Week 1 My faith in Jesus Christ is strengthened when I obey.
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A Faithful Exercise
By Sofia Lykes
Non Speaking Characters:
Friend to hold up Picture of Christ
Friend who can do a push up
Friend who can do a pull up
Props (Keep it simple!)
2 little towels
headbands for the narrators and Mr.Obedience
Picture of Christ
A couple hand weights
Narrator 1: Coming to the gym and doing work outs sure makes me feel good!
Narrator 2: (pretend lift a weight) Me too! I’m totally pumped up!
Narrator 1: Hey! Who’s that?
Mr. Obedience: Well hello there friends! I’m Mr.Obedience! I’m here to teach you about true strength!
Narrator 2: Huh? Mr. What?
Mr. Obedience: Obedience silly! (pretend lift a weight) And I’m here to teach you about true strength! Boy, I feel like I’m repeating myself a lot.
Narrator 1: Well, I already know all about being strong. I can lift a 200 lb weight, see! (pretend lift a weight)
Narrator 2: That’s nothing! I can do 500 jumping jacks! (starts doing jumping jacks)
Mr. Obedience: Friends. You are strong I can see, but I’m talking about strength that doesn’t fade with age or sickness. It doesn’t have to do with your body muscles! It has to do with your spiritual well being! I’m talking about having a strong faith!
Narrator 1: Spiritual well being? Is there a special gym I need to go to? Because I really like the swimming pool they have at our gym here.
Narrator 2: Ah gee. Switching gyms? I like the fresh towels they give us here.
(Friend comes by and hands them each a towel)
Narrator 2: See! Aren’t they soft!?!
Mr. Obedience: You guys, this is all great. But you’re not listening! I have something very special to share with you. Maybe it will help if I bring in a friend.
Helaman: “…For behold, ye are free; ye are permitted to act for yourselves; for behold, God hath given unto you a knowledge and he hath made you free.” (Helaman 14:30)
Mr. Obedience: We all have choices! Everyday we choose to follow Christ or not. If we choose to follow Him we are being obedient!
Narrator 2: So being obedient is following Christ?
Mr. Obedience: Yes! Sometimes it can be hard. My friend Nephi was commanded to get the brass plates. He had no idea how he’d do it, but he wanted to be obedient.
Nephi: “I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.” (1 Nephi 3:7)
Narrator 1: Wow. It takes a lot of exercise of faith to be obedient. I don’t know if I could obey every single rule I was commanded to! That just doesn’t seem fun. Rules, rules, rules! Blah!
Mr. Obedience: That’s not the attitude our Prophet Joseph Smith had!
Joseph Smith: “To get salvation we must not only do some things, but everything which God has commanded…. The object with me is to obey and teach others to obey God in just what He tells us to do. It mattereth not whether the principle is popular or unpopular, I will always maintain a true principle, even if I stand alone in it.”1
Narrator 1: He’s right! I need to obey always! After all, I want to be like my Savior. He was the greatest example of obedience. He got baptized even though He was perfect to show His willingness to do whatever Heavenly Father commanded.
(Friend holds up picture of Christ)
Narrator 2: D&C 93:1 says, “Verily, thus saith the Lord: It shall come to pass that every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am;”
(read darker words strong and a little louder)
Mr. Obedience: You’re getting it now! Push ups are great (point to a friend doing a push up) Pull ups make rock hard biceps (point to a friend doing a pull up motion) but it’s exercising obedience that makes our faith strong! And we all know a little faith is stronger than any muscle, after all it moves mountains... come on everybody! Follow me!
(doing simple actions)
“If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed (hold up fingers like pinching a seed), ye shall say unto this mountain (make mountains with hands), Remove (push away hand) hence to yonder place; and it shall remove (push away hand); and nothing shall be impossible unto you (point to friends).”
I can be obedient! (pump up arms like lifting weight) I can be obedient! (pump up arms like lifting weight) I can be obedient! (pump up arms like lifting weight)
All: We can be obedient! (pump up arms like lifting weight)
Everyone makes their best muscle man pose!!!