Song: We sang song #134 from the Primary Children's Songbook, Latter-Day Prophets. I pointed to each of the prophet's pictures as we sang their name. It goes as follows:
Latter-day prophets are: number one,
Joseph Smith; then Brigham Young;
John Taylor came third, we know;
Then Wilford Woodruff; Lorenzo Snow;
Joseph F. Smith (remember the F);
Heber J. Grant; and George Albert Smith;
David O. McKay was followed by Joseph Fielding Smith,
Then Harold B. Lee, Spencer W. Kimball,
Ezra Taft Benson, Howard W. Hunter,
Gordon B. Hinckley, Thomas S. Monson.
These are the latter-day prophets.
Lesson and Activity: I got the idea for this lesson from Latter-day Homeschooling. Before the lesson, I pitched a tent in our living room. I taught the whole lesson inside the tent, which also worked as our activity. The kids absolutely loved the novelty of being in a tent in the house. We discuss the purpose of a tent. How does a tent help us? Tents provide shelter from the hot burning sun, they give protection from the wind and rain. They place a barrier between us and the creepy crawly things out in the world, that might harm us and cause great fear. Likewise our prophets tell us what our Heavenly Father wants us to know, to keep not only our bodies safe, but our spirits as well. There is safety in following the Prophets. If we will obey their words we will find protection and shelter from the things that will harm our spirits. We will have a barrier between us and the deceptions of the world. We are blessed to belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. where we believe in and sustain a living prophet of God
Prophets are God's representatives on the Earth. God communicates to the church through His prophets. When a prophet speaks for God, it is as if God were talking (D&C 1:38). Prophets are also a special witness of Jesus Christ. They can receive revelations and directions from the Lord for our benefit, and they can foretell coming events so the world may be warned. A true prophet is always chosen by God and called through proper priesthood authority (Articles of Faith 1:5). Through the ages, God has called prophets to lead mankind. There have been prophets on the earth since the days of Adam. we have a living prophet on the earth today. He has the right to revelation for the entire church. He holds the "keys to the kingdom", which means he has the authority to direct the entire church and kingdom of God on the earth (Matthew 16:19).
We should do the things the prophets tell us to do for a prophet will never be allowed to lead the church astray. We should sustain the Lord's prophet. We can do this by praying for him, studying his words (General Conference messages are a great way to do this), and follow his inspired teachings completely (D&C 21:4-5). Great blessings follow obedience to the prophet. (D&C 21:6). We are blessed in this insecure world to have a prophet through whom the Lord reveals His will.
To conclude this lesson, I made sure the tent faced the television which I had playing talks from General Conference, the words of the prophets. We need to make sure we "pitch-our tents" toward the prophet, for through him we hear the words and guidance from the Lord. As long as we are facing the prophet and the Lord, and not the world, we will receive light, knowledge, and eternal blessings.