6- We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers,evangelists, and so forth.
1- We thank thee, O God, for a prophet;
To guide us in these latter days.
We thank thee for sending the gospel
To lighten our minds with its rays.
We thank thee for every blessing
Bestowed by thy bounteous hand.
We feel it a pleasure to serve thee
And love to obey thy command.
2. When dark clouds of trouble hang o’er us
And threaten our peace to destroy,
There is hope smiling brightly before us,
And we know that deliv’rance is nigh.
We doubt not the Lord nor his goodness.
We’ve proved him in days that are past.
The wicked who fight against Zion
Will surely be smitten at last.
3. We’ll sing of his goodness and mercy.
We’ll praise him by day and by night,
Rejoice in his glorious gospel,
And bask in its life-giving light.
Thus on to eternal perfection
The honest and faithful will go,
While they who reject this glad message
Shall never such happiness know.
*For Younger Children* Display pictures the Latter-Day Prophets (pictures can be found on lds.org or ldsclipart.com). While looking at the pictures of the prophets, discuss some of the questions listed below.
Discuss these questions as a family:
1- How many prophets have beards?
2- Who has the longest beard?
3- What color are the prophets ties?
4- Who is the prophet today?
5- Do you remember any prophets from the scriptures? Who?
6- Are prophets important? Why? (Testify)
*For Teenagers or Adults* Share and discuss ancient prophets throughout history (See how many prophets you can name). Also name and discuss the teaching of the prophets of the latter-days and the questions listed below.
Brainstorm ancient prophets and what they did. Here is a list to get you started:
Adam – first man
Noah – built Ark
Jonah – swallowed by whale
Be sure to discuss prophets such as: Lehi, Nephi, Abinadi, Alma, Enoch, Abraham, Samuel, David (and Goliath), Elijah, Jesus, etc.
Name as many Latter-Day prophets as you can as a family. Display pictures of the Latter-Day prophets (pictures can be found on lds.org or ldsclipart.com). Share the main quotes from each of the Latter-day prophets.
Joseph Smith – “Surely I have contemplated the things of God.”
Brigham Young – “’Mormonism’ has made me all I am; and the grace, the power, and the wisdom of God will make me all that I ever will be, either in time or in eternity.”
John Taylor – “I would rather trust in the living God than in any other power on earth.”
Wilford Woodruff – “We are willing to stand by the revelations of God.”
Lorenzo Snow – “As a servant of God, I bear witness to the revelations of His will in the nineteenth century.”
Joseph F Smith – “We desire it distinctly understood that ‘Mormonism’, as it is called, has come to the world to stay.”
Heber J Grant – “No matter in what land we may dwell the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ makes us brothers and sisters, interested in each other, eager to understand and know each other.”
George Albert Smith – “I would not be an enemy to any living soul.”
David O McKay – “Every member a missionary!”
Joseph Fielding Smith – “Our mission is to preach the doctrines of salvation in plainness and simplicity as they are revealed and recorded in the scriptures.”
Harold B Lee – “I only ask to go where the Lord would have me go, and only to receive what the Lord would have me receive, knowing that more important than sight is the witness that one may have by the witness of the Holy Ghost to his soul that things are so and that Jesus is the Christ, a living personage.”
Spencer W Kimball – “We must lengthen our stride and must do it now.”
Ezra Taft Benson – “I have a vision of the whole Church getting nearer to God by abiding by the precepts of the Book of Mormon.”
Howard W Hunter – “It is the deepest desire of my heart to have every member of the Church worthy to enter the temple.”
Gordon B Hinkley – “The time has come for us to stand a little taller, to lift our eyes and stretch our minds to a greater comprehension and understanding of the grand millennial mission of this, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”
Thomas S Monson – “There are many out there who plead and pray for help. There are those who are discouraged, those who are beset by poor health and challenges of life which leave them in despair. I’ve always believed in the truth of the words, ‘God’s sweetest blessings always go by hands that serve him here below.’ Let us have ready hands, clean hands, and willing hands, that we may participate in providing what our Heavenly Father would have others receive from Him.”
(Quotes Taken From: http://lds.org/churchhistory/presidents/leaders.jsp)
*Discuss these questions as a family*
Who is your favorite prophet? Why?
What do prophets teach us?
Are prophets important? Why? (Testify)
Key Lime Pie or Sweet Shamrock Pretzels
Key Lime Pie
1- Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the graham cracker crumbs and butter in a bowl. Firmly press the crumbs against the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Bake for 5 minutes.
2- In another bowl, stir the sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks and lime juice until well mixed. Pour the mixture into the crust and bake for 15 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
3- Once the pie cools, push cookie wafers into the filling along the edge. Top with kiwi slices arranged to resemble a shamrock. Serves 8.
Sweet Shamrock Pretzels
Canned refrigerated bread stick dough
(such as, Pillsbury Original Breadsticks)
1- Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat it with cooking spray.
2- To create the clover shape, mold 3 sections of bread sticks into hearts and press them together as shown. Attach a small stem, decorate and bake according to the package directions.
(Recipes taken from Familyfun.go.com)
1- Using the pictures, memorize the names of all the prophets (in order).
2- Play Concentration and match the prophets picture with the name of the prophet.
3- Play “Follow the Prophet” (Just like Follow the Leader).
4- Play 20 Questions. Choose a prophet and everyone asks a total of 20 Yes or No Questions to figure out what prophet.
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.