commandments

What You'll Need: set of scriptures, GAK 409: Saving the Book of Commandments, coloring tools, cardboard (cereal box side is fine), hole punch, yarn or string, scissors.

Scripture: Joshua 1:9 - Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Opening Song: I Will Be Valiant (PCS #162)


Today I am going to tell you a story about two girls who were brave and did what was right, even when they were scared.  They became Pioneer Heroes because of their bravery.

Fifteen-year-old Mary Elizabeth Rollins and her thirteen-year-old sister Caroline lived in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, in 1833. At this time, revelations Joseph Smith had received were being printed by William W. Phelps, who had opened a print shop and newspaper office on the upper floor of his home. The printed revelations were to be bound into a book called the Book of Commandments.

The non-Mormons in the area were angry because of the growing number of Mormons.  A group of angry non-Mormons broke into the home of Brother Phelps.  Concealed in a corner of a nearby fence, Mary Elizabeth and Caroline watched with horror as the angry men rushed into the house [and threw] the family’s [things] into the street. Upstairs the mob found the valuable press and … eagerly they hurled the [printing press and type out the window] to the street below”.

Someone said, “ ‘So much for the Mormon commandments,’ [and then] dumped the huge sheets of printed pages onto the pile of [trash] in the street. Mary Elizabeth decided to try to save the revelations. ‘They will kill us!’ warned Caroline”, but she agreed to help.

(show GAK 409: Saving the Book of Commandments)

When the mob had their backs turned, the girls ran into the street and filled their arms with the pages. They “were just turning away when some of the mob spotted them. … Squeezing through a gap in the fence, [the girls] found themselves in a cornfield, hidden … by thick rows of [cornstalks]”. The men searched through the corn but could not find the girls, who had placed the “precious printed sheets on the ground [and] covered them with their bodies”.

The girls saved many pages and were able to give them back to Brother Phelps.  Today we have these important revelations printed in the Doctrine and Covenants.

(display a set of scriptures, open to the Doctrine and Covenants)

Because these two pioneer girls were brave, we can read and study the pages they saved.  Even when we are young, we can make brave choices in our lives that can have lasting effects on ourselves and others.  You could show bravery by standing up for a child at school who is being picked on, in bearing our testimonies to others and by choosing what is right, no matter what.

Bear your testimony about finding the courage to do what is right, even when it is scary of seems difficult.
(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)

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

Pioneer Games: Thaumatrope

Coloring Page
A Year of FHE // Family Home Evening about the pioneer children who saved pages of the Book of Mormon from being destroyed.  Includes ways latter-day children can be brave like the pioneers were.  Includes scripture, song, lesson, and two activities. It also has 3 free LDS-themed pioneer game printables. #lds #fhe #pioneers

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7 Way Righteous Comments:

Spencer and Mindy said...

love your blog! thank you for the FHE ideas for a whole year!! awesome-ness!

The Matthews Family said...

Thanks for the lesson! We did other things last week (because of the 4th of July), so this week we are going to combine the two lessons! Thanks for the work you do to make our work easier! : )

bella utahan said...

Thank you! Enjoy the lessons!

Tyler and Jessica said...

This is my second lesson from your site & my family is loving how "prepared" I have been for FHE lately. What I love is that I can jump on here after lunch on Monday & have a wonderful lesson put together by the evening. Thanks!!!

Parson Family said...

I just discovered your site and I am trying out my first lesson tonight. I love your themed months. It makes it easier to plan and probably makes more sense for kids. Thank you for putting time in to make things easier for others!

Anonymous said...

My son loves this story and was so excited when we did this lesson last week! Thank you!

Debs McClutchie said...

Thanking you for the share, have F.H.E for less actives single parent homes those homes that need support spiritually and investigators this is so helpful and invaluable to us

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