Friday, February 22, 2013

The Holy Ghost Helps Me FHE



The Holy Ghost Helps Me
Compiled by Keira


Possible Songs: I Know My Father Lives, Children’s Songbook page 5; Listen, Listen, Children’s Songbook page 107; The Still Small Voice, Children’s Songbook page 106; The Holy Ghost, Children’s Songbook 105; Let the Holy Spirit Guide, hymn 143

Possible Materials: Wordart for the quote from True to the Faith and the quotes by President Joseph Fielding Smith; A picture of the Ascension of the Savior; Graphic story of President Lee hearing a voice and President Woodruff avoiding danger (Or pictures of President Harold B. Lee and President Wilford Woodruff as prophets).




Preparation: Begin with prayer. What experiences in your own life have taught you about the roles of the Holy Ghost? Ask yourself ­­­­­if you feel the influence of the Holy Ghost in your life. If not, bring that gift back into full effect.  Read the suggested scriptures and any articles listed in Resources, making sure to read the entire section in True to the Faith and the Guide to the Scriptures. Allow an old piece of clay to harden.
Children: Get an old piece of clay and let it dry out so that it is hard. Then watch this video of the Holy Ghost and Spiritual Gifts and King Benjamin. Also listen to this story of President Lee and this story of President Woodruff.

Lesson:

Introduction: Give a family member some fresh clay. Tell that family member to mold it into a specific shape. Then, give someone the hardened piece of clay and ask that person to make the same shape. Talk about how we need to be “moldable” so the Holy Ghost can direct us to do Heavenly Father’s work. Discuss what it takes to be moldable. Watch this Mormon Message about being in tune.

Discussion: Remind the family about the lesson on Heavenly Father answering prayers. One of the ways he answers prayers is by a feeling. That feeling comes from the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is one of the members of the Godhead.  The Holy Ghost does not have a body like Heavenly Father does, because he needs to speak to our spirits. He couldn’t do that if he had a body.

The Holy Ghost has many important responsibilities. Some will be discussed in depth in the lesson on the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Discuss each in turn, based on your audience. They are:


  • ·         Witnesses of the Father and the Son, see 3 Nephi 28:11
  • ·         Comforter, See John 14:16-27
  • ·         The Gift of the Holy Ghost
  • ·         Inspiration and confirmation (Give you words to speak, and bring things to your remembrance, an audible voice)
  • ·         Discernment (Confirms right choices, guides, protects you, Revelation, Teaches and testifies of truth)
  • ·         Touch hearts, soften hearts
  • ·         Gifts of the spirit, see D&C 46:7-33
  • ·         Sanctification and Sealings (binding on Earth and in Heaven), see Ephesians 1:13 and D&C 132:19
Activity: tie a visual to each of the roles of the Holy Ghost. For instance, a picture of the Savior symbolizing witnessing of the Father and Son, a favorite blanket for comforter, a  big gift for the gift of the Holy Ghost, lip gloss for inspiration and confirmation, heart for touching hearts, flashlight for discernment, lots of little presents for gifts of the spirit, rope to tie things together for sanctification,

From True to the Faith: This quote from true to the Faith is just too powerful not to share:
“His communication to your spirit carries far more certainty than any communication you can receive through your natural senses…As the soothing voice of a loving parent can quiet a crying child, the whisperings of the Spirit can calm your fears, hush the nagging worries of your life, and comfort you when you grieve.”

From a prophet’s voice: President Joseph Fielding Smith said:
When a man has the manifestation from the Holy Ghost, it leaves an indelible impression on his soul, one that is not easily erased. It is Spirit speaking to spirit, and it comes with convincing force. A manifestation of an angel, or even of the Son of God himself, would impress the eye and mind, and eventually become dimmed, but the impressions of the Holy Ghost sink deeper into the soul and are more difficult to erase” (Answers to Gospel Questions, comp. Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., 5 vols. [1957–66], 2:151).

President Smith also said, “Through the Holy Ghost the truth is woven into the very fibre and sinews of the body so that it cannot be forgotten” (Doctrines of Salvation, comp. Bruce R. McConkie, 3 vols. [1954–56], 1:48).

From the life of the Savior: Read John 14:16-27. Discuss how Jesus knew his Disciples would miss him when he was gone, so he said that he would ask Heavenly Father to send a Comforter to help them deal with their grief. Discuss how that comforter is the Holy Ghost and he can comfort us when we are sad and lonely, too.

From the Book of Mormon: Read Mosiah 5:1-6. Discuss how King Benjamin and his people had just had a great meeting. It was sort of like a big General Conference. He wanted to know how the people felt after his words, so he sent messengers. They all felt a change come upon them because of the Holy Ghost. It testified of truth.

From Church History: Read this story {the link takes you right to the paragraph to read. Otherwise, it’s the 5th paragraph} by Elder Harold B. Lee and discuss how the Holy Ghost is a voice of warning. Sometimes, but not always, the Holy Ghost is a voice we can hear. For younger children, use this story with pictures that is found in the friend. You may also like the article that he talks about his mother using the Holy Ghost.

From Church History: Tell the following story about how President Woodruff listened to the Holy Ghost and it kept him safe. For younger audiences, use this graphic story. For older audiences, it is found in originally, but is retold starting in the 14th paragraph of Prayer and Prompting by Elder Packer.

From Church History: There is an amazing story of Brother Brigham Young summarized in The Unspeakable Gift of the Holy Ghost. It starts under the heading The Importance of the Holy Ghost, and is the 2nd story shared. Discuss the story and why the Holy Ghost is so important.

From your own life: Tell of a time that the Holy Ghost gave you guidance or answers. Discuss feelings. Feelings speak to your audience truer than words do, and those are the stories that will stay with them in times of need.

Further discussion: The spirit is not always with us. It never abandons us, instead we make it leave. Discuss times that the spirit withdraws from our lives and what we need to do to get it back. Focus on profanity, uncleanliness, disobedience, rebellion, sin, and anger. Discuss what would have happened in any of the previous stories had the people not been receptive to the Holy Ghost?

Challenge: Hand each family member a note card. Have them think of one way they can better prepare themselves this week to hear the Holy Ghost.

Resources:   Behold Your Little Ones lesson 6; Sunbeams Manual Lesson 7;  Come, Follow Me lessons on the Holy Ghost on; Gospel Principles Chapter 7; True to the Faith section on the Holy Ghost (Page 81); Harold B. Lee: A Polished Shaft in the Lord’s Quiver, by Petrea Kelly, Prayer and Promptings by President Boyd K. Packer, The Unspeakable Gift of The Holy Ghost by elder Jay E. Jensen (the whole talk is amazing, but this lesson only focuses on the first 2 parts. The second half is covered in The Gift of the Holy Ghost lesson).

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