Wednesday, October 27, 2010

November 2010 LDS Primary Sharing Time Ideas and Helps

Good Samaritan Image from Gospel Art Book

Monthly Theme: When we serve others, we serve God.
Monthly Scripture: "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." Mosiah 2:17

Week 1 and 2: Jesus Christ taught us how to serve others.

* Get a spray bottle and lightly spray a couple children (Like misting the air above them) Who loves rain? What are some of the things you can do in the rain? How does the rain help the earth? Does anyone have a favorite story of themselves in rain they'd like to share? Invite a primary friend to the front and tell them you have a very hard question you're going to ask them, if they need help they can call on someone else too. The question is Christ taught us how to serve others, but what about people that make bad choices and are mean and cruel. Do we need to serve them?
Matthew 5:43-45 "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust."
Play spin the umbrella. (Have a child hold an umbrella pointing down and spin around with their eyes closed. On the ground have word strips with the categories) Different categories for the umbrella to point to could include- tell a story about how Jesus Christ served, Sing a song about Service, Share a way you can serve others, Give service right now! (have the child compliment someone in the room or give a high five to someone they think is an awesome helper and primary friend)

* Service in a snap! Divide into partners. Each person will have 2 minutes (Snap! Snap! Quickly think!) to come up with as many ideas on how to serve possible, the partner will count and keep track. After 4 minutes invite the children to get pony beads for each service idea given. They can string on a pipe cleaner and fashion into a bracelet or do-hinky of sorts as reverent music is playing. Our Savior has said, "I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works;" (Revelations 2:19) He know every little thing that we do to help and love others. Do we know all He has done to teach us about serving others? Take a pipe cleaner and invite the children to share ideas on how Christ has taught us about service. Let them come up to the front and add a bead for each idea.

* Bring in the story of the 3 little pigs. Is this a good story? Why does it teach us? Let's take a vote, would you rather hear the story of the 3 little pigs or have someone tell you stop being lazy! Work! Brainstorm some different ideas on how Jesus taught us. (Sermons, by example, at the temple, through miracles and healings, overturning tables at the temple, parables)

Divide into groups and give each group a different parable Christ taught. Give them a large sheet of paper to draw pictures from the parable and share with the primary how that parable taught us to serve others. (Different parables could include The Lost Sheep (Luke 15), the Lost Coin (Luke 15), the Prodigal Son (Luke 15), the Good Samaritan (Luke 10), The Parable of the laborers in the Vineyard (Matt.20:1-16- we are all equal and do each other service when we don't judge each other), the talents (Matt. 25), the sheep and the goats (End of Matt. 25, focus on especially what the King says!)

* Sing Our Primary Colors (CS pg. 258) What does each color stand for? Bring in a clear plastic container with scraps of red, yellow and blue paper. (Have the yellow paper in pieces of a puzzle of a heart) Invite volunteers to come to the front and share a way to serve others or a favorite story of how Jesus served. Have them close their eyes and draw a paper from the container. If it's yellow, they can put it on the board. After every 3 or 4 different children, sing a song about service- there are 20 listed in the topical guide of the Children's Songbook!

*Here is a great idea by Elizabeth Ricks, “The Master Served,” Friend, Sep 2007, 12–14

Week 3: When I serve my family, I serve God.

* Here are a bunch of fantastic ideas by Cheryl Esplin, “When We’re Helping, We’re Happy,” Friend, Nov 2009, 12–14 (Especially liked this one- "Memorize “By love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13). Teach that when we serve our family members, it shows we love them and are thankful for them. Have the children listen for another word that means the same thing as serving while they sing the first verse of “When We’re Helping” (p. 198). Tell the children you want them to try smiling with their lips closed, then with their teeth showing, and then with their mouth open. Have them try smiling with only their eyes. Explain that smiling is one of the easiest ways we can serve our family. Help the children suggest other ways they can serve family members. (Examples: help cook, help mow the lawn, help a younger brother pick up toys, write a letter to grandparents, etc.) Write responses on the board. Ask a child to choose an idea from the board and act it out. Let the other children guess what it is. Choose children to act out some of the other ideas."

* Here is a great puzzle for Jr. Primary to make.

*Here are more great ideas from Karen Ashton, “Sharing Time: Love at Home,” Friend, Jun 1996, 44 (Especially liked this one "Ask an adult member of the ward to share with the children a note or letter they have received from a loved one and tell the children why it was important to them. Explain to the children how nice it is to receive a note of love and appreciation. Have the children create a card from construction paper to take home to someone in their family." This would also fulfill a Faith in God requirement under service)

* Joshua 24:15 "But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Make an outline of a home and let the children draw pictures of things they can do in their home to serve their family and the Lord. Make sure to let them share with the Primary when finished.

* President Uchtdorf said in our last general conference, "It wasn’t long after astronauts and cosmonauts orbited the earth that they realized ballpoint pens would not work in space. And so some very smart people went to work solving the problem. It took thousands of hours and millions of dollars, but in the end, they developed a pen that could write anywhere, in any temperature, and on nearly any surface. But how did the astronauts and cosmonauts get along until the problem was solved? They simply used a pencil."

We don't have to do complicated acts of service for our families. What are simple things we can do to make family members happy? Make an Arty the Astronaut and a huge star that says "When I serve my family, I serve the Lord." Have little paper pencils and as the children brainstorm ideas, make a path of pencils to the star. Invite children to find scriptures having to do with service to get 2 pencils. Sing a song about service and get 2 more pencils!! (Etc.)

Week 4: When I serve my neighbors, I serve God.

* Have a neighborhood of paper homes. About 10 with flap doors that open to show a number (1-10) on the inside. Ask who is our neighbor? Have a volunteer read Matthew 22:36-40 "Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
Have questions, songs, and scriptures that have to do with how Jesus taught us how to serve others. Invite students to come to the front and choose a home and open the door. A couple examples could include-
Jesus healed the blind (show GAK picture 213). How can I help other people "see" truth?
Share some feelings or thoughts you have when you think about the greatest act of service ever given- the Atonement of Christ? What is something you know about the story of the Atonement
Please Read Leviticus 19:18

* Briefly summarize the following for the children. You can have a map to show them where Alaska is and Seattle. You can have a toy airplane for a child to hold.

 "The Savior’s entire ministry exemplified love of neighbor, the second part of that lesson given to the inquiring lawyer—spoken of as the “royal law.” A blind man healed, the daughter of Jairus raised, and the lepers cleansed—all were neighbors of Jesus. Neighbor also was the woman at the well. He, the perfect man, standing before a confessed sinner, extended a hand. She was the traveler; He was the good Samaritan. And so the caravan of His kindness continued.What about our time and place? Do neighbors await our love, our kindness, our help? A few years ago I read a Reuters news service account of an Alaska Airlines nonstop flight from Anchorage to Seattle, carrying 150 passengers, which was diverted to a remote town on a mercy mission to rescue a badly injured boy. Two-year-old Elton Williams III had severed an artery in his arm when he fell on a piece of glass while playing near his home in Yakutat, 450 miles (725 kilometers) south of Anchorage. Medics at the scene asked the airline to evacuate the boy. As a result, the Anchorage-to-Seattle flight was diverted to Yakutat. The medics said the boy was bleeding badly and probably would not live through the flight to Seattle, so the plane flew 200 miles (320 kilometers) to Juneau, the nearest city with a hospital. The flight then went on to Seattle, with the passengers arriving two hours late, most missing their connections. But none complained. In fact, they dug into their pocketbooks and took up a collection for the boy and his family. Later, as the flight was about to land in Seattle, the passengers broke into a cheer when the pilot said he had received word by radio that Elton was going to be all right. Surely love of neighbor was in evidence." From Thomas S. Monson, “The Way of the Master,” Ensign, Jan 2003, 2–7
Have the children make paper airplanes and write (or draw) ways to help serve neighbors, and thus serve God. (Beware, and just be prepared, children will want to fly their paper airplanes!)

* "Most of us profess to love God. The challenge, I have observed, is loving our neighbor. The term neighbor includes family, people with whom we work, those whom we see in geographical proximity to our home and at church, and even the enemy, though we do not condone what the latter does. If we do not love all of these, our brothers and sisters, can we truly say that we love God? The Apostle John declared “that he who loveth God love his brother also,” and added, “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar” (1 Jn. 4:21, 20). Love of God and neighbor must therefore be inseparably connected." Robert F. Orton, “‘The First and Great Commandment’,” Liahona, Jan 2002, 94–95 Have 3 large ropes. Give one end to 3 different children while you hold the other ends. Have them twist over and under each other to braid the ropes, as they do so have them give a way to serve their neighbors.  Sing Where Love Is (CS pg. 138)
Elder Orton then says, "I conclude that, given the purpose of our existence, if we do not love God and neighbor, whatever else we do will be of little eternal consequence.

* Have a large map. Have pictures from the church news of different areas where the church has given humanitarian aide to our neighboring countries. Do we know the names of our neighbors? Challenge primary friends to go with their parents and find out who lives by them and what they can do to help!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Better Than Our Best

(Michael Phelps image courtesy google search... source not found to accredit to)

A couple weeks ago I was called to be 2nd counselor in our Primary. I had the privilege of doing a couple fun months as Relief Society Meeting Coordinator (whew... mouthful) where we sang karaoke at a rest home, did a taste of world cuisine progressive activity (instead of dinner, tasters... bless you Costco) and I was hoping to get a star gazing/ astronomy class in there- but I was then called to teach the Valiant 8 and 9 year olds. Talk about exceptional children, even though we only had 2 months together!! (We're having a Old Testament party that I'll post details on later.)

Babble some more Sofia. Long winded, anyone.. anyone?

Point: I am the first to admit I have so much to learn. I have to do so much better than my best.

I was reading and came across a couple quotes I wanted to share in regards to learning and life:

"Thomas Edison was a lifelong learner. He is reported to have said, "I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed once. I have succeed in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work."

"We spend our lives doing better than our best! Our best today is not our best tomorrow. Our best today is never our best tomorrow, for what we learn and do today changes our capacity. Our progress depends upon doing better today, even though yeterday's "better" seemed all that was possible at that time." (quoted from Return by Elder Robert D. Hales)

He then goes on (of course more eloquently) to talk about Michael Phelps and how he set records one year and then broke them the next. How his records shattered those who had swam multiple years before him. We get to this point where we do our best and then ask, what now?

"As we stand atop any peak, let us enjoy the moment of satisfaction in the present. Look at the remarkable view and the progress we have made. Then turn around to see what new peaks are now in sight and set a course to climb higher in the future. When we do this, we see clearly how the achievement of one goal paves the way to higher achievement in the future. Looking back and contemplating the sacrifice and hard work that were required to achieve past goals, we gain confidence and determination that we can do more and climb even higher. The real meaning of lifelong learning takes shape in the cycle of past, present, and future-with each old step becoming a foundation for the new." (again quoting from Return by Elder Robert D.Hales)

I'm excited to being going on my 8th year in primary. I know that I have sooooooo many things to do better and I'm just grateful that through Christ, anything is possible if I put my trust in Him. One thing I'm really going to be better at is consistently fellowshipping inactive primary children and eating less chocolate.

I gobbled up Return and feasted upon a true buffet of doctrine and soul satisfying goodness! Now it's time to cash in my points at Deseret Book and share the love with those I love most!!! YOU!!! (Well, first Heavenly Father and Jesus, then my family and then you... please don't be disgruntled, I don't downplay my love for you but feel I should clarify)

Post a comment with something you plan to do in your life to be better than your best and a way to contact you. I'll choose a winner November 1 through one of those random number generator thingies.

Monday, October 18, 2010

My Dear Readers....

Food Image Courtesy University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension

First off, I love people who make comments. I appreciate you taking the time to share thoughts and wish we could get together and do brunch, because really eggs are a miracle food.

Recently I was left a comment "Anonymous said...Week one: Treats in Primary?? You might want to check the Handbook on treats in Primary.. Our kids are sweet enough..we don't need to sugar them to death
October 17, 2010 10:07 PM"

I try not to be defensive, but at the same time the world of communication without communication leaves me in an awkard position. Perhaps if we were face to face it would have been said different?

I know the Primary handbook inside out. I know the policy: "Food should only be provided when it is included as part of a lesson or as a snack for the children in the nursery class. Be sure to consult with the parents of each child about any dietary restrictions that may be caused by conditions such as diabetes or allergies (see Church Handbook of Instructions, Book 2, 239)."

Key words, emphasis given: when it is included as part of a lesson. I've never once suggested to use food in a different way.

Hear me out.... I have posted at least 4 different ideas for each week, each month for the past 2 years. I have also posted different ideas for at least 10 songs, 4 different ideas each. That's at least 424 different ideas. Out of 424 different ideas, roughly 5 ideas have INCORPORATED food into the lesson. For a grand total of (.....drumroll please......) .01% involving food.

Do I think food can be used to enhance a lesson?
You betcha! So often attention and interest can be lost when we do the same thing each week. Food often attracts interest and focus and when used properly can aide teaching using a different medium.

Should we "sugar" our kids "to death"?
 Thank you Food Network star Jamie Oliver, NO!

I've added a new "sidebar text" of the food in primary policy because I want it clear that I adhere to it. I'm not one to bring in candy as rewards! I know the true reward of all we do is the love and peace Heavenly Father gives us when we are obedient and I ALWAYS teach this to the children I am responsible to.

Isa. 55: 1 "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price."

* Update 10/20/2010: I am such a whiner. Thank you everyone for your kindness and thoughtful words!!! I don't know why I had such a moment of "sensitivity". Actually, I do. I think I had just watched Remember the Titans and was horribly emotional -thank you Denzel and your stellar acting skills/stunning good looks.

I really love the spiritual connection I feel with the Lord as I pray and ask to be a help in any way I can. I'm the first to tell you, I'm a moron. I make so many mistakes it's not even funny. Again, my apologies for being such a whiner. I'm not planning on stopping blogging, although in all reality I truly believe if we were to just get on our knees- God would provide for us and lessons would be given where the Holy Ghost abounds and truth is poured into the little souls of those around us.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Value of Scripture: A Reader’s Theatre of King Josiah’s Story (LDS Primary 6:Old Testament Lesson 37)

King Josiah King Josiah by Julius Schnoor von Carolsfeld This media file is in the public domain in the US.This applies to U.S. works where the copyright has expired, often because its first publication occurred prior to January 1, 1923.

As a different way to teach this week's lesson, please feel free to use the following and make adjustments as needed to fit your individual primary classes' needs. Just don't sell this to a publishing company or say you wrote it because I will go postal on you and chop off fingers. Yes? No. But yes sort of. Or no. Yes, again, sort of.

The Value of Scripture: A Reader’s Theatre of King Josiah’s Story
By Sofia Lykes

Narrator 1       Josiah’s Mother       Achbor (S)
Narrator 2       Hilkiah (S)               Huldah the prophetess
Narrator 3       Shaphan (S)             Moses
King Josiah      Ahikam (S)

Simple costumes
Temple Background/Posterboard

Narrator 1: A long, long, long, long, long, long, long….

Narrator 2: We get the point. This story of ours takes place in ancient times!

Narrator 1: Yes, well I just want to make sure it’s nice and clear this story didn’t happen yesterday. It was a long, long, long…

Narrator 2: Long time ago!! Sheesh.

King Josiah: It started when I was 8 years old. Who here is 8 years old?

Josiah’s Mother: He was such a wonderful little boy and at 8 it was time to be king.

Narrator 1: Woah, King of Israel at 8 years old! That’s so much cooler than going to school.

Josiah’s Mother: Not quite! Stay in school and go to college!

King Josiah: It was a lot of work with little time to play. But I did the best I could and “that which was right in the sight of the Lord.”

Josiah’s Mother: My little king. (Sigh) I’m so proud!

Narrator 2: In the meantime, the high priest of the temple was digging around and found something interesting.

Hilkiah: Woah! Crazy! Insane!

Narrator 3: What? Is something on fire?

Hilkiah: Nothing is on fire but I do have a warm feeling that something important is about to happen. I have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD. (Hand book to Shaphan)

Shaphan: I the scribe shall read this. (Pause) Wow! Crazy! Insane!

Narrator 2: Is something on fire? What is Shapan running to King Josiah?

Shaphan: “Hilkiah the priest hath delivered me a book.” I must read it to you dear noble and righteous King!

Narrator 1: How do you think the King would feel after his scribe found scriptures?

Narrator 2: I bet he’d be pretty happy.

Narrator 3: Yeah, I bet he’d be jumping for joy.

Narrator 1: First off, betting is wrong. Gambling is a serious sin and you should never play slot machines. Seeing as we live in Nevada where casinos are standard and smoking and breaking the word of wisdom is common, we must be better than what surrounds us.

Narrator 2: You’re so wise.

Narrator 3: I had an uncle who used to play at the casinos all the time and then lost his job and family. Totally sad. Good point my friend.

King Josiah: Ahhhhhh!!!!! (Pretend to rip clothes)

Narrator 2: Woah, what’s going on?

Narrator 1: I know he doesn’t gamble, what’s the problem here?

King Josiah: “Go ye, enquire of the LORD for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found: for great is the wrath of the LORD that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book, to do according unto all that which is written concerning us.”

Narrator 3: Is he talking to me?

Narrator 2: No he’s talking to Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah.

Ahikam: Hi, you haven’t met me yet.

Achbor: Or me.

Shaphan: But you have met me, remember I’m the scribe.

Hilkiah: We must go see the prophetess Huldah.

Achbor: Woah. A prophetess? Can a woman be a prophet?

Shapan: Good thing I’m a scribe. Revelation 19:10 says, “ For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

Huldah: I know, totally deep right? “Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Tell the man that sent you to me, Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the words of the book which the king of Judah hath read: Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be kindled against this place, and shall not be quenched.”

Narrator 1: Woah.

Ahikam: Wait! There’s more! Listen to the prophetess!

Huldah: “But to the king of Judah which sent you to enquire of the LORD, thus shall ye say to him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, As touching the words which thou hast heard; Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the LORD, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard thee, saith the LORD. Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place.”

Narrator 3: So they traveled back to the King and told him everything Huldah the prophetess had said.

King Josiah: We must gather all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem.

Josiah’s Mother: Quickly!

Narrator 1: Well, what happened next was pretty simple but teaches great truth.

Narrator 2: King Josiah read to the people the scripture and book of law found in the temple. Then he covenanted with the Lord….

Achbor: Hold on. I forgot, what’s a covenant?

Narrator 2: Great question. It’s a sacred promise that you should never break.

Narrator 3: My mama always told me, never mess with the big man upstairs. If you promise and covenant with Him, that’s it. Keep that covenant.

Josiah’s Mother: That’s right. Mama’s know best. (Snap fingers in the shape of a Z)

Narrator 2: “And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the covenant.”

Hilkiah: Well, the king has given me a little to do list now. Let’s see. 1. I need go get vessels that were made for Baal, and for the grove, and for all the host of heaven 2. I need to burn them.

Narrator 3: So cool, I love fire.

Narrator 1: OK, we don’t need details. It’s good enough to say that idolatry was done. And all because King Josiah and his people listened to the scriptures.

King Josiah: The scriptures will always bring joy because true joy is knowledge. Knowledge of Christ, that He and only He is our Saviour.

Narrator 2: We interrupt this reader’s theatre to bring you a scripture from Moses.

Moses: Thank you. As for scriptures, I’d just like to throw in a couple thoughts. “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” Scriptures are IMPORTANT!!!

King Josiah: Amen Moses. Amen my brother.

ALL: “Reading and following the counsel of the scriptures brings joy!!!”

As a handout for home, I'll make a set of index cards for them to match with families. The material for index cards comes from the Erinchment Ideas and Suggested Home reading from the lesson:Remind the children that in order to obey the commandments, they have to be able to remember them. To help them remember, play a memory game. Write the names of the following people from the Old Testament on separate 3″ x 5″ cards. On other cards write the phrases that describe each person. Have the children take turns matching the card with the name of the person on it with the card that says what he or she did. When the children have matched all the cards, discuss the spiritual qualities they remember about each person. After matching read with families 2 Kings 23:1–3, 25 and Isaiah 40:8 at home as a review of this lesson.Person-Action

Adam-Left the Garden of Eden
Enoch-His righteous city was translated
Noah-Built an ark
Abraham-Willing to sacrifice his son
Rebekah-Left her family to marry Isaac
Joseph-Forgave his brothers
Moses-Saved his people from bondage
Ruth-Accepted the gospel from her mother-in-law
David-With the strength of the Lord, killed a giant
Elijah-Fed by ravens during a drought

Friday, October 15, 2010

Attention Master Scriptorians- Yes You!

(Image from February 2008 Friend Magazine, pg. 27)

Question: Are you semi forgetful when it comes to those good ol' mornings 10-60 years ago in seminary?
Question: Do you feel like you know the scriptures, but you don't really know them?
Question: How many scriptures can you recite from memory?

No, we're not playing 20 questions. If we were I would ask more creative questions as opposed to self reflecting.(E.g If you could compare yourself to one word, jungle theme, what would it be? I would say lush. Not because I'm a drunk, obviously... well, hopefully obviously- sometimes I do mumble and ramble, but because I enjoy diverse selections of literature.)

I digress though. 

My husband has always been able to ramble off scripture references and I finally decided I want to be cool like that also. A tool that has been super helpful is the seminary scripture mastery site:

I go on everyday and in the past month or 2 have been able to remember all the scripture references and key phrases for the Old Testament and 1/2 the Book of Mormon. It really is a great help in my quest to be more learned. Will I be a master scriptorian one day? Yes, I'll probably be dead but the Resurrection promises some awesome things. (Thank you T-Rex rides and talking to Kangaroos) In the mean time, I'll just try my best. I hope this can be of help to someone else too!

Friday, October 8, 2010

FHE: 14 Fundamentals A Prophet Hunt

(Conference Center Image from

Did you notice the following from conference that quoted this talk (Ezra Taft Benson, “Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet,” Tambuli, Jun 1981, 1)??

"I will ...invite you in your next family home evening to find these principles in the words and teachings of our living prophets, seers, and revelators during this general conference."
"Obedience to the Prophets" Elder Claudio R. M. Costa from General Conference Oct. 2010

"Our Very Survival" Elder Kevin R. Duncan also quoted ALL 14 fundamentals.

Maybe it's important, maybe it was just a coinky dink (not), maybe we should think about what we're going to teach this Monday!!

For us, we shall do the following:

Family Home Evening: 14 Fundamentals - A Prophet Hunt

Follow the Prophet (CS 110-111)
Attention Activity:
We are going to have daddy do prophet push ups! Sit on daddy's back and for each prophet's name you say, he'll do a push up!
Are prophets important? Why?
 Luke 1:70 "As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began"
Hide 14 different pictures of prophets around the house. Along with each picture have one of the fundamentals from President Benson's talk. Find each picture. Who is each picture of? Answer questions, sing songs or read scriptures at each picture and earn prophet points! If you get enough points as a family you get double treats for the night!!!
First: The prophet is the only man who speaks for the Lord in everything.
Can Daddy speak for the Lord in everything? What about Mommy? What about you?

Second: The living prophet is more vital to us than the standard works.
Share the following story (in your own words for younger children) :“When he concluded, Brother Joseph turned to Brother Brigham Young and said, ‘Brother Brigham I want you to go to the podium and tell us your views with regard to the living oracles and the written word of God.’ Brother Brigham took the stand, and he took the Bible, and laid it down; he took the Book of Mormon, and laid it down; and he took the Book of Doctrine and Covenants, and laid it down before him, and he said: ‘There is the written word of God to us, concerning the work of God from the beginning of the world, almost, to our day. And now,’ said he, ‘when compared with the living oracles those books are nothing to me; those books do not convey the word of God direct to us now, as do the words of a Prophet or a man bearing the Holy Priesthood in our day and generation. I would rather have the living oracles than all the writing in the books.’ That was the course he pursued. When he was through, Brother Joseph said to the congregation; ‘Brother Brigham has told you the word of the Lord, and he has told you the truth.’ ” (Conference Report, October 1897, pp. 18–19.)

Third: The living prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet.
"God’s revelation to Adam did not instruct Noah how to build the Ark. Noah needed his own revelation. Therefore the most important prophet so far as you and I are concerned is the one living in our day and age to whom the Lord is currently revealing His will for us. Therefore the most important reading we can do is any of the words of the prophet contained each month in our Church Magazines. Our instructions about what we should do for each six months are found in the General Conference addresses which are printed in the Church magazine." Sing Latter Day Prophets (CS 134)

Fourth: The prophet will never lead the Church astray.
Name some bad choices people make in life. Will the prophet ever ask us to make bad choices? NO!

Fifth: The prophet is not required to have any particular earthly training or credentials to speak on any subject or act on any matter at any time.
Read Amos 7:14 and Matthew 4:18-19
What were the jobs of these prophets?

Sixth: The prophet does not have to say ‘Thus saith the Lord’ to give us scripture.
Play a quick game of the prophet says (Like simon says) What the prophet says, we listen and do!

Seventh: The prophet tells us what we need to know, not always what we want to know.
Sing: Nephi's Courage  verse 2 (CS 120) Nephi's brothers didn't want to build a ship, but they needed to help!

Eighth: The prophet is not limited by men’s reasoning.
If you cut yourself, what should you do? Get a band aid! But sometimes, what we think isn't what the Lord thinks. Share the following from President Benson's talk: "Would it seem reasonable to an eye doctor to be told to heal a blind man by spitting in the dirt, making clay and applying it to the man’s eyes and then telling him to wash in a contaminated pool? Yet this is precisely the course that Jesus took with one man, and he was healed. (See John 9:6–7.) Does it seem reasonable to cure leprosy by telling a man to wash seven times in a particular river, yet this is precisely what the prophet Elisha told a leper to do, and he was healed. (See 2 Kgs. 5.)"

Ninth: The prophet can receive revelation on any matter, temporal or spiritual.

Tenth: The prophet may be involved in civic matters.
Who is the president of the church? Who is the president of the country? Do they both love our country? Name 3 things you love about our country.

Eleventh: The two groups who have the greatest difficulty in following the prophet are the proud who are learned and the proud who are rich.
Hold up a needle. Read Matt. 19: 24 "And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." Try to fit your hand through the eye of a needle. What is more important, money or following the prophet?

Twelfth: The prophet will not necessarily be popular with the world or the worldly.
Moroni prophesied that Joseph Smith’s name “should be both good and evil spoken of among all people” (Joseph Smith—History 1:33) Where do we find statues of the angel Moroni?

Thirteenth: The prophet and his counselors make up the First Presidency—the highest quorum in the Church.
Who are the members of the First Presidency of the church today? Where is their picture in our home?

Fourteenth: [Follow] . . . the living prophet and the First Presidency . . . and be blessed; reject them and suffer.”
Pinch your arm. Does that hurt? If we don't following the living prophet it's like our soul is being pinched really hard... it suffers and is pained because we aren't being close to Christ.
"May God bless us all to look to the Prophet and the Presidency in the critical and crucial days ahead is my prayer." says President Benson

Bear Testimonies
(Doubled of course because you all worked so well together as a family!!)

If you have any other ideas on how to present a Family Home Evening on this talk, please share!!