August Sharing Time

Preparation:

On nine sheets of white paper write the scripture references below. On three yellow sheets of paper write the word COMFORT. On three blue sheets of paper write the words TEACH/TESTIFY. On three red sheets of paper write the word GUIDE. Familiarize yourself with the scriptural references and accompanying stories.

Post the white papers on the board in random order in a 3 by 3 grid. Place the colored papers around the edges of the board.

Presentation:

Show the children the white papers and tell them you are going to find out more about the Holy Ghost. Explain that each scripture tells us more about the Holy Ghost. Some identify him as a comforter, others as a teacher/testifier, and others as a guide. They will read the scriptures and decide which color paper to put over that square.

Invite a child to come up and choose a scripture. Have them read it (or read it to them if they are too young) and then determine which description best fits that scripture. Have the child take the correct colored sheet and place it over the scripture sheet. Tell a story or sing a song that helps reinforce the concept (see below). Repeat until all the scriptures have been discussed.

Comfort

John 16:7: "It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you."

Briefly retell the story of Christ telling his Apostles that he would not leave them alone after he died. He would send them the Comforter or Holy Ghost. (see John 16:4-7.)

Moroni 8:26 (middle): "Because of meekness and lowliness of heart cometh the visitation of the Holy Ghost, which Comforter filleth with hope and perfect love . . ."

Sing "The Holy Ghost," Children's Songbook, p. 105.

John 14:16: "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever."

Briefly recount a personal story of when the Holy Ghost comforted you or tell the following story from Sister Margaret Nadauld. "When I was just a young girl, I became seriously ill. . . . My parents took me to a doctor in another town who immediately sent us to Salt Lake City--two and one-half hours away--with the admonition to hurry. . . . When we finally arrived at the hospital in Salt Lake, there were medical personnel waiting for us. They grabbed me from my parents' arms and whisked me away. Without a word of good-bye or explanation, we were separated. I was all alone, and I thought I was going to die. . . . I remember how very frightened I was. It was dark and I was so sick and so alone. But my parents had taught me to pray. I got on my knees, and I knelt beside the railing in the criblike bed and asked Heavenly Father to bless me. I was crying, I remember. Heavenly Father heard my prayer even though I was only a child. He did. Heavenly Father sent His comforting power, which enveloped me in quiet love. I felt the power of the Holy Ghost, and I was not alone." (Margaret D. Nadauld, "A Comforter, a Guide, a Testifier," Liahona, July 2001, 109-11.)

Teach/testify

Moroni 10:5: "And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."

Sing "Search, Ponder and Pray," Children's Songbook, p. 109.

2 Nephi 31:18 (middle): "ye have received the Holy Ghost, which witnesses of the Father and the Son . . ."

Briefly retell the story of Nephi finding out for himself if the things his father had taught him were true. (see 1 Nephi 2:16-17.)

1 Corinthians 12:3 (last half): "No man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost."

Briefly recount a personal story of when the Holy Ghost testified truth to you or tell the following story from Elder Steven E. Snow of the Seventy. "The day after my baptism, I was confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was during a fast and testimony meeting, and I decided, for the first time ever, to bear my testimony. As I spoke, a wonderful, warm feeling filled my heart. It was a confirmation of the Spirit that joining the Church was the right thing to do. That warm feeling was the beginning of my small testimony, which grew as I grew older." (Steven E. Snow, "Friend to Friend: The Beginning of a Testimony," Friend, Mar. 2004, 6.)

Guide

Doctrine and Covenants 31:11: "Go your way whithersoever I will, and it shall be given you by the Comforter what you shall do and whither you shall go." Briefly recount a personal story of when the Holy Ghost guided you or tell the following story from Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Seventy. "One day my companion and I were walking to an appointment when we both got the feeling that we should go another way. After we changed directions, we noticed a man walking toward us. He was wearing a Brigham Young University sweatshirt. We stopped and asked him about it. He said that his sister had traveled across the United States. She had stopped in Provo, Utah, and bought him the shirt at the BYU campus bookstore. Neither he nor his sister was a member of the Church, and he knew nothing about it or BYU. My companion and I were able to teach this man and his wife about the gospel and baptize them. Meeting this man was not a coincidence. The Holy Ghost guided my companion and me to meet him. Because we were following the rules and keeping the commandments, we were able to hear the still, small voice. (Elder Donald L. Hallstrom, "Friend to Friend: On the Lord's Side," Friend, Sep 2002, 8.)

Doctrine and Covenants 121:46 (first half): "The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion . . ."

Sing "Listen, Listen," Children's Songbook, p. 107.

2 Nephi 32:5: "For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do."

Briefly retell the story of Nephi being guided in how to obtain the brass plates. (see 1 Nephi 4, especially verse 6.)

Bear your testimony of the Holy Ghost and challenge the children to find out for themselves if these things are true by reading the scriptures, praying, and then listening to the promptings of the Holy Ghost.

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