(Friend Jun 1999, songs added by C. Hillgaard)
Read: If ye love me,
keep my commandments (John 14:15).
Sing "Keep the Commandments" (CS, pp. 146-147)
When Jesus lived on the earth, He blessed children. He healed them. He wanted them to come to Him. When He prayed for the Nephite children, the angels of heaven came down and surrounded them (see 3 Ne. 17).
Keeping the commandments helps us be happy
and grow closer to Him. And it shows Him that we love Him. Here are some
commandments that all of us can keep:
Heavenly Father really does hear our prayers. We can talk to Him in the morning and ask for His help and guidance during the day. We can talk to Him before going to bed and thank Him for the day's blessings. We can pray to Heavenly Father in Jesus Christ's name anytime, anywhere. We show our love for Heavenly Father when we pray. We grow closer to Him as we thank Him for blessings and ask for His help.
Sing: I thank Thee,
Keep the Sabbath Holy:
The Sabbath is a special day. It is holy to Heavenly Father, and it should be holy to us. How can we keep the Sabbath holy? We could make a long list of things that are good to do on the Sabbath. We could also think of things that are better to do on other days. One bishop said that if you wear your good clothes and don't spend any money, you'll be on your way to making the choices that will help you keep the Sabbath holy. We should do only those things that help us feel close to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ on the Sabbath.
Go to Church and Take the Sacrament:
One of the best commandments we can keep is the one to attend church and take the sacrament. When we go to church, we can worship the Lord. With other Saints, we learn about Him and His gospel, we sing praises to Him, and we take the sacrament to help us remember that He shed His blood to atone for our sins and died so that we can have eternal life. When we say "amen" to the sacrament prayer, we promise to keep His commandments and always remember Him. He promises us that if we do, we will always have His Spirit to be with us. What a great promise!
Sing: The Sacrament
With the help of His Spirit, we are able to keep the commandments even when it is hard. The scriptures promise that He will provide a way for us to keep the commandments He has given. Like Nephi and Daniel, we will find courage to choose the right and the strength to do it always. We will find joy when we pay tithing. We will find comfort and direction as we read the scriptures. Our faith in Jesus Christ will grow because keeping the commandments brings us closer to Him. He gave us commandments because He loves us and wants us to come unto Him and Heavenly Father. When we keep the commandments, we show that we love Them.
Sing "Nephi's Courage" (CS, pp. 120-121).