At the beginning of the meeting, repeat together the Young Women Theme or the Aaronic Priesthood Quorum Theme. Then lead a discussion about the work of salvation and exaltation using one or more of the questions below or questions of your own (see General Handbook, 10.2, 11.2, ChurchofJesusChrist.org). Plan ways to act on what you discuss.
Live the gospel. What recent experiences have brought us closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ?
Care for those in need. Has someone recently moved into our ward or joined the Church? How can we help them feel welcome?
Invite all to receive the gospel. Are there any activities coming up that we can invite our friends to attend?
Unite families for eternity. What efforts can we make to record our personal histories?
At the end of the lesson, as appropriate, do the following:
Testify of the principles taught.
Remind quorum or class members about the plans and invitations made during the meeting.
It is easy for some people to think of the Word of Wisdom, found in Doctrine and Covenants 89, as a list of dos and don’ts. The Word of Wisdom does have some of those, but it also contains principles for keeping our bodies healthy. It also teaches that the way we treat our bodies influences our mental, emotional, and spiritual health. What blessings have you received as you have strived to live a healthy life?
Members of your quorum or class may have studied the Word of Wisdom as they read Doctrine and Covenants 89–92 this week. How can you help them understand the physical and spiritual blessings that come from obeying this revelation? You can find helpful insights by reviewing the Gospel Topics article “Word of Wisdom” (topics.ChurchofJesusChrist.org) or “Physical and Emotional Health” in For the Strength of Youth (, 25–27).
To begin a discussion about the Word of Wisdom, write these words on the board: Physical, Intellectual, Spiritual, and Social. Invite quorum or class members to read Doctrine and Covenants 89:18–21 and discuss how the promises in the verses can apply to these areas. What blessings can come from obeying the Word of Wisdom? How have we experienced these blessings in our lives?
Read together 1 Corinthians 3:16–17. Invite the children to share what this scripture means to them.
When I was a teenager there was a thing called a Tamagotchi. We didn’t have iPods back then, so it was the closest thing to an app we had. When you first got the Tamagotchi, a small egg would appear on the screen. The egg would wiggle and a few minutes later it would hatch into a small pet on the screen. After the pet was hatched you would have to care for the pet on the screen.
You would have to feed it and keep it happy. The pet’s had hunger meters and happy meters. When the pet was hungry you would fill up the hungry meter with “food”. To fill up the happy meter you could play games with it or give it a snack.
The pets would also leave “droppings” around the screen and it you didn’t clean up after them the pet could get sick.
If the pet got sick a skull icon would appear. It could get sick from a number of things but the main reason that the Tamagotchi would get sick is from eating to many unhealthy snacks or not being feed. The fake pet would then die.
This was just a silly game and it was not a real pet getting sick or dying but it can happen to our real pets if they do not eat right, are not healthy and taken care of.
Physical and Emotional Health
Members of your quorum or class may be asked questions about why they don’t drink alcohol, smoke, or do drugs. How do they answer these questions? They could search “Physical and Emotional Health”
in For the Strength of Youth (pages 25–27) and find counsel and promised blessings that they could share with others.
How does the way we treat our bodies affect our relationship with God?
How have quorum or class members gained testimonies that obeying the Word of Wisdom blesses their lives?
Principles and Promises
Experiences that show the blessings of obeying the Word of Wisdom can inspire quorum or class members to be more committed to living this law. You could share an experience from your life or the experience President Thomas S. Monson shared in his message “Principles and Promises”
(Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2016, 78–79). The video “Leave the Party” (ChurchofJesusChrist.org) contains another example. You could encourage quorum or class members to share their experiences.
Minds and Bodies Healthy
Invite the young women to make lists of things they are doing to keep their minds and bodies healthy. Divide the class into groups, and assign each group to search one of the following scriptures, looking for counsel to help them keep their minds and bodies healthy: Doctrine and Covenants 88:124
(if they need help understanding the counsel in Doctrine and Covenants 89, see True to the Faith, pages 186–88). Have each group report their findings. Ask the young women to review their lists and determine if there are additional things they could do to maintain their health. Invite the young women who feel comfortable doing so to share any changes they plan to make that will bless them now and in the future.
Word of Wisdom
If necessary, briefly review the Word of Wisdom to ensure that the young women understand the Lord’s counsel regarding physical health.
Display on the board,
Ask the young women to suggest some answers.
Invite the young women to read Doctrine and Covenants 89:18–21 to find the promises the Lord makes to those who obey the Word of Wisdom.
How are each of these promises fulfilled in our lives? (If they need help understanding these promises, suggest that they refer to President Boyd K. Packer’s explanation in his talk “The Word of Wisdom: The Principle and the Promises”)
. Invite them to share their testimonies of this doctrine or of blessings they have received by living the Word of Wisdom.
Place all the cards face down in rows forming a large rectangle on the chalkboard.
The first player turns over two cards. If the cards match, then they take the two cards and they have another turn. If the cards don’t match they turn the cards over and it is the next players turn.
Encourage quorum or class members to ponder and record what they will do to act on the impressions they received today. How does today’s lesson relate to personal goals they have made? If they would like, quorum or class members could share their ideas.
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