How to Help Your Youth or You Recognize the Holy Spirit

Annette Nay, Ph.D.

Copyright © 2000

Recognizing the Holy Spirit

Since the Spirit is often experienced in different ways by individuals, sometimes it is difficult for youths and adults to realize it is with them.  This is especially true for youths, because no one has taken the time to help them understand that what they are feeling at the time is the Spirit (Teaching No Greater Call, 1999).

The Spirit can come as a warm good feeling.  Individuals who haven’t had this feeling identified as the Holy Ghost may associate this feeling with others or the situation at the time (Teaching No Greater Call, 1999).

People can be heard to say, “I like being in Sister So-n-so’s class.  There’s such a good feeling there.”   Or they may say, “ I like being with So-n-so because there is such a good feeling around her; she make me feel good inside.”  Usually people hearing this will just nod their heads and agree instead of pairing the good feelings the individual has had with the attendance of the Spirit (Teaching No Greater Call, 1999).

When you feel the Spirit reaching out to your youths, finish your teaching moment and then ask the class what they are feeling at that moment.  Tell them that is the Holy Ghost.  Take a moment and discuss how the Holy Ghost manifests Himself  (Teaching No Greater Call, 1999).

 

How the Holy Ghost Manifests Himself 

·            A still small voice in your thoughts.

·            The burning of the bosom like sunlight beating directly on the chest area

·            Sudden strokes of new ideas or knowledge

·            Enlightenment as in an idea or thought is expanded or explained more fully

·            A feeling of joy

·            A feeling of peace

·            He may send warnings

·            May be accompanied by tears

·            An expanded sense of love and/or thankfulness

·            A great sense of truth.  The Holy Ghost testifies of truth.

·            May be accompanied by total silence

·            The Holy Ghost will come repeated until you have made up your mind.  This happens when he is issuing warnings or trying to help you make the right choice.  When you do make a choice, right or wrong, He is quiet because you have exercised your free agency. 

(Teaching No Greater Call, 1999)

 

How Can You Know If It’s The Holy Ghost

·       Think through what was said.

·       Make a decision whether the information is correct from what you know to be true!

·       Then ask the Lord if what you decided was right.

·       Generally the answer to this request is the burning of the bosom, but it can be any combination of the items listed above.

·       Also the Holy Ghost is the only one that can broadcast peace

 

Can the Burning of the Bosom or Stupor of Thought be Counterfeited by a Devil or an Unclean Spirit

Yes.  No one wants to hear that they have an evil spirit with them.  However, having a devil or unclean spirit  within an individual happens way more often than people realize.  (An unclean spirit is a person who has had a body and died, but has elected to stay on the earth instead of going to Spirit Paradise.)  

In the New Testament Christ was casting out evil spirits on almost every page.  Where are these spirits now?  They are with us and their ranks are growing daily as more unclean spirits join them when they die.   

Our Heavenly Father gave us an energy field around us to protect us from evil spirit getting inside our bodies with us.  This energy field is powered by our own bodies.  However there are instances where this energy field can fail.

More often than not, people who have had the following situations, will have problems with evil spirits due to the body's energy field being disrupted and allowing them in:

 

When these spirits get past the energy field they usually cause a lot of problems for their host.  This was first noted by Brigham Young in the Journal of Discourses, Vol. 4 Page 133.  This is a quotation of Brigham Young speaking at the funeral of Jedediah M. Grant.  He states: 

"You never felt a pain and ache, or felt disagreeable, or uncomfortable in your bodies and minds, but what an evil spirit was present causing it. Do you realize that the ague, the fever, the chills, the severe pain in the head, the pleurisy, or any pain in the system from the crown of the head to the soles of the feet is put there by the devil?

You don’t realize this, do you?"

"I say but little about this matter, because I do not want you to realize it. When you have the rheumatism, do you realize that the devil put that upon you? No, but you say, “I got wet, caught cold, and thereby got the rheumatism.”

Melvin C. Fish, Ph.D. has this to say about the above quote:  "Brigham Young may have been a little too strong. He may be right but, I would not say it that way. I would say that the evil spirits sometimes cause the problems; at other times they contribute to the problem. It seems as if the illness or pain weakens one’s energy field. This allows the spirits to enter. Once they are there, they aggravate and compound the problem."

 

If this has happened to you or someone you know, you need to set aside your shocked and hurt feelings and act in the best interest this person or yourself by asking God to send his Administering Angles to bind up any evil spirits and remove them along with any tools or shunts that would allow them to have access to the person or you.  Also to ask God to provide the person or you with a substitute energy field to protect him/her or you and keep the evil spirits from having access to him/her or you, so that even with the body’s physical ailments he/she or you can be his/her or your best self untainted by the whims of the evil spirits pressing their agendas.  However, to help others you must first get their approval to get them help.  You might say something like, “Do you mind if I pray for you?”  Also if you have already been put in authority over this person you can do this work for them.  For example, you have already been charged my God to get your family back to him.  Who is your family?  Your family of origin or birth family, your atomic family or the family you have created with your spouse.  The extended family from these two families and also the family you have married into.

 

Evil spirits can infer their feelings on their host.  There have been many cases where a person who had no tendencies to being gay all of a sudden having feeling for the same sex.  Later it was found that an unclean spirit of the opposite sex was residing with the person.  This spirit caused its preferences to color the host's thoughts and to press the host constantly with unwanted thoughts and suggested behaviors.  Once the spirit was removed so was the unwanted thoughts disappeared.

 

A barrage of evil thoughts and pressure to perform bad behaviors would be difficult if not impossible for a person to fight against.  Having feelings of extreme anger or violent thought can come at any time.  They often come when we are most vulnerable like when we are extremely tired, hungry,

These evil spirits work upon their hosts with little or no concern for their victims.  The Lord said, “Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew, 7:16-20; 3 Nephi 14:16-20).  Look at the situation.  Do the behaviors seem that to be of a little child, a physically or mentally ill person or that of a violent, unhappy evil spirit, that needs to be gotten rid of?  Get it done as soon as possible.

An Evil Spirit Can Teach Their Host Bad Habits

It only takes about ten days to form a new habit.  Often these evil spirits have been with the person longer than that.  It’s thought and behaviors have colored the host’s thoughts and behaviors.  These have to be unlearned.  We have to become the person that Heavenly Father will allow back into His kingdom.  No unclean thing can dwell with God (1 Nephi 10:21).  You must take steps to make yourself a son or daughter of God a son or daughter of light.  Where darkness light cannot be.  If your spirit is holding items of darkness then you cannot be a body of light and close to God. 

 

24  “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.  Ye cannot serve God and mammon. “  (Matthew 6:24)

 

You have to get rid of all the things that keeps you in darkness and keeps allowing evil spirits to gain access through your energy field.  When you do dark things, it opens your energy field and let evil spirits in.  These are things like:

 

 

How to Begin to Become a Body of Light

Forgiving Others

Individuals must do this work for themselves.  Other's may aid them in doing this:

When we hold grudges or the hurt that others have done to us we become dark inside.  We allow the hurt to continually victimize us over and over again.  We give these people power over us.  We allow dark entities to be with us and shut out God from our lives.  Forgiveness is a blessing from God to help us to be happy.

 

Bible, Matthew 18:21 – 35:

21  Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?  till seven times?

22  Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

23  Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.

24  And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.

25  But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

26  The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

27  Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

28  But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.

29  And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

30  And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.

31  So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.

32  Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:

33  Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?

34  And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.

35  So likewise shall my Heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

 

Think about what this means.  

 

 

Getting Rid of the Bad Feelings

Individuals must do this work for themselves.  Other's may aid them in doing this:

·         We need to get rid of the bad feelings that happened to us in our lives. 

·         We need to stop thinking about them. 

·         We need to forgive others for what they did or said to us. 

·         This does not mean that those individuals are not held accountable for what they did, because God knows what they did and they will have to answer to Him for the bad they have done. 

·         What they did hurt us, but if we hold on to those things in our minds, it will continue to hurt us every time we think of them.  By holding on to those things we allow them to hurt us over and over again. 

·         We need to stop the hurt now.  We need to ask God to take the hurt away and never let us think of it again.  We need to forget it.

 

How to Proceed

·         See yourself in a field of green grass.  There are little white flowers all around you.  It is a warm sunny day. The wind is gently blowing through your hair.  Everywhere you look it is beautiful and green.  The flowers are gently blowing back and forth in the wind. You feel peaceful and happy here.

·         In this beautiful field gather all the people that you have hard feelings against so you can talk to them.  People throughout your life that have hurt you like your parents, spouses, siblings, or friends and others.  See each of their faces.  They just stand there silent waiting for you to talk to them.

o   In your mind, tell them that they hurt you. 

o   Tell them that the past is past and neither you nor they can change that.  We can only learn from what has happened. 

o   Tell them that and you don’t want to hurt any more. 

o   You don’t want to think about what happened that you just want to let it go so it cannot hurt you anymore.

o   Tell them sorry for any bad things you thought, said, or did to them.

o   Ask them to forgive you.

o   Tell them you forgive them too.

 

Asking God for His Help

·         Now, close your eyes and look inside you.  See how dark it is.  The bad feelings you have make you dark inside.  You want to be a body of light, because you are a child of God and should have His light inside of you.

·         Now ask God, in the name of Jesus Christ, to help you gather up the hard feelings you have toward other people that you have had throughout your life. 

·         Gather all the bad things you remember others have done to you and put into a cloud in your chest area.  You will know when you are done.

·         When you are finished, put floating balloons on the cloud and let the cloud float right up through the top of your head and stay just above your head.

·         Ask God to send Jesus to destroy them and never let them back into your heart.  From across the field you see somebody coming towards you.  As He gets closer you see that it is Jesus.  He comes and puts His hand out and the cloud comes to Him and He destroys the cloud.

·         Now thank God for sending Jesus and for destroying the bad feelings.  Ask God to help you to never let them back inside you again.

·         Ask Him to fill all the empty spaces where the darkness used to be with His light and love.  And say it in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

·         You must promise yourself to never let these things back into your heart to hurt you again.  If they come, turn them over to Heavenly Father again.

 

Forgive Yourself

Individuals must do this work for themselves.  Other's may aid them in doing this:

You must forgive yourself of the things you have done wrong and the hurt you have given others.  The past is done.  You cannot change it.  You can only work with what you have today, to have a better future.

These are parts of your spirit that you have left behind to mark the bad things you have done in the past.  There may also be parts of that may have fragmented because of the abuse of others.  Now that you have forgiven others, you need to forgive yourself and get these pieces of yourself back together.

 

How to Proceed

·         Forgive yourself for all the bad things you have done in the past. 

·         Promise yourself you will try hard to never do them again.  Ask God, in the name of Jesus Christ, to help to never do them again. 

·         Ask God, in the name of Jesus Christ, to let Christ put your fragmented spirit back together again. 

·         See Christ gather in all your spirit fragments.  See Him put the parts of your spirit back together again.

·         Finally, see Christ’s hands on your head as He gives you a special blessing which you will hear and remember.  

·         Now thank God for all He has done for you this day, and say it in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

Eradicating Other Problems in Your Life

Ask God, in the name of Jesus Christ,  to help you remove other problems you may be having in your life.  Gather them up as before, float them out of your body and ask God to send Christ to destroy them.  Then, thank God for His and Christ’s help. 

 

Some of these problems may be:

 

Abuse

___ Emotional, Physical, and/or Sexual Abuse

 

Destructive Evil Spiritual Gifts

 

·         Fear

·         Guilt

·         Doubt

·         Anger

·         Hate

·         Envy

·         Rejection

·         Low Self-Esteem

·         Helplessness

·         Hopelessness

·         Self Hate

·         Worthlessness

 

 

You can do this work for others, if you get their permission to help them.  However, when possible the person should do it for him/herself or be aided by someone in doing this for him/herself.

 

Getting Rid of the Compulsions

Compulsions are behaviors that we seem to have no control over.  These are frequent thoughts to do certain behaviors continually.  Some of these could be drinking, using drugs, smoking, lying, stealing, using pornography or sexual compulsions.    Anything can become a compulsion even such things as work, computer or TV usage.  You can ask God to remove these compulsions and give us back control.

 

You can do this work for others if you get their permission to help them. 

 

How to Proceed

·         See yourself in a field of green grass.  There are little white flowers all around you.  It is a warm sunny day. The wind is gently blowing through your hair.  Everywhere you look it is beautiful and green.  The flowers are gently blowing back and forth in the wind. You feel peaceful and happy here.

 

·         Ask God, in the name of Jesus Christ, to help you look inside your brain and see all the bad behaviors you have been doing. 

o   See all those thoughts and behaviors that God does not want you to think or do. 

o   Ask God, in the name of Jesus Christ, to help you see why you are thinking and doing these things.

o   See all the people you have hurt with these thoughts and behaviors.  Ask God to help you see how you can make amends for those things.  Then, thank God for His and Christ’s help. 

 

Now, make those amends.  Be sure that you are not hurting people again by making these amends.  Ask God, in the name of Jesus Christ, to guide you in doing this.  Thank God for His and Christ’s help.  After these are finished…

·         See yourself back in the field of green grass and the little white flowers all around.  Feel the warmth of the sunny day. Feel the wind is gently blowing through your hair.  Everywhere you look it is beautiful and green.  The flowers are gently blowing back and forth in the wind. You feel peaceful and happy here.

·         Ask God, in the name of Jesus Christ, to remove the compulsions.  Ask God to let Jesus destroy them.

·         Jesus puts His hand on your head and He destroys the compulsions.

·         Now thank God for His help and for letting Jesus help you. 

·         Ask God to fill all the empty spaces where those compulsions were stored, with His light and love.  Thank God for His help.

·         Forgive yourself

 

 

Getting Rid of the Trauma

With the person's permission you can do this work for them:

When somebody hurts you the trauma from it is stored in every cell of your body.  You need to get rid of that trauma. 

 

How to Proceed

·         See yourself in a field of green grass.  There are little white flowers all around you.  It is a warm sunny day. The wind is gently blowing through your hair.  Everywhere you look it is beautiful and green.  The flowers are gently blowing back and forth in the wind. You feel peaceful and happy here.

·         Ask God, in the name of Jesus Christ, to help you look inside you and gather all trauma from every cell, from the bottom of your toes, up your legs, from your fingers and up your arms, from throughout your body and from your head and neck and put into a cloud in your chest area.  You will know when you are done.

·         Put the floating balloons on the cloud and let the cloud float right up through the top of your head and stay just above your head.

·         Ask God, in the name of Jesus Christ, to let Jesus to destroy them.

·         Jesus puts His hand out and the cloud comes to Him and He destroys it.

·         Now thank God for letting Jesus destroying the trauma. 

·         Ask God to fill all the empty spaces where the trauma used to be with His light and love.  And say it in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

Forgiving Those Who Caused the Trauma

Individuals must do this work for themselves:

Pray.  Call upon God in the name of Jesus Christ for Him (God) to be with you.

5-Read Matthew 18:21 – 35:

21  Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?  till seven times?

22  Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

23  Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.

24  And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.

25  But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

26  The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

27  Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

28  But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.

29  And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

30  And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.

31  So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.

32  Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:

33  Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?

34  And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.

35  So likewise shall my Heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

 

Think about what this means.  

 

 

Asking God for His Help

·         Now, look inside you.  See how dark it is.  The bad feelings you have make you dark inside.  You want to be a body of light, because you are a child of God and should have His light inside of you.

·         Now ask God, in the name of Jesus Christ, to help you gather up the hard feelings you have toward other people that you have had throughout your life. 

·         Gather all the bad things you remember others have done to you and put into a cloud in your chest area.  You will know when you are done.

·         When you are finished, put floating balloons on the cloud and let the cloud float right up through the top of your head and stay just above your head.

·         Ask God to send Jesus to destroy them.

·         From across the field you see somebody coming towards you.  As He gets closer you see that it is Jesus.  He comes and puts His hand out and the cloud comes to Him and He destroys the cloud.

·         Now thank God for His help and for sending Jesus and for destroying the bad feelings.  Ask God to help you to never let them back inside you again.

 

Fears & Phobias

The scriptures tell us at all fear comes from the devil.  He is trying to destroy your peace and your life.  If he can get to you accept fear then he can lead your spirit into darkness.  Then Dark entities can dwell with you and shut out God.   Get rid of all fears you currently have.  As any non-safety related fear comes to you know that the author is the Devil and reject it.  Ask for God’s peace to be with you.

Possible fears you may have:

___ Social

___ Agoraphobia

___ Fear of Heights

___Fear of rapist returning or being raped again

 

You can do this work for others if you get their permission to help them. 

 

How to Proceed

·         See yourself in a field of green grass.  There are little white flowers all around you.  It is a warm sunny day. The wind is gently blowing through your hair.  Everywhere you look it is beautiful and green.  The flowers are gently blowing back and forth in the wind. You feel peaceful and happy here.

·         Ask God, in the name of Jesus Christ, to help you look inside you and gather all the fear from every cell, from the bottom of your toes, up your legs, from your fingers and up your arms, from throughout your body and from your head and neck and put into a cloud in your chest area.  You will know when you are done.

·         Put the floating balloons on the cloud and let the cloud float right up through the top of your head and stay just above your head.

·         Ask God, in the name of Jesus Christ, to let Jesus to destroy them.

·         Jesus puts His hand out and the cloud comes to Him and He destroys it.

·         Now thank God for letting Jesus destroying the fear. 

·         Ask God to fill all the empty spaces where the trauma used to be with His light and love.

·         Ask for God to protect you and keep you safe.

·          Thanks God for His and Christ’s help.

·         And say it, “In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”

 

Gaining God’s Forgiveness for Past Misdeeds through Repentance

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out (Acts 3:19).

 

 “Look! There she is—let’s get her!”

Mrs. Goodson was outside, calling her kitten. “Ready, set—now!” the boys started to pelt the elderly lady with snowballs that they had been making.

Startled, Mrs. Goodson turned towards her attackers. “You boys—get on to school! Stop that!” One of the snowballs hit a stinging blow to her forehead. She cried out.

“We’d better get out of here!”

 

Most of the boys ran off, but one of them hesitated. He had seen Mrs. Goodson fall. A hard tug on his sleeve spun him around.

 

“C’mon, Jake! She’ll be OK. But we won’t if we go back there. Come on!”

Jake joined the others as they ran to school.

 

All day long, though, Jake couldn’t get Mrs. Goodson out of his mind. He kept remembering the way she fell—and the way he ran away. He’d pass her house on the way home from school. He wanted to see if she was all right, but he was afraid. He knew that what they had done was wrong.

 

Jake had moved to town right before school started. His next-door neighbor was the first boy he’d met who was his own age, and Jake had begun hanging around with him and his friends, even though he often felt uncomfortable around them. Sometimes they did mean things to people and thought it was funny. Sometimes they talked about cutting school or doing things even worse. Jake realized that he’d better find some new friends before he got in trouble with them—if it wasn’t already too late. …

 

As he turned the corner, a boy that Jake remembered seeing at school was coming out of Mrs. Goodson’s garage. The boy was holding a gray-and-white kitten.

“Hi, Jake.” The boy hurried toward Jake, who stood on the other side of Mrs. Goodson’s fence. “Do you live around here? Do you remember me? I’m Jeremy Slater. We have science class together.” The boy’s nose was red from the cold, but his smile was genuine and his eyes were friendly.

 

“Sure—hi, Jeremy. Yeah, I live just down the street. Do you live here?”

“No, my grandma lives here, and I’m staying with her after school until my mom gets off work. Do you want to come in? We’ll have to be quiet, because my grandma isn’t feeling well today.”

 

Jake studied the snow on the fence post. “What’s wrong with her?”

“Some punk kids threw snowballs at her this morning. One of them hit her in the head, and she fell. She had to get a cast on her ankle—I guess she broke it when she fell.”

 

Jake swallowed hard. “I’m sorry to hear that. But I’d better get going. My mother gets upset if I’m late coming home from school. See you.” Jake ran almost all the way home.

That night, Jake knelt to pray. He hadn’t prayed much in his life, but he was troubled, and he hoped that prayer would help. His family didn’t have a regular church they attended, and most of their prayers were at the dinner table. He had heard that some people prayed both at night and in the morning, that they talked to God like He really listened and would help them.

 

Jake didn’t know where to begin, so he just bowed his head and started to talk to Heavenly Father. He prayed for help in finding new friends. He prayed for Mrs. Goodson. He prayed for the heavy feeling inside of him to go away. He fell asleep later that night with a strange warmness about him—the way he’d felt when he was little and fell asleep in his mother’s arms.

 

The next morning, Saturday, he remembered everything that had happened the day before. He made up his mind to apologize to Mrs. Goodson.

 

When his chores were done, he told his mother where he’d be. His heart raced as he approached Mrs. Goodson’s house. He hoped that Jeremy wouldn’t be there. It was going to be hard enough to talk to Mrs. Goodson, and he figured that he’d eventually have to tell Jeremy, too. Jake liked Jeremy and hoped that they could be friends. But if Jeremy knows that I was one of the boys who threw snowballs at his grandma, Jake thought, he won’t want to have anything to do with me.

 

It was Jeremy who answered the doorbell. “Hi, Jake. Come on in.”

 

Jake stepped into the hallway but stayed next to the door. “Actually, Jeremy, I came to see your grandmother. Can she have company?”

 

“She’d love it! Grandma’s cool. She’s fun to be around.” Jeremy led the way into the living room, where his grandmother was sitting with her leg propped up on pillows, the kitten beside her.

 

“I didn’t know you knew Grandma. Come on in.”

 

Mrs. Goodson’s cast was bright white except for the large Jeremy scrawled on it with a bright blue marker. She set aside the afghan she’d been working on and looked up at Jake.

 

“Hello, Mrs. Goodson, I’m Jake Lowder.” Jake took a deep breath. “I’m one of the boys who hurt you yesterday, and I’m sorry. I don’t know why it happened. …” He stood there staring down at his feet, waiting to be thrown out of the house. Or yelled at. Or something.

“Jeremy, why don’t you go into the kitchen and start some popcorn and hot chocolate for you boys. I’d like to speak to Jake alone.” Mrs. Goodson smiled at her grandson. “It will be all right.”

 

Jake saw the shock on Jeremy’s face and watched him head reluctantly toward the kitchen, glancing back to make sure that his grandmother really would be OK.

“Jake, sit down.” She patted the stool next to her ankle. “It took a lot of courage for you to come see me today. Do you want to tell me about it?”

 

Jake nodded, but he had a hard time speaking. He hadn’t expected to be treated this nicely. He was in the middle of his story when Jeremy poked his head in the doorway. Jake motioned for him to come in, feeling it would be easier to explain everything to both of them at once.

 

“You see, Mrs. Goodson, I never meant any harm. I’ve already decided not to hang around with those guys anymore.” He hesitated, then blurted out, “I even prayed about you last night.”

 

“Tell me, Jake,” Mrs. Goodson said. “Tell me about your prayer. What church does your family go to?”

 

Jake explained that his family didn’t have a regular church. He told her what he’d heard about prayer, and he shared some of what he prayed about with her.

“Jake, in our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we call what you’re doing ‘repentance.’ Do you know what repentance is?”

 

Jake nodded. “It means to feel bad about something you’ve done wrong and to not do it again.”

 

Mrs. Goodson smiled. “That’s right, Jake. You have already admitted that you have done something wrong, and you have prayed for forgiveness. Now you are asking me to forgive you. Do you see that your prayers are being answered?” Mrs. Goodson smiled again.

 

Jake raised his head. “Is there anything else I should do, Mrs. Goodson?”

“Yes, Jake, two things. One you’ve also already done—you’ve promised to never again throw snowballs to hurt someone. The last thing is to try to make restitution to that person whom you have wronged. Do you know what restitution is?”

 

Jake shook his head.

“ ‘Restitution’ means to compensate for—make up for—anything you have done wrong or said or damaged.”

 

Jake looked up at her. How could he make up for what he had done to her?

“I know that sometimes that can be hard to do, Jake, but it is important.” Mrs. Goodson smiled. “I know—I’m going to need help around the house for a while. How do you feel about coming over and helping me every day until my ankle is better?”

 

Jake’s face lit up. He really liked Mrs. Goodson and Jeremy. It wouldn’t be hard at all to come over and help!

 

The rest of the afternoon went by quickly. As he and Jeremy swept the floors and helped get Mrs. Goodson’s supper for her, they became friends. As Jake left, he heard Jeremy and his grandmother talk about getting ready for church the next day. Jake decided that he wanted to hear more about their church.

 

When Jake arrived home, he told his parents everything that had happened—throwing snowballs, Mrs. Goodson’s fall, and his need to pray. He told them how forgiving Mrs. Goodson was, and he asked permission to spend time helping her. He also asked if he could talk to Mrs. Goodson more about her church.

 

Monday morning Jake woke up to fresh snow on the ground. That meant he’d need to get over to Mrs. Goodson’s house right away to shovel her walk before school. Maybe Jeremy would be there, too. He smiled. If he hurried, he’d probably have time to talk to them before he went to school. He was going to see if they’d tell his whole family about their church. He smiled again. He just knew that it would be a wonderful day!

 

 

 

Inviting the Holy Spirit to Be with You

How to Invite the Holy Spirit into Your Family Home Evenings

It is your responsibility to get yourself ready to receive the spirit before you teach.  You must humbly ask Heavenly Father for His Spirit to help you teach the lesson.  In addition you need to…

·       Have a family member open the lesson with prayer.

·       Teach from the scriptures and from the words of the Latter-day Prophets.

·       Bear your testimony and encourage class members to do so when moved by the Spirit.

·       Often, the Spirit will testify to others of the validity of personal experiences told by family members or you.

·       The use of appropriate music in your lesson often encourages the Spirit to touch hearts.

 

Make sure that your youths never get through your home without experiencing and knowing the promptings of the Holy Ghost in their lives.

Give them experiences in getting answers to prayer by suggesting that they seek out an answer to their questions by thinking it through, make an informed decision, and then ask the Lord if it is true. 

Allow these experiences to be shared during Family Home Evening!

 

Reference

Teaching No Greater Call (1999). Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Salt Lake City, Utah:  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints