My body is a Temple
(by tkennedy)

Read 1 Cor. 3:16-17

Sing: I Love to See the Temple (CS, 95)

Temples are very sacred and the Lord has told us that no unclean thing can enter the temple. We've talked about how we can prepare ourselves to go to the temple. One of the ways we can prepare ourselves is mentioned in the next song:

Sing: I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus (CS, 78) or
Sing: I Will Follow God's Plan For Me (CS, 164)
(May need time to work on either song)

We have also talked about how we can make our homes more like the temple and that when Jesus returns to the earth, He will come to a temple.

Sister _______ is going to teach you a new song today. I want you to listen to the words and try and guess what the theme for this month
is.

Song: The Lord Gave Me A Temple (CS, 153) (Song of the month, give extra time to song leader)

Who can guess what the theme is for this month? My Body is A Temple.

Our spirits dwell in our physical bodies and the scriptures tell us that our bodies are temples and that it is important for us to keep our bodies and minds clean and pure.

I want to tell you a story about a young man by the name of Daniel.
If you want to read the story with your family later, it is found in the Old Testament in Daniel, Chapter 1.
(You can have the children act out the story or use flannel board story- I will use the flannel board story because we still have a combined ST)

Daniel was a Hebrew young man who loved the Lord and kept his commandments. Daniel along with some of friends named, Shadrack,
Meshack, and Abednego were chosen by the King of Babylon, King Nebechadnezzar, to serve in the King's court. They were treated very well and were taught many things. The King gave them meat and wine to eat and drink every day.

Daniel and his friends decided that they weren't going to eat or drink any of the King's meat or wine. So Daniel talked to Melzar who was placed in charge of Daniel and his friends and told Melzar that they did not want to eat the meat or drink the wine. Melzar was afraid that if the King found out that Daniel and his friends weren't eating the meat and drinking the wine, that the King would behead him. Especially if they looked unhealthy and sick.

So Daniel proposed a plan. He told Melzar to let the four of them eat pulse, which is food made from grain and seeds and drink water for 10 days. Then at the end of the 10 days see for himself if the four of them didn't look healthier than those who ate the meat and drank the wine. Melzar agreed to the test.

At the end of the 10 days this is what happened:(have the children read what happened) Daniel 1: 15-16.

Daniel Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego were blessed because they were
obedient.

Joseph Smith received instructions from the Lord in the latter days counselling us how we can keep our bodies healthy and receive other blessings. We call it Words of Wisdom and it is found in the Doctrine and Covenants.

Song: Words of Wisdom (CS, 154)

Does anyone know what section of the Doctrine and Covenants the Words
of Wisdom are found in? Section 89.

We won't go over the do's and don'ts in ST today, but we will go over the blessing(I am going to give the children a handout that they can take home and share with their parents on the do's and don'ts)- the treasures we receive from following the Word of Wisdom:

Treasure Box with word strips (as outlined in the CSMP, look below)

Just as Daniel, Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego were blessed for being obedient, so will each of us be blessed if we follow the Word of Wisdom and keep our minds and bodies clean and pure.

From ”CSMP 2002 p. 5”
”Explain that in the Word of Wisdom Heavenly Father has told us how we can keep our bodies healthy and receive other blessings. Read Daniel 1:17 and Doctrine and Covenants 89:18–20 to discover the “treasures” we will receive if we keep this standard of health: knowledge, learning, wisdom, understanding, health, and not being weary. Write each of these treasures on a word strip and put the word strips in a “Treasure Box.”
Have the children dramatize (TNGC, 165–66) the story about Daniel and the king’s food from Daniel 1
(GAK 114). Brainstorm (TNGC, 160–61) and discuss how the world tries to convince us that using bad things is exciting and will not harm us. Prepare case studies (TNGC, 161–62) for the children to practice ways to be a modern-day Daniel. Sing “The Word of Wisdom” (CS, 154).