June 2010 Sharing Time: Truth from the Holy Ghost

This sharing time will help the children think about the truth and comfort they can receive from the Holy Ghost.

Preparation: On a large sheet of cardstock or poster board write "The Holy Ghost is our true, eternal friend." ("The Holy Ghost," Children's Songbook, p. 105). Cut the poster into six puzzle pieces. Write one of the following scripture references on the back of each puzzle piece: D&C 39:33, John 14:16, D&C 9:8, Matthew 3:16-17, D&C 31:11, and John 14:26. Familiarize yourself with each scripture.

Collect a small gift box, a quilt or blanket, a candle, a picture of a dove, a compass, and a picture of a teacher. Attach the corresponding puzzle piece to each item (see below).

Presentation: Ask the children if they have ever felt frightened. Ask them if they have ever been confused about what they should do. Ask them if they have ever felt unsure if something was true. Explain that the Holy Ghost can help us in all of these situations.

Tell them they are going to learn more about the Holy Ghost and share it with each other. Divide the primary into six groups (make sure there is at least one leader or teacher with each group). Give each group one of the puzzle pieces and attached item. Ask each group to read the scripture on the puzzle piece together and decide how the item or picture can represent the Holy Ghost. Ask them to think of a story from the scriptures or their own experiences to share concerning the Holy Ghost. Give the groups five minutes to read and discuss.

Gift. D&C 39:33: "And again, it shall come to pass that on as many as ye shall baptize with water, ye shall lay your hands, and they shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

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

Candle. D&C 9:8: "But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right."

Picture of a Dove. Matthew 3:16–17: "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

Compass. D&C 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."

Picture of a teacher. John 14:26 "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."

Ask the first group to bring up their puzzle piece and post it on the board. Have them show their item and share what they learned about the Holy Ghost. Ask one person to tell a story or experience. Repeat with the remaining groups.

After the puzzle pieces have been put together, have all the children repeat the phrase on the poster. Tell them that this is a line from a song about the Holy Ghost. Have all the children sing the song "The Holy Ghost," Children's Songbook, p. 105.

Summarize how the Holy Ghost can help us and bear testimony that this is true. Sing additional songs about the Holy Ghost as time allows, such as "The Gift of the Holy Ghost," Friend, Aug 2005, 24-25; "Listen, Listen," Children's Songbook, p. 107; or "The Still Small Voice," Children's Songbook, p. 106.

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