Sharing Time Idea from the 2016 Outline

Introduce the doctrine: Invite an older child to read Doctrine and Covenants 133:37 out loud. Tell the children that missionaries teach the gospel in many areas of the world, in many different languages. Have the children repeat the scripture together.

Encourage understanding: Show the children a map of the world or draw a simple map on the board. Ask them to share places where people they know have served missions. Mark these places on the map. Invite the children to share where they would like to serve, and let them mark those places on the map. Explain that mission calls come from the Lord through the prophet and that missionaries serve wherever the Lord calls them. Help the children practice saying the name of the Church in a few different languages. Discuss with the children that there are some places where missionaries are not yet allowed to teach. Explain that President Thomas S. Monson asked us to “pray for the opening of those areas, that we might share with [everyone] the joy of the gospel” (in Conference Report, Oct. 2008, 4; or Ensign, Nov. 2008, 6).

Encourage application: Invite the children to write a note to a missionary from your ward or the missionaries who are serving in your area. Give the letters to the ward mission leader to send to the missionaries.

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Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

This last week I have been in Utah visiting my Sister and enjoying our last week of summer. While I was there I picked her brain for Sharing Time Ideas (she is in the Primary Presidency in her ward). She shared what she is doing for September and I thought it was great, so I am sharing that today.

The scriptures teach that the gospel will be preached in all the world.

My sister had the idea of getting a large map (she found her’s at Target for a few dollars and placed it on a foam board) and placing it on an easel outside the Primary room. One the map was a sign that said:

“Where Did You Serve?”

She cut out small arrows from post-it notes and placed those on the map. Below the ‘Where Did You Serve?” title she asked people to take an arrow and place it in the area where they served their mission or where family members have served.

The kids are going to love looking at the map, and all the places people have served. You could even have the people write their names on the arrows.

My sister is planning on using the map for her Sharing Time lesson. While visiting her we came up with a fun ‘suitcase’ activity (below), which I am also sharing today.

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Missionary Suitcase

Since this month’s theme is on Missionary Work, I thought it would be fun to bring in a ‘Missionary Suitcase’ to help with the lesson. On the outside of the suitcase attach a piece of paper with the scripture reference, D&C 133:37. Or you could have the scripture reference hidden under a chair. In order to open the suitcase the children need to find the scripture and read it aloud.

Inside the suitcase will be 5 different ‘Missionary’ items with 5 different phrases on each item. Here are the items that will be inside the suitcase along with the phrases:

Mission Call (Envelope): Mission calls come from the Lord through the Prophet.

Passport: Missionaries serve wherever the Lord calls them.

Scriptures & Preach My Gospel: Missionaries teach the gospel in many areas of the world in many different languages. You could also use an English/Spanish Dictionary or a Map as well.

Shoes: There are some places where missionaries are not yet allowed to teach.

Alarm Clock: President Monson has asked us to “pray for the opening of those areas, that we might share with (everyone) the joy of the gospel.”

My sister and I thought it would be fun to have other items in the suitcase as well. Like white shirts, slacks, socks, dresses, etc. The children will have to ‘dig around’ the suitcase to find the items.

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HOW TO PLAY

After you have read and discussed the scripture, the children will be looking through the bag for specific items. You will then discuss each of the phrases with the children.

First Item (Mission Call): Explain to the children that mission calls come from the Lord through the Prophet.

Second Item (Passport): Missionaries serve wherever the Lord calls them. Do we get to choose where we serve? No, we are called to serve where the Lord needs us.

Third Item (Scriptures & Preach My Gospel): This would be a great time to bring in the map. Show your ‘Where Did You Serve?’ map to the children and explain that there are missionaries all over the world. You could then point to different areas and talk about the different missions and languages. My sister is also planning on talking about areas that we don’t currently have missionaries serving, but don’t go into too much detail because that is the next phrase. 😉

Fourth Item (Shoes): On our map we can see that there are missionaries all over the world. Shoes just like these, help the missionaries to walk and preach the gospel. But there are some areas in the world that we cannot preach the gospel. You could have these areas blacked out, or draw lines through the areas.

Fifth Item (Alarm Clock): What do you think this item is used for? Missionaries have to wake up early every morning for personal study and prayers. Did you know that President Monson has asked each of us to pray for the opening of the areas where we cannot preach the gospel? You could then discuss this a little more and encourage the children to pray.

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WRITE A NOTE

I also really like the idea of writing notes to the missionaries. What missionary wouldn’t love a note? You could do some for missionaries FROM your ward serving OR you could also include notes for the missionaries serving IN your ward.

I am planning on creating some cute little note cards to use, but I will post those the beginning of next week (I have to get home to my normal computer).

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Click HERE to print the “Where Did You Serve?” map sign!

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Bear testimony of missionary work and remind the children that they don’t have to wait until they’re older to preach the gospel, they can do that right now.

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I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time Idea, and are able to use it for your lesson. I would love to hear if you do, so leave me a comment letting me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!

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Sharing Time Ideas from the 2016 Outline

Introduce the doctrine: Show the children two glasses, one with dirty water and one with clean water. Ask the children which one they would rather drink and why. Tell the children that our minds are like the glasses, and we should put only clean and good things in them. Write the following sentence on the board, and have the children say it with you: “Reading, watching, and listening to wholesome things keeps my mind clean.” Consider teaching the children simple hand actions to help them remember the sentence. For example, for the word reading, put your hands out like you are holding a book; for the word watching, point to your eye; for listening, cup your hand around your ear; and for mind, point to your forehead. Repeat the sentence several times, substituting the actions for the words.

Encourage understanding: Show the children a picture of Jesus Christ with children, and ask them to look at it for a few seconds. Cover the picture and ask the children to tell you details they remember about it. Help the children understand that we remember the things we see. Explain that when we fill our minds with good things we also think of good things. Show the picture again, and have the children sing “I Feel My Savior’s Love” (CS, 74–75). Ask the children to share how the song makes them feel. Explain that listening to good music helps us feel the Spirit and keeps our minds clean.

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Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

Here is a fun Sharing Time idea to teach this week’s Sharing Time lesson. I used the word ‘CLEAN’ from the outline and came up with a fun ‘sponge toss’ game. This will be a fun Sharing Time, but will teach the children the importance of reading, watching, and listening to wholesome things.

August 2016 Sharing Time idea

I love the ‘glasses’ idea given in the outline, so that would be a great way to begin your Sharing Time lesson. Explain to the children that our minds are like the glasses, and we should put only clean and good things in them. Write the following sentence on the board, and have the children say it with you: “Reading, watching, and listening to wholesome things keeps my mind clean.”

You could also have two glasses of clear and clean water. You could invite children things that could make our minds dirty. As they share their ideas add a drop off food coloring or a spoonful of dirt. After a few answers show the children the glasses, and discuss putting only ‘clean’ things in our minds.

When I read the idea in the outline the word ‘clean’ stuck out to me. I thought it would be fun and entertaining if you came into the room with yellow gloves, a bucket of cleaning supplies, etc. You could even add a little dirt on your face. 🙂

Explain to the children that today you are going to discuss keeping our minds ‘clean’, and to help you out…you have brought some special cleaning supplies.

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SPONGE THROW

At the front of the room you will have a poster or chalkboard with a large face of a little boy or girl (printable included). At the front of the room you will have 3 buckets, and on each bucket you will have a picture to represent (read, watch, listen). You could have pictures or simply have the words attached to the buckets. Inside each of the buckets will be scenarios/phrases.

I have created scenarios and statements for this game. Print each page out, and then separate them into the appropriate category (Read, Watch Listen). For this game you will also need a sponge for the children to toss into the buckets…this goes along with my ‘clean’ theme. 🙂

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Invite a child up to the front and explain to them that they are going to be tossing a ‘special cleaning sponge’ into one of the buckets.

Then have the child choose a piece of paper (scenario) from the bucket that the sponge landed in. Have the child read the scenario or phrase aloud, and decide if it is something that would help keep their mind clean. If it does have them attach it by the picture of the child’s face. If it’s something that would make it dirty you could throw it out!

I have also included some little ‘phrase’ bubbles with different things we read, watch, or listen to: i.e. Scriptures, Television, Radio, etc.

If a child picks one of these you can elaborate a little more or let them decide and then explain why they chose whether it was good or bad. Obviously some of these could go either way. This would be perfect to explain that we need to be very careful about the shows we watch on T.V. or the songs we listen to. Although there are some shows or songs that are good and uplifting, there are others that will cause us not to have a clean mind.

Continue until all the scenarios/statements have been chosen or until time runs out.

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ANOTHER WAY TO PLAY

I thought it would be fun to incorporate your glasses from the beginning of the lesson. You will need to have 2 posters and 2 faces (one for each glass). Have the clean glass and one face on one end of the table and another face with the cloudy glass on the other side of the table.

As the children throw the sponge into the buckets, have them place the scenario/statement they chose by the appropriate face. You can ask if that scenario would keep their mind clean or not.

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Click HERE to print my August 2016 Sharing Time Clean Mind printables!

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I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time, and are able to use it for your Sharing Time lesson. I would love to hear if you do, so leave me a comment letting me know. What are you planning for this week?

Here is my idea that I shared back in 2011 for the same theme!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!

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Last year I shared my first set of Faith In God Challenge cards, and so many of you have used them and enjoyed them. I hope using the Faith in God Challenge cards has helped children in your Primary complete their Faith In God or at least get a good start on it.

I had someone ask if I was going to update and add any new cards. I have had it on my to-do list, so I decided to take some time and finally get it done. Today I am sharing my 2nd set of Faith in God Challenge Cards. Enjoy!

LDS Faith In God Ideas

What is a Faith in God Challenge?

Well, LDS Primary children ages 8-11 are asked to pass off 2 Faith In God requirements from each category per year: Learning & Living the Gospel, Serving Others, Developing Talents. That means 6 requirements per year. Once a child is 11 they will need to complete 4 additional “Preparing for Priesthood” and “Preparing for Young Women” requirements as well.

I totally understand how busy life can be, so when I came across this challenge, I knew our Primary had to do it. We chose to do this every other month, since they only needed to pass off 6 per year. Here is what we did. (more…)

Sharing Time Idea from the 2016 Primary Outline

Encourage understanding: On one side of the board write “Commandments” and the following scripture reference: D&C 89:7–9, 12, 14, 16. On the other side, write “Promises” and the following reference: D&C 89:18–21. Have half of the children read the first set of scriptures and look for commandments the Lord has given us in the Word of Wisdom. Have the other children read the remaining scriptures and look for blessings He has promised us if we obey. Discuss what the commandments and blessings mean.

Encourage application: Invite one child to say, “I will live the Word of Wisdom by ______” and fill in the blank with something he or she will do to live the Word of Wisdom. Then invite another child to repeat the phrase and the first child’s response and then add his or her own response. Ask a third child to repeat the phrase and both of the other children’s responses and then add another response. Repeat as time allows, with each child adding a response.

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Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

We are running out the door headed to Utah. But before we left I wanted to share some ideas for this week’s Sharing Time. They aren’t much, but it might get your mind rolling. Sometimes that’s all I need, just a small idea to get me thinking and creating. 🙂

Living the Word of Wisdom shows respect for my body.

Food Memory

Since the Word of Wisdom talks about foods, I thought it would be fun to dress up in an apron and have a tray of food or pictures of food items. The children will be getting a quick glance at the items on the tray trying to figure out what is missing. This game is great for little ones. (more…)

September is right around the corner, which means many of you are preparing for your annual LDS Children’s Primary Program. I love that one Sunday of the year that we get to listen to the children sing and speak about what they learned throughout the year. There is such a special spirit during the Sacrament Meeting program. Last year I shared a program cover and some invites that many of you used. Today I finished up this year’s Primary Program Cover and Invites. I hope you like them!

2016 LDS Primary Program Invites

I have 3 printables for you today! I have my ‘Save the Date’ cards, Primary Program Invitation, and a Primary Program Cover. I have created a fun ‘color’ version AND a black and white version. Just look for the links to download. 🙂

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Primary Program ‘Save the Date’ Cards

Each Ward usually passes out Primary Program parts a few weeks in advance. Last year I shared some ‘Save the Date’ Primary Program cards that I thought would be cute to pass out along with their speaking parts. Here is a peek at this year’s ‘Save the Date’ Card. (more…)