He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
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 with the following activity! Gather some basic sound-making objects and a cardboard box. Objects could include rice on a metal pan, wooden kitchen utensils hitting each other, rubbing sandpaper together, a toy that makes noise, and a favorite song playing on your phone, etc. Prop the cardboard box on its side so you can have the objects inside, but no one else can see them. Go through each sound and try to have your children guess what they are.
Read aloud: Did you know that listening is a gospel principle? Listening comes in handy at many different times. We listen to our teachers. We listen to our parents. We listen to the speakers at Church. We listen to the Spirit. We listen to the Prophet. We listen to others when they are sad and need to talk.
But listening can be hard sometimes. Heavenly Father wants us to be a good listener and we can learn!
Ask: What does it mean to be a good listener?
Read aloud: When we are a good listener, we focus on what someone is saying to us. We do not think of something else or what we are going to say next. If we are in church or school, we do not talk to our friends when someone else is talking. We pay attention and think about what we are learning. We try not to fidget or make noise.
When we listen, we show that we love and respect someone else. When we listen to the Holy Ghost, we show Heavenly Father we love and respect Him.
Ask: How do we listen to the Spirit?
Read aloud: Listening to the Spirit takes a lot of practice! We must:
- Pray to have the Holy Ghost with us.
- Choose the right, so we can have the Spirit stay by our side.
- Listen closely to promptings.
- Spend time after we pray to pay attention to our feelings and thoughts.
Share a personal experience about listening to someone and listening to the Spirit. Ask your children if they have had any examples about listening. Finish with your testimony.
*For Teenagers and Adults*
Read aloud: Listening with love involves trying to understand what a person is feeling, as well as what he is saying. With constant practice, we can learn how to listen with love, thus improving our relationships.
Ask: Why is every person worth listening to?
Have three readers read the following scriptures: D&C 18:10, D&C 38:24-25, and Mosiah 27:4.
Ask: How do these scriptures relate to listening?
Read aloud: Jesus Christ is the perfect example of listening. He let his disciples express their concerns, comforted those who were mourning, and taught with understanding. Christ listened with all His heart. Listening is a skill we can learn.
Finish the lesson by discussing the following questions: What are some things that make a bad listener? What makes a good listener? How can we listen with all our hearts?
Perfect Brownie in a Mug or Colorful Fruit Kabobs
-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
-1/4 cup light brown sugar
-2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
-2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
-1/4 cup milk
(Makes 1 mug)
1. First, in a mug, add all-purpose flour, light brown sugar, and unsweetened cocoa powder. Whisk together.
2. Add melted unsalted butter and milk. Stir until mixed.
3. Clean the rim of the mug and microwave for 1 minute. If your microwave is stronger than 800 watts, go for 30 seconds at a time. Repeat for 10 seconds at a time until there is no fluid on the surface.
4. Arrange chocolate chips on top and enjoy!
(Recipe from Eugenie Kitchen)
-assorted fruit, such as strawberries, mandarin oranges, pineapple, kiwi, melons, blueberries, etc.
Work together with your family to cut up and skewer the fruit on the sticks. Enjoy together as a family!
(Recipe from Food.com)
Group Storytelling or Botticelli
The group storytelling activity is a fun, potentially silly, but incredibly valuable exercise in active listening and comprehension.
This activity should have one group moderator, who will deliver the story’s first line. It should be something simple, and open for many possible continuations, such as, “So the other day, I went to the store.”
Each participant in the group is responsible for making up their own contribution to the story, a single sentence that logically continues from the last. Meanwhile, the group moderator should be keeping track of the story on a computer or in a notepad so you can read over it at the end!
(Courtesy of Udemy)
Have someone think of a famous person in their mind to be. The others in the group must ask that person questions to try and figure out who it is. An example question would be, “Are you alive today?” Once you guess correctly, have someone else go until everyone in the group is gone.
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.