For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
I will not doubt, I will not fear;
God’s love and strength are always near.
His promised gift helps me to find
An inner strength and peace of mind.
I give the Father willingly
My trust, my prayers, humility.
His Spirit guides; his love assures
That fear departs when faith endures.
*Suitable for All Ages*
Begin by asking: What are some scary things associated with Halloween?
Read aloud: On Halloween, many people love to be scared! They dress up as monsters, watch scary movies, and visit haunted houses. This can all be in good fun. However, it reminds us that the world we live in can be scary or frightening.
Ask: What are some things that scare you?
Read aloud: Here are just a few things people can be scared of:
- Natural disasters
- Getting sick
- Losing a job
- Being alone
- Making tough decisions
Heavenly Father told us in the scriptures that scary times would come to us, “Men’s hearts failing them for fear.” (Luke 21:26).
However, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have also told us not to be afraid. Through them, we can find safety and peace even if frightening things are happening.
Have everyone look up one of these scriptures and ponder it.
- 1 John 4:18
- D&C 10:56
- Deuteronomy 31:8
- Isaiah 41:10
- D&C 68:6
- D&C 38:30
Ask: What do these scriptures tell us about overcoming fear? What are some ways the gospel can help us find peace and safety?
Share any personal experiences you may have and bear your testimony about overcoming fear and finding peace through the gospel.
Ingredients: (makes 4)
-1 medium banana
-1 cup white chocolate
-8 mini chocolate chips
-4 popsicle sticks
- Cut banana in half lengthwise, then in half to make four quarters.
- Insert popsicle sticks into bananas, and freeze on wax paper lined cookie sheet.
- Once the bananas are frozen, melt chocolate in microwave safe bowl or mug.
- Dip the bananas one at a time into the chocolate and place back on wax paper. Quickly add the mini chocolate chips for eyes. Allow chocolate to harden and enjoy!
(Courtesy of Skinny Taste)
Halloween Pumpkin Carving
Use these Latter-day Saint themed pumpkin carving templates to carve out some inspiring images in your pumpkins. If you have the time, consider dropping off an extra carved pumpkin to someone who doesn’t have the ability or time to put up a Halloween decoration.
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.