Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
1. Adam was a prophet, first one that we know.
In a place called Eden, he helped things to grow.
Adam served the Lord by following his ways.
We are his descendants in the latter days.
Follow the prophet, follow the prophet,
Follow the prophet; don’t go astray.
Follow the prophet, follow the prophet,
Follow the prophet; he knows the way.
2. Enoch was a prophet; he taught what was good.
People in his city did just what they should.
When they were so righteous that there was no sin,
Heav’nly Father took them up to live with him.
3. Noah was a prophet called to preach the word,
Tried to cry repentance, but nobody heard.
They were busy sinning-Noah preached in vain.
They wished they had listened when they saw the rain.
4. Abraham the prophet prayed to have a son,
So the Lord sent Isaac as the chosen one.
Isaac begat Jacob, known as Israel;
Jacob’s sons were twelve tribes, so the Bible tells.
5. Moses was a prophet sent to Israel.
He would lead them to the promised land to dwell.
They were slow to follow, or so it appears.
They were in the wilderness for forty years.
6. Samuel was a prophet chosen as a boy.
Hannah promised God her son would serve with joy.
In the tabernacle, Samuel heard his name;
He was called by God and answered, “Here I am!”
7. Jonah was a prophet, tried to run away,
But he later learned to listen and obey.
When we really try, the Lord won’t let us fail:
That’s what Jonah learned deep down inside the whale.
8. Daniel was a prophet. He refused to sin;
So the king threw Daniel in the lion’s den.
Angels calmed the lions, and the king soon saw
Daniel’s pow’r was great, for he obeyed God’s law.
9. Now we have a world where people are confused.
If you don’t believe it, go and watch the news.
We can get direction all along our way,
If we heed the prophets-follow what they say.
*Suitable for All Ages*
Begin by asking your group or family to name as many prophets as they can and give a brief synopsis of who they were. List the names on a whiteboard or piece of paper.
Read aloud: As part of Heavenly Father’s plan, he has created the divine calling of prophets. Prophets learn God’s plan and gospel through revelation and then help guide and teach us as a Church. From the very beginning of mankind, God has used prophets to teach, to warn, and most importantly, to testify of Jesus Christ. Calling a prophet is one of the signs we have that God loves us.
Ask: Why does the world need prophets?
Read aloud: Before Christ came, the prophets helped prepare the people for His coming. After Christ came, prophets taught of his gospel and Atonement. Throughout it all, there have been some people who have listened to prophets and some people who haven’t.
Refer back to your list of prophets. Ask: Can you think of a prophet who was rejected by the people? What happened?
Read aloud: When the prophets and the gospel are rejected, the people fall into a state of apostasy. Apostasy is when individuals and groups turn away from following the gospel of Christ. When this has happened in ancient times, the Lord has taken away the priesthood from the Earth. There have been many periods of apostasy. The greatest period of apostasy happened after Christ’s death and resurrection. We know, however, that God loves his children and wants to talk to them. So he restored his gospel through Joseph Smith, the first prophet in our day. Now, we have living prophets and who lead and guide us.
You can show a picture of the current prophets and apostles.
Ask: How can we follow the prophets today?
Finish by bearing your testimony of the pattern of prophets.
-1 box of chocolate cake mix
-1/2 cup oil
1. Heat to 350.
2. Combine cake mix, oil and eggs. Blend well.
3. Place a Rolo in the center of a piece of cookie dough, fold the dough in a ball around the Rolo.
4. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet 2″ apart.
5. Bake 8-10 minutes.
6. Cool 1 minute and remove from cookie sheet. (Makes 4 dozen cookies)
(Courtesy of Lolly Jane)
General Conference Review
First, review the talks of last General Conference. The quotes at the top of each talk are great summaries. Encourage family members to listen for one that sounds interesting or touches them. Then, have each family member go and read the talk by themselves for fifteen minutes. (For younger family members, you can read specific stories or do work from the General Conference activity section found in each month’s Ensign.)
When the time is up, come back together and discuss what you learned. Then, give everyone a sheet of paper and ask them to write at least one question down they have for the upcoming General Conference. Encourage them to keep the paper in sight and add questions as they think of them.
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.