Gift of the Holy Ghost
Friend August 2019 “Open Your Hearts to the Holy Ghost” Clips from President Henry B. Eyring’s talks about the Holy Ghost.
What is the Holy Ghost
Friend June 2019 “The Holy Ghost is…” The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead, a gift that comes with baptism, and a promise from Heavenly Father. He is a comforter, warning, teacher, messenger, friend.
How Does the Holy Ghost Help Us
Friend March 2020 “How Does Heavenly Father Speak to Us?”
- A feeling that Jesus loves us and that the gospel is true
- A comforting feeling when we are sad or lonely
- A happy feeling after we have repented
- A good feeling when we hear beautiful music or see inspiring art
- A peaceful feeling that something is a good choice
- A warning feeling that something is wrong
Friend October 2017 “How Can the Holy Ghost Help Me?”
The Holy Ghost Testifies of Truth
Friend June 2020 A testimony is a good feeling from the Holy Ghost telling you that something is true.
Holy Ghost is a Comforter
Friend October 2017 “Family Night Fun” Read “Sarah and the MRI.” When Sarah was comforted by the Holy Ghost, she felt like she was being wrapped in a blanket. Cut several strips of paper. Write a different way the Holy Ghost can help you on each one. Weave the papers together to make a blanket.
Fruits of the Spirit
Friend September 2019 “Family Night Fun” How many different kinds of fruit can your family name? Read “Paul’s Letters” (FJ4). One thing the Apostle Paul taught the people of Galatia was about the “fruit of the Spirit.” Like a tree that gives us fruit, the Holy Ghost can give us wonderful blessings. Talk about what blessings come from the Holy Ghost. (For a hint, look at Galatians 5:22–23.)
Why Do We Need the Gift of the Holy Ghost
Friend May 2017 “Why Do We Need the Gift of the Holy Ghost”
Ways to Feel the Spirit
Friend June 2016 Poem about a quiet place to go to pray and feel the Spirit. Also includes lesson ideas.
When I ponder the words of God, I can receive revelation.
Nephi was blessed with revelation when he pondered the things the Lord had shown him.
Ponder means to meditate and think deeply, often upon the scriptures or other things of God. When combined with prayer, pondering the things of God may bring revelation and understanding. (Guide to the Scriptures)
What does it mean to ponder? (To think about and consider) The scriptures tell us that many prophets received revelation from the Lord as they were pondering upon the things of God. We also open ourselves up to revelation as we ponder upon our problems during scripture study, during church meetings, and during our prayers.
I can learn to recognize God’s voice in my life.
Ask the children to read verses 5–7 to find out what the people did that helped them understand the voice.
Read 3 Nephi 11:3–7 together. Before Jesus Christ appeared to the people in Bountiful, they had to “open their ears” to the words of God.
- Invite everyone to turn to each other and talk about their day.
- Meanwhile, have someone softly read 3 Nephi 11:7. Then ask the group if they can repeat what was said.
- Read the scripture again, this time with everyone listening quietly. Now repeat the verse together.
Discussion: Why was it easier to remember the verse the second time? How can we eliminate distractions and “open our ears” to the Spirit this week?
Things that Block the Spirit
New Era January 2019 “How to Get Better Revelation Reception” Use a cup and string communication device and put folded papers on the string of things that might interfere with receiving revelation. (See article for more information.)
Ensign July 2016 Recognizing promptings from the Holy Ghost: “I put various hard foods–such as rice, beans, pasta shells, and peppercorns–into opaque plastic containers, using two containers for each food item. We then challenged our children to match the foods by shaking the containers and listening carefully. After a few rounds I asked how this activity might be compared to identifying the voice of the Spirit among other distracting influences. Before long, the older children were telling about their experiences with the Holy Ghost, and we all gained an appreciation for what it means to hear and feel the still, small voice.” Anita L. Reeves
Ensign April 2017 “The Just Shall Live by Faith” Draw a features on a face blindfolded by listening to directions from friends or family.
The Spirit can speak to our hearts and help us know what God wants us to say or do.
Ask the children how Samuel the Lamanite knew what to say when he was preaching from the city wall. Invite them to search Helaman 13:2–4 for an answer. Tell about a time when the Holy Ghost helped you know in your heart what God wanted you to do or say. Ask the children to share any similar experiences they have had.
When Samuel the Lamanite was commanded to preach to the Nephites, Heavenly Father helped him know in his heart what he should say.
Teach the children that while we speak to each other using words, the Holy Ghost can communicate through feelings in our hearts. Invite them to hold their hands over their hearts each time you read the word “heart” in Helaman 13:2–5. Help them decorate heart-shaped pieces of paper that say, “The Spirit speaks to me in my heart.”
The Holy Ghost helps them know what Heavenly Father wants them to do and say.