Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine Lesson 16: “Thou Shalt … Offer Up Thy Sacraments upon My Holy Day”

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine Lesson 16: “Thou Shalt … Offer Up Thy Sacraments upon My Holy Day”

Attention Activity:

This activity is based on an assumption of what I think will happen based on an activity.  It should happen the way I describe that it will, but if not, you can get creative and still make it work! 

Start class by asking, “How is living in our country different (make sure  you say “different,” not “better” or “worse.”  This will play in later.)  from living in other countries?”  (Just a teaching note.  If you are teaching a teenage class, it won’t work to ask the question and then sit and wait for answers.  You have to do some kind of activity to get it rolling.  You could give them each a piece of paper and ask them to write 20 things.  You could put them in groups and see which group comes up with the best answers.  You could put them in groups, give each group a piece of chalk and make it a relay with one person at a time coming up and writing on the board.  Give them 2 minutes to get as many answers as they can.  That way you get them moving and going.)

My assumption is that you will get a lot of answers of things that you can do or ways that your country is better than other countries and very few ideas on things you can’t do in your country that you can in others.  This is an important note because the lesson will then talk about how Sunday is a different day, but that different means more about what you can do than what you can’t.  Point out that your country is great because of it’s differences.  Those differences are mainly about things you can do in your country that you can’t in others.  Vote, travel, freedom of speech, religion, etc.  Not things like, “There is a speed limit in my country and no speed limit in some other countries.” 

From this point, I actually like the lesson from the manual.  (Click here to find it.)  I would use the scriptures to point out that God made the Sabbath “Holy.”  I would then go through the list in the lesson to talk about the things that you can do on Sunday and not focus on the things that you can’t do.  You may point out that there is no mention in that section about things that you can’t do, but only some suggestions on things that you can do.  If you follow those things and really strive to make Sunday a different day, a better day, you have to worry less about whether or not I should be watching TV. 

You may want to turn this into an activity as well.  Give them 3-4 minutes and write on the board “Can Do’s” and “Can’t Do’s” and ask the class to find some of each.  You will see lots more “Can Do’s”  and then you go from there into what some of the things that you can do are.

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