The Holy Ghost Helps Me FHE


The Holy Ghost Helps Me

Compiled by Keira



Possible Songs: I Know My Father Lives, Children’s Songbook page 5; Listen, Listen, Children’s Songbook page 107; The Still Small Voice, Children’s Songbook page 106; The Holy Ghost, Children’s Songbook 105; Let the Holy Spirit Guide, hymn 143

Possible Materials: Wordart for the quote from True to the Faith and the quotes by President Joseph Fielding Smith; A picture of the Ascension of the Savior; Graphic story of President Lee hearing a voice and President Woodruff avoiding danger (Or pictures of President Harold B. Lee and President Wilford Woodruff as prophets).



Preparation: Begin with prayer. What experiences in your own life have taught you about the roles of the Holy Ghost? Ask yourself ­­­­­if you feel the influence of the Holy Ghost in your life. If not, bring that gift back into full effect.  Read the suggested scriptures and any articles listed in Resources, making sure to read the entire section in True to the Faith and the Guide to the Scriptures. Allow an old piece of clay to harden.

Children: Get an old piece of clay and let it dry out so that it is hard. Then watch this video of the Holy Ghost and Spiritual Gifts and King Benjamin. Also listen to this story of President Lee and this story of President Woodruff.


Lesson:

Introduction: Give a family member some fresh clay. Tell that family member to mold it into a specific shape. Then, give someone the hardened piece of clay and ask that person to make the same shape. Talk about how we need to be “moldable” so the Holy Ghost can direct us to do Heavenly Father’s work. Discuss what it takes to be moldable. Watch this Mormon Message about being in tune.


Discussion: Remind the family about the lesson on Heavenly Father answering prayers. One of the ways he answers prayers is by a feeling. That feeling comes from the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is one of the members of the Godhead.  The Holy Ghost does not have a body like Heavenly Father does, because he needs to speak to our spirits. He couldn’t do that if he had a body.


The Holy Ghost has many important responsibilities. Some will be discussed in depth in the lesson on the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Discuss each in turn, based on your audience. They are:


  • ·         Witnesses of the Father and the Son, see 3 Nephi 28:11
  • ·         Comforter, See John 14:16-27
  • ·         The Gift of the Holy Ghost
  • ·         Inspiration and confirmation (Give you words to speak, and bring things to your remembrance, an audible voice)
  • ·         Discernment (Confirms right choices, guides, protects you, Revelation, Teaches and testifies of truth)
  • ·         Touch hearts, soften hearts
  • ·         Gifts of the spirit, see D&C 46:7-33
  • ·         Sanctification and Sealings (binding on Earth and in Heaven), see Ephesians 1:13 and D&C 132:19

Activity: tie a visual to each of the roles of the Holy Ghost. For instance, a picture of the Savior symbolizing witnessing of the Father and Son, a favorite blanket for comforter, a  big gift for the gift of the Holy Ghost, lip gloss for inspiration and confirmation, heart for touching hearts, flashlight for discernment, lots of little presents for gifts of the spirit, rope to tie things together for sanctification,


From True to the Faith: This quote from true to the Faith is just too powerful not to share:

“His communication to your spirit carries far more certainty than any communication you can receive through your natural senses…As the soothing voice of a loving parent can quiet a crying child, the whisperings of the Spirit can calm your fears, hush the nagging worries of your life, and comfort you when you grieve.”


From a prophet’s voice: President Joseph Fielding Smith said:

When a man has the manifestation from the Holy Ghost, it leaves an indelible impression on his soul, one that is not easily erased. It is Spirit speaking to spirit, and it comes with convincing force. A manifestation of an angel, or even of the Son of God himself, would impress the eye and mind, and eventually become dimmed, but the impressions of the Holy Ghost sink deeper into the soul and are more difficult to erase” (Answers to Gospel Questions, comp. Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., 5 vols. [1957–66], 2:151).


President Smith also said, “Through the Holy Ghost the truth is woven into the very fibre and sinews of the body so that it cannot be forgotten” (Doctrines of Salvation, comp. Bruce R. McConkie, 3 vols. [1954–56], 1:48).


From the life of the Savior: Read John 14:16-27. Discuss how Jesus knew his Disciples would miss him when he was gone, so he said that he would ask Heavenly Father to send a Comforter to help them deal with their grief. Discuss how that comforter is the Holy Ghost and he can comfort us when we are sad and lonely, too.


From the Book of Mormon: Read Mosiah 5:1-6. Discuss how King Benjamin and his people had just had a great meeting. It was sort of like a big General Conference. He wanted to know how the people felt after his words, so he sent messengers. They all felt a change come upon them because of the Holy Ghost. It testified of truth.


From Church History: Read this story {the link takes you right to the paragraph to read. Otherwise, it’s the 5th paragraph} by Elder Harold B. Lee and discuss how the Holy Ghost is a voice of warning. Sometimes, but not always, the Holy Ghost is a voice we can hear. For younger children, use this story with pictures that is found in the friend. You may also like the article that he talks about his mother using the Holy Ghost.


From Church History: Tell the following story about how President Woodruff listened to the Holy Ghost and it kept him safe. For younger audiences, use this graphic story. For older audiences, it is found in originally, but is retold starting in the 14th paragraph of Prayer and Prompting by Elder Packer.


From Church History: There is an amazing story of Brother Brigham Young summarized in The Unspeakable Gift of the Holy Ghost. It starts under the heading The Importance of the Holy Ghost, and is the 2nd story shared. Discuss the story and why the Holy Ghost is so important.


From your own life: Tell of a time that the Holy Ghost gave you guidance or answers. Discuss feelings. Feelings speak to your audience truer than words do, and those are the stories that will stay with them in times of need.


Further discussion: The spirit is not always with us. It never abandons us, instead we make it leave. Discuss times that the spirit withdraws from our lives and what we need to do to get it back. Focus on profanity, uncleanliness, disobedience, rebellion, sin, and anger. Discuss what would have happened in any of the previous stories had the people not been receptive to the Holy Ghost?


Challenge: Hand each family member a note card. Have them think of one way they can better prepare themselves this week to hear the Holy Ghost.


Resources:   Behold Your Little Ones lesson 6; Sunbeams Manual Lesson 7;  Come, Follow Me lessons on the Holy Ghost on; Gospel Principles Chapter 7; True to the Faith section on the Holy Ghost (Page 81); Harold B. Lee: A Polished Shaft in the Lord’s Quiver, by Petrea Kelly, Prayer and Promptings by President Boyd K. Packer, The Unspeakable Gift of The Holy Ghost by elder Jay E. Jensen (the whole talk is amazing, but this lesson only focuses on the first 2 parts. The second half is covered in The Gift of the Holy Ghost lesson).


Jesus Christ is Heavenly Father’s Son

Purpose: To help family members understand who Jesus Christ is and how to follow Jesus’ example when they make their daily decisions.


Possible scriptures:Due to the nature of this lesson, the magnitude of scriptures makes it impossible to list or limit the choices to a decent list. Therefore, I leave it in the hands of the lesson preparer to research their own scriptures, and give only these 2: Doctrine and Covenants 110:4; Doctrine and Covenants 76:22-24;


Possible Songs: I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus, Children’s Songbook page 78; Jesus Said Love Everyone, Children’s Songbook page 61; Tell Me the Stories of Jesus, Children’s Songbook page 57; Teach Me to Walk in the Light, Hymn 304 or Children’s Songbook page 177; Come, Follow Me, Hymn 116; I Know that My Redeemer Lives, Hymn 136;

Possible Materials:He Lives” by the Apostles; As many pictures of the Savior as possible (Make full use of the Gospel Art Kit, especially this picture of Jesus at the temple). This booklet found on A Year of FHE ;or these flashcards by ldshandouts.blogspot.com; or theseflashcards by beinglds.blogspot.com Wordart with “What would Jesus Christ have me do?” on a small card.


Preparation: Begin with prayer. Ask yourself ­­­­­if you have a testimony of the Savior. If not, work on it this week. Think about the Savior’s life and ministry. Think about all He did for you and your family. Read the suggested scriptures, study some of your favorite scripture passages about the Savior, and any articles listed in Resources.

Children: look at pictures of Jesus. If there is a story that interests you, learn more about it. Watch the bible video about Jesus as a boy in the temple.

Lesson:

Introduction: Turn out all the lights in the house, or use a blindfold if it is still light. Ask one of the family members to perform a difficult task, such as writing a sentence on a piece of paper or finding several household items and putting them in one place. Then turn on the lights or remove the blindfold, and show how easily the same task can be done in the light. Have a family member read aloud John 8:12. Ask, “How is Jesus the Light of the World? (He is the one who lights our way.) How does he give us light? (He gave us his example and teachings.) Why is it easier to make the right decisions with the aid of Jesus’ light? (His examples and teachings light the way for us. We can see the paths we should take more clearly.)”

Discussion: Who is the Savior? How do we come to know Him? Discuss that he is our brother, a mortal son of God. Discuss characteristics and attributes of his life. Remind the family of the role he played in the Plan of Salvation that we learned about last week.

From the First Presidency: Watch this video as a family. Discuss the feelings that come from this video. It is truth, from men who know. Also discuss The Living Christ, paragraph by paragraph.

            Activity: print off the booklet from A Year of FHE (I’m kind of irked… it’s a copyright thing. She takes all credit for the work, and the coloring pages are from the friend… I’ll keep credit where it’s due, and thank her for her compilation, but know that these pictures come from The Church) or the flashcards from here.

From the New Testament: Read Luke 2:41-52; show the pictureof young Jesus at the temple. What “Father” is Jesus talking about? What is his Father’s business?

From the life of the Savior: Pick a few stories from the life of the savior, noting that there is an entire lesson on his mortal life in the coming weeks, as well as a Christmas and an Easter lesson. Discuss how everything he did was perfect and can be an example to us. Discuss his divine characteristics of love and loyalty, always doing the right thing, and serving others. Use pictures.

            Activity: For younger children, have them pick a picture, draw a story out of a basket, or some similar activity.

More from General Authorities: Read this talk by Elder Oaks and discuss what Christ has done for us, study the names of the Savior and his various roles by looking in the bible dictionary, and companion it with this talk by Elder Packer.

Further discussion: Discuss what it means to us that He lives again. How has He set the perfect example for us? What are some ways we can show Him how thankful we are? Discuss again how He is the perfect example for us, and that whenever we are unsure of what to do in our life, we can look to Him for answers. Come up with personalized scenarios and ask what Jesus would want a person to do in each circumstance. 


Challenge:  Hand out the little reminder cards and/or a CTR ring for each family. Invite each member to ask themselves what Jesus their older brother would have them do in problems that arise in their lives this week.  Tell them to write their most meaningful decision in their journal and be prepared to share one next week (it can be a less personal one if they would rather).

Heavenly Father and Jesus Love Me FHE

Purpose: To help each member of the family feel that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love and know each of us personally and that they have worth as children of God.


Possible Songs: How Great the Wisdom and the Love, hymn 195; ‘Tis Sweet to Sing the Matchless Love, hymn 176 or 177; God is Love, hymn 87; God Loved Us, So He Sent His Son, hymn 187; Our Savior’s Love, hymn 113; Where Love is, Children’s Songbook page 138; Because God Loves Me, Children’s Songbook page 234; My Heavenly Father Loves Me, Children’s Songbook page 228 [my favorite choice]; God’s Love, Children’s Songbook page 97; I Feel My Savior’s Love, Children’s Songbook page 74; Jesus Is Our Loving Friend, Children’s Songbook page 58.

Possible Materials: A crisp dollar bill; a simple puzzle; wordart for quotes given in the discussion; Pictures with Christ and the children of the New Testament and Book of Mormon, as well as any other picture you have of Christ in the Americas; A pictorial representation of the prodigal son, the lost coin, and the lost sheep (There is also a PowerPoint here) ; Hidden pictures from the Friend;




Preparation: Begin with prayer. Review the appendix to the Family Home Evening Resource manual titled “Unconditional Love.” Ask yourself ­­­­­if you believe that God really loves you. How do you know? What is keeping you from believing He loves you and from knowing of your own worth?  Read the suggested scriptures and any articles listed in Resources.

Children: ask your parents to get you a crisp dollar (not to keep, silly), and find a really easy puzzle that you can put together pretty fast. Put a piece in your pocket. Then watch as many of these videos as you can: Jesus Tells 3 Parables and Parables 1, 2, and 3, as well as Jesus blessing the Children and Jesus in the Americas and blessing the Book of Mormon children.  


Lesson:

Introduction: Take a crisp dollar bill (doesn’t have to be a dollar, but dollars are easier to come by and hold onto…). Ask the family what it is. How much is it worth? Now wrinkle it up, crumple it, stomp on it a few times, and get it looking pretty haggard. Ask the family how much it’s worth now? Did the value change?

            Secondly, take a basic puzzle and have the family put it together, but keep one piece hidden. Ask if the puzzle is complete. But we used all the pieces that were here?


Discussion: Discuss how a dollar is a dollar no matter what hardships it has to face. Some value is there and cannot be taken away (if you have a smart-alecky family member who points out that if you rip the dollar or shred the dollar, it’s worthless, point out how you can tape that dollar back together and a bank will still trade it in).  Point out how even a simple puzzle piece is necessary. The puzzle is not complete without each piece. Discuss how important we all are and every person is necessary to complete the puzzle. That puzzle is like our family and our church and our earthly life. Share the following quotes:


President Spencer W. Kimball: “God is your father. He loves you. He and your mother in heaven value you beyond any measure … You are unique. One of a kind, made of the eternal intelligence which gives you claim upon eternal life.

“Let there be no question in your mind about your value as an individual. The whole intent of the gospel plan is to provide an opportunity for each of you to reach your fullest potential, which is eternal progression and the possibility of godhood.” (“Privileges and Responsibilities of Sisters,” p. 105.)


Elder Marvin J. Ashton, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “As children of God we are somebody. He will build us, mold us, and magnify us if we will but hold our heads up, our arms out, and walk with him. What a great blessing to be created in his image and know of our true potential in and through him!” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1973, 21; or Ensign, July 1973, 24).


From the Life of the Savior: Hold up the picture of Christ teaching the Children. Read Mark 10:13-16. Show a picture of Christ with the children of the New Testament. Discuss how Jesus took time out for the little children, and even little children are important to the Savior. Did everyone have the same idea? Even His apostles thought the children would be a waste of the Savior’s precious time.


From the Book of Mormon: Hold up a picture of Christ in America. Discuss key points of the savior in the Americas, as found in 3 Nephi. Focus mainly on chapters 11-20. Bring to the attention of the family that not only does He bless the children, but he also blesses the sick and the afflicted. But that was not all; Christ took time for each person that would come to him! Point out that there weren’t just a few people. Think about if the savior only spent seconds with each person, mere seconds, how long he would have been there. But I don’t believe he stood there with each of them for just a second. Or even hurried them along!


Activity for Young Children: Sing “Happy Family” but use Heavenly Father and Jesus as the names in the song.


From Jesus’ Teachings: The Savior often taught in Parables. Read the 3 parables found in Luke 15:4-32. Discuss how we feel when we lose something. Discuss how we are more important than money and sheep and will be as graciously received as the prodigal son. In what way might a person be lost?

            Activity: Print off a few Hidden Pictures from the friend, or copy some of your own.


From Modern Leaders: Watch this message by President Uchdorf and discuss one of the articles found in resources.


From your own life: This lesson is so personal in nature that it will not be enough to share stories of people in ancient times. This lesson needs a personal story. If you are uncomfortable with sharing one, ask the family members to think of ways they know that God loves them and experiences that they have had.


Further discussion: Discuss how this message is not only important for us to understand, but it’s also important that we share that God and our Savoir love all of us. We all need to get back to him, and need to do our part to show others how God loves them. We need to be nicer to those we know, because they are Children of God, too. We need to share the gospel with others because they are the lost or the prodigal. Close with Doctrine and Covenants 18:10, 15-16.


Challenge: Encourage each member of the family to take better care of themselves and others this week by remembering that each person is important. Have the older kids write down any negative thoughts they had about themselves each day and how those thoughts were not in line with what they know about their divinity. Heavenly Father sends positive reinforcements and ways to improve, but never negative or demeaning thoughts. Note that this challenge would also make a great Young Women Personal Progress project.


Resources:   Behold Your Little Ones lesson 4;Sunbeams Manual Lesson 6;   The Lord Has Not Forgotten You by Linda S. Reeves; The Worth of Eddie Porter by Ray Goldrup; The Power of God’s Love by John H. Groberg; What the Book of Mormon Teaches about the Love of God by Russell M. Nelson; Our Divinely Based Worth by Barbara Day Lockhart; The Love of God and You Matter To Him  by Dieter F. Uchtdorf; Where is the Pavilion? By Henry B. Eyering; Sugar Beets and the Worth a of Soul by President Thomas S. Monson

Heavenly Father Has a Plan for Me FHE

Purpose: To help family members understand that we lived with Heavenly Father as spirit children before we came to earth, why we are here, and that we can live with him again after this life.


Possible Songs: I Am a Child of God, hymn 301 or Children’s Songbook page 2; I Lived in Heaven, children’s songbook page 4; Families Can Be Together Forever, hymn 300 or Children’s Songbook page 188; God Loved Us, So He Sent His Son, hymn 187; I Stand All Amazed, hymn 193; O Thou, Before the World Began, hymn 189; Teach Me to Walk in the Light, hymn 304 or Children’s Songbook page 177; He Sent His Son, children’s songbook page 34; I Will Follow God’s Plan, Children’s Songbook page 164; The Third Article of Faith, Children’s Songbook page 123.

Possible Materials: a special treat; Wordart for the timeline of the plan of salvation. You can use a string with a knot in it to display your timeline.

Preparation: Begin with prayer. Ask yourself ­­­­­if you understand the 3 basic philosophical questions of mortality (Where did I come from? Who am I? Where am I going after I die?).  Read the suggested scriptures and any articles listed in Resources, as well as this website on the plan of salvation, the second and third part of Gospel Principles chapter 2 and the first part of chapter 5, and The Family: A Proclamation to the World. Prepare a special treat.

Children: Prepare a special treat. Get another person to volunteer to get the treat and take all the credit. Then watch the video about Before the Old Testament.

Lesson:

Introduction: Start out by saying you’ve prepared a special treat for the family, and all it will take is for everyone to go to the kitchen to get it and a member of the family will hand it to them. Have one person say they’ll go get the treat for everyone and bring it back, but everyone will have to like it and eat it the way they say to eat it and everyone will have to give credit to him, even though he didn’t make the treat.

Discussion: Discuss how there was a council in heaven where God told us he had a special opportunity and gift to give, and like the person who wanted to make us eat our treats a certain way, there was a person who wanted to take away our ability to choose in the war in heaven. Luckily, God picked Jesus to help him with his plan, and Jesus let us have our agency and gave the credit for the plan to the Father.

From the Pearl of Great Price: Read Moses 3-4:4, and Abraham 3:22-28, as well as Revelation 12:4-11 and Doctrine and Covenants 76:25-44. Summarize.

            Activity: Divide antemortality into categories (Pre-mortality and living with God, Council in Heaven, War in Heaven; Satan’s fall; Foreordination, and Waiting to be born) and discuss them in turn, creating a timeline using cards with the categories written on them. It will also be beneficial to define such big words for smaller children.

From True to the Faith: Watch this video as a family. Read or summarize the Plan of Salvation from True to the Faith.

            Activity: Add to the categories above by including the Creation, the Fall, Birth, the Veil, Mortality, Death, the Atonement, and Resurrection. Discuss what we have to do to return to our Heavenly Father, and what has been done because God loves us.

Further discussion: Make sure that each family member understands the following:

  1. We lived with Heavenly Father as spirits.
  2. When we came to earth, we forgot what it was like in heaven.
  3. We came to earth in families.
  4. We came to earth to have a body.
  5. We came to earth to learn things we couldn’t learn with Heavenly Father.
  6. What we need to do to return to Heavenly Father (baptism, Holy Ghost, Endowment, Sealing, keep commandments).
  7. Messing up is part of gaining experiences.
  8. The atonement of Jesus Christ makes it possible for us to return to Heavenly Father.

Challenge: Challenge each family member to memorize the third Article of Faith. Make sure everyone knows the meanings the big words, like atonement, mankind, obedience, and ordinances.


Resources:   Behold Your Little Oneslesson 2; Sunbeams Manual Lesson 3;  Come, Follow Me lessons on the Plan of Salvation (February); Gospel Principles Chapters 2 and 5 (first part); Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, Chapter 17; The Family: A Proclamation to the World; Plan of Salvation from True to the Faith
; see also “Plan of Salvation” on LDS.org