My teacher materials ask me to tell the class to memorize the ten commandments in order. Now, that's not so easy to do--I didn't do it myself until the first year in seminary--and asking anybody to memorize anything nowadays risks appearing like mere drudgery.
But I had a thought. Hey, they made us memorize the (formerly) nine planets. Why not commandments? It's just one more. Moreover, lots of people already know a variation on the "My Very Eager Mother Just Served Us Nine Pickles" thing. Why not something similar for the commandments?
Well, the commandments are not just one word each. So some familiarity with what they actually are is kind of necessary for this to work. The first step in the process was reducing each commandment to its most important key word.
- One (I am the Lord your God, no other gods, etc.)
- Name (Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain)
- Day (Keep Holy the Sabbath Day)
- Honor (...thy father and mother)
- Kill (Thou shalt not...)
- Adultery (Thou shalt not commit...)
- Steal (Thou shalt not...)
- Lie (Thou shalt not bear false witness...)
- Wife (Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's...)
- Goods (Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's...)
Now, let's do the planets thing. The first letter of each of the above words gives us: O. N. D. H. K. A. S. L. W. G. Now, all we need is a sentence that incorporates all of those. Easy.
Our Newly Desired Holy Kingdom (is) A Serene Life With God.