Lesson 12: The Gift of the Holy Ghost


The purpose of Primary 3 Lesson 12: The Gift of the Holy Ghost is to appreciate receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost when we are confirmed members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Teaching Thoughts

  • Have each child lie down on a piece of white butcher paper then trace them. Cut out if possible or just have the child color and decorate (may need help with face).  Explain that the Holy Ghost is a spirit that looks like our bodies. This was one of the ways that really helped my children understand that the Holy Ghost really looks like us but in Spirit form- not like the ghosts in books.
  • If you have a younger class, this Holy Ghost file folder game from Kimberly Bourne Designs is a great addition to the lesson especially if you use the blanket analogy.
  • Enjoy using the story sticks and other ideas found in The Red Headed Hostess lesson packet.
  • Use the analogy of tuning in to a radio station as found in this object lesson on LDS.org
  • Use the objects in this fun lesson to help explain the different roles of the Holy Ghost.

The following are links to LDS.org resources unless otherwise stated.

Teacher Study

"Receive the Holy Ghost" by Elder David A. Bednar (Quorum of the 12 Apostles)

"The Unspeakable Gift" by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin (former member of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles)


"Listen, Listen"- Children's Songbook pg. 107

"The Still Small Voice"- Children's Songbook pg. 106

"The Holy Ghost"- Children's Songbook pg. 105

"Search, Ponder, and Pray"- Children's Songbook pg. 109

"The First Article of Faith"- Children's Songbook pg. 122

"The Holy Ghost"- Children's Songbook pg. 105

"I Know My Father Lives"- Children's Songbook pg. 5 or listen to this Children's Choir  

"I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus"- Children's Songbook pg. 78 or listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's version. 

"Seek the Lord Early"- Children's Songbook pg. 108 or listen to this music video


Create (about 2 minutes)- President Uchtdorf invites us to rely on the Spirit to create things of  beauty

Comfort in Trials (about 4 minutes)- The Holy Spirit can provide comfort

Patterns of Light: Discerning Light (about 2 minutes)- How we can recognize divine light

Having the Holy Ghost (about 3 minutes)- How you can invite the Holy Ghost in your life


My Primary 3 Lesson 12 handout packet includes

  • Quilt to color
  • Boy or Girl paper doll- Wrap the quilt around the doll to represent the Holy Ghost's comforting power. You could also use the squares to write down some ways we might recognize the Holy Ghost or what we need to do in order to be in tune with the Holy Ghost.

Activity Ideas

Inviting the Spirit- Different scenes to color that show ways to invite the Spirit

The Holy Ghost Can Help Me- Invitation to color

Gifts of the Spirit Treasure Chest- Make a paper treasure chest- use some little objects instead of the gems that represent the gifts

The Liahona and the Holy Ghost- A mini roller box with illustrations and the story of the Liahona.  You could use the cube pictures from the lesson instead. 

The Kingdom Up on High- You could make this picture into a necklace and hand them out to the kids.

Remember- Cut these pictures out and play a memory game with the older nursery children.  Or use the pictures to create a collage about the Holy Ghost and Baptism.

Listen to the Still, Small Voice- Use the pictures to help talk about the Holy Ghost (put them in a bag and draw them out)

Listen to the Still Small Voice- Read the scriptures and color the quilt 

Names of the Holy Ghost- Word Search

The Holy Ghost- Crossword Puzzle

The Gift of the Holy Ghost- Finish the scriptures

Listening to the Spirit- Comic story from the life of President Wildford Woodruff (former Prophet and President)

The Gifts and Fruits of the Spirit- Word Search

The Holy Ghost Testifies of the Truth of All Things- Liahona and journaling activities

Understanding the Holy Ghost- Fill in the blanks and a Crossword Puzzle

Who is the Holy Ghost- Fill in the blanks

Coloring Pages

The Holy Ghost Testifies to Me

I Choose to Fill My Life with Things that Invite the Spirit

My Faith in Jesus Christ Grows when I Listen to the Holy Ghost

A Happy People (scroll down)