To help the children understand that the Holy Ghost can help us do what is right. He also warns us of danger.
Prepare nine questions on slips of paper for the game in the lesson. Place the questions in a bag.
Be prepared to sing or say the words to “Choose the Right Way” (Children’s Songbook, p. 160) and “The Holy Ghost” (Children’s Songbook, p. 105); the words for these songs are included at the back of this manual.
Make the necessary preparations for any enrichment activities that you will be using.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Follow up with the children if you encouraged them to do something during the week.
Ask the children to listen to the following stories of Anita and George to see how the Holy Ghost helped them to do what is right.
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.”
Have the children listen to the following story about Elder Thomas S. Monson:
Some time ago, Elder Monson and his wife were sent by the prophet to visit the islands of Samoa. While they were there, they visited a class of children who lived in the village of Sauniatu. Elder and Sister Monson each spoke to the class. After they finished their talks and as the children’s teacher was announcing the closing song, a thought came into Elder Monson’s mind. He was prompted to personally greet each one of the 247 children.
However, when he glanced at his watch, he realized that it was getting late and that he wouldn’t have time to greet each child individually.
He tried to put the thought out of his mind, but he couldn’t.
Before the closing prayer, he was prompted again to take the time to shake the hand of each child.
He finally turned to the teacher and said, “I would like so much to shake the hand of each boy and girl. Would this be possible?”
The teacher smiled and, in the Samoan language, spoke to the children. They nodded their heads eagerly in approval. He told Elder Monson the reason for the children’s smiles. When the teacher learned that the President of the Church had asked one of the Twelve Apostles to visit them in Samoa, the teacher had told the children that if they would each pray sincerely and have faith as did the people in the Bible and Book of Mormon, the Apostle would visit their village. He would also be prompted by the Holy Ghost to shake the hand of every child (see Thomas S. Monson, “Talofa Lava,” Friend, May 1972, pp. 12–13).
Who prompted Elder Monson?
How did the Holy Ghost prompt Elder Monson?
Point out that the Holy Ghost prompts people in different ways. Most often he speaks to our minds as he did to Elder Monson’s.
Explain that because Elder Monson listened to the promptings or instructions of the Holy Ghost, he was able to do what Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ wanted him to do.
Have the children tell about any experiences in their own lives when they feel they have received guidance from the Holy Ghost.