In todays world, it is imperative that our children know how to hear and act on the promptings of the Holy Ghost. Here are some fun ideas to teach the importance of the Hoy Ghost in our lives!
Song: Let The Holy Spirit Guide (Hymn # 143)
Scripture: John 14:26, John 15:26, D&C 8:2
Elder Rasband teaches, “The Holy Ghost binds us to the Lord. By divine assignment, He inspires, testifies, teaches, and prompts us to walk in the light of the Lord. We have the sacred responsibility to learn to recognize His influence in our lives and respond.”
He states, “Each week as we partake of the holy sacrament, we make a covenant to “always remember him,” the Lord Jesus Christ, and His atoning sacrifice. When we keep this sacred covenant, the promise is given that we “may always have his Spirit to be with [us].”
First, we strive to live worthy of the Spirit.
Second, we must be willing to receive the Spirit.
The Lord has promised, “I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.” I began to understand this as a young missionary in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. One hot July morning my companion and I felt prompted to look up a Temple Square referral. We knocked on the door of the Elwood Schaffer home. Mrs. Schaffer politely turned us away.
As she began to shut the door, I felt to do something I had never done before and have never done since! I stuck my foot in the door, and I asked, “Is there anyone else who might be interested in our message?” Her 16-year-old daughter, Marti, did have an interest and had fervently prayed for guidance just the day before. Marti met with us, and in time her mother participated in the discussions. Both of them joined the Church.
Elder Rasband, his companion and investigators on his mission
Third, we must recognize the Spirit when it comes.
My experience has been that the Spirit most often communicates as a feeling. You feel it in words that are familiar to you, that make sense to you, that prompt you. Consider the response of the Nephites as they listened to the Lord pray for them: “And the multitude did hear and do bear record; and their hearts were open and they did understand in their hearts the words which he prayed.” They felt in their hearts the words of His prayer. The voice of the Holy Spirit is still and small.”
When you listen and obey, the Holy Ghost will guide the way.
- Choose an object, have the person leave the room. Place the object somewhere in the room fairly well hidden but accessible. Call person back in the room and blindfold them. Tell them to find the object. They will struggle. After a minute have someone be their guide and whisper in their ear and take their arm to help them find the object. You may want to play loud music or have other people distract so it is hard to hear the whisper. Relate this to our ability to listen, hear and act on the promptings of the Holy Ghost.
- Object lesson will apply well to teens.
- Help them remember a time they felt the Holy Ghost-it may have guided them to do or not do something, it may have been a feeling they felt at a youth conference or girls camp.
- Discuss the roles of the Holy Ghost- the Comforter, the Testator, Guide…
- Discuss the role the Holy Ghost plays in the Godhead.
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- Object lesson will be great for younger kids as well.
- This is a cute talk to help little ones recognize the Holy Ghost.
- Together make a Holy Ghost Box.
What you will include in the box:
- plastic ears
- soft heart
- plastic lips
- mini flashlight
- small blanket
- picture of Jesus
- mini Book of Mormon
TREAT: Taken from jelly post blog-recipe below
My daughter and I worked on making these with a bit of a twist. The Buttercream Frosting was not stiff enough so we put a little on the rice krispie treat and added 3/4 of a marshmallow instead. Then put the face on with edible pen. Definitely NOT as cute as Jelly Post but everyone loved them! Recipe for Holy Ghost Rice Krispie Treats found here!