Role of a Prophet
Goal: To help family members understand how a prophet helps us learn what God wants us to know.
Attention Activity: Begin by announcing that your throat hurts and you will need to have someone else speak for you. In whispers, tell the speaker exactly what you need them to say. Have the speaker repeat your words exactly as you promise that after the lesson you will be having a treat and then have them repeat a short testimony about revelation and the prophets.
Read with your Family D&C 1:38- What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.
Ask your family how this verse relates to you having someone speak for you earlier. Help them draw the correlation that you were acting as God, giving direction to a prophet.
Discuss how God speaks through revelation to prophets and our leaders. His words are no less true because they didn’t come to each person individually. Tell your family about an experience you had where hearing a prophet speak guided you to make an important decision.
Activity: Briefly discuss what specific message came from God was through past prophets.
Print out the Prophet Cards (or make your own) from the Children’s friend magazine. One at a time, have a family member draw a card and try to get the family to guess the prophet using the information given.
Optional: Prepare some clothing that will allow the children to dress up to look like either modern day or biblical prophets.
Treat: Prepare Joseph Smith’s (reported) favorite food, Johnny Cakes
The following recipes came from the Oct 1, 1988 Church News.
JOSEPH SMITH’S JOHNNY CAKES
2t baking soda
2T molasses (you can also use honey or dark corn syrup)
3C buttermilk (If you don’t have any, use 3 cups of milk and 3 Tablespoons of lemon juice OR vinegar. Let that mixture sit for about 5 minutes before adding it in).
2 eggs, well beaten
Sift together dry ingredients. Slowly stir in molasses and buttermilk; mix well. Add beaten eggs and beat hard 2 minutes. Pour into shallow, well-greased pans; bake 350 degrees 30 minutes. (Joseph Smith’s family had cornmeal Johnny cakes so often that one of his children, when blessing the food, made a special request, “Something better, please, for the next meal.”)