And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones; And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.
1. The Lord gave me a temple to live within on earth.
Once in Heaven I was spirit, but I left my home at birth.
I’ll make my temple brighter; I’ll keep my spirit free.
My body is the temple my Father gave to me.
2. If I keep my body clean and pure and habit-free,
I may in Father’s temple claim blessings promised me.
On resurrection morning, I’ll take my body bright
And in celestial glory forever live in light.
*Suitable for All Ages*
Begin the lesson by showing this picture to your family:
Ask: What is similar about these two places? What is different?
Read aloud: Just as Heavenly Father has instructed us to build temples where he can dwell, He has given us bodies where are Spirits are housed. Just as a temple is sacred, so are our bodies. Gaining a body is one of the reasons we needed to come to Earth.
Ask: Why do we need bodies? (For younger children, you can also ask what it is our bodies can do.)
Read aloud: Because our bodies are so important, we need to take care of them. The castle in the picture was once very beautiful, just like the temple. But it wasn’t taken care of properly and eventually abandoned, causing it to deteriorate and become run down. Our bodies are similar. If we are diligent in taking care of our bodies, we can help keep them strong and full of the light of the Spirit. All bodies are truly beautiful, no matter the size, shape, or color, because Heavenly Father made them. He wants us to cherish our bodies and follow His counsel in keeping them healthy. Much of His counsel comes from the word of wisdom.
Ask: What is the word of wisdom?
After discussing the word of wisdom, read D&C 89 together as a family. On a piece of paper or board, make a list of what Heavenly Father counsels us to refrain from and what we encourages us to partake of. Once completed, ask if anyone has any questions about the word of wisdom or anything that stood out to them.
Read aloud: The word of wisdom is a great place to start when trying to understand how we can keep our bodies healthy. But it is not the only thing we can use. The Lord speaks to us today, and gives us counsel for how we can be healthy in our day and age. This includes exercising more, battling eating disorders, and learning to love ourselves when the world tries to tell us who we should be. Other issues facing our health are addictions, and not just to drugs. Almost anything can be addicting if not used in moderation.
Ask: What issues do you think are standing in our way to caring for our bodies? What are some ways we can work together to take care of our bodies and keep ourselves healthy?
Finish the lesson by sharing any personal experiences about taking care of your body and bearing your testimony.
Forgotten Skills of Backyard Herbal Healing and Family Health
One Hour Homemade Bread or Sesame Street Fruit Tray
-5 1/4 cups white bread flour
-2 – 4 Tbsp. sugar
-1 1/2 tsp. salt
-1 1/2 Tbsp. (rounded) saf-instant yeast
-1 1/2 Tbsp. oil
-2 cups warm water (somewhere between 100 and 115 degrees Fahrenheit)
1. Mix dry ingredients. Add oil and water. Mix for 1 minute and then check the consistency of the dough. The dough should be very sticky. If it is too dry, add more water.
2. Mix for 5 minutes. (Do not add any more flour after the dough has finished mixing.)
3. Spray kneading surface with cooking spray and turn dough out onto surface. Knead dough briefly until it has a smooth even consistency (this will only take several turns of the dough to accomplish).
4. Divide dough into 2 pieces (or more if you wish to have smaller loaves) and shape loaves into desired shapes and place on greased baking sheets. Cover with a large dish towel and let rise for 25 minutes.
5. While loaves are rising, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. When loaves are ready to go into the oven, use a sharp knife (you can lightly spray your knife with cooking spray to prevent dragging) to make several slashes in the top. Make each cut about 1/4-inch deep at a 30 degree angle. Bake loaves for 25 minutes, or until they are golden brown.
(Courtesy of La Fuji Mama)
Turn basic fruits, vegetables, and dips into fun creations your kids will love. Click on the photo or link below to go to a photo guide to help you create your own Sesame Street characters. They may look complicated, but they are really quite simple. It is a perfect way to help your family enjoy healthy foods!
(Courtesy of The Produce Mom)
Go on a Family Walk or Dance Night
Weather permitting, get your family together for a walk outside. You can go around to a park, a scenic trail, or just around the block. If the weather is cold and snow is on the ground, use your bodies to serve by shoveling someone’s driveway or walking next door to do basic chores around the house. Make it fun by adding a relay.
This is an especially great activity for younger children. Have a great CD of appropriate dance tunes and have dance night in your home. You can play Follow the Leader where each child has a turn picking the dance move everyone else has to follow, or you can have your children close your eyes and as you tap on a part of their body, such as their nose, arms, or legs, they have to dance with those parts. The goal is to get your bodies moving and to have a fun time. With older children or teenagers, you can see who can make the silliest dance or teach them a dance move from when you were growing up. Then, have them teach you one that is popular today. Remind everyone to remain appropriate in order to have the Spirit.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.