“Sharing Time: The Gift of the Holy Ghost,” Friend, Aug. 2005, 15
What happens when you turn eight? That’s right! You can be baptized. A glorious part of your baptismal day or of a day soon after is to be confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That ordinance gives you the gift of the Holy Ghost.
The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead. Unlike Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost does not have a body of flesh and bone (see D&C 130:22). The Holy Ghost is a spirit personage who will speak to “you in your mind and in your heart” (D&C 8:2) and will show you “what ye should do” (2 Ne. 32:5).
The Holy Ghost will help you keep your baptismal covenant and guide you to choose the right. He bears witness of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ (see 3 Ne. 28:11). The Holy Ghost can give you comfort and guide you away from danger.
When you are baptized and when you take the sacrament, you promise to take the name of Jesus Christ upon you, to always remember Him, and to keep His commandments. Then Heavenly Father promises you that the Holy Ghost may always be with you (see D&C 20:77).
You will know the Holy Ghost is with you by the way you feel. President Ezra Taft Benson (1899–1994) taught, “When you do good, you feel good, and that is the Holy Ghost speaking to you” (Friend, Sep. 2001, 28).
Truly, the Holy Ghost—who is also called the Spirit—is a wonderful gift from a loving Heavenly Father.
Use these gift cards to remind you of the gift of the Holy Ghost. Decorate a box or bag to look like a gift. Attach page 14 to heavy paper. Cut out the gift cards on the page; then put them in the box or bag. Every day this week, choose a card. Then look up the scripture, and fill in the blanks.
“And by the _____ of the _____ _____ ye may know the _____ of all _____” (Moro. 10:5).
“_____ _____ in God, the _____ _____, and in His _____, _____ _____, and in the _____ _____” (A of F 1:1).
“And I will pray the _____, and he shall give you _____ _____, that he may _____ with you for ever” (John 14:16).
“Yea, behold, I will tell you in your _____ and in your _____, by the _____ _____, which shall come upon _____ and which shall _____ in your _____” (D&C 8:2).
“For there are many _____, and to every man is _____ a _____ by the _____ of _____” (D&C 46:11).
“Verily, I say unto thee, put your _____ in that _____ which leadeth to do _____—yea, to do _____, to walk _____, to judge _____; and this is _____ _____” (D&C 11:12).
“_____ _____ that the first _____ and _____ of the _____ are: first, _____ in the _____ _____ _____; second, _____; third, _____ by _____ for the _____ of sins; fourth, _____ on of _____ for the _____ of the _____ _____” (A of F 1:4).
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(Note: All songs are from Children’s Songbook unless otherwise noted; GAK = Gospel Art Picture Kit, TNGC = Teaching, No Greater Call.)
1. Help the children memorize the first article of faith. Teach the principle of the Godhead. Use GAK pictures 403 (The First Vision) and 602 (The Gift of the Holy Ghost) to teach that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are resurrected beings with bodies of flesh and bone. The Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit (see D&C 130:22). The Holy Ghost witnesses of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Sing “I Know My Father Lives” (p. 5). What do we need to do to gain a testimony from the Holy Ghost? Invite a recent convert, missionary, or ward member to relate the witness of the Holy Ghost in his or her own life. Or retell in your own words the story “Micah’s Miracle” (Friend, Oct. 2002, 4–6). Discuss what the characters in the story did to gain a testimony from the Holy Ghost. Copy pictures from the GAK that show children keeping the commandments, such as 604 (Passing the Sacrament), 605 (Young Boy Praying), or 616 (Family Togetherness). Choose a picture for each letter in the word “testimony.” Write one letter on the back of each picture and post them on the board in order. Invite a child to turn over one of the letters and tell what is happening in the picture. Ask the children to think of ways or times they also do the things illustrated in the picture. How does that activity help their testimonies grow? Take responses and reinforce the principles with songs from the Children’s Songbook. Continue until all the pictures are revealed. Sing “Seek the Lord Early” (p. 108).
2. Put GAK 602 (The Gift of the Holy Ghost) in a wrapped box or gift bag. Write clues on strips of paper to help the children guess what the gift is. Examples: “I cannot be bought with money,” “I speak with a still, small voice,” “I teach the truth,” “I am a guide,” “I give comfort,” “I testify of Jesus Christ,” “I am a member of the Godhead.” Place clues in a container. Explain that there is a special gift represented in the box and they must guess what it is as they read the clues. Have the pianist play “The Still Small Voice” (pp. 106–7) as you pass the container. Stop the music, then let a child read a clue and try to guess. Continue until the correct guess is made. Review all the clues to help the children understand the Holy Ghost. Sing “The Still Small Voice.” Post GAK 602 and ask, “What steps do we need to take to be able to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost?” Recite A of F 1:4 and review each of the principles taught. Reinforce the principle that we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands from a worthy Melchizedek Priesthood holder.
For older children: Let the children read and portray the story of Simon in Acts 8:9–25. Post a copy of “My Gospel Standards” and teach that we must keep the commandments to have the Holy Ghost as a constant companion. For younger children: Choose pictures from the GAK or Primary picture packets that show children engaged in various activities. As you show each picture, have the children stand up for those activities that invite the Holy Ghost, and sit down for those that don’t. All children: Sing “Choose the Right Way” (pp. 160–61). Give each child a cutout of a paper hand. Invite them to write or draw one thing they will do to invite the Holy Ghost to be with them this week. Make a collage in the Primary room or let the children take them home to share with their families.
3. Help the children memorize the parts of the sacrament prayers (see D&C 20:77, 79) that constitute the covenant they are making: (1) “willing to take upon them the name of thy Son,” (2) “always remember him,” and (3) “keep his commandments which he has given them.” Write each numbered line on the board. Divide the children into three groups and give each group a number that corresponds with a line to be memorized. Hold up one, two, or three fingers to signal to the children to stand and recite their line. After a couple of recitations, have the groups switch parts. Switch again and begin erasing words from the board. Switch again. Repeat until the standard is learned. Refer to pages 2–3 in the Faith in God guidebook. Remind the children that if we keep our part of the covenant, we are promised that we “will always have his Spirit to be with us.” Help the children find and read D&C 20:77, 79. Ask “Why is it important to have the Holy Ghost be with us?” “How do we listen to the Holy Ghost, and how can the Holy Ghost help us?”
4. With the help of the music leader, invite the older Primary children to learn the song “I Feel the Spirit” (Friend, Feb. 2004, 15) and be prepared to sing it in sharing time. Whisper as you ask the children to follow simple directions such as, “Put your hands on your head. Stand and stretch to touch the ceiling. Sit down and fold your arms.” Explain that the Holy Ghost also speaks with a “still small voice,” and that we often “hear” the Holy Ghost by the way we feel. Have those who are prepared sing “I Feel the Spirit” and invite the children to listen for all the ways we feel the Spirit. Take responses and discuss. For older children, scramble and list the following scriptures on one side of the board. Scramble and list the gifts of the Spirit on the other side. Have the children find the scriptures and match them with the gifts of the Spirit: (1) Moro. 10:9–10—teach the word of wisdom and knowledge, (2) Moro. 10:11—gift of faith and healing, (3) Moro. 10:12—work mighty miracles, (4) Moro. 10:13—gift of prophecy, (5) Moro. 10:14—beholding of angels, and (6) Moro. 10:15–16—tongues and interpretation of languages. Recite A of F 1:7. Illustrate these gifts of the Spirit with your own examples or use the following: (1) the testimony of a recent general conference speaker; (2) story from the Primary 5 manual, p. 102, #4; (3) President Gordon B. Hinckley and building temples, Ensign, Nov. 1997, 49–50; May 1998, 87–88; (4) Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “Preparation for the Second Coming,”Ensign, May 2004, 7; (5) the gospel is restored through Joseph Smith by the ministering of angels, JS—H 1:12, 30–32, 68–70; (6) Story of Elder Kikuchi from the Primary 3 manual, p. 115. Recite together Moro. 10:4–5. Bear testimony of the blessings of the many gifts of the Holy Ghost.
5. Song Presentation: The song for this month, “The Holy Ghost” (p. 105), teaches us many things about the Holy Ghost. Sing the melody and clap the rhythm. Explain that just as the beat is constant, the Holy Ghost can be our constant companion. Invite them to clap the beat with you as you sing it again. Repeat again, this time inviting the children to hum the melody with you as they clap. Because each half of each verse teaches one of the missions of the Holy Ghost, teach the words in four sections. Write the main words of the first two lines on separate pieces of paper (Christ, earth, promised, send, Holy Ghost, comfort). Sing that much of the song as you direct the children to listen for one thing the Holy Ghost does for us. Take responses. As you sing it again, invite two or three children to post the words in order. Sing that much of the song with the children over and over, removing words until they know it. Learn the rest of the words by repeating this process.
For younger children: Use GAK pictures or simple drawings mounted on colored paper to illustrate the words. Have them already posted in order on the board, removing them as the children learn the words.
6. Friend references: “The Holy Spirit,” June 2002, 2–3; “One of God’s Greatest Gifts,” June 2000, 43–45; “Spiritual Power of Our Baptism,” Mar. 2000, IFC; “On the Lord’s Side,” Sep. 2002, 8–9; “A Prophet Talks to Children,” Sep. 2001, 28–29; “Do What Is Right,” Sep. 2003, 16–18. Other reference: “Helping Children Hear the Still, Small Voice,”Ensign, Mar. 1994, 18–22. These references and others can be found at www.lds.org. Click on Gospel Library.