It feels good to get back to blogging! It’s been weeks due to holiday celebrating and soaking up every minute with the kids before they head back to school and the final week of the term. I’ve been thinking a lot about which lesson I’d like to develop a little further this month. Strong promptings from the Holy Ghost and impressions I’ve had concerning individuals in my own life ultimately helped make the decision. I hope my thoughts help you in some small way with your lesson preparations this coming month.
I believe there is a great inner-struggle with some today in having confidence to hear and trust when he/she is receiving promptings from the Holy Ghost. There is so much noise and distraction in the world around us. Unlike the charming three-note ring or beeping sound when our cell phone displays text informing us a friend wants to talk, the Spirit speaks to us in a manner no one or nothing else communicates with us. It is reverent and quiet, entering ones mind when the individual is ready to receive instruction that requires real action. Last week I encourage the Mia Maids in my class to truly listen and act upon what they may think is a “random” thought in their day about a friend or family member. Many times the Lord answers prayers through the willing hands of others. Help be the answer to someone’s prayer. Faithfully follow the prompting. Bring happiness to the downhearted and depressed. Protect yourself from dangers that may lie ahead by heeding to the warning. Be a believer of what the Holy Ghost is teaching, reminding and reinforcing.
I have a testimony that as we prepare ourselves to listen and have a courage to follow we will be strengthened. We will become more “firm in the faith” and our ability to listen and act on promptings will become greater. We cannot and will not survive in this irreverent world without the companionship of the Holy Ghost. The promptings we receive from this sacred companionship are but one part of this great blessing bestowed to each of us when we are confirmed members of the Church. This month we will have the opportunity to learn many ways the Spirit can help us in our day to day lives.
“What are the roles of the Holy Ghost?” The Holy Ghost, a member of the Godhead, bears witness of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. He is the source of personal testimony and revelation. He can guide us in our decisions and protect us from physical and spiritual danger. He is known as the Comforter, and He can calm our fears and fill us with hope. Through His power, we are sanctified as we repent, receive saving ordinances, and keep our covenants. It is through the influence of the Holy Ghost that we receive knowledge of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and feel Their power, goodness, and love.
Suggested Activity: Invite the youth to read “Roles of the Holy Ghost” in True to the Faith (page 82). Ask each class member to select one of the Holy Ghost’s roles and look for scriptures or scriptural stories that teach about that role. Invite them to share with each other what they find. Encourage them to share experiences in which the Holy Ghost helped them in these ways. What are some future situations in which they will need the help of the Holy Ghost?
You might consider posting the following scriptures and specific roles on the board to help get them started, but encourage them to find more than what you have provided. I am always amazed with their searching abilities simply using the topical guide in the scriptures, General Conference addresses or other Church publications such as True to the Faith. In addition, this experiences helps them become more comfortable navigating the scriptures and discovering the doctrine in future searches and personal study.
John 14:26 (The Comforter can teach us and bring all things to our remembrance)
Romans 8:16 (The Spirit bears witness that we are children of God)
2 Nephi 32:5 (The Holy Ghost will show us what we should do)
Moroni 8:26 (The Holy Ghost fills us with hope and love)
Moroni 10:5 (The Holy Ghost teaches us the truth)
“Holy Ghost,” True to the Faith, (2004), 81–84
The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead. He is a personage of spirit, without a body of flesh and bones (see D&C 130:22). He is often referred to as the Spirit, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of the Lord, or the Comforter. The Holy Ghost works in perfect unity with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, fulfilling several roles to help you live righteously and receive the blessings of the gospel.
He “witnesses of the Father and the Son” (2 Nephi 31:18) and reveals and teaches “the truth of all things” (Moroni 10:5). You can receive a sure testimony of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ only by the power of the Holy Ghost. His communication to your spirit carries far more certainty than any communication you can receive through your natural senses.
As you strive to stay on the path that leads to eternal life, the Holy Ghost “will show unto you all things what [you] should do” (see 2 Nephi 32:1–5). He can guide you in your decisions and protect you from physical and spiritual danger.
Through Him, you can receive gifts of the Spirit for your benefit and for the benefit of those you love and serve (see D&C 46:9–11).
He is the Comforter (John 14:26). 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. The Holy Ghost can fill you “with hope and perfect love” and “teach you the peaceable things of the kingdom” (Moroni 8:26; D&C 36:2).
Through His power, you are sanctified as you repent, receive the ordinances of baptism and confirmation, and remain true to your covenants (see Mosiah 5:1–6; 3 Nephi 27:20; Moses 6:64–68).
He is the Holy Spirit of Promise (see Ephesians 1:13; D&C 132:7, 18–19, 26). In this capacity, He confirms that the priesthood ordinances you have received and the covenants you have made are acceptable to God. This approval depends on your continued faithfulness.
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Additional Questions for Discussion
Teaching Tip: Have the follow questions (or some like them) composed before class begins. After someone shares a comment, instead of using the stand-by, “Thanks for sharing,” invite them to “dig a little deeper” by asking a follow-up question. Most oftentimes the individual is more at ease because he/she has just shared feelings from the heart. The Spirit’s presence will be felt as all listen and are edified. This is one of my favorite moments in class as a teacher. Train yourself to take the responses a step further. When a remark concludes, ask “Who else feels this way? Has anyone else had an experience like this?” The students in the room then take over and you will experience something amazing. Don’t be afraid if you can’t get to everything you had planned. This method of asking questions and being willing to listen is the essence of teaching in the Savior’s way.
How can you tell when you are feeling the Spirit?
How can you qualify for the companionship of the Holy Ghost so you can have his guidance and protection each day?
What might keep you from receiving daily promptings from the Holy Ghost?
When was the last time you felt the influence of the Holy Ghost?