The Holy Ghost Helps Me
To help each child understand that the Holy Ghost helps us.
- A Smiley face and frowny face glued to a popsicle for each child
- Copy of coloring page
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Have a child come up to you. Whisper something in his or her ear about the Holy Ghost, such as “The Holy Ghost helps Heavenly Father and Jesus.” Repeat with each child in the class (you can say the same thing to each child). Ask the children if they know who you are going to talk about today. Explain that you are going to talk about Heavenly Father’s and Jesus’ helper, the Holy Ghost.
Heavenly Father and Jesus have physical bodies that look like ours. They have 2 eyes, 2 ears, a mouth etc. Can you point to your mouth? Can you point to your eye?
The Holy Ghost is like Heavenly Father and Jesus in many ways. He loves us and helps us. But he does not have a physical body like Heavenly Father and Jesus. He is a spirit so he can quietly put ideas into our minds and give us feelings of happiness and comfort.
The Holy Ghost gives us comfort and help
When you are hurt or sad, how does your mother or father comfort you and make you feel better?
Jesus knew that the disciples, his helpers, would be sad when he died, so he told them that he would ask Heavenly Father to send a comforter to help them not feel so bad (see John 14:16–17).
This comforter is the Holy Ghost, and he can comfort us, too. When we are sad or upset, Heavenly Father will help us by sending the Holy Ghost to comfort us.
The Holy Ghost can also warn us and guide us when we need help. Tell in your own words the following story about young Harold B. Lee, who became the eleventh President of the Church:
“I was probably about eight years of age, or younger, when I was taken by my father to a farm some distance away. While he worked I tried to busy myself with things that a young boy would. The day was hot and dusty and I played about until I was tired.
Over the fence there was a broken-down shed that looked very interesting to me. In my mind I thought of this broken-down shed as a castle that I would like to explore, so I went to the fence and started to climb through to go over to that shed. There came a voice to me that said this very significant thing, ‘Harold, don’t go over there.’
I looked about to see who was speaking my name. My father was way up at the other end of the field. He could not see what I was doing. There was no speaker in sight. Then I realized that someone that I could not see was warning me not to go over there. What was over there, I shall never know, but I learned early that there are those beyond our sight that could talk to us” (in Conference Report, Mexico City Mexico Area Conference 1972, pp. 48–49).
Sometimes the Holy Ghost whispers out loud, like he did to President Lee, but often he just gives us a feeling about what we should or should not do.
In a quiet voice say, “Everyone who can hear my voice, put your finger on your nose. Everyone who can hear my voice, put your hand on your head.” Continue, designating other parts of the body, until all the children are listening to your quiet voice. Even though I was speaking quietly, when you listened, you could hear my voice and obey my instructions. The Holy Ghost sometimes speaks to us in a quiet voice. If we listen carefully he will tell us important things.
The Holy Ghost helps us know what is right
The Holy Ghost loves us and helps us choose the right. Have the children think of some things they have done that are good, such as obeying their parents, helping others, and saying their prayers.
How do you feel when you do things that are right?
How do you feel when you do things that are wrong?
The Holy Ghost helps us know the difference between right and wrong by giving us a good, warm feeling when we do something right
and a sad feeling when we do something wrong.
Have the children share times when they have felt a good, warm feeling because they have made a right choice or helped someone. Help them recognize the influence of the Holy Ghost.
How do you feel when you do good things? How do you feel when you do something bad?
Give each child a Popsicle stick with a smiley face glued on one side and a frowny face on the other. Describe to the children some situations of people doing good and bad things, such as helping their mothers, fighting with their brothers, sharing their toys, and disobeying their parents. Have the children hold up the smiley face when the action is good and the frowny when the action is not good.
The Holy Ghost helps us know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are real
The Holy Ghost can help us know when something is true or real. Show the children a bag with an object in it. Tell the children that there is something in the bag, but do not show them the object.
Is there something in this bag?
Even though you cannot see the object in the bag you know it is there because I told you it was there. Even though few people ever see Heavenly Father and Jesus, the Holy Ghost can help us know that Heavenly Father and Jesus are real and that they love us. This knowledge is called a testimony. Sometimes people bear their testimonies in Church meetings and tell us that they know that Jesus lives. The Holy Ghost has helped them know this is true.
We can receive the gift of the Holy Ghost
Tell about your experience in being baptized and confirmed. Tell how you felt having men who hold the priesthood lay their hands on your head and give you the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Read aloud Doctrine and Covenants 39:23 through the Holy Ghost.When you are eight years old and are
confirmed, they will be able to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. The gift of the Holy Ghost will help them keep the promises they make when they are baptized.
Give each child a copy of the coloring page.
Express your gratitude for the Holy Ghost and tell the children how the Holy Ghost has comforted you and helped you know what is right.
Invite a child to say the closing prayer.
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