Since October I have been going LIVE every week on Periscope (an app you can download and comment and interact with me OR watch on your desktop here) to share thoughts on different General Conference talks. I have loved sharing my thoughts and reading the wonderful comments that are shared. A few weeks ago I decided that I needed to change things up a bit, instead of just sharing my thoughts and reading wonderful quotes that I liked in the talks, I thought it might be more beneficial if I shared LDS Teaching Tips on each of the Conference Talks. I noticed there was a lack of them on the internet, especially for those of you needing ideas when you teach them for RS and Priesthood, so I have decided to share some of the ideas and thoughts I have for each of the talks that you can use. I will also be sharing FHE teaching tips and ideas that you could use, so you and your family can teach from the recent General Conference talks. I hope you find the ideas helpful, but as always prayerfully study the talks and decide what YOU need to share in your lesson. 🙂


Today I am sharing some idea for President Eyring’s talk: “The Holy Ghost as Your Companion. Since you are discussing the Holy Ghost why not begin your lesson by asking what everyone’s favorite gift has been (Birthday, Christmas, etc). Was it something bought at a store or maybe something special someone made? Get everyone involved and have them share!

At the front of the room you could have several beautifully wrapped gifts. This could include boxes or bags with tissue paper. Inside one of them you could place the phrase:

“The Gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Invite someone to open the gift and read the phrase aloud. Then tell everyone that we, as baptized members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, have been given an amazing gift. This is the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Share this quote from President Eyring:

“My purpose today is to increase your desire and your determination to claim the gift promised to each of us after we are baptized. During our confirmation we heard these words: ‘Receive the Holy Ghost.’ From that moment on, our lives changed forever.”

You can then tell the sister or brethren that today you are going to be discussing the Why, How, & What of the Holy Ghost.

I am including a great printable that you could pass out at this time or you can wait and pass it out at the end of class. The printable explains the Why, How, and What of the Holy Ghost with a question that they can reflect on and answer. There is space to write the answers that they think of. By passing it out in the beginning it might give them time to think, and then participate more in the lesson, but do what is best for you and your ward. 🙂



The why you will be discussing is:

Why is it important that we have the companionship of the Holy Ghost?

I thought of a fun activity that you could do to answer part of this question. One of the answers that Pres. Eyring gave was…the Holy Ghost will help us discern truth from falsehood. I thought it would be fun to play ‘2 Truths and 1 Lie’ for this.

Before your lesson think of 2 Truths and 1 lie. They could be about yourself, news stories, weird facts, laws, etc.

Tell everyone that you are going to read 3 statements. Two are true and one is false. Once you have read each of the statements they will raise their hand holding up the finger that matches the statement they think is false (1, 2, or 3).

Read the statements, and then have everyone share their answer. Then, reveal the answer!

Reassure everyone that this silly little example DOES have to do with the lesson. 🙂 Tell everyone that you will first be discussing the WHY of the Holy Ghost.

WHY do we need the companionship of the Holy Ghost?

Ask someone to read this quote aloud:

“[The Holy Ghost] gives us the power to discern truth from falsehood. The truth that matters most is verified only by revelation from God. Our human reason and the use of our physical senses will not be enough. We live in a time when even the wisest will be hard-pressed to distinguish truth from clever deception.”

Since falsehoods and lies may be presented to us at any time, we need a constant influence of the Spirit of Truth to spare us moments of doubt.

You can this discuss this further or add your own thoughts on this particular reason of WHY we need the Holy Ghost.

Ask if anyone else knows WHY we need the Holy Ghost. They might share quotes from Pres. Eyring’s talk or share some of their own reasons. Here are some other great quotes that you could use and share from Pres. Eyring:

To always have the Spirit with us is to have the guidance and direction of the Holy Ghost in our daily lives. We can, for instance, be warned by the Spirit to resist the temptation to do evil.

For that reason alone, it is easy to see why the Lord’s servants have tried to increase our desire to worship God in our sacrament meetings. If we partake of the sacrament in faith, the Holy Ghost will then be able to protect us and those we love from the temptations that come with increasing intensity and frequency.

The companionship of the Holy Ghost makes what is good more attractive and temptation less compelling. That alone should be enough to make us determined to qualify for the Spirit to be with us always.

Another reason that Pres. Eyring shared is:

We need that constant help from the companionship of the Holy Ghost for yet another reason. The death of a loved one may come unexpectedly. It is the witness from the Holy Ghost of the reality of a loving Heavenly Father and a resurrected Savior that gives us hope and comfort at the loss of a loved one. That testimony must be fresh when death occurs.



From there you can go into the HOW of the Holy Ghost:

HOW do we continue to have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost?

“…for many reasons, we need the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. We desire it, yet we know from experience that it is not easy to maintain. We each think, say, and do things in our daily lives that can offend the Spirit. The Lord taught us that the Holy Ghost will be our constant companion when our hearts are full of charity and when virtue garnishes our thoughts unceasingly (see D&C 121:45).”

This would be another great time to ask for answers from those you are teaching. Have them share ways that they are able to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost.



President Eyring explains that as we heed those sweet promptings from the Holy Ghost, we will in turn feel the Spirit more frequently, and impressions from the Spirit will come more frequently. Here is what Pres. Eyring said:

You have had times when you have felt the influence of the Holy Ghost. It may have happened for you today.

You can treat those moments of inspiration like the seed of faith that Alma described (see Alma 32:28). Plant each one. You can do that by acting on the prompting you felt. The most valuable inspiration will be for you to know what God would have you do. If it is to pay tithing or to visit a grieving friend, you should do it. Whatever it is, do it. When you demonstrate your willingness to obey, the Spirit will send you more impressions of what God would have you do for Him.

As you obey, the impressions from the Spirit will come more frequently, becoming closer and closer to constant companionship. Your power to choose the right will increase.

He continues by sharing some personal stories about his father. I loved the story about his father wanting to attend a sacrament meeting while visiting in Australia, but couldn’t find any information. He decided to start walking and prayed at each intersection to know which way to go. After doing this for an hour, he found his way to a local chapel that met in an apartment building. Amazing! 🙂

There are many times in our lives where the Spirit has helped find our way or impressed us to do something. Share a story or ask someone before your lesson to share a time where the Holy Ghost helped them in some way.

Encourage those you teach to take time during the next week to pay special attention to those times in their lives where the Spirit prompts or helps them. If we would take time to do this I think we would be amazed at how many time we are guided by the Spirit.


Finally, you’ll be discussing the WHAT’S of the Holy Ghost.

WHAT are some things that are preventing me from having the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost?


WHAT will I do/change so that I can have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost?

Give everyone a few minutes to reflect on their lives and the things that they may be doing or NOT doing to prevent them from having the companionship of the Holy Ghost. Encourage them to write down ONE thing that they can do or change this week.

“We each think, say, and do things in our daily lives that can offend the Spirit.”

Ask everyone to share things that might keep ourselves from having His Spirit with us, and write them on the board. You could even have everyone think about the things that they like to do during the day or maybe after their children go to sleep. Then ask

‘Did any of the things you thought about invite the Spirit?’

If not, is it MORE important than having the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost? What can you/we do to change that…to increase our desire and determination to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost?


I have a great printable that would work well with this lesson. It lists the ‘Why, How & What of the Holy Ghost’ followed by the question to reflect on. And at the bottom is a section for each person to Make a Plan and Do It! Here’s what the sheet looks like:


I created a simple black and white sheet, so you could print and make copies at the church. 🙂 You can download my printable below.

Click HERE to print my  ‘Why, How, & What of the Holy Ghost’ sheet!


Family Home Evening Idea

This talk would also make a great FHE lesson for you and your family. Before your lesson you will need to wrap a gift. But if you have several children you could also wrap the same number of presents as children. 🙂

Inside each of the presents will be the letters:


You can choose to have the 9 letters split between the gifts or have each gift have the 9 letters.

Begin as I did above, and invite everyone to share their favorite gift they have ever received. Then show everyone the wrapped gifts and explain that we have been or will receive a very special gift. Have your children/family open the gift and unscramble the letters.

Once they have figured out the words share this quote (the same as above):

“My purpose today is to increase your desire and your determination to claim the gift promised to each of us after we are baptized. During our confirmation we heard these words: ‘Receive the Holy Ghost.’ From that moment on, our lives changed forever.”

You could then hand out a copy of Pres. Eyring’s talk to everyone and have them follow along or search for answers to your questions (depending on the age of your children).

Just like above, discuss the Why, How, and What’s of the Holy Ghost.

I thought it would be fun to do the same ‘2 Truths and 1 Lie’ activity. Hand out pieces of paper and have everyone write down 2 truths and 1 lie about themselves OR just choose one person before the lesson to think of 3 things to share.

Then have everyone guess what the ‘lie’ is.

Once everyone has shared and/or guessed talk about how we need the Holy Ghost to help us know truth from falsehood.

At the end of your lesson you could make a goal as a family. Discuss things that go on in your home that is preventing the Spirit from residing in your home. Talk together and agree on something that everyone will try to do or not do during the week, and see how it changes the feeling in your home.

Write/type up your goal and post it somewhere for everyone to see.

You could also watch a video on the Holy Ghost. There are so many great ones to choose from on

Click HERE to take a look and pick one that you and your family would enjoy!

There’s a great cartoon-type video that would be perfect for young children, where President Boyd K. Packer shares an experience in which he was protected during World War II by listening to a prompting from the Spirit and promises youth that they will be protected if they “heed the promptings that come from the Holy Ghost.

Click HERE to view ‘Enemy Territory’!


I hope you enjoy the thoughts and ideas I shared with you, and I hope you are able to use them for an upcoming lesson or Family Home Evening.

I am so grateful for the wonderful talks that we are able to listen to at General Conference, and for the opportunity to study them in the months following. There are great and important teachings in each and every one. I know that as we take the time to study them, and share the teachings with those around us, we will be strengthened and uplifted.


I would love for you to join me for my next ‘Talk Tuesday’ (Tuesday, Feb. 2nd at 1:30 pm MST)! We will be discussing Elder M. Russell Ballard’s talk: “God Is at the Helm”. 


Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!


14 thoughts on “LDS Teaching Tips for General Conference Talks: President Eyring, “The Holy Ghost as Your Companion”

  1. Kim

    This is amazing you did such a great job putting this together! I wish I had this talk as one of my lessons but I don’t 🙁


  2. Kim

    You did so great on your scope 🙂 I loved the two truths and a lie, my kids would have a kick with this & I think my young women would too!! Thanks 🙂


  3. Heather Mecham

    It took me awhile to get used to teaching from the conference talks back when I taught Relief Society. I loved the idea of playing 2 Truths and a Lie to introduce the lesson. I also think that anytime you can get your students to write down their answer before discussing as a group that it really helps people speak up.


  4. Camille

    I love how you are putting these on your blog now too! Your scopes are so great and I’m loving your new format with the teaching ideas. Thanks so much!


  5. Aub

    Thank you so much! I was asked to teach RS using conference talks last year and it has been such a challenge for me, I keep wishing I had a manual or guide to help me! This helps give me some direction for this lesson. Thank you so much!


  6. Jenna

    Thank you for sharing! I am glad I stumbled on your blog. I am teaching in a couple of weeks on Elder Hollands talk, “Behold Thy Mother” and Elder Nelsons talk, “A Plea To My Sisters.” I have such a hard time putting my lesson together. Your Ideas have helped a lot!


  7. Nicole

    Thank you so much! I was asked earlier this week in Relief Society and have been struggling how to teach. Some great ideas here to help me fill in my lesson plan.


  8. Brooke

    Do you have any good ideas about teaching “why the church” by elder D. Todd Christopherson? I’m teaching it this Sunday and I’m drawing a blank and this lesson helped me out so much 2 months ago. 🙂 you give such good examples and ideas! Thanks!!!


    1. littleldsideas Post author

      Hi Brooke! I studied that talk, and did a Periscope about it, but I can’t remember off the top of my head what I shared. Let me take a look at it and I will email you if I come up with anything. 🙂


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