Have the chart ready from lesson 7, “Becoming a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ.” Before class, place the wordstrips “Faith in Jesus Christ,” “Repentance,” and “Baptism” on the proper steps of the chart. Have the wordstrip “Gift of the Holy Ghost” ready to use during the lesson.
Place picture 3-14, Girl Being Confirmed (62020) in a box. If possible, wrap the box to look like a gift.
Prepare to help the children sing or say the words to the song “The Holy Ghost” (Children’s Songbook, p. 105); the words are included at the back of this manual.
Picture 3-14, Girl Being Confirmed (62020); picture 3-22, The Last Supper (62174; Gospel Art Picture Kit 225); and picture 3-10, The First Vision (62470; Gospel Art Picture Kit 403).
Make the necessary preparations for any enrichment activities that you will be using.
Suggested Lesson Development
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Follow up with the children if you encouraged them to do something during the week.
We Can Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost
Jesus Christ Promised to Send the Holy Ghost
The Holy Ghost Can Help Us
Emphasize that as members of the Church we believe in the Holy Ghost. We know that he will give us the help and comfort we need if we obey the commandments.
Choose from the following activities those that will work best for your children. You can use them in the lesson itself or as a review or summary. For additional guidance, see “Class Time” in “Helps for the Teacher.”
Invite a special guest to your class. Ask your guest to share an experience when he or she was comforted by the Holy Ghost. (Obtain permission from the bishop or branch president if the guest is not from your ward or branch.)
Ask the children if there is someone who makes them feel warm, happy, and safe, especially when they have been feeling sad. Emphasize that such persons can sometimes give us comfort when we are sad or feeling lonely. Explain that the Holy Ghost is sometimes called the Comforter. He can give us great comfort throughout our lives. Jesus Christ sent him to be with us when we feel sad or troubled.
Sing or recite the last two lines of “The Still Small Voice” (Children’s Songbook, p. 106):
Listen, listen. (Cup hand to ear)
The Holy Ghost will whisper. (Place index finger to lips)
Listen, listen (Cup hand to ear)
To the still small voice. (Hand over heart)
Play the following quiet game with the children to show them that they can be guided by a still, small voice:
Show the children a small item you will hide for this game. Invite one child to leave the group for a moment while you hide the item. Have the child return to the group, and tell him that he must listen to find the way to the hidden item. Use a quiet noise, such as lightly tapping a pencil, gently clapping your hands, or humming a song, to show the child which way to turn to look for the hidden object. Make sure that the noises you make are very soft and reverent. Gently tap when the child looks in the correct direction. Tap more quickly as the child moves closer to the hiding place, until he finds the item.
Emphasize to the children that they can be guided in their lives by listening to the still, small voice of the Holy Ghost.
Whisper to the children and say something such as, “If you hear me, put your finger on your cheek. If you hear me, put your finger on your chin.” Then explain to the children that there is someone else who speaks with a still, small voice, and they must listen very carefully to hear what that voice tells them. That voice comes from the Holy Ghost.