This FHE lesson on prophets reminds us of why we need living prophets and how we can follow their counsel more faithfully.
And again, the duty of the President of the office of the High Priesthood is to preside over the whole church, and to be like unto Moses— Behold, here is wisdom; yea, to be a seer, a revelator, a translator, and a prophet, having all the gifts of God which he bestows upon the head of the church.
1. We thank thee, O God, for a prophet
To guide us in these latter days.
We thank thee for sending the gospel
To lighten our minds with its rays.
We thank thee for every blessing
Bestowed by thy bounteous hand.
We feel it a pleasure to serve thee
And love to obey thy command.
2. When dark clouds of trouble hang o’er us
And threaten our peace to destroy,
There is hope smiling brightly before us,
And we know that deliv’rance is nigh.
We doubt not the Lord nor his goodness.
We’ve proved him in days that are past.
The wicked who fight against Zion
Will surely be smitten at last.
3. We’ll sing of his goodness and mercy.
We’ll praise him by day and by night,
Rejoice in his glorious gospel,
And bask in its life-giving light.
Thus on to eternal perfection
The honest and faithful will go,
While they who reject this glad message
Shall never such happiness know.
Begin the lesson by asking: What do you know about prophets?
Read aloud: Prophets are spokesmen for God who teaches us about Jesus Christ and give us specific direction for our day. We are going to watch a video to help us understand a little more about prophets. While we watch it, think about why prophets are important to you.
Watch the following video:
Read aloud: Prophets help guide us through the challenges we face today. Noah had to prepare for a great flood. Moses had to lead the children of Israel on a long journey through the wilderness. Nephi had to build a boat to travel to the promised land.
Today, we have different challenges, but we still have a prophet to guide us.
Ask: What are some things you worry about in the world? How can a prophet help? (Depending on your children’s age and maturity level, you can talk about personal preparedness, natural disasters, financial safety, protecting and standing up for the family, and standing for truth when others don’t believe)
Think of a personal experience when following the prophet helped you find peace.
Read aloud: By listening to the prophet and praying about what he says to us, we can gain a testimony that he is speaking for God. If we follow the prophet, we will find safety and peace, even if things in the world around us seem scary or troubling.
Ask: How can we follow the prophet?
Finish the lesson by bearing your testimony.
FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Begin the lesson by watching the following video. Before pressing play, ask everyone to ponder on why they personally need a prophet and what does it mean to them to have a living prophet.
Read aloud: God’s pattern of instructing and guiding his children does not change. Since Adam, he has called prophets to reveal both his gospel and his specific will for the people in that day and age. He understands the world we live in today is very different from the days of Noah, Moses, or Nephi and wants to help us.
Ask: What are some struggles or challenges we face today in our society that prophets have talked about?
Share a personal experience about how you have followed the prophet’s specific counsel in your life or how you gained a testimony of living prophets.
Read aloud: It is not always easy to follow the counsel of the prophets. They may ask us to do things that are hard or uncomfortable. Their revelations and counsel often go against what much of the world is saying.
Ask: How do we follow the prophet, even when their teachings are hard to understand or accept?
Finish the lesson by sharing personal experiences and bearing your testimony.
FOR SINGLE STUDY
Read through the current prophet’s counsel in the most recent General Conference. Write down your thoughts in your journal. Look for ways you can follow the words of the prophet more closely.
In an exclusive interview with President Nelson, we discover the many gifts and talents of a man with a brilliant mind and gentle heart. His colleagues, friends, and family members also offer insights and share stories of his faith and his devotion as a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
President Nelson’s fervent belief in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ makes him a leader for this time. Become better acquainted with this prophet and man of God through his own words and the words of those who know him best.
1 cup pretzels, crushed
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar, divided
1 250g package cream cheese, softened
1 19oz can crushed pineapple, drained
1 1/2 cups Cool Whip
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- In a medium bowl, stir together pretzels, butter and 1/2 cup sugar. Press into an 9 inch baking dish. Bake for 7 minutes. Set aside to cool.
- In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar until smooth. Stir in pineapple and Cool Whip.
- Break pretzel mixture into pieces and stir into cream cheese mixture. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.
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LDS Prophet Trivia
Make a list of all seventeen Latter-day Saint prophets and use some internet searching to find a few pieces of trivia on each one. Write the names of all the prophets on a board. Read the trivia outloud and have everyone write down which prophet they think the trivia is about.