Thought: The answer to [our] searching questions comes from the prophets throughout ages past who taught the importance of searching the scriptures, along with a promise: "Whoso treasureth up my word, shall not be deceived." In each dispensation, the Lord has given commandments to the prophets.
(F. Michael Watson, "His Servants, the Prophets," Ensign, May 2009, 106-8.)
Song: "Follow the Prophet,' Children's Songbook, p. 110.
Scripture: What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same. (Doctrine and Covenants 1:38)
Activity: Obtain pictures of five or six scriptural prophets, such as Noah, Isaiah, Lehi, Daniel, and Samuel the Lamanite. Have one family member select a picture without letting anyone see what picture he has. The rest of the family can ask yes or no questions to determine what the picture is.
Lesson: Discuss the prophets in the pictures used in the activity.
- Noah: Told the people to repent and live the commandments or Heavenly Father would punish them.
- Isaiah: Saw the birth of the Savior.
- Lehi: Preached to the people and told them to follow the commandments or Jerusalem would be destroyed.
- Daniel: Interpreted Nebuchadnezzar's dream when no one else could.
- Samuel the Lamanite: Foretold the birth of Christ to the Nephite people.
Ask: Why does Heavenly Father want us to have prophets? (Following the prophet will help us choose the right, will make us happy, will help us follow the Savior, etc.)
Who is our prophet today? What has he asked us to do? Why would Heavenly Father want us to do these things?
Tell the children that when we hear a prophet speak to us it's as though Heavenly Father is speaking to us. If we obey the words of a prophet, we will find happiness in all that we do and we will be able to follow Jesus.
(Beth Lefgren and Jennifer Jackson, Sharing Time, Family Time, Anytime, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1992], p. 20-1.)
Story: In September 1972 President Harold B. Lee visited Israel. President Lee was accompanied by Sister Lee, Elder Gordon B. Hinckley of the Quorum of the Twelve, and Sister Hinckley.
While in the Holy Land, President Lee met with the mayor of Jerusalem and other officials of the Israeli government. He also visited Bethlehem, where Jesus was born, and Nazareth, where the Savior spent His childhood.
One of his special visits was to the Garden Tomb, a beautiful area where it is believed Jesus was buried and rose from the dead. There President Lee met with the Saints in Israel and organized the Jerusalem Branch of the Church. The Primary children of the new branch sang one of President Lee's favorite songs, "I Am a Child of God."
Later when President Lee spoke to members of the Church in Rome, he told them that his choicest experience in the Holy Land was hearing the children sing that lovely song. He explained that we all are truly God's children and that our Heavenly Father wants us to do what's right so that we can return to live with Him.
The children of the Jerusalem Branch will always remember President Lee and his visit with them. They feel blessed that a modern-day prophet visited this land where Jesus lived and taught.
Once again, there was a prophet in Israel.
(Lucile C. Reading, Shining Moments, Vol. 2, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1987], p. 73.)
Refreshment Sweet Corn Bread with Honey Butter
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup honey
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder, salt, corn-meal, sugar, and shortening. Cut the shortening into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs about the size of a pea. Add milk and eggs and beat with an electric mixer until batter is smooth. Spread batter in prepared pan or muffin tins. Bake 20 to 30 minutes in a 9 x13 pan or 20 to 25 minutes in the muffin tin. Cool slightly on wire rack while preparing honey butter.
To prepare honey butter, whip softened butter and honey in a small bowl with an electric beater until light and fluffy. Serve with warm bread or muffins.
(Jill McKenzie, 52 Weeks of Proven Recipes for Picky Kids, [Salt Lake City: Shadow Mountain, 2008] p. 120.)