1 Corinthians 6:19-20
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Paul was a missionary in Corinth, where he established the church and taught the people about Jesus. He later learned that there were problems in Corinth, and people weren’t keeping the commandments like they should. He wrote a letter to them, encouraging them to make better choices.
One thing Paul taught is that our bodies are temples, and we should keep them holy and pure.
It is an old saying that “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” It is important to be clean, both physically and spiritually.
We can show that we are thankful for our bodies by keeping them clean. We take baths, avoid permanent marks like tattoos and multiple piercings, and wear clean, modest clothing. Staying clean helps our bodies to be healthy. We keep our minds clean by being careful of the things we read, watch, and listen to. We keep our language clean by using kind, polite words.
We should try to be spiritually clean by keeping the commandments. If we make a mistake and sin, we can repent, and through the atonement of Jesus Christ, we can be “washed” clean again.
“Your body is your personal temple, created to house your eternal spirit. Your care of that temple is important.” Russell M. Nelson
How are our bodies like temples? (Discuss ideas.)
What does it mean to be clean? (Discuss ideas. Emphasize that there is both a physical and a spiritual cleanliness.)
Why is it important to be clean in our language? (Discuss ideas.)
Why is it important to be clean in thought? (Discuss ideas.)
What does it mean to be clean in body? (Discuss ideas.)
Doughnuts are delicious, but what if they're sprinkled with dirt instead of sugar? Would you want to eat them then? Use this object lesson to demonstrate the importance of being clean every whit.
When we making doughnuts, it's important that our hands are clean. We use clean bowls and utensils, fresh ingredients and we are careful not to let them fall on the floor. They are clean, freshly made and really good.
These lessons are perfect for Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, or to recap the following Sunday. Or use portions of the lesson throughout the week to enhance your family scripture study.
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