I AM THANKFUL FOR MY BODY. I KNOW MY BODY IS A TEMPLE.This is more of a discussion type lesson.
Family Home Evening
Family Home Evening
Ask - family members to name some of the blessings that Heavenly Father has given them.
Write answers on one side of a piece of paper or poster board. One the other side write how we take care of these blessings.
If “Our Body” was not listed then discuss how it is a blessing from Heavenly Father, If it was, then make this the last item to discuss. Heavenly Father wants us to take care of our bodies, since we will have it through out our mortal life.
Read 1 Corinthians 3:16 and Doctrine and Covenants 89: 18-21
Ask - What are some ways we can take care of our bodies?
Here are a couple quotes from President Hinckley and Benson:
"I believe the human body to be the creation of Divinity. Our bodies were designed by our Eternal Father to be the tabernacle of our eternal spirits.
Our bodies are the temples of our spirits. They are sacred. These are the creation of the Almighty. Man was formed in the image of God. As His son, as His daughter, we ought to take care of our bodies.”
(Gordon B. Hinckley, “I Believe,” New Era, Sep 1996, 4)
“…follow the counsel of John Wesley’s mother: “Avoid whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, takes off your relish for spiritual things, … increases the authority of the body over the mind.”
There is no question that the health of the body affects the spirit, or the Lord would never have revealed the Word of Wisdom. God has never given any temporal commandments—that which affects our bodies also affects our souls. There are at least four basic areas which make a difference in our health—in our growing in stature.
First—righteousness. Sin debilitates. It affects not only the soul, but the body. The scriptures are replete with examples of the physical power that can attend the righteous. On the other hand, unrepented sin can diffuse energy and lead to both mental and physical sickness. Disease, fevers, and unexpected deaths are some of the consequences directly related to disobedience. Jesus healed a man of a physical malady and then told him to “sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” (John 5:14.) Sir Galahad claimed that his strength was as the strength of ten because his heart was pure.
Second—food. To a great extent, we are physically what we eat. Most of us are acquainted with some of the prohibitions of the Word of Wisdom, such as no tea, coffee, tobacco, or alcohol. But what needs additional emphasis are the positive aspects—the need for vegetables, fruits, and grain, particularly wheat. We need a generation of people who eat in a healthier manner.
Third—exercise. The body needs the rejuvenation that comes from exercise. Walking in the fresh air can be exhilarating and refreshing. Properly directed, running can also have some beneficial effects. Simple sit-ups or sporting activities can also be helpful.
Fourth—sleep. Adequate early rest is best. The Lord states that we should “cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated.” (D&C 88:124.) Early to bed and early to rise is still good counsel.”
(Ezra Taft Benson, “In His Steps,” Ensign, Sep 1988, 2)
Ask then Discuss - How will be blessed if we take care of our bodies now?
Bear Testimony on the importance of our bodies and being a gift from Heavenly Father.