“And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.”
Before Jesus ascended to Heaven, He promised the Apostles that He would send the Holy Ghost to guide them. On the day of Pentecost, the Apostles were filled with the Holy Ghost. The day of Pentecost was a holiday, and many people had traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate. The Apostles were given the gift of tongues, which means they were able to teach the gospel in the languages of the people listening to them. With the Holy Ghost, Peter and the other Apostles were able to bear powerful testimony of Jesus Christ. Three thousand people were baptized that day.
Later, men who did not believe in Jesus tried to arrest Peter and John. Peter and John were beaten and thrown into prison, but they continued to teach about Jesus. Being filled with the Holy Ghost, they boldly spoke of the mission of Jesus Christ, even when it meant they would be persecuted.
Peter taught that if we repent and are baptized, we can all receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (See Acts 2:38-39.) Through the Holy Ghost, we can know the truth of the gospel, we can be warned of danger, we can be guided, and we can be comforted. It is through the Holy Ghost that Jesus Christ speaks to His Apostles and leads His church today.
“How important it is … that we do not do anything to lose the Holy Ghost’s gentle persuasions, comfort, peace, and direction. These impressions will help us make the correct choices in life in order to weather the storms and bring us closer to God’s ways.” Robert D. Hales
It's important to listen when the Holy Ghost speaks to us, but it's equally important to do what we're inspired to do! Shape yummy cookie dough into ear shapes and talk about ways we can obey the promptings of the Spirit while they bake.
These lessons are perfect for Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, or to recap the following Sunday. Or use portions of the lesson throughout the week to enhance your family scripture study.
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