Apr 15, 2014

The Holy Ghost (FHE)

We were very blessed this week to be able to do Family Home Evening with my dad and my brothers.  June absolutely loved having her uncles and grandpa help with the activity.  The lesson this week was based on chapter 7:  The Holy Ghost from the Gospel Principles manual.

Song:  Tonight's song was song #105, The Holy Ghost, from the Primary Children's Songbook.  It goes as follows:

When Christ was on the earth, He promised he would send

The Holy Ghost to comfort us, our true, eternal friend.

The Holy Spirit whispers with a still small voice.

He testifies of God and Christ and makes our hearts rejoice.
And when we are confirmed by sacred priesthood pow'r,
The Holy Ghost is giv'n to us to guide us ev'ry hour.

Oh, may I always listen to that still small voice.

And with his light I'll do what's right each time I make a choice.

Lesson: After Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden, they began to work at all sorts of tasks to care for their family.  They had many children who also had many children (Moses 5:1-3).  Even though they had no memory of their heavenly home, Heavenly Father made sure they were not shut off from His influence, so he sent the Holy Ghost to comfort, help, and guide all of His spirit children.

The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead (1 John 5:7), and he is a personage of Spirit (D&C 130:22).  His influence can be felt everywhere at the same time because of this.  Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are called the Godhead. They are separate and distinct beings, but they are unified in purpose.  Each has an important role in the plan of salvation.  Heavenly Father is our Father and ruler.  Jesus Christ is our Savior.  The Holy Ghost is the testifier of all truth.  The Holy Ghost is Heavenly Father's messenger and is a special gift to us.

The Holy Ghost's mission is to bear witness of the Father and the Son, and of the truth of all things.  The Holy Ghost will witness to us that Jesus Christ is our Savior (3 Nephi 28:11).  He will reveal to us that Heavenly Father is our Father and that we can become exalted like Him (Romans 8:16-17).  Without the Holy Ghost, we couldn't know Christ is our Savior (1 Corinthians 12:3).  It is by the power of the Holy Ghost that we can understand and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  The convincing power of the Holy Ghost is so great that there can be no doubt that what He reveals to us is true.  As Christians, we must make ourselves worthy to receive this special messenger and witness of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

June and her uncles helped to list things we can do to be worthy of the Holy Ghost:  pray, read scriptures, go to church, be nice to everyone, serve others, fast, do good things, keep promises, be obedient, listen to Mommy, etc.



Activity:  All of my family helped with this activity.  The intention was to play the game "Hot and Cold" by hiding an item of June's and having her find it with the clues "Warmer" and "Colder."  Quickly I learned that this game is still a little advanced for June.  So, I had Linzy act as the Holy Ghost.  She was to help direct June to her toy (a flower) by speaking in a "still small voice" and give her directions.  Danny was to be a mean influence and try to discourage June by saying things like "you can't find it, you should just give up."  Bobby was to be a overpowering influence by just speaking very loudly to drown out the "Holy Ghost".  Dad and Tommy were to be a distracting influence by trying to get her to play with other toys or eat candy etc.  The distracting worked almost too well!  June forgot the point of the game once her uncles and grandpa started talking.  It got very loud and chaotic in the room.  This actually did well to symbolize the noise, distraction, and chaos of the world's influences.  Finally, Linzy got June to remember the point of the game and as she entered the room containing her toy, and following the "Holy Ghost's" influence more and more, the "worldly distractions" got quieter and Linzy was easier to listen to.  Which led to June finding her flower.  She was so proud of herself!  She said, "Mommy!  I did it!  I followed the Holy Ghost to my flower!"

June was so distracted by her uncles, she forgot what she was looking for.

The more she listened to Linzy, the quieter the distractions were.

And she found her flower, even though it was hidden in a hard place.

This game was a wonderful representation of the challenges we face as we try to follow the direction from the Holy Ghost in the world we reside in.  I do think when she's older, we'll try the "Hot and Cold" game again.

3 comments:

  1. Looks like the whole family would enjoy this activity, especially the distracting roles.

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  2. This is a wonderful activity to get some of the wiggles out too!

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    1. Thanks! June definitely slept well that night.

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