Raise your hand if you’ve ever discounted a prompting from the Holy Ghost because you “thought it was just one of your own thoughts…” Oh boy I’ve lost track.
Have you all seen those new Oreo’s? The “Most Stuf?” I’d been dying to try them… not because i’m a crazy Oreo connoisseur… they just look so intriguing!
However, Oreo’s weren’t in the budget for a looong time, so I had a season to think up a fabulous excuse as to why I needed to buy multiple packages. And YOU’RE GOING TO LOVE IT!! An FHE lesson on revelation!
Do you remember that video of Elder Bednar about receiving revelation and how it’s like different types of light? This (kind of) goes along the same lines, but adds a hands on, sweet & fun activity for the littles, and (let’s be honest) everyone involved. 😀
Here’s How it Works:
I really wanted to convey to my children, that the more you act on good thoughts & feelings (promptings), the easier it becomes to recognize the Holy Ghost speaking to you. And the easier you recognize the spirit in your life, the more Heavenly Father can rely on you as one of His servants.
BUT! Even though each Oreo was different, they all had one thing in common: cream. Just varying amounts! So it doesn’t really matter if it’s you or the Holy Ghost, if it is a good thought, just act. The good stuff is still there.
So for my object lesson, I bought three different types of Oreo’s.
The “Most Stuf” Oreo’s (but you could easily do it with Double Stuff).
I made these little tags to go with each Oreo, and displayed them with one of each cookie. One side has words you can use for older kids, and the other side has pictures that easily portray the lesson to younger children.
The focus and analogy I used was the cream on the inside of each cookie.
The Oreo Thin
With the Oreo thins, you can barely see the cream, so it represented the first time you think the spirit might be speaking to you, where you often wonder if it was your own thoughts, or if it was the Holy Ghost.
The Regular Oreo
The regular Oreo has a little bit more cream than an Oreo thin, and you can see it a bit easier. The regular Oreo represented when the spirit speaks to you again but this time, you are able to recognize it quicker.
The “Most Stuf” Oreo (or Double Stuff if that’s what you have)
The “Most Stuf” Oreo represented when you are confident the Holy Ghost is speaking to you because you have acted many times before and you know how He communicates with you individually. The cream is definitely hard to miss with this one.
I had my kid-o’s take a small bite of each different Oreo as we talked about different scenarios and asked if they could taste the cream or just the cookie.
Some scenarios we used were:
Putting shoes away, giving a sibling a hug, helping with dishes, reading scriptures, saying prayers, serving a neighbor, giving someone a phone call, asking for a priesthood blessing, etc. I have very young children still, so our scenarios were very basic. Heat it up a bit if you’ve got older children.
As we moved up in Oreo cream size, it was just thrilling to watch them look for the cream each time when they “followed a prompting” from the Holy Ghost.
It was so cute, even my 2YO with the “Most Stuf” Oreo was laughing and said, “So much good “stuf” mom!”
Like many FHE lessons, the kids probably didn’t soak up every message I tried to send them with this activity, but it definitely left an impression. Every time we see Oreo’s in the store, my 4YO remembers that they represent “acting on revelation” and at the very least that will create many opportunities in the future for faith building moments. 🙂
We did this activity last week and I’ve since thought of these other ideas you could also use if you’re family has other needs.
Teaching about Honesty: You could use the different Oreo types to represent telling lies and how they build up. You could even squeeze the “Most Stuf” Oreo so all the cream squishes out and teach that it’s really hard to cover up lies and soon enough they all come squishing out.
Service: Each time you serve someone you feel so good inside. You could use the different cookie sizes to demonstrate repeated service and how it helps your heart grow. You could again squish the “Most Stuf” cookie and show that when one person does something good, it “spreads” and easily influences other people to do good too.
Our Bodies Have A Spirit: You could use the cream on the inside of the Oreo’s to explain that we have both a body and a spirit. Like the glove analogy we are all used to, but using Oreo’s instead and shakin’ things up a bit for this next generation. 🙂
Do you have any other ideas on how you could use this lesson? Leave a comment below or shoot me an email! I’d love to hear your take!
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