Three parts to this activity:
- A Question
- A Story
- A Game
Do -> Believe (we do what we believe)
Know -> Done (we know what we’ve done.)
So the question is what do we believe?
Do we believe the lie or the truth?
When we do a lie, or when we act on something that is not true, the result will always end in darkness/confusion/loss.
When we do a truth, or when we act on a true principle, the result will always end in light/knowledge/strength. This points us to Christ.
Then the more important question is this: What do you seek? What do you desire? What do you want?
Do you seek for lies or do you seek for truth?
Before this life we lived with our Heavenly Father (God). This we will call pre-Earth life. Our Heavenly Father was different than us. He possessed a glorified physical body wherein His Spirit dwelt. We were only spirits.
But our Heavenly Father wanted us to become like him.
To do this, he presented a plan to us. We shouted for joy when this plan was presented because it gave us a way to become like Him, and it also placed a guide, Jesus Christ, at the center of that plan to act as our map to successfully complete that transformation process that would bring us back to God the way He is.
That transformation process we know by the name of repentance. And since the beginning, there has been opposition to repentence. As soon as Heavenly Father presented his plan for us to become like him, one of his children opposed the plan with the hopes of side-stepping God and his plan to become a god. That was Satan.
His opposition to the plan was ludicris, rediculous beyond belief, because not only did he propose an alternative way of becoming gods, but he proposed to make himself the savior of man without actually saving us from anything. His proposal was to gut the plan, taking out the most important parts, and basically turn us into zombies, lifeless beings without the capacity to choose anything for selves.
Of course God, our Father, rejected such a prospect, but he didn’t entirely destroy the idea, because we needed the opportunity to choose for ourselves, which direction we wanted to go. So the idea, foolish as it is, still exists on the earth today. And unfortunately, this alternative idea is more popular today than ever before.
What is the lie? It is this: There is an alternative to showing God that you love Him besides keeping the commandments of God.
Seek = Desire
What seek ye? Whom seek ye?
And the angel spake unto me, saying: Behold the gold, and the silver, and the silks, and the scarlets, and the fine-twined linen, and the precious clothing, and the harlots, are the desires of this great and abominable church. 1 Nephi 13:8
But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. Hebrews 11:16
Seeker of truth, what seek ye?
I seek the truth regarding… [name of standard]
( The team member runs accross the room. It is timed. )
Then the host pulls a question from the file on the topic. There is a contexual introduction, and then a question?
Round one, Round two.
The rules of the game are these:
- Use the For the Strength of Youth Pamplets to study out topics, At your home base. Every person on your team has to take a turn. When it is their turn they act as voice for the team.
- They approach the giver of truth as a seeker of truth and pick up a noise-maker to summon the giver. The giver then asks: “Seeker of Truth, What seek ye?”
- The seeker responds “I seek for truth regarding _________” and picks a topic from the wall. The giver then pulls the topic and reads the question. The seeker then can choose to answer the question or return back to home base to council with the team. The seeker must return to the giver to answer the question.
- At the end of the round, each team has two opportunities to share examples of a standard that they had received. If successful, they can clear one of their time entries to zero.
Agency and Accountability
- Next to life itself, what is one of the greatest gifts that God has given you? (the ability to choose right from wrong and to act for yourself)
- Have the moral courage to stand firm in obeying God’s will, even if you have to do what? (even if you have to stand alone)
- While you are free to choose your course of action, you are not free to choose what? (you are not free to choose the consequences)
- Marrying in the temple and creating an eternal family are what? (essential in God’s plan of happiness)
- Developing serious relationships too early in life can do what? (limit the number of other people you meet and can perhaps lead to immorality)
- Remember that a young man and a young woman on a date are responsible for what? ( responsible to protect each other’s honor and virtue )
Dress and Appearance
- When you are well groomed and modestly dressed, you invite what? (the companionship of the Spirit and you can be a good influence on others)
- Through your dress and appearance, you can show what? Name one of what two things. (1: that you know how precious your body is, 2: that you are a disciple of Jesus Christ and that you love Him.)
- When you dress immodestly, you send a message do what? Name one of two things. (You send a message that is contrary to your identity as a son or daughter of God. You also send the message that you are using your body to get attention and approval.)
- The education you gain will be valuable to you when? (during mortality and in the life to come)
- Education is an important part of Heavenly Father’s plan to help you do what? ( become more like Him)
- Education is an investment that brings great rewards and will open what? (the doors of opportunity that may otherwise be closed to you )
- This spiritual learning will help you find answers to the challenges of life and will invite who? (the companionship of the Holy Ghost )
Entertainment and Media (use)
- Choose wisely when using media because whatever you read, listen to, or look at has an effect on you. Select only media that does what? ( uplifts you )
- Satan tries to use media to mislead you into thinking that breaking God’s commandments is acceptable and what else? ( has no negative consequences for you or others )
- Take care that your use of media does not dull your sensitivity to the Spirit or interfere with what? ( your personal relationships with others )
- Your family will be blessed as you do what? ( do your part to strengthen it )
- Many problems in the home come from family members doing what? ( speaking and acting selfishly or unkindly )
- God desires that all of His children come into the world as part of an eternal family with a mother and father who love and care for each other and for their children. If this is not your experience, what should you do? ( be patient and continue to live righteously )
- To have good friends, what should you be? ( be a good friend )
- Your friends will influence how you think and act, and even do what? ( help determine the person you will become )
- If your friends urge you to do things that are wrong, be the one to stand for the right, even what? ( even if you stand alone )
- Live with a spirit of thanksgiving and you will have what? ( greater happiness and satisfaction in life )
- Gratitude will turn your heart to the Lord and help you recognize what? ( His [the Lord’s] influence and blessings in your life )
- When you keep His commandments and serve others, you show what? ( that you love Him and are grateful to Him )
Honesty and Integrity (use)
- Being honest means choosing not to do what? ( choosing not to lie, steal, cheat, or deceive in any way )
- Being honest will enhance your future opportunities and your ability to do what? ( your ability to be guided by the Holy Ghost )
- When you have integrity, you are willing to live by your standards and beliefs even when what happens? ( when no one is watching )
- Clean and intelligent language is evidence of what? ( a bright and wholesome mind )
- Do not use profane, vulgar, or crude language or gestures, and do not tell jokes or stories about immoral actions. Why? ( These are offensive to God and to others. )
- If we have developed the habit of using poor language —such as swearing, mocking, gossiping, or speaking in anger to others, what can we do to change? ( Pray for help. Ask your family and friends to support you in your desire to use good language. )
Music and Dance
- Music can edify and inspire you and help you do what? (help you draw closer to Heavenly Father)
- If you listen to music constantly, you may not have the quiet time you need to do what? ( for thinking, feeling, and receiving spiritual guidance )
- Attend only those dances where dress, grooming, lighting, lyrics, music, and entertainment contribute to what? ( a wholesome atmosphere where the Spirit may be present )
Physical and Emotional Health (use)
- Being under the influence of alcohol weakens your judgment and self-control. Drinking can also lead to what? ( to alcoholism, which destroys individuals and families )
- Addictions harm your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. They also damage what? ( relationships with family and friends and diminish your feelings of self-worth )
- Your emotional health is important. If you have prolonged feelings of sadness, hopelessness, anxiety, or depression, what should you do? ( talk with your parents and your bishop and seek help )
- Through the Savior’s great sacrifice for us, which is called the Atonement, you can receive what? ( forgiveness and be cleansed from your sins when you repent )
- When you do what is necessary to repent and receive forgiveness, you will know what for yourself? ( the power of the Atonement and the love God has for you )
- Some people knowingly break God’s commandments, planning to repent later, such as before they go to the temple or serve a mission. Why is that wrong? ( Such deliberate sin mocks the Savior’s Atonement. )
Sabbath Day Observance
- Service to others is an important characteristic of who? ( a disciple of Jesus Christ. )
- Some of the most important service you can give will be where? ( within your own home )
- As you devote yourself to serving others, what will happen? ( you will draw closer to Heavenly Father. )
Sexual Purity (use)
- Remaining sexually pure helps you to do what? ( be confident and truly happy and improves your ability to make good decisions now and in the future )
- Do not allow the media, your peers, or others to persuade you about what?
( that sexual intimacy before marriage is acceptable )
- Never do anything that could lead to what? ( sexual transgression )
Tithes and Offerings
Work and Self Reliance (use)
- Developing the capacity to work will help you to do what? ( contribute to the world in which you live )
- Set high goals for yourself, and be willing to do what? ( work hard to achieve them )
- One form of idleness is spending excessive amounts of time in activities that keep you from productive work, such as what? Name one thing listed. ( using the Internet, playing video games, and watching television )