Preparing for General Conference
Doctrine and Covenants 21:4-5
4. Wherefore, meaning the church, thou shalt give heed unto all his words and commandments which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me;
5. For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith.
God speaks to His people through prophets.Noah was a prophet in ancient times. The Lord called the people to repentance through Noah. The people were very wicked, would not heed the Lord and were destroyed by the flood.
There were many prophets who walked the earth before Jesus Christ was born. Through the scriptures, we too can learn from these prophets of old.
When Jesus Christ was on the earth, he organized His church. After Jesus was crucified and resurrected, He came again and for a short time taught the people. After Jesus ascended to Heaven and the apostles were killed, there was no longer a prophet on the earth and the Church could no longer receive revelation. This is called the apostasy.
When the time was right the Lord again provided a man to be the Prophet. Joseph Smith was the first Prophet of this dispensation to whom all the keys were restored.
We can listen to our prophet in General Conference. When we follow the prophet, we will be blessed.
“Noah had the unwavering faith to follow God’s commandments. May we ever do likewise. May we remember that the wisdom of God ofttimes appears as foolishness to men; but the greatest lesson we can learn in mortality is that when God speaks and we obey, we will always be right.”
– Thomas S. Monson
Why were Noah and his family saved from the flood? (Discuss ideas. See Hebrews 11:7)
Can you name some of the prophets of old and what they taught? (Discuss. Examples: Moses–the Ten commandments; Abraham–trust in the Lord; Nephi–to go and do the things that the Lord has commanded; etc.)
Who was the Prophet of the restoration? (Joseph Smith was the first Prophet of this dispensation to whom all the keys were restored.)
Who is the Lord’s prophet on the earth today?
Where can we find the words of the Prophets? (Discuss ideas. Examples: Conference, Church magazines, etc.)
Why is it important to listen to and follow the Prophet? (Discuss ideas.)
How will following the Prophet help us find joy and gain a stronger faith like Noah? (Discuss ideas.)
Jace Wants to Follow the Prophet
Ten-year-old Jace helped Mother unload the week’s supply of groceries from the car.
“Let Dad get that one, Jace,” Mother said, pointing to the twenty-five pound bag of rice.
Jace looked at the large bag with strange writing on it. “What’s in it?” Jace asked.
“Rice,” Mother answered. “It’s for our food storage!”
“Food storage? What’s that?” Jace questioned.
“It’s setting aside a basic supply of food in order to be prepared for hard times,” Mother said.
“What kind of hard times?” Jace asked, with a worried expression on his face.
“Don’t look so worried, Son,” Mother soothed. “The Lord said, ‘If ye are prepared ye shall not fear,’” Mother said quoting a scripture from the Doctrine and Covenants. “Food storage is one of the things the prophets have encourage the Saints to have for many, many, years,” Mother continued. “We keep our food storage under the stairs in the basement.”
“So by storing food, we’re following the Prophet?” Jace asked.
“That’s right! And you know that following the Prophet brings happiness. Right?”
Jace smiled. “The Prophet says we should pray and I know I’m always happier when I do,” Jace agreed.
Jace thought a lot about food storage and following the Prophet during the week. He wanted to follow all the Prophet’s words, because, “‘His words are the Lord’s words,’” Jace said, repeating the words Sister Brown had taught him in Primary. “But, what can I do?” he thought.
The next week Father gave a lesson on Noah’s ark for Family Home Evening. “Noah was a prophet. Do you know who followed the prophet Noah?” Father asked.
“Nobody,” six-year-old Corbin answered.
“Nobody, except, his wife and sons and their wives,” Jace proudly corrected.
“That’s right! Noah’s family helped build the ark, store food, prepare supplies and gather and tend to the animals,” Father explained.
Jace smiled as he thought about what Father had said. “The Lord told them to have food storage,” Jace exclaimed. “Just like He’s told us to!”
“Yes, He did,” Mother replied. “In order for Noah’s family to prepare for hard times.”
“Hard times,” Jace thought. “The flood!”
“Mom, Dad,” Jace said. “I want to be like Noah’s sons and help with our food storage. I’m going to give you all my allowance to use for food storage, after I pay my tithing of course.”
“That’s very generous, Jace,” Father said. “But, the Prophet also said not to go to extremes in establishing our food storage. How about if you give, let’s say, one-tenth of your allowance.”
“That’s the same amount I give back to the Lord,” Jace said with satisfaction.
“Are we going to have to build an awk, too?” Asked three-year-old Morgan.
“Oh, no, Sweetie,” Mother answered. “Heavenly Father promised Noah that He would never flood the earth again and Heavenly Father always keeps His promises.”
Jace added, “That’s why Heavenly Father gave us rainbows, Morgan. As a reminder.”
“Oh, yeah! I like wainbows!” Morgan exclaimed. “They awe pwetty.”
Jace gave his little sister a big hug and whispered in her ear, “But, they’re not nearly as pretty as you are, Morgan!”
by Margie Nauta Lee
Noah was commanded to gather all the animals of the earth “…by two, the male and his female.” (Genesis 7:2).Your children will delight in helping to make home-made Animal Crackers using this simple and fun ANIMAL CRACKERS RECIPE and animal shaped cookie cutters. Be sure to make two of each animal! But, if you’re short on time use store-bought animal crackers and have children search the bag for animal “crackers” two by two.