Daniel and the King’s Food
To strengthen each child’s desire to live the Word of Wisdom
- Print Memory Cards on cardstock
Invite a child to give the opening prayer
Pin the Tail on the Donkey
Donkeys are mentioned a lot in the scriptures. Can you think of any Donkeys in the scriptures?
Samson killed a thousand men with the jawbone of a donkey. Heavenly Father made a donkey talk to Balaam. A donkey carried Mary to Bethlehem. Jesus rode a donkey to Jerusalem before he was crucified.
with tape on the back. Turn the blindfolded child around two or three times and then place him or her in front of the donkey. Have the child place the tail where they think in goes.
Then give the child another tail and have another child give instructions about where to place the tail. The instructions can be “higher,” “lower,” “to the left,” “to the right.”
Look at the two X’s and discuss how much better the blindfolded child did when he or she obeyed the instructions of the other child.
Why did (blindfolded child’s name) do better at placing the tail when she (he) obeyed the instructions?
Allow each child who wants to participate to be blindfolded and try to the tail on the donkey while another child gives instructions.
The blindfolded children were more successful at placing the marks in the circle when they obeyed the instructions of someone who could see the circles better.
Sometimes Heavenly Father and our parents can see things in our lives better than we can. They give us instructions to help us. When we obey Heavenly Father and our parents, we will be health and happy.
Nebuchadnezzar was the king of Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar took the Israelites, which were God’s people into slavery. The King wanted some of the very best Israelites slaves to come and live in his household and become helpers to the king. Have a child read
Daniel 1:3–4. What qualities did those who were chosen possess? No blemishes, but well favored and smart. Among all the Israelites slaves who were chosen, were four boys: Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
The king’s plan was to eventually use the young slaves in his service. A whole group of slaves were taken to a place were they could be taught all the laws of Babylon and other knowledge for three years. He told his servants to take care of them; the king had big plans for these young men. Have a child read
Daniel 1:5. He gave the boys to eat the king’s meat
to drink. This is what the king thought was the best food and drink. There was a problem with this…when Moses
was Israel’s prophet, the Lord gave the children of Israel a law that told them what to eat and drink. The food the king wanted Daniel and his friends to eat was against the Lord’s law. In our day we have a law of health that has been revealed to us called the Word of Wisdom
. Do you see the problem that Daniel and his friends had? They were given the king’s meat and wine, but if they ate it they would be breaking God’s law.
Word of Wisdom
In the Doctrine Covenants section 89, at the top of the section, we read “Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, February 27, 1833. As a consequence of the early brethren using tobacco in their meetings, the Prophet was led to ponder upon the matter; consequently, he inquired of the Lord concerning it. This revelation, known as the Word of Wisdom, was the result.”
Place the scripture references on the chalk board
D&C 89 1-9 talks about wine, strong drinks, tobacco, and hot drinks. Prophet Joseph Smith defined “hot drinks” as tea and coffee. Modern prophets have added drugs, when used inappropriately.
D&C 89:10-17 discusses herbs, fruits, flesh, and grain.
Scripture chase with the pictures of the food from the memory game. Have them find the right scripture that each picture is talking about. Then tape the pictures on to “All you can eat
” categories. They have to able to read the scripture that tells about each picture. Discuss the things that are good for the body and things that are not.
Use the memory cards for the food.
Back to Story:
The man who was in charge of the boys
, who was the king’s chief officer, understood why the boys didn’t want to eat the king’s food, but he was also afraid of the king. Have a child read
Daniel 1:10. He could just image that if in three years, the king saw that the boys he was in charge of, were not as strong and handsome as the rest of the other young men, he would lose his head. He knew that the king would kill him! He told Daniel this and that he was worried about disobeying the king.
Daniel suggested a 10-day trial period. The four boys would eat vegetables
and drink water instead of the king’s meat and wine. If the boys became weaker after the ten days then they would eat what the king wanted them to eat. The king’s chief officer decided that is would be okay to try it. Have a child read
Daniel 1:15. After the ten days the boys were very healthy and very strong
. If he wanted the boys to be strong and healthy it was the best idea to let them eat vegetables and grain.
After the three years the king gave the all the boys a test. God gave them “knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom.” Daniel 1:17. Daniel also had the ability to understand visions and dreams. The four young men
, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were not only the best students, but they were also smarter than the great scholars of Babylon.
How can we receive the same blessings that Daniel and his friends received?
Have a child read
D&C 89:18–21. What are the Lord’s promises to all who obey the Word of Wisdom
Word of Wisdom
Use the Memory cards while you are talking about the Word of Wisdom.
D&C 88:124 (get enough sleep)
D&C 89:7 (do not drink alcoholic beverages)
D&C 89:8 (do not use tobacco)
D&C 89:9 (do not drink hot drinks such as coffee and tea)
D&C 89:16 (eat grains and fruit)
According to section 89, what foods are good for our bodies? (Grains, fruits, vegetables, small amounts of meat; see D&C 89:10–16 .)
What counsel has the Lord given us regarding sleep?
What are we promised if we obey the Word of Wisdom and take care of our bodies? (D&C 89:18–21; you may want to explain that some people have disabilities or illnesses that keep them from being completely healthy even if they obey the Word of Wisdom. However, if they obey the laws of God, the time will come, either in this life or the next, when they can enjoy every blessing mentioned in these verses.)
In section 89, what does the Lord command us not to use? (D&C 89:5, 7–9; explain that prophets have told us that “hot drinks” refers to tea and coffee.) Point out that some things that are harmful to us (such as illegal drugs) are not specifically mentioned in the Word of Wisdom, but Church leaders teach us not to use anything that is harmful to our bodies or minds. (If the children bring up medicinal drugs, explain that some drugs can help us when we are ill, but they should be used only with a parent’s or doctor’s supervision.) What are some results of using things that are harmful to us?
What can you do when someone offers you something that is against the Word of Wisdom?
We need to use good judgment in caring for our bodies (see D&C 59:20). Even some good things can be harmful if used too much.
How might it be bad for our bodies if we exercise too much? sleep too much? eat too much of one kind of food?
While meat is a good and acceptable food, it should be used wisely and sparingly
Place all the cards face down in rows forming a large rectangle.
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.
Share your feelings of gratitude for the Word of Wisdom, and express your testimony that keeping this law of health blessed you both physically and spiritually. You may wish to share an experience when you have been blessed by living the Word of Wisdom.
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.
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