Living prophets teach me what the Lord want me to do
Friend Oct. 2006, suggestion # 1
 

Help the children memorize D&C 1:38 by writing the following on the blackboard:

(1) WHAT I THE LORD HAVE SPOKEN,
(2) I HAVE SPOKEN, . . . 
(3) WHETHER BY MINE OWN VOICE OR
(4) BY THE VOICE OF MY SERVANTS,
_ _     _ _     _ _ _     _ _ _ _.

Circle the letters that are underlined. Divide the children into four groups, and have each group recite one line.

Explain that they will have to solve a puzzle to find out the last line.
The letters of the last line are in the preceding lines.
The first word is in the first line, and so on. Invite the children to unscramble the words and fill in the final line: "It is the same." Have the children say the last line together. Repeat the scripture several times with each group saying their line in turn and then all of the children saying the final line together.

Ask the children to think of things that the prophet spoke about in recent general conferences.

Write their ideas down the middle of the blackboard.

Then write the words Present and Future on either side of the list.
Tell them that we can do some of the things that the prophet asks us to do right now (pay tithing, be honest, attend church).
We will need to be older to do other things the prophet counsels us to do (have a temple marriage, receive the priesthood, magnify our Church callings).

Have the children point to either "Present" or "Future" when you read one of the items on the list.

Following the prophet and doing what we can today will bless our lives and will prepare us for other important things that we will do in the future.

Bear testimony of the blessings you have received from following the living prophet.

Sing "We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet" (Hymns, no. 19).