“For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do.”
1. Dearest children, God is near you,
Watching o’er you day and night,
And delights to own and bless you,
If you strive to do what’s right.
He will bless you, He will bless you,
If you put your trust in him.
2. Dearest children, holy angels
Watch your actions night and day,
And they keep a faithful record
Of the good and bad you say.
Cherish virtue! Cherish virtue!
God will bless the pure in heart.
3. Children, God delights to teach you
By his Holy Spirit’s voice.
Quickly heed its holy promptings.
Day by day you’ll then rejoice.
Oh, prove faithful, Oh, prove faithful
To your God and Zion’s cause.
Read aloud: The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. They work together to help us be happy and successful. Heavenly Father has given the Holy Ghost many different jobs.
Ask the Following Question: What are some jobs of the Holy Ghost? (Answers prayers, helps us feel better, comforts us, teaches us truth, testifies of Christ)
Read aloud: One of the jobs the Holy Ghost has is to give us direction. When we need help, we can receive promptings that help us know what to do and how to choose the right. However, we need to follow the promptings the Holy Ghost gives us.
Show the following picture and ask: Do you know what these signs are? (Stop, Speed Limit, School Crossing, Slippery Road)
Read aloud: When we drive, we follow the road signs to make sure we get to the right place safely. The Holy Ghost often gives us signs when we need them. They help us get home to Heavenly Father safely. These can be feelings, thoughts, or answers to prayers. Just like if we ignore road signs, if we ignore the Holy Ghost, we may find ourselves in trouble. We may also miss the chance to do something Heavenly Father wants us to do. Even though it can be hard sometimes, following the Holy Ghost helps us feel happy and peaceful.
Listen to this story by Sister Stevens, a counselor in the Primary General Presidency, about a time when the Holy Ghost gave her a prompting about something she should do:
“One evening my children and I were driving down a hill near our home. I noticed a boy about 12 years old wearing a backpack and walking up the hill. It was a strange time for him to be coming home from school, but I didn’t think too much of it.
Then I had a strong impression that I should turn around and help the boy. But I was worried it would frighten him if a strange car pulled up next to him at night, so I continued driving.
As I got to the bottom of the hill, the impression came again: “You need to go help that boy.”
I turned the car around and drove back to the boy. I rolled down the window and said, “Do you need help? I had a prompting that I should come back and help you.”
The boy looked at us with tears streaming down his face. He said, “Would you? I’ve been praying that someone would help me.”
He had stayed after school for an activity and had missed the last bus. He had walked several miles already. It was getting dark, and he was frightened. Because of the boy’s prayer and the Spirit’s prompting, we were able to help him find his way home.”
Ask the following questions: What did the Holy Ghost tell Sister Stevens to do? What happened because she listened to the Holy Ghost? Have you ever had a time when you listened to the Holy Ghost?
Finish the lesson by discussing any personal experiences you have had and bearing your testimony about following the Holy Ghost.
*For Teenagers or Adults*
Read Aloud (From Preach My Gospel, Chapter 4): The Spirit is always available to guide and direct you. However, the Spirit speaks quietly, through your feelings as well as your mind. One great challenge for you is to recognize the quiet, subtle promptings of the Holy Ghost.
President Boyd K. Packer taught: “The voice of the Spirit is described in the scripture as being neither ‘loud’ nor ‘harsh.’ It is ‘not a voice of thunder, neither … voice of a great tumultuous noise.’ But rather, ‘a still voice of perfect mildness, as if it had been a whisper,’ and it can ‘pierce even to the very soul’ and ‘cause [the heart] to burn.’ Remember, Elijah found the voice of the Lord was not in the wind, nor in the earthquake, nor in the fire, but was a ‘still small voice.’
“The Spirit does not get our attention by shouting or shaking us with a heavy hand. Rather it whispers. It caresses so gently that if we are preoccupied we may not feel it at all.”
“Occasionally it will press just firmly enough for us to pay heed. But most of the time, if we do not heed the gentle feeling, the Spirit will withdraw and wait until we come seeking and listening and say in our manner and expression, like Samuel of ancient times, ‘Speak [Lord], for thy servant heareth.’
Many voices in the world compete for your attention, and they can easily drown out spiritual impressions if you are not careful.”
Ask: What are some things that drown out the Spirit or distract us from listening to the Holy Ghost? (Too many activities, fear of following a prompting or how someone will react, always being “plugged in”, etc. )
Read aloud: Consider this story about President Monson, related by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland:
“As a young bishop, he received a call one evening informing him that an older member of his ward had been taken to the veterans’ hospital in Salt Lake City for treatment. Could he come to give the man a blessing? he was asked. Bishop Monson explained that he was just on his way to a stake meeting, but he would stop by the hospital as soon as the meeting was over. At that leadership meeting, he felt unsettled, ill at ease. A prompting came strongly: leave the meeting at once, and go directly to the hospital. But surely it would be discourteous to walk out while the stake president was speaking, wouldn’t it? He waited until the end of the stake president’s address and then made his way to the door even before the closing prayer. At the hospital he found himself running down the corridor. There seemed to be a flurry of activity outside the man’s room, and a nurse stopped the new arrival. “Are you Bishop Monson?” she asked. “Yes,” was his anxious reply. “I’m sorry,” the nurse replied. “The patient was calling your name just before he passed away.”
As the young bishop walked out of the hospital that night, he vowed he would never again fail to act on an impression from the Lord. No man could have been more true to that vow. Indeed, his life has been one miracle after another in response to his faithful adherence to promptings of the Spirit.”
Ask the following questions: With this account as an example, why is it so important to follow the Spirit? How can we learn to follow the Holy Ghost? What blessings have you experienced from following the Spirit? Do you have any personal experiences?
Read Aloud: The Holy Ghost, and especially the Gift of the Holy Ghost, is given to us to be a Comforter and a Guide. As we diligently seek the help of Heaven and strive to become in tune with the Lord, we will receive direction and guidance for all aspects of our life.
Finish the lesson by discussing any additional points that may be pertinent to your family and bearing your testimony.
Peanut Butter & Jelly Thumbprints or Caramel Apple Nachos
Peanut Butter & Jelly Thumprints
-1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
-4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
-1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
-1/3 cup granulated sugar, plus more for rolling
-1 large egg
-1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
-1/2 cup raspberry jam (or your favorite flavor!)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat peanut butter and butter with a mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add sugars, and beat until pale and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, and beat until incorporated. Reduce speed to low. Add dry ingredients, and mix until combined.
2. Scoop level tablespoons of dough, and form into balls. Roll each ball in granulated sugar, and transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches apart.
3. Bake until cookies are puffy, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and make indentations in centers by pressing with the handle end of a wooden spoon. Return to oven, and bake until edges are golden, 6 to 7 minutes more. Transfer sheets to wire racks, and let cool completely.
4. Heat jam in a small saucepan, stirring, until loosened, about 30 seconds. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon into each indentation. Cookies can be stored in a single layer for up to 1 week.
(Recipe from Martha Stewart)
-30 large marshmallows
-5 tablespoons butter
-1 tablespoon water
-4 to 5 apples, sliced
-toppings (peanuts, sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, crushed candy bars, etc.)
Melt the marshmallows and butter in a saucepan over low heat. Stir periodically until completely melted and smooth. Combine the caramels and water in a bowl and microwave until melted. It is suggested to melt them in 45 second intervals, stirring in between until the caramel is smooth. Arrange the sliced apples on a plate and pour the caramel and marshmallow mixtures over them. Add any additional toppings and serve immediately! Enjoy!
(Recipe from Butter With a Side of Bread)
PB&J Sandwich Making Activity or Object Pictionary
PB&J Sandwich Making Activity
(Suitable for All Ages. Please adapt for your child’s specific needs to ensure they remain safe and have a good time.)
This activity is meant to be messy, so prepare accordingly.
You will need bread, knives, peanut butter, jelly, and blindfolds.
Split up into teams of two. Each person gets two slices of bread. Choose one person in each pair to be blindfolded. Once they are, place all of the items in front of the person and tell them to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Give no other instructions and let the fun begin! Once they have done their best, the person takes off the blindfold and gives it to the other person. Now, it is their turn to try. However, have their other team member give them instructions to build their sandwich.
You can relate this activity to when we don’t follow the Holy Ghost, life can get messy.
Gather some basic household objects ahead of time and put them in a bag. You will also need sheets of paper and pencils, markers, or pens. While everyone else closes their eyes, someone takes out an object, looks at it, then holds it behind their back. They then instruct everyone to open their eyes. The person with the object behind their back describes it and everyone else tries to draw it on their paper. The first person to guess which item it is wins that round. Go around until everyone has had at least one turn.
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.