30 And it came to pass when they heard this , and beheld that it was not a voice of thunder, neither was it a voice of a great tumultuous noise, but behold, it was a voice of perfect mildness, as if it had been a whisper, and it did pierce even to the very soul—
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.
1. Listen to the Still Small Voice!
When you have to make a choice.
He will guide you always.
*For Younger Children* Read this story (Joshua W. Hawkins, “The Spider and the Still, Small Voice”, Friend, Feb. 2011, 16–17) and discuss the questions at the end. You may also want to use clipart to help tell the story.
“Thanks for inviting me over, Jake,” Britton said as he stepped outside his friend’s house. “I need to go home for lunch now.”
Britton gave Mom a hug. Making her proud made him feel good inside. And knowing he had listened to the still, small voice made him feel even better.
*Discuss these questions as a family*
1- Britton left Jake’s house and headed where?
2- What was the fastest way home?
3- What did Britton decide to race in “the jungle”?
4- What word did Britton hear?
5- What did Britton almost run into?
6- What way did Britton decide to go home?
7- What was the voice Britton heard?
8- Can we hear the Holy Ghost? How?
9- What is it like?
*For Teenagers or Adults* Share and discuss the following story (Amy Carpenter, “An Unexpected Answer”, ) , Feb. 2011, 36–37and guidance from Elder Oaks. You may also want to share personal experiences.
I’ve noticed a lot of times when I’ve picked up a Church magazine or listened to the testimonies of others, people often share experiences when they’ve been overcome by the Spirit after asking Heavenly Father a particular question, specifically if the Book of Mormon is true. Spiritual experiences are amazing; I love reading about them. However, I think many people get the wrong impression that if they don’t receive an overpowering response to their question that somehow their testimony must not be strong enough. In my experience, the Spirit more often comes in a quiet, soft way rather than a metaphorical lightning bolt of truth.
Last summer the youth in our ward were challenged to read the entire Book of Mormon. Eventually the summer came to an end, and I finished the Book of Mormon. As I kneeled to pray and asked if the book was true, I remember thinking that this was it—I would finally have the experience that everyone seems to talk about where they are overcome by the Spirit.
The truth is, when I prayed, I didn’t feel that way. At first I was a little upset. Why hadn’t I received such a witness? Was I not worthy? But I soon realized that though many people might feel the Spirit confirming truth to them very strongly when they pray about the Book of Mormon, there are many others who don’t have that same experience. Just because you may not receive an extremely strong confirmation does not mean the Book of Mormon isn’t true or that your testimony is not as strong as someone else’s. It simply means that the Spirit can speak to people in different ways and at different times.
For me, this experience taught me that we don’t always receive answers in the way we expect. I thought I would feel an overpowering spiritual impression after I prayed about the Book of Mormon—but I didn’t. Honestly, I believe I already knew it was true.
Though I may not have felt the Spirit very strongly at that time, I knew I had felt it while reading about Alma’s conversion and about Ammon and his brothers bringing thousands of Lamanites to the gospel, and about Christ teaching the Nephites after His Resurrection. I realized that feeling the Spirit while reading different parts of the Book of Mormon also confirmed to me that the entire book was true.
I believe this same message is applicable to any part of the gospel. The things we know can help us accept the things we may not fully understand. I know that this gospel is true, and I know that we can all gain testimonies if we work at it.
“We should recognize that the Lord will speak to us through the Spirit in his own time and in his own way. … In most cases, ‘his own way’ is not the thunderous interruption or the blinding light, but what the scriptures call ‘the still small voice’ (1 Kgs. 19:12; 1 Ne. 17:45; D&C 85:6). Some have misunderstood this principle. As a result, some have looked exclusively for the great manifestations that are recorded in the scriptures and have failed to recognize the still, small voice that is given to them. This is like making up our minds that we will learn only from a teacher who shouts and that we will refuse to listen to even the wisest teaching when it comes in a whisper.
“We need to know that the Lord rarely speaks loudly. His messages almost always come in a whisper.”
Taste a Rainbow or Clever Clovers
Taste a Rainbow
1- Prepare your favorite white cake mix, then divide the batter evenly among six small bowls. Following the chart below, dye each bowl of batter a rainbow color.
RAINBOW COLOR DROPS OF FOOD COLORING
Purple 9 red and 6 blue drops
Blue 12 drops
Green 12 drops
Yellow 12 drops
Orange 12 yellow and 4 red drops
Red 18 drops
2- Line 16 muffin pan wells with baking cups. Evenly distribute the purple batter among the cups, then the blue, and so on, following the order shown. As you go, gently spread each layer of batter with the back of a spoon to cover the color underneath.
3- Bake the cupcakes according to your recipe directions. Before serving, remove the paper wrapping, and if you like, top each cupcake with a whipped-cream cloud.
3 yogurt covered mini pretzels
1/4 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1- To make a batch, cover a work surface with a sheet of waxed paper. For each clover, arrange three yogurt-covered mini pretzels and a pretzel section as shown.
2- Combine 1/4 teaspoon vegetable oil with 1/4 cup white chocolate chips and melt them together in the microwave according to the chips’ package directions. Dab the mixture between the pretzel pieces to adhere them. Let the chocolate harden.
3- Working with one clover at a time, pipe the edges and stem with green icing (we used a #8 round piping tip), then quickly sprinkle it with decorating sugar (we used white, light green, and dark green).
(Recipes taken from Familyfun.go.com)
1- Play the game Hot and Cold. One person leaves the room and an object or item is hidden within the room. When they come back into the room, they begin looking for the hidden object or item. When they are close you say “hot”, when they are not close you say “cold”. Say either Hot or Cold until the person finds the object or item.
2- Play Find the Leader Game.