The Holy Ghost

Family Home Evening for Children - the Holy GhostThe Holy Ghost is perhaps the most under-estimated power that members of the church receive after baptism and is a gift to those who can remain worthy of its constant influence throughout our day-to-day lives.

The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead.

President Gordan B. Hinckley said, “The Holy Ghost stands as the third member of the Godhead, the Comforter promised by the Savior who would teach His followers all things and bring all things to their remembrance, whatsoever He had said unto them (see John 14:26). The Holy Ghost is the Testifier of Truth, who can teach men things they cannot teach one another. In those great and challenging words of Moroni, a knowledge of the truth of the Book of Mormon is promised “by the power of the Holy Ghost.” Moroni then declares, “And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things” (Moro. 10:4–5). I believe this power, this gift, is available to us today.” (Gen. Conference, April 1986)

Elder Joseph B. Worthlin taught,In the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord calls the gift of the Holy Ghost “the unspeakable gift.” It is the source of testimony and spiritual gifts. It enlightens minds, fills our souls with joy, teaches us all things, and brings forgotten knowledge to our remembrance. The Holy Ghost also “will show unto [us] all things what [we] should do.” (“The Unspeakable Gift” Ensign, May 2003)

The prophets have always made an effort to help teach us how the Holy Ghost works within us. Another example by an ancient prophet is found in Alma 32.

Alma, teaching the poor people who were not allowed to attend the churches they helped construct– he wanted to give them a lesson on faith. During this lesson on faith, Alma also helps us know how to recognize the some of the aspects of the Holy Ghost so that we can recognize those feelings and know where they come from.

Alma teaches:It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding; yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me. (Alma 32:28)
Discussion:

1. What are some ways that you have felt the influence of the Holy Ghost?

2. Why do you think the Holy Ghost is referred to as the “Unspeakable Gift?”

3. What are the three ways Alma teaches us about being able to recognizing the Holy Ghost?

Scripture: John 14:26

Song:
“Let the Holy Spirit Guide”

Activity:

Option A: Inside a room, turn out all the lights. Find a single lamp to turn on and talk about how the light gives off warmth, helps us to see and provides a beacon in the darkness. (Great for young children who understand turning lights off and on)

Option B:Blindfold a member of the family or FHE group. Assign two other people to lead them around the home, outside and so on. One leader acts as the Holy Ghost–giving right directions and the other acts as the adversary–giving wrong directions. Allow the blindfolded person to rely on their own choices on who to follow. Talk about how important it is to listen to the small voice of the Holy Ghost and how easy it is to drown out the righteous help He tries to offer.

Treats:

Apple Crumble & Hot Chocolate

Family Service Project Ideas

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Back to School Service Project Ideas

Family Home Evening: Back to School Service Project Ideas

A new school year is just around the corner. There are many stores that are already advertising their back-to-school sales. One thing I loved was going to the store and purchasing my new school supplies. There’s just something fun and exciting about getting brand new pencils, notebooks, binders, backpacks and so on. However, there are many that are unable to experience the thrill of going to get the very basics to begin their new school year.

Gather your family, group, neighborhood, church group, etc and make a check list of basic back-to-school items that you can circulate around your circle of influence and seek donations of these items. Remember that you can take these lists into local medical offices and businesses and ask for them to gather items as well as an office service project.

Here is a simple supply list for you to use:

- #2 Pencils

- Crayons

- Color Pencils

- Scissors

- Erasers

- Glue Sticks

- Spiral notebooks

- Pencil case

- Pocket folders

- Pkg. lined paper

- Binders

- Rulers

-Black, blue and red pens

- Calculators

- Boxes of tissue

- Hand Sanitizer

- Subject dividers

- Pocket dictionary/thesaurus

- Highlighters

- Student Planner/Calendar

- Stapler/Stapler remover

*Once you have your items collected contact your local schools and school district and find out how you can drop the needed items off to be distributed to those who the schools/districts know are in need.

This is a very simple service project that you can involve just you and your spouse, your children, group, organization and so on and make such a huge difference in helping someone in need.

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Cultivate the Summer Mind

Summer is here and school is OUT! It’s time for family reunions, vacations and the long days of summer. According to many studies, from the end of  school to the beginning of the school year there is a loss in education with children. End of year tests scores reflect a hard year of focus and improvement while many test scores at the beginning of the school year reflect the need to catch up on some basics.

You can cultivate your summer mind as you focus on learning activities throughout the summer as well as all the fun activities. Just spend 30 minutes each day sharpening your skills and stay ahead for the new school year!

Here are some helpful hints to get started:

Monday: Math Day

10 minutes: Find a math worksheet online to complete and keep those math skills sharp. You can work on advancing your skills and be prepared for the new school year, if you want to challenge yourself!

20 minutes: Read. Make a summer reading chart. Set goals for reading and also set rewards for completing your goals. (Visiting the water park, camping in the backyard for a night, etc)

 

Tuesday: Writing & Spelling

10 minutes: Pick 10-20 new words to study. Test each other on spelling them correctly. Search the Internet for your grade (for the new school year) spelling list and start working on that list. Also, practicing writing sentences, paragraphs, poems or short stories.

20 minutes: Continue working on your reading chart.

 

Wednesday: Art Day and Music

10 minutes: Learn about an artist from history. What made them unique? What type of artist were they? What were some of their famous pieces? For music, you can study classical composers and listen to some of their music.

For additional fun, you can paint, sculpt, play music similar to those you choose to study each week. You can also visit local art galleries and museums.

20 minutes: Continue working on your reading chart.

 

Thursday: Science

10 minutes: Choose a different science topic each week. You can focus on studying the planets, constellations, plants, animals, etc. Summer time is a perfect time to catch meteor showers, go out into the mountains and see all the stars, visit zoos, botanical gardens and so forth.

20 minutes: Continue working on your reading chart.

 

Friday: Craft or Play Day

10 minutes: There are countless arts and craft ideas online. Your first week could be spent planning out the remainder of the summer’s arts and crafts ideas. You can also combine a craft with playing outdoors.

Homemade Sprinkler (craft + play idea)

Materials Needed:

2 Liter Soda Bottle

Garden Hose

Scissors (or Knife) *Only to be used with adult supervision.

Instructions: Take the two liter bottle, punch several holes all around the bottle. Attach the water hose inside of the bottle and throw the bottle over a backyard tree branch and turn the water on. This creates a fun homemade sprinkler you can play in all summer long!

20 minutes: Continue working on your reading chart. When you are done with your reading chart, be sure to complete the activity or reward you created for your reading goal! Don’t stop with just one chart – if you fill it up, start a new chart with a new goal and keep reading all summer long!

Be sure get lots of exercise during the summer as well. Look for summer camps that can help you learn new skills and develop new talents.

Summer Children's Education Chart copy  If you really want to challenge yourself, here is a chart for you to use!

Click the link to download the PDF file to print! Summer Children’s Education Chart-Family Home Evening