This FHE lesson on the Holy Ghost helps us create sacred, spirit-filled places all around us so we can learn truth and find comfort.
Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God.
The Still Small Voice | Children’s Songbook, pg. 106
1. Through a still small voice, the Spirit speaks to me
To guide me, to save me from the evil I may see.
If I try to do what’s right, he will lead me thru the night,
Direct me, protect me, and give my soul his light.
Listen, listen. The Holy Ghost will whisper.
Listen, listen to the still small voice.
Begin the lesson by asking these questions: What invites the Holy Ghost to be with us? What drives the Holy Ghost away?
Read aloud: The Holy Ghost is a gift from Heavenly Father. With the spirit, we can receive answers to prayers, be guided to make good choices, and be comforted when we are hurt or sad. However, we need to create an environment where the Holy Ghost can dwell.
To illustrate this, we are going to do an activity.
Complete the following activity:
You will need a pot and spoon (or another noise maker), a music device with speakers, a few funny pictures, or anything else you can use to make a distraction.
Tell the children you are going to say a sentence and you need them to repeat it back to you.
Start the music and turn it up. Have someone bang on the pot with the spoon. Have a child holding up the picture and dance around the room. Have any other distractions going. Then, whisper the sentence.
Have everyone stop and settle back down. Ask them if they heard what you said. Ask why was it hard for them to hear. Finally, ask what this activity teaches them about the Holy Ghost.
Read aloud: The Holy Ghost speaks to us quietly, like a whisper. In order to hear it, we need to create a good environment for it to dwell.
Ask: What do you think makes a good environment for the Holy Ghost?
End the lesson by discussing any of the following attributes of a good environment that would be most useful for your family:
- Kind words, no fighting
- Good media and music
Finish with your testimony.
FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Begin the lesson by asking: What are some places where you feel the spirit most strongly? Why?
Read aloud: The Holy Ghost can be with us wherever we are. However, we can profoundly impact our ability to feel and learn from the Spirit as we strive to create sacred environments for it to dwell.
Have someone read aloud: D&C 88:119-120
Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God; That your incomings may be in the name of the Lord; that your outgoings may be in the name of the Lord; that all your salutations may be in the name of the Lord, with uplifted hands unto the Most High.
Discuss in small groups or as a larger group what this scripture teaches you about a good environment for the spirit.
Ask: How can we make places like our homes and workplaces more conducive to the spirit?
Finish the lesson by sharing any relevant experiences and bearing your testimony.
FOR SINGLE STUDY
Pick one place where you would like to feel the spirit more strongly. Then, create a list of three to five changes you can make to invite the Holy Ghost’s presence. Spend time trying to enact those changes, including cleaning the area.
1/2 cup each candy melts: orange pink, purple, blue
2-4 Tablespoons shortening or coconut oil
1 1/3 powdered sugar
4 cups Chex Mix cereal
- Place 1/2 cup of orange candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl and add 1/2 Tablespoon shortening.
- Heat for 35 seconds, remove and stir. Reheat as necessary in 10-second spurts until no large pieces of the candies remain. Add in extra shortening to get a smooth texture.
- Add 1 cup of Chex cereal to the melted candy melts, and stir to coat.
- Place 1/3 cup of powdered sugar in a ziplock bag and add in the candy-coated Chex cereal.
- Seal the bag and shake well to cover the cereal with the powdered sugar.
- Pour the muddy buddies onto a baking tray in a thin layer and drizzle any remaining candy melts overtop. Sprinkle with some unicorn sprinkles.
- Repeat with each color.
- Let set for 30 minutes to dry completely.
- Mix together and serve.
(Courtesy of momdot.com)
Glow in the Dark Ring Toss
For this game, you will need glowsticks and a ring toss catcher. Consider taping a toilet paper roll to a sturdy piece of cardboard.
Wait until it gets dark and use the glowsticks, attached into a circle, to play ring toss.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.