The Holy Ghost Meets Casper

Funny story: in teaching the kiddies (primary kiddies that is) about the Holy Ghost, I’m 93% positive they initially thought we were introducing them to Casper’s best friend. They looked petrified. Wide eyes and still as can be...

"The Holy Ghost [often referred to as the Holy Spirit] is a member of the Godhead, along with God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. The Holy Ghost is one in purpose with the Father and the Son, but is a separate being. Through Joseph Smith, the Lord revealed:

"The Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us. (Doctrine and Covenants 130:22)

"The special mission of the Holy Ghost is to testify of the Father and the Son, to reveal the truth (Book of Mormon, Moroni 10:4,5), to comfort us (John 14:26), and to sanctify us. He is a divine guide and teacher. (

That’s pretty complicated for a five-year-old, right?
No kids, the Holy Ghost is not like, and does not "hang out" with Casper.
No kids, the Holy Ghost is not scary.
No kids, your older brother didn't dress up like him for Halloween...that's a different kind of "ghost".
And no kids, the Holy Ghost is not Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio either...but you're getting closer...

Only with generous help from the Holy Ghost were we finally able to get through to them:
The Holy Ghost is like an angel (or invisible best-friend) who can always be with you.
The Holy Ghost is someone who loves you, cares about you, and always wants to keep you safe. 
The Holy Ghost is someone who can warn you of danger and make you feel better when you're sad. 

Talk about great parenting prep.

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