“We Follow Jesus Christ and His Prophet,” Liahona, June 2022.
God blesses us with a living prophet to receive revelation and guide His Church on the earth. This magazine issue can help you teach your children about how we can follow Jesus Christ and His prophet. You can also use the ideas below to help you start discussions about temple work and the importance of family councils.
Read a few quotes from Elder Holland’s article on page 4 about following the prophet. Invite your children to share how they choose to follow the Lord and His prophets. You could even sing “Follow the Prophet” (Children’s Songbook, 110–11) together as a family.
The article on page 40 can help you learn more about God’s pattern of councils. Set aside a time to hold a family council—whether it be during family dinner, home evening, or any other time convenient for your family—to facilitate open conversation with your children regarding what they need help with and what they can help you with. Discuss challenges and counsel together to find solutions.
Use Elder Mutombo’s article on page 44 to teach your children about the importance of and blessings of the temple. Using FamilySearch, work together as a family to research your family history and, if possible, find names to take to the temple.
Samuel heard the Lord’s voice when he was a young boy but did not recognize it at first. Try this activity to learn about listening:
Blindfold one person or have them cover their eyes.
From another room, a family member will say the blindfolded person’s name.
If the blindfolded person can guess who spoke, the speaking person will give directions to help the blindfolded person find him or her.
Take turns being the blindfolded person and the person saying the name.
Discussion: We can hear the voice of the Lord in the scriptures, the temple, and the teachings of living prophets. How do you hear His voice? Read or listen to President Russell M. Nelson’s April 2020 general conference talk “Hear Him” and look for ways we can hear the Lord’s voice better in our own lives. Talk about how you as a family can “hear Him.”
After Ruth became a widow, she chose to stay with her mother-in-law, Naomi, instead of returning to her people, “for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God” (Ruth 1:16).
Ruth supported Naomi by staying with her. Try this activity to learn about supporting family:
Choose a family member and stand back-to-back. Place any object (a small ball or a book) between each other’s backs.
Working as a team, see how many steps you can take together without letting the object fall.
Take turns as a family until everyone has had a chance to work as a team to help each other.
Discussion: How did Ruth and Naomi help each other? Ruth believed in Heavenly Father and had faith, so she stayed with Naomi. How was she blessed? How can we support each other and trust the Lord when we have difficulties?