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FHE Lesson on Obedience – Obedience to Law is Liberty

This FHE lesson on obedience shows us how keeping the commandments increases our personal liberty. 

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Scripture

D&C 130:21

And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.

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Hymn

The Still Small Voice | Children’s Songbook, pg. 106
1. Do what is right; the day-dawn is breaking,
Hailing a future of freedom and light.
Angels above us are silent notes taking
Of ev’ry action; then do what is right!

Do what is right; let the consequence follow.
Battle for freedom in spirit and might;
And with stout hearts look ye forth till tomorrow.
God will protect you; then do what is right!

2. Do what is right; the shackles are falling.
Chains of the bondsmen no longer are bright;
Lightened by hope, soon they’ll cease to be galling.
Truth goeth onward; then do what is right!

3. Do what is right; be faithful and fearless.
Onward, press onward, the goal is in sight.
Eyes that are wet now, ere long will be tearless.
Blessings await you in doing what’s right!

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Lesson

FOR CHILDREN

Begin the lesson with the following activity:

Clear the area in a room. If you have extra time, consider setting up a driving obstacle course. Talk with the children about a destination they want to reach. Then, have each child “drive” throughout the room, following your instructions. For each child, have them break a driving rule. This can be closing your eyes while driving, using a phone while driving, crossing the yellow lines, or speeding.

Make a funny crashing noise and have each child “crash.” They cannot reach their destination.

Ask: What does this lesson teach us about following rules?

Read aloud: Just as we are asked to follow rules at home, in school, and on the road, Heavenly Father also asks us to follow rules. These rules are called commandments.

Ask: What are some of Heavenly Father’s commandments?

Read aloud: Keep the commandments is not always easy. It may even seem like commandments hold us back from doing the things we want to do. However, they are meant to keep us safe so we can return to Heavenly Father.

When we keep the commandments, we are actually free. We are not chained down by sin. We are not chained down by negative consequences of breaking the commandments.

Ask: What blessings do we receive from keeping the commandments?

Finish the lesson by sharing any relevant experiences and bearing your testimony.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Start by playing the following video. Before pressing play, ask everyone to think about how obedience to God sets us free.

Ask: What does this video teach us about obedience? How does obedience to God’s commandments set us free?

Read aloud: Through the scriptures and the words of modern-day prophets, we learn that God wants us to be agents unto ourselves. We are meant to act. One of the reasons for our mortal probation is to learn to use the gift of agency wisely.

In the world at large, commandments are seen as restrictive and limiting. Sometimes, without a true understanding of the doctrine of obedience, it can definitely feel that way.

Ask: How does Satan make us feel like obedience traps us or binds us?

Read aloud: God loves us. His plan is designed to not only bring us safely home to him but to refine us so that we may be like he is.

Ask: What are some ways obedience to the commandments has increased your personal liberty?

Finish the lesson by sharing any relevant experiences and bearing your testimony.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Watch, read, or listen to this entire talk from Elder L. Tom Perry. Take notes and then reflect on one commandment you would like to improve upon.

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Ingredients: 

1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 box refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
1/4 cup butter, melted

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Place two 12-inch squares waxed paper on work surface.
  2. In small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon.
  3. On work surface, unroll 1 crust. Brush with butter; sprinkle with half of the cinnamon sugar.
  4. Top with second crust. Brush top of second crust with butter, sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar; roll up.
  5. Cut the roll into 12 (1-inch) slices, then press down slightly, and roll individually between the sheets of waxed paper to 1/4-inch slices, replacing waxed paper as needed. Place on ungreased cookie sheets.
  6. Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Cool on cooling rack.

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Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a social media manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and is addicted to organic milk, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.
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