Weekly Thoughts and Tips

April 2018

 


Priesthood Questions

April 27, 2018

Children

Do you know any girls who have questions about how the priesthood relates to them? It’s a topic that seems to surface especially as girls turn 12 and watch male peers begin participating in ordinances such as passing the sacrament. An article in the April 2018 magazine (pages 32–33) might help. There’s also a question-and-answer page about priesthood on page 34. Let’s make sure the girls and young women we know realize how much they are valued and needed, and that it’s OK to have questions! Oh, and don’t forget to check out the new song about priesthood power on page 11!


Truths about the Godhead

By Jess Ward
April 13, 2018

Family

“We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost” (Articles of Faith 1:1). This simple article of faith teaches wonderful eternal truths. But young children can easily get confused about who the members of the Godhead are and the role each one plays in our life.

Here are some ideas to help your little ones better understand the Godhead:

  • Show them a picture of the First Vision and talk about it. “Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. They are two people! And look, do you see Their eyes, mouths, hair, and hands? They have bodies like us!”
  • Some hear “Holy Ghost” and think of a scary ghost. Use something comforting like a blanket to cuddle together as you explain: “We can’t see the Holy Ghost. But we can feel Him, like a warm blanket around our heart. Heavenly Father sends the Holy Ghost to help us.”
  • When your child prays, point out that they’re talking to their Father in Heaven. When they choose the right, they’re following Jesus. When they have happy feelings after making a good choice, those feelings come from the Holy Ghost.
  • Use this action rhyme to help them remember what they’ve learned: “I pray to my Heavenly Father [fold arms]. I follow Jesus by choosing the right [walk in place]. The Holy Ghost can comfort me and help me feel warm and light [wrap arms around yourself in a hug].”