Keep Your Thoughts and Actions Pure King David and Bathsheba “Lesson 30: King David and Bathsheba,” Primary 6: Old Testament, (1996),131 • What do you think it means to become entangled in sin? • I need a volunteer to stand at the front of the class with his or her hands forward. • I’m going to place a strand of thread loosely around both of your wrists and tie it. • This is one thread, which by itself is not much of an entanglement, represents an unclean thought. • Break the thread by pulling your hands sharply outward. • When an unclean thought appears in our mind, we should stop it immediately, just as the child snapped the thread. • Now, I’m going to wrap the volunteer’s wrists with several strands of thread, and have him or her try to break the threads. • If we allow unclean thoughts and desires to grow in our minds, we may become entangled in sin and find it difficult to escape. • Let’s review a little of what we have learned about David so far… • David was anointed to be the next king. • King Saul saw David kill Goliath. He sent for David. • Saul told David to come and live in his house. • David was a gifted musician. He played music many times for Saul. • Saul made David a leader of his army. • God blessed David. • His army won many battles for King Saul. • The people of Israel loved David. • The Israelites and the Philistines were fighting. King Saul and his sons were in the battle. • Saul and three of his sons were killed, including David’s friend, Jonathan. • David was sad. He fasted and prayed. King David and Bathsheba • David became the king of Israel. David was a good king. • He loved God and obeyed his commandments. • One evening David saw a beautiful woman. • Her name was Bathsheba. She was married to a man named Uriah. • Uriah was a soldier fighting in the war. David wanted Uriah to die. Then he could marry Bathsheba. • David sent Uriah to the front of the battle. David wanted Uriah to be killed and he was. • What David had done was wicked. • David married Bathsheba. • God sent a prophet named Nathan to talk to David. • Nathan told David God knew what David had done. God would punish David. • David and Bathsheba had a son. • When their son was born he was very sick and soon died. • David knew he had been wicked and was sorry for his sins. • He made sacrifices and prayed to God to forgive him. • David suffered because of his sins. He prayed to God often and tried to be righteous. • He was a good king. • David and Bathsheba had a son named Solomon. • David was king for a long time. He became old. He wanted his son Solomon to be the next king. • David asked the prophet, Nathan, to anoint Solomon to be king. • David told Solomon to obey God’s commandments. • David died and was buried near Jerusalem. • What started King David’s downfall? • Let’s read 2 Samuel 11:2–3 • What did Joseph do when he was tempted by Potiphar’s wife? • Let’s read Genesis 39:12 • What could David have done to be more like Joseph and avoid becoming entangled in sin? −Closed his eyes −Turned away −Gone inside −Prayed for selfcontrol • When we see something that puts bad thoughts into our minds, what can we do? Enrichment Activity #3 • Some Ideas are: • Turn away • Leave the situation • Say a prayer • Replace the bad thoughts with good thoughts and actions • Think of an uplifting song or verse of scripture • Recite the thirteenth article of faith Enrichment Activity #3 • We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things. Enrichment Activity #5 • It is very important to be prepared with a replacement for an undesirable thought. • Choose something uplifting you can think of instead. Enrichment Activity #3 • To help the practice what to do when a bad thought comes into your mind, we will play the following game. • It’s called… Enrichment Activity #3 • I’m going to toss this bean bag to each of your. • When you catch it, we’ll see what your challenge is. • Explain what you could do to avoid the bad thoughts. • Then return the beanbag to me. Enrichment Activity #3 • You hear someone swear. The thought comes into your mind to swear also. Enrichment Activity #3 • Someone tries to show you pictures of people who are immodestly dressed. You are tempted to look. Enrichment Activity #3 • Someone starts to tell a dirty joke or story. You want to listen. Enrichment Activity #3 • A friend tells an unkind story about someone. The thought comes into your mind to spread the gossip. Enrichment Activity #3 • You are watching a television program that shows immoral behavior. This program is popular with your friends and you want to watch it. Enrichment Activity #3 • You are very angry with someone and feel like punching him or her. Enrichment Activity #3 • You see your favorite candy bar at the store. The thought comes into your mind to steal it. Enrichment Activity #3 • Where have we heard the word covet in our lessons? • Let’s read Exodus 20:17 • “Thou shalt not covet” is one of the Ten Commandments. • This use of the word covet describes an intense desire for something that belongs to another. • How might David have been protected if he had kept this commandment? • What can we do if we find ourselves wanting something that belongs to someone else? • Let’s act out the prophet Nathan’s parable of the ewe lamb. • We need someone to take the part of the poor man, the ewe lamb, the rich man, the traveler, and the rich man’s sheep. Enrichment Activity #5 • How does this story relate to the actions of King David? • How can this apply to us today? Enrichment Activity #5 • Why do you think we are warned not to covet something that belongs to someone else? • When we allow ourselves to think about having something that belongs to another person, we may be tempted to do something wrong in order to get it. Enrichment Activity #4 • This type of coveting can lead to stealing, lying, and even murder. It can also lead us away from the gospel of Jesus Christ. • One way to avoid wanting the belongings of others is to notice and be grateful for our own blessings. Enrichment Activity #4 • List or draw some of the things you enjoy and appreciate. • Does anyone want to share their ideas with the class? • In your personal journals a “thank-you” letter to their Father in Heaven for their blessings. Enrichment Activity #4 • Since David did not personally kill Uriah, why is he still held accountable for this sin? •Let’s read 2 Samuel 11:14– 17 • Although David did not kill Uriah himself, his intent was to have Uriah killed. • Why do you think we need to control our thoughts and our words as well as our actions? •Let’s read Mosiah 4:30 • Why did Nathan tell King David the parable of the ewe lamb? • What did David realize after hearing the parable? • Let’s read 2 Samuel 12:13 • David did not escape punishment even though he tried to conceal what he had done (see footnote 13b and D&C 132:39). • When we break any of the Lord’s commandments, we invite unhappiness into our lives. • Let’s read Alma 41:10 • What can we do if we have done something wrong? • Heavenly Father loves us even when we do wrong, and he still wants us to stay close to him through prayer. • Although David had committed a terrible sin, he still prayed to God. • Although David suffered much unhappiness as a result of his sins, God did not forget him. • How can prayer help someone who has done wrong? • What does it mean to endure to the end? • We must each work to remain faithful throughout our lives. • The good works and blessings of David’s earlier life did not prevent later temptations. • King David still needed to work to keep his thoughts and heart pure. • What gift has the Lord promised members of the Church who keep his commandments throughout their lives? • Let’s read D&C 14:7 • When we allow ourselves to entertain bad thoughts, we are on the brink of falling to temptation. • Improper thoughts can lead to improper words and actions. Enrichment Activity #1 • Pure thoughts are like a guardrail by the edge of a cliff. • We should not step over the guardrail by thinking bad thoughts, but we should replace bad thoughts with uplifting ideas. Enrichment Activity #1 • Could the seeds from this package produce this particular fruit? • Seeds only produce their own kind. • Let’s read 3 Nephi 14:16–18 Enrichment Activity #2 • The thoughts we plant in our minds produce the words we say and the things we do. Enrichment Activity #2 • 1. Keep the commandments; keep the commandments! In this there is safety; in this there is peace. He will send blessings; He will send blessings. Words of a prophet: Keep the commandments. In this there is safety and peace. • 2. We are His children; we are His children, and we must be tested to show we are true. Hold to His promises; Hold to His promises, Heeding the prophets: Keep the commandments. In this there is safety and peace. • • The obbligato also works well with the version of this song printed in Hymns, no. 303. Words and music: Barbara A. McConochie, b. 1940. © 1975 IRI. Obbligato by Barbara A. McConochie © 1989 IRI. Arr. by Darwin Wolford © 1986, 1989 Deseret Book Company. Used by permission. This song may be copied for incidental, noncommercial church or home use. Enrichment Activity #6 • Pure thoughts lead to clean lives, and clean lives lead to happiness. • I encourage each of you to look for the Lord’s blessings in your life and be content with what you have. • I promise you that you will be further blessed as you keep the commandments and endure to the end. • Images and clipart are from lds.org, sugardoodle.net, Microsoft Office, and other websites indicating the images were in the public domain. The hymns, scripture story and lesson are primarily from www.lds.org. • Please do not use this presentation for commercial use. 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