Ghost -- Talk Ideas
ME your talk ideas!
I've come across a
few more ideas to add to the Holy Ghost gift box. I was able to purchase
inexpensive miniatures at a craft store to put in a heart shape gift box
to represent God's love.
I used 5 of the above
ideas to give to my niece during a baptism talk so I could impress upon
her to remember these 5 important attributes of the holy ghost.
A tiny bell that rings
ever so softly that represents how we must carefully listen to the still
Fruit to symbolize that
the fruit of the spirit is love, joy and peace.
A dove to represent the
A book to represent the
scriptures where we can study and feel the promptings of the Holy Ghost.
A sun, even though there
is only one, many can feel the warmth.
And of course a small
patch of comfy material representing a comforter.
A compass and map for
A flashlight for guidance.
A shell to hear the whisperings
of the spirit.
Take a hard boiled
egg (representing ourselves) and explain that we all sin and make mistakes.
Take a crayon and make marks on the egg, then explain that after you are
baptized all of our sins are washed away. Crack the egg and peel off the
hard shell. You have a white (clean/pure) egg. Explain that when you receive
the Holy Ghost, it brings you a warm feeling. Cut the egg open and they
see the yellow (warm/fuzzy).
Holy Ghost Talk
This talk works very
well to keep children's attention. Start with a mason canning jar or a
clear vase. Explain that this represents the person being baptized (Johnny).
Hold up a shiny new quarter and explain that this is the Holy Ghost. Drop
it into the jar and shake it around. Ask the children if they can hear
the Holy Ghost. This represents the Holy Ghost helping us to choose the
right. Add a small scoop of dirt to the jar and explain that Johnny promised
his mother he would clean his room before going out to play, but he forgot.
Shake the jar again and ask if the children can hear the Holy Ghost still.
(They should be able to.) Keep adding small scoops of dirt and explain
the mistakes that Johnny has made. Soon the children will not be able to
hear the Holy Ghost. Explain that when we sin, the Holy Ghost withdraws
from us and can't speak to us. Ask the children how we can make it so we
can hear the Holy Ghost again. (Discuss Repentance). Dump the dirt from
the jar and put the quarter back in. Explain that we can be forgiven of
our sins and be clean in Heavenly Father's eyes, but we will be able to
remember the mistakes we have made to help remind us not to do them again.
(I tell them that is why the jar stays slightly dirty.) We are clean, but
have a memory of the sin so we don't repeat it. Kids love the dirt and
listening for the Holy Ghost. This works well at baptisms if you have a
tablecloth or something to keep the mess to a minimum.
South Weber, Utah
a talk in a stake baptism about the Holy Ghost. I took a shoe box
and made a door that opens and closes in each side of the box. I put a
candy bar inside one door, and a set mouse trap in the other. Ask for a
volunteer. I turned around so the child couldn't see me spin the
box around. Now the child has no idea which door has which surprise.
I asked him if he would want to stick his hand in one of the doors. (They
always say no!) I asked him if he had someone to tell him where the
candy was, if he would try it then. They always say yes. So
I tell them to choose someone to help them. Someone they trust completely
to tell them the truth. The helper comes up. I lift the lid
of the box and allow the helper to see where the candybar and mousetrap
are. Then the child may ask his helper where the candy is.
The helper tells him, and the child can safely take the candy.
Then compare this experiment
to the Holy Ghost-how he will guide us through life and keep us safe.
Also that we can always trust him. Once I had a child pick someone
he didn't trust as much-he was pretty hesitant to put his hand in the box!
It would also be wise
for you to make sure he doesn't put his hand in the trap too!
I used the Sun analogy
being that there is one sun that can only be in one place at a time but
we can all feel it's warmth. You can expand on that in what ever
way you feel comfortable.
The other analogy
I have used is a comforter (a nice thick quilt) that a child uses as a
comfort and security. In fact I have actually brought a small comforter
with me and used for an example. And if I was closely involved with
that person being baptized then I made them a quilt, nothing especially
fancy but a tied one that I had all the kids help with and then present
to them at their baptism.
As we come to earth
it is like walking in a dark storm, difficult to see. Sometimes some
lightening will light our way for a moment, but then go away. This
is like the Holy Ghost helping those searching for the right path who have
not yet been baptized and received the Holy Ghost. For those who
have been baptized and received the Holy Ghost, it is like walking through
the dark storm with a flashlight helping you to constantly see the right
We have used a sea shell to represent the
Still Small Voice. We talk about how if we are listening carefully
when we place the sea shell close to our ear we can hear the ocean.
If we are not listening, we cannot hear it. When the Holy Ghost is speaks
to us, we need to listen carefully. We then give the child a sea
shell so that when he looks at it, he will remember to listen to the still
A friend of mine told
me about a Sister that used three lollypops this past week. One
red, green and yellow like the stop signals,to explain that sometimes the
Holy Ghost tells us something is ok to do (green), sometimes it cautions
(yellow) and other times to stop (red).
ME your talk ideas!
I have one where I use a cut out that resembles
a window and how like the sun can shine through the window because it is
clean and not blocked so can the Holy Ghost be with you. And then
I put up papers with different things printed on like, not praying, telling
lies, not reading scriptures, not listening to parents...etc. and
as we do each one, (I cover the opening of the window, until it is filled)
we block the influence of the Holy Ghost on our lives. Then on the
other side of each paper I have the positive aspect, praying, etc and I
say as we do these things (pulling the papers off ) we open ourselves to
being able to have the Holy Ghost to guide and direct us.
Probably my favorite talk on the Holy Ghost
was by the aunt of a little friend of ours. She had a small, nice tin and
told him there was a very special gift inside. She told us she had thought
about the important assignment of teaching Jon something about the Holy
Ghost. As we lived in Lethbridge, Alberta (a.k.a. Windy City -- North),
she thought about how we cannot see the wind. Sometimes we can hear it,
though, and sometimes we can definitely feel it. So, her gift to him was
this little tin of "wind". She said it is very much like the Holy Ghost,
in that it is not something we can see, but sometimes we can hear it whisper
to us, and sometimes we can definitely feel it. Those are all the details
I can remember, but I'm sure you can piece together the rest. I thought
it was a good parallel.
I recently gave a talk on the Holy Ghost
at my nephew's baptism. I borrowed from a few ideas I have seen on
this list over the past several months and other talks I have seen.
I wrapped the following in white tissue paper and put them all in a white
gift box with a white bow: a compass and map, a flashlight, a baby
comforter. I told the boys that they were about to receive the Gift
of the Holy Ghost. I then let them unwrap the items in the box, one
at a time, as I explained what they represented. The compass and
map means that the Holy Ghost can guide us. When we want to know
if something is right or wrong, we can pray, and the Holy Ghost will show
us the right way. The flashlight means that through the Holy Ghost,
we can learn the truth (light) (Moroni 10:5). If we want to gain
a testimony, we can search, ponder, and pray, and the Holy Ghost will tell
us what is true. Finally, the comforter represents comfort. I urged
the boys to be obedient and keep their baptismal covenants so that they
could have the Holy Ghost as a companion at all times.
Lori in MO
(This one was done for a 14 year old convert)
- I brought a comforter from home and talked about how the Holy Ghost
is the Comforter. Then I held up a small wall hanging I had made
using the attic windows quilt block and talked about how each of these
'windows' could represent a different role of the the Holy Ghost (Comforter,
companion, etc.) and as she grew in the gospel she would learn more roles
and open more windows of knowledge.
Object lesson: Blindfold a family
member. Have another family member stand by the door. Turn
the blindfolded person around several times. Ask him to point to the door.
Then have the blindfolded person put his hands at his side. Now,
have the other person softly say, "The door is over here." Have the
blindfolded person point in the direction of the voice.
Liken this to the Holy Ghost. In this
life sometimes we feel as thought we have been blindfolded and spun around
until we are no longer sure which way is which. That is when we must listen
even more carefully to the still small voice of the spirit. The Holy
Ghost will always tell us which is the best and safest direction we can
One person was speaking
at a baptism, and brought a baby blanket that the child's mother had made
for her baby.She talked about how
the Holy Ghost is like a comforter, and that's one of his names is “the
comforter”.The one thing that she
said that truly struck me was that just like we miss Jesus, He misses being
with us every day, like He was in the pre-existence.And
the Holy Ghost is one way that Christ can feel OUR presence, as well.
We had a speaker in Sacrament
Meeting that said, "You know how you get invited to a birthday party, and
you spend DAYS and maybe even WEEKS searching for just the PERFECT gift.You
finally found the right gift.Something
that you would want if it were YOUR birthday, you would love to have.You
are all excited and go to the party, give the person the gift, and they
look at it, and say, “.....mmmmm, uhhhh,
set it aside.Then a few weeks later,
you go over to that person's house, and notice your perfect gift still
sitting there, in the box, in the same place.That's
how Heavenly Father feels when he gives us the gift of the Holy Ghost,
and we say, “Oh, yeah, ummmmm...Thanks,”and
then we never use it.
I have heard the holy ghost
described as a door knob.Imagine
a door in front of you with no door knob on your side.The
holy Ghost is on the other side. For the door to be opened the Holy Ghost
must do it.After you receive the
gift of the holy ghost it is like getting a door knob on your side so you
can open the door anytime.
We used this idea once
for an activity and made a door with a removable door knob.After
the children read a scripture we gave them the door knob in symbolism of
receiving the gift of the holy ghost.
I saw a very effective
demonstration done with a cutout like the old paper dolls that are joined
together at the hand. You have only two dolls joined together. You talk
about how we can only see one person but how the children (you could make
one for each child and put there name on it) seem to be alone as they are
making their decisions. Then you open up the other doll and show them that
it was there all the time even though other people couldn't see it. Tell
them thatas they go through life
but really the holy ghost is always inside them helping them to make decisions,
warning them of danger and protecting them.
A really good story I heard
about was told by a sister missionary in Belgium or Holland. It compares
the HolyGhost to riding a bicycle.
Before you have the gift of the Holy Ghost given to you it is like riding
a bike in the dark. Every so often you come to a street light and it gives
you light for that situation -but when you are given the gift of the Holy
Ghost, it is like someone putting a light on the front of your bicycle
and it is there for you every time you need it. It goes along with you
and is always there for you as long as you do the things necessary to keep
the power flowing to it. (making sure the contacts are clean and that you
are pedaling the bike and doing your share by keeping the commandments).
You could make comparisons about each thing that keeps it running- light
bulb, battery or generator, etc.
The speaker holds
up a compass and talks about how the Holy Ghost directs us like a compass.A
spiritual compass.At the end of
the talk, the speaker presents the compass to the child being baptized.
The speaker holds up 3
suckers: red, yellow and green. Use
these to represent a traffic light.The
Holy Ghost is like a traffic light and it guides us when to stop, proceed
with caution and when to go.Point
out the consequences of not obeying a traffic signal (crash, ticket, etc.)
and the consequences of not following (and the good consequences of following)
the Holy Ghost’s promptings.Give
the child being baptized the suckers as a reminder.
your talk ideas!
A story is told of a man
who is traveling on a path in the middle of the night.It
is very dark, and he is having trouble staying on the path.During
the night, there is a lightning storm.Whenever
a flash of light goes across the sky, the man has enough light to get back
onto the path and continue his journey, but it is very slow going.Eventually,
he comes to a house, and is given lantern to help him on his way.Now
he is able to stay on the path with the help of the lantern.
Everyone can have moments
when they feel the Holy Ghost, just like the bursts of lightning that helped
the man come back onto the path.But
when you are baptized, you are given the gift of having the Holy Ghost
with you all the time, like the man receiving the lantern to light his
Before the Baptism, speak
to three family members or friends of the child being baptized.Ask
them to read a favorite passage of scripture when you ask during your talk.
At the beginning of the
ask the children in the room to close their eyes.Then,
in turn, have the pre-assigned readers read their scriptures.Have
the children raise their hands if they know who is speaking.Of
course, the children recognized the voices of their parents as they read
Talk about how the Holy
Ghost is someone that loves us like our parents, who is wise like our parents,
who wants to help us like our parents… Who can only help us if we listen,
and we have to learn to recognize his promptings as well as we can recognize
the voice of our parents.
Talk about some of the
ways we can become familiar with the Spirit’s presence, and then ask all
of the people in attendance to think about how they are feeling at that
moment.Let them think for a minute.Remind
them that the good, warm feelings they are having are the Holy Ghost letting
them know that what is being said is true.
ME your talk ideas!
I gave a talk on baptism and had the child
who was going to be baptised leave the room. I then called her to come
back in. Of course she couldn't hear me so I went and had her re-enter
the room.I asked why she didn't answere me and then I explained how it
is important to listen and be prepared so the holy ghost can be our companion.
There are things we can do that will prevent us from hearing his promptings
and we must be careful to always keep the door open to hear them.