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How Do I Recognize the Spirit? - FHE Lesson

How Do I Recognize the Spirit? – FHE Lesson

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Scripture

D&C 8:2
Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.

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Hymn

Our Savior’s Love, Hymn #113

1. Our Savior’s love
Shines like the sun with perfect light,
As from above
It breaks thru clouds of strife.
Lighting our way,
It leads us back into his sight,
Where we may stay
To share eternal life.

2. The Spirit, voice
Of goodness, whispers to our hearts
A better choice
Than evil’s anguished cries.
Loud may the sound
Of hope ring till all doubt departs,
And we are bound
To him by loving ties.

3. Our Father, God
Of all creation, hear us pray
In rev’rence, awed
By thy Son’s sacrifice.
Praises we sing.
We love thy law; we will obey.
Our heav’nly King,
In thee our hearts rejoice.

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Lesson

*For Children*

Begin by having your child go to their room and pick something they love to sleep with or cuddle with. It can be a favorite stuffed animal blanket, or toy. Ask them why they love the item and how it makes them feel. Pick something special of your own, whether from your childhood or now, and talk about why you loved it as well.

Read aloud: Just as these items can make us feel safe and happy, Heavenly Father has given us the gift of the Holy Ghost to comfort us, guide us, and teach us about Christ.

Ask: Have you ever felt the Holy Ghost? When was it? How did it feel?

Share a personal experience of your own about feeling the Spirit.

Read aloud: In the scriptures, we learn that the Holy Ghost talks with a still, small voice. It is not loud or harsh. In fact, the Holy Ghost can talk to us in many different ways if we are paying attention. Here are just some ways we can known if the Holy Ghost is with us.

  • The Holy Ghost gives us feelings of love and hope.
  • The Holy Ghost gives us ideas in our mind.
  • The Holy Ghost lets us know when something is true.
  • The Holy Ghost tells us where to go and what to do.
  • The Holy Ghost warns us and helps us recognize sin.
  • The Holy Ghost comforts us when we are sad or upset.
  • The Holy Ghost helps us remember important things.

Sometimes it can be hard to know when the Holy Ghost is speaking to us because there are a lot of distractions. It is important that we try to eliminate some of these distractions from our life so we can receive all of the blessings of the Holy Ghost.

Ask: What things can distract us from feel the Spirit? What can we do to fix it?

Share a time when you struggled to follow the Spirit or delayed a prompting and what happened. Discuss as a family ways you can eliminate distractions and invite the Holy Ghost into your home.Finish with your testimony. 

*For Teenagers and Adults*

Read aloud: One of the greatest challenges of this life is to learn to recognize the influence of the Holy Ghost in our lives. A still, small voice that generally speaks through our heart and mind, the Holy Ghost is an essential guide and helper.

Watch the video below and ask everyone to think of things that distract us from hearing the voice of the Lord through the Holy Ghost.

Ask: What are the voices that distract us from the Spirit? Has there ever been a time when you felt it was difficult to tune in to the Spirit?

Discuss ways you can invite the Spirit into your life and how to overcome the distractions of the world.

Read aloud: Once we have done all we can to open ourselves up to the Spirit, we are then left to ask, “How do I know when the Spirit is speaking to me?”

Have your family members or group members split up and read these scriptures. Then discuss what you learn.

  • D&C 8:2-3
  • Alma 32:28
  • John 16:14
  • Moroni 10:5
  • D&C 88:3
  • Exodus 31:3-5

Read aloud: Consider this quote by President Gordon B. Hinckley:

“How do we recognize the promptings of the Spirit? That’s the test when all is said and done. Does it persuade one to do good, to rise, to stand tall, to do the right thing, to be kind, to be generous? Then it is of the Spirit of God…If it invites to do good, it is of God. If it inviteth to do evil, it is of the devil…And if you are doing the right thing and if you are living the right way, you will know in your heart what the Spirit is saying to you.”

Share any personal experiences about the influence of the Holy Ghost on your life and finish by bearing your testimony.

 

 

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No Bake Cookie Dough Bars

Ingredients:

1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. all purpose flour
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
2 c. chocolate chips

Topping:
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix together butter and light brown sugar until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add vanilla extract and beat until combined.

With the mixer on low speed, alternate mixing in flour and sweetened condensed milk and mix until combined. Gently fold in mini chocolate chips with spatula.

Line 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper. Press the cookie dough into the pan (the cookie dough may be sticky, so lightly flour your hands).

Cover the bars with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight until firm.

For topping, combine the peanut butter and milk chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and heat until smooth. Spread the mixture over the cookie dough bars. Chill the bars for 1 hour or until topping is firm.

(Courtesy of Life’s Simple Measures)

 

Avocado Hummus

Ingredients:
1 (15 oz) can chick peas, well drained
2 medium ripe avocados, cored and peeled (13 oz before cored and peeled)
3 Tbsp olive oil, plus more for serving if desired
1 1/2 Tbsp tahini
3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 clove garlic, peeled
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp cumin
1 – 2 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro leaves, for topping
Red pepper flakes, for topping

Directions:

Pulse chick peas, olive oil, tahini, lime juice, and garlic in a food processor until smooth, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste (I did a scant 1/2 tsp salt and about 1/8 tsp pepper), add cumin and avocados and pulse mixture until smooth and creamy, about 1 – 2 minutes longer.

Serve topped with more olive oil if desired and sprinkle with cilantro and red pepper flakes. Serve with pita chips or tortilla chips.

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Activity

Geography or Sardines


Geography

Each player comes up with a place name (town, state, country, etc.) that begins with the same letter as the last letter of the place the previous player mentioned.

Example: Player 1 says Spain. Player 2 has to name a place that begins with an N, such as New York, which ends in K. Player 3 then mentions Kansas. Keep going for as long as you can name a new place.

Sardines

Sometimes known as backward hide-and-seek, this game is fun for all ages, and is best played in an entire house with the lights off or dimmed. One player is chosen to be the first sardine while the rest of the players huddle together, counting to 100. The players then disperse and begin seeking quietly for the sardine. Once a seeker finds the sardine, he or she quietly squeezes into the same hiding spot as the other sardines, until one by one, each player joins the “Sardine Can.” The last player to find the sardines is the first one to hide the next round.

 

 

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