FHE: Follow the Prophet, Listen to the Holy Spirit

For Family Home Evening, we explored how we know what to do or who to be, even when mom and dad are not around.

We started by practicing The Spirit of God, which is the hymn we are teaching this month.

Barrett said the opening prayer, which was adorable because he is able to do it all by himself now.

Then we blindfolded them all! 

We had them taste different things, smell different things, and touch different things to see if they could recognize by “just a small whisper” to their senses of what something is by how “familiar” they are with it.

We talked about all the ways Heavenly Father talks to us: through listening and pondering after prayers, through revelation, through hymns and sacred songs, through the Prophet, through our scriptures, and through blessings, etc.

We took them outside, blindfolded again (in towels, now, because they were cheater pants), and had them walk a maze by following our voice: 

Sometimes we were loud and it was easy to follow, but mostly we whispered and they had to listen very carefully.

Then we worked on our new memory verse, which is D&C 8:2 –


We talked about all those ways Heavenly Father talks to us, and that He does that in all those ways by the Holy Spirit.  We talked about how the spirit whispers, so we must listen and pay attention and make good choices and be kind so we are ready to hear. 

I testified of how the Holy Spirit helps me repent, comforts me when I miss my parents (something they understand), guides me when I need to know what to do for our family, and teaches me when I need help learning.

We talked about how we feel the Holy Spirit, and practiced by getting blessings from Nathan.

Then we had cookies and milk, because that’s the fastest way to enforce the happiness idea with six and three year olds!

They did so great, and my heart is so full for them, and the blessings were special.

Happiness, indeed.

About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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