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Holy Ghost

By Lara Goold

Materials needed: Scriptures, flashlight and paper lunch bag (for attention activity), 5 plastic plates or metal pie pans with the round signs attached, 5 metal spoons, Optional: a special comfort item for one of the children (special blanket or stuffed animal, binky, etc)

Purpose:

To help children understand that after they are baptized they will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost to help them.

Scriptures: And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.Moroni 10:5

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.John 14:26

Opening Songs:Listen, Listen”, Children’s Songbook, page 107 The Still Small Voice‖, Children’s Songbook, page 106-107

Opening song and prayer:

Attention Activity:

Show picture of John the Baptist baptizing Jesus (below). In a minute or less, remind them of

the story of Jesusbaptism and how happy Heavenly Father was that Jesus was baptized. Tell them that there was another special person at Jesus baptism. This person was the Holy Ghost and he helps Heavenly Father and Jesus. Further explain that the Holy Ghost is like Heavenly Father and Jesus because he loves us and wants to help us, but the Holy Ghost does not have a body of flesh and bones like Heavenly Father and Jesus do. (Point out their skin and bodies to help them understand what flesh and bonesmeans.)

Flashlight and Puppet Demonstration: Show your family the paper bag puppet and tell them that this is like each one of us and that the light from the flashlight is like the Holy Ghost. Tell the family that since the Holy Ghost is a spirit, he can dwell inside of them. Demonstrate by turning on the flashlight and shining it into the bag and talk about how the Holy Ghost can fill the bag (our souls) with light and warmth. Sometimes it is even possible to see the light through the bag. This is like the Holy Ghost brightening our souls and making us happy.

Lesson:

Discussion: The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead. He has a body of spirit rather than of flesh and bones. Because He is a spirit, you cannot see Him. But you can feel Him with you. The Holy Ghost has many names. Some of them are the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of the Lord, and the Comforter.

After you are baptized, you are confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and you receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Having this glorious gift means that if you live righteously, you can have the Holy Ghost with you always. The Holy Ghost can bring feelings of warmth, love, peace, joy, and wanting to do good. When you feel the Holy Ghost with you, thank Heavenly Father for this blessing. The Holy Ghost is one of the greatest gifts Father in Heaven can give you.

Our Comforterwith pictureIf possible use an actual comfort item of one of the children to talk to them about what comfort means (or use the picture provided). {If your children do not have a special comfort object, then talk about how it feels when mom or dad is holding and snuggling with them} If the

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child is old enough to express themselves, let them explain how that special blanket (or whatever it is)

makes

your blanket (and a big hug from mom and dad) can help you feel safe and warm again. Relate those

warm,

them feel. It theyre not old enough, then explain it for them. You know how when youre sad,

happy feelings to the feelings the Holy Ghost gives us.

Plastic Plate Demonstration (need scriptures, plates/pans and spoons): Have 2 people stand side by side. One is the Holy Ghost (they should be a decent reader and have the sign around their neck) and reads very softly Moroni 10:5. Ask the other person if they were able to hear the promptings of the Spirit. Then have another person come forward and stand in between the first two people. Give the person a labeled plastic plate with a spoon and tell them to gently tap the plate while the Holy Ghostsoftly reads the scripture again. Was it harder to hear the promptings this time? Discuss what is labeled on the plate and why it might affect a persons ability to hear the promptings of the Holy Ghost. Continue this process until all five plastic plates (or however many people there are in your family) are being tapped while the scripture continues to be read. The first person and the person representing the Holy Ghost should be far apart by this time, with five people in between them. It should be almost impossible to hear the scripture being read. Explain that unworthy things in our lives make it hard to hear the still, small voice. Even though the Sprit is trying to communicate with us, we cannot hear him.

Explain that the Holy Ghost can be felt in many different ways. Review Gal. 5:2223 and list some of the feelings the Holy Ghost can bring into their hearts. Let them know that the Holy Ghost will lead them

to do

We feel it in our hearts. (Have each place a hand over his/her heart. (2) Sometimes thoughts and words come to our minds. (Have each place a hand on his/her head.) (3) At times, if we are in danger, we may even hear a voice. (Have each touch his/her ears.) Emphasize that each person may feel the Holy Ghost in a different way and that it may feel different at different times and thats OK.

only good things

. Tell them that many times the still, small voice is more a feeling than a voice. (1)

Share a personal story when youve felt the influence of the Holy Ghost in your life.

Enrichment:

Based on your family’s ages and attention spans, pick one or more of the following Enrichment ideas to add meaning to your lesson. Enrichment activities can also be done at other times during the week if time does not allow for it on FHE night.

Gifts-of-the-Spirit Treasure Scriptures: To fill a treasure chest with scripture treasures, first find each scripture and fill in the blank(s) to learn some of the many ways in which the Holy Ghost is one of the greatest gifts we can receive in this life. Then cut out the scripture treasures. Place the scripture treasures in the treasure chest. Whenever you find a new scripture treasure, add it to your treasure chest.

Family Memorization: Children as young as 4-years-old are old enough to start memorizing scriptures. Start by learning the 1 st Article of Faith. Older kids can work on the 4 th Article of Faith.

Still Small Voice Activity page: See how much the kids remember about the Holy Ghost and have them fill in the blanks. Dont make them feel badly if they dont remember the answers, simply take a second to give them a hint or briefly reteach it to them. You could do this as a family activity or individually for older kids.

Closing song:

Spirit of God,‖ Hymns, page 2 The Holy Ghost,‖ Children’s Songbook, page 105

 

Closing song and prayer:

Refreshments: see below for a fun recipe

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Coconut M & M Cookies

from http://recipeshoebox.blogspot.com

The ingredients:

3/4 cup shortening 3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

1-3/4 cup flour

1 tsp. baking soda

3/4 tsp. salt

2

cups coconut

2

cups plain M & M's

salt 2 cups coconut 2 cups plain M & M's Directions: Preheat oven to 350° .

Directions: Preheat oven to 350° . Cream shortening, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients together and add to shortening mixture. Stir in coconut and M&Ms. Spoon dough on to ungreased

baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 7-10 minutes.

Enjoy!

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John the Baptist Baptizing Jesus, by Harry Anderson

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Paper Bag Puppet: Cut out and mount onto paper lunch bag (as illustrated)

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Paper Bag Puppet: Cut out and mount onto paper lunch bag (as illustrated above)

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―Our Comforter‖
―Our Comforter‖

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Plastic Plate Demonstrationcut out and mount onto plastic plate or metal pie pans (you want them to be durable enough to withstand being banged with a spoon and loud enough to cause a mild ruckus)

banged with a spoon and loud enough to cause a mild ruckus) For more ready-to-print FHE
banged with a spoon and loud enough to cause a mild ruckus) For more ready-to-print FHE

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Plastic Plate Demonstrationcut out and mount onto plastic plate or metal pie pans (you want them to be durable enough to withstand being banged with a spoon and loud enough to cause a mild ruckus)

banged with a spoon and loud enough to cause a mild ruckus) For more ready-to-print FHE

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Plastic Plate Demonstrationcut out and mount onto plastic plate or metal pie pans (you want them to be durable enough to withstand being banged

with a spoon and loud enough to cause a mild ruckus)

Punch holes into the Holy Ghost sign and hang with yarn make it into a necklace.

Punch

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Gifts-of-the-Spirit Treasurescut out and fill

in the blanks as you look up the scriptures together. If desired, glue small craft jewels over the illustrated jewels.

―Verily, verily, I say unto you, I will impart unto you of my Spirit, which shall enlighten your mind, which shall fill your soul with―Verily, verily, I say

(D&C

―If ye will enter in by the way [baptism], and receive the Holy Ghost, it will unto you all things ―If ye will enter in by what ye should do‖ ( 2 Ne. 32:5 ) . what ye should do‖ (2 Ne. 32:5).

you all things what ye should do‖ ( 2 Ne. 32:5 ) . ―The Comforter, which

―The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, … shall

you all things, and bring all things to your

remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you‖ (John

whatsoever I have said unto you‖ ( John 14:26 ) . ―But the fruit of the

―But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, ,

longsuffering,

gentleness, goodness,

(Gal.

longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, 5:22 ) . ‖ ( Gal. ―Put your trust in that Spirit which

―Put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do

to do justly, to walk humbly, to judge righteously; and this is my Spirit‖ (D&C

yea,

and this is my Spirit‖ ( D&C — yea, 11:12 ) . ―And by the power

―And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may

of all things‖ (Moro. 10:5).

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Gifts-of-the-Spirit Treasure Box

Print onto heavy paper, then cut out the treasure chest.

Glue these flaps on both the front and the back of your treasure chest.

Fold along all the broken lines, and glue the flaps as shown.

Place the scripture treasures in the treasure chest.

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The Still, Small Voice

―The Still, Small Voice,‖ Friend, Aug. 2005, 23

Choose from the list of words below to fill in the blanks.

confirmation prayers

Godhead

spirit

direct

prophet

Holy Ghost

testimony

gift

repent

Melchizedek

1. The

2. We receive the

is given to us to help us make decisions.

of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands after we are baptized.

3. The ordinance through which we receive the Holy Ghost is called

4. The Holy Ghost is the third member of the

5. In order to be worthy of the Holy Ghost, we must

of our sins.

6. The Holy Ghost does not have a body of flesh and bones, but is a

7. If you listen closely, the Holy Ghost will

8. The Holy Ghost will help you build a

you to do what is right.

of the gospel.

9. The Holy Ghost helps Heavenly Father answer our

10. The gift of the Holy Ghost must be given through men holding the

Priesthood.

11. Sometimes the Holy Ghost gives revelations for the Church to the

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