The prophet today teaches me how to strengthen my family
(Friend Oct. 2004, suggestion # 1)

Read aloud D&C 1:38.

Prophets are servants of the Lord and speak for Him to guide and direct us.

Share the story of the prophet Joshua from the Old Testament.
The children of Israel had left their homes and wandered in the wilderness for more than 40 years.
Through Joshua, the Lord promised the children of Israel that the city of Jericho would be theirs.
He told Joshua what the people should do, and Joshua told the people.

Read together and role-play (see TNGC, p. 178) the account in Joshua 6:616, 20.
You will need children to portray Joshua, the seven priests (with rolled-up paper for ram's horns), and the children of Israel.

Rather than shout, sing a song or hymn while the children stand and represent the wall around Jericho.
Have the children sit down to represent the wall falling down.

Give a choral reading (see TNGC, p. 163).

Have "Joshua" say, "Choose you this day whom ye will serve; . . . but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (Joshua 24:15).

Have everyone respond with a choral reading of Joshua 24:24.

Bear testimony that our homes will be blessed and our families will be strengthened as we choose to obey the prophets and serve the Lord.