If you’re anywhere near the Salt Lake area this weekend, stop in to see the Christmas art show in the Joseph Smith Memorial building featuring LDS and inspirational painters. It’s free to the public and only open for the next three days!
I think this is a wonderful opportunity to focus on Christ and Christmas, plus it’s something the whole family will enjoy.
My son turns eight in December and even though he’s our second child to be baptized and confirmed, we are taking a few Family Home Evening nights to remind the kids how important this decision is. We started covering the topic of Baptism in July (you can get all the details on my Green Jello with Carrots blog in the “FHE Idea: Why Are We Baptized?” post) and now we’re going to talk about the Holy Ghost.
FHE Theme: The Gift of the Holy Ghost
Scripture: Romans 5:5, Article of Faith 1, Article of Faith 4, 3 Nephi 26:17, Moroni 10:5
Songs: ”The Holy Ghost” and “The Still Small Voice” Children’s Songbook
Activity: You will need to gather some items for your lesson, you’ll need something that provides comfort like a blanket, something that provides knowledge like an encyclopedia or a laptop, and something that provides direction like a one-way sign or a stop sign.
Without telling your family the topic of the lesson, pull out the items and talk about how each one provides us with something valuable. The blanket gives comfort when we are upset, frightened, or just a little sad. The encyclopedia or laptop provide knowledge when we are searching for answers. The one-way sign or stop sign provide direction when we need to find our way.
Now tell your family that all of the things you discussed have something in common, and that there is one way we can have all three with us at all times. Tell them that it is through a gift from Heavenly Father and through our actions and decisions that we get to have this great blessing. Let them guess what you’re referring to. Hopefully someone can guess that it’s the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Pull out the items again, and have a discussion about how the Holy Ghost provides comfort when we are worried or upset. Explain how it feels to have the Holy Ghost comfort you. Talk about how the Holy Ghost is a valuable tool in providing knowledge. Read the scripture Moroni 10:5, “And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.” Discuss how the Holy Ghost can provide us with directions any time we need them.
Here is a great quote about the Holy Ghost providing direction:
“The gift of the Holy Ghost, if you consent, will guide and protect you and even correct your actions. It is a spiritual voice that comes into the mind as a thought or a feeling put into your heart. . . . It is not expected that you go through life without making mistakes, but you will not make a major mistake without first being warned by the promptings of the Spirit. This promise applies to all members of the Church.”
After the discussion, bear your testimony of the Holy Ghost, provide an experience where the Holy Ghost helped you, or praise your family members who have made the decision to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
If you want to include something that will relate to smaller children I suggest “The Holy Ghost is Like a Blanket” Primary talk from greenjellowithcarrots.com It has text and colored pictures that relate the comfort given by the Holy Ghost to the comfort a special blanket can provide a child.
And make sure, as always, to provide a great treat and closing prayer!
As much as I would like to get my kids to sit still during General Conference this weekend, I just don’t think they can do it without a little help. Which is why I will be dipping into this fabulous list of printables and activities based on, you know, General Conference:
|Little LDS Ideas came up with this clever (and really fun) idea to play Jenga while watching General Conference by labeling the blocks with words like “prayer”, “family”, etc. Your kids will be paying attention so they can play as they watch!|
|Let your kids play with this fun printable file folder game from Green Jello with Carrots. They’ll recognize the members of the First Presidency, the choir, and the organ pipes! This is a good activity especially for little kids.|
|Sugardoodle always comes up with the best General Conference packets. This is the October 2012 packet filled with lots of fun stuff that will keep your kids engaged and quiet for the entire weekend!|
|If you really want your family paying attention, use this awesome idea from Brown Paper Packages. Fill the labeled buckets with candy, then when someone mentions each topic during a General Conference talk your family can dip into the bucket and enjoy the treat!|
|This is a cute little General Conference printable packet from Somewhat Simple. The colors are fun and include a bunch of activities to keep little ones sitting still.|
|This would be great for older kids (or for Visiting Teaching sisters)! The printable says “Make the Most of Conference” and the little baggy is filled with M&M candies! The printout also includes instructions on how you can make the most when listening to speakers during General Conference.|
|I know we can never have enough printable activities, especially since we like to enjoy General Conference as a family for all of the sessions (which can seem like a really long time for a kid). But this Conference Activity packet will help keep the kids interested and happy!|
I hope you and your family enjoy listening to the Prophet and all the other inspired speakers this weekend during General Conference!
All around us is beauty if we only have eyes to see it. God created this amazing world for us to be uplifted and inspired by. So we created a Pinterest board that is a little oasis of calm you can retreat to whenever you want to be reminded of God’s love for you, as evidenced through His creations. Turn on yourLDSradio.com for the soundtrack, and lose yourself for a little while!
Click here to see our Pinterest board There Is Beauty All Around.
Click here to listen to yourLDSradio.
Looking for handouts for your church lessons? We found a great site that has free printables, ideas, creations, lesson helps, and lots more stuff. There are things for activity days girls, young men and women, Relief Society, and more. Click on over and get some ideas for your next lesson!
See it at Emma’s Place to Be.