Introduce the doctrine: Help the children memorize the following sentence from Alma 13:28: “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and call on his holy name, and watch and pray continually.” Discuss what the scripture teaches about how and when we should pray.
Encourage understanding: Help the children understand that we can pray to Heavenly Father silently in our hearts anytime, anywhere and that we should thank Him for our blessings and ask Him for help. Write the following scripture references on the board: 3 Nephi 18:19; 3 Nephi 19:6–8; 3 Nephi 18:15. Also write the words how and when on the board. Invite the children to look up each scripture and discuss what it teaches us about how or when we should pray. Tell about Alma and Amulek teaching the Zoramites how to pray (see Alma 31; 34:17–27; see also Primary 4, lesson 21). You may want to ask a few children to act out the story as you tell it.
Encourage application:Invite several children to share how they feel when they pray. Ask the children to suggest some Primary songs that teach about prayer. Sing a few of the songs, and invite the children to suggest simple actions to replace one or two words in each song. For example, instead of singing the words “pray” or “prayer,” they could fold their arms.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
For this week’s Sharing Time Idea I am using a Sharing Time idea that I used last year. The Sharing Time idea that I taught was about service, but I loved the clock idea, and thought you could incorporate it into this week’s lesson. It also involves a punch-a-box, which is always a favorite of the children. Enjoy!
Prayer Punch Sharing Time Idea
Before Sharing Time you will need to create a clock punch-a-box (like pictured above). Instead of repeating myself, I am going to direct you to the other Sharing Time post where I showed you how I made it, HERE!
As you can see, each cup is labeled with a number 1-12, to represent the numbers on a clock.
For your clock you will also need 12 stories, scenarios, questions, scriptures, or quotes about prayer. Try to have the scenario or story match the hour on the clock. Type up your scenarios, scriptures, etc. onto pieces of paper and then place those inside of each of the cups. Follow the directions by placing the tissue paper on top, and the number and hands onto the clock (link for clock hands and numbers, below).
TO BEGIN YOUR LESSON
Help the children memorize the following sentence from Alma 13:28: “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and call on his holy name, and watch and pray continually.” Discuss what the scripture teaches about how and when we should pray.
Explain to the children that our Heavenly Father wants us to pray to him often: anytime & anywhere. Share a short story in the friend, a scripture or a quote about praying anytime and anywhere.
Our Heavenly Father doesn’t care if we pray to Him at 9:00 in the morning or at 9:00 at night. No matter when we pray He always hears our prayers.
Show the children the Prayer Punch clock, and explain that this is a clock, and like a clock there are different numbers to represent the different hours of the day. Explain that inside each of the cups is a slip of paper with a question or story or scripture that will help them learn about prayer. Tell the children that you are going to invite someone up to the front and have them ‘punch’ to retrieve the question/scenario.
Prayer Punch Scenario Idea:
“You are at a slumber party. Your friends begin watching a movie that you know you shouldn’t be watching. Could you pray to Heavenly Father? What would you pray for?”
For a time during the day you could share an experience that happens at school.
Have a scenario of a child taking a test and ask ‘Could you pray to Heavenly Father? What would you pray for?’
You could also include the scriptures from the outline, and have the child listen for the ‘How’ and ‘When’. You could read the scripture aloud, and then ask the child(ren), ‘How did that person pray?’ or ‘When did that person pray?’.
Continue having children come up and punch a time until all the hours have been punch or time runs out. Remind the children that our Heavenly Father will always hear our prayers no matter where we are or what time it is. Bear your testimony of the power of prayer.
To close, invite several children to share how they feel when they pray. You could even invite a few children to share a time when they prayed and their prayer was answered.
It’s October! We won’t discuss how close Christmas is…I’ll just jump right in to this month’s cute Visiting Teaching idea. 🙂 This month’s message is once again centered around family, and, as always, it is such a wonderful message. I usually awhile narrowing down what I am going to share for my idea, and this month wasn’t any different. At first I was going to share something about the family being the central ‘piece’ of Heavenly Father’s plan (attached to Reese’s Pieces), but then I was talking to my sister and we were discussing how it states several times about the family being the ‘basic unit’. This caught both of our eyes when we read the message, so we decided to use that for this month’s idea. I hope you like it!
At first my sister thought of giving rulers, and then I said, ‘What about cute measuring spoons?’. We both loved the idea! Really, you could us any type of item that has to do with measurements (ruler, measuring cups, etc.). I decided to go with measuring spoons, and found these cute tiny measuring spoons at a local grocery store.
The measurements on the spoons say ‘Smidgen,’ ‘Pinch,’ and ‘Dash.’ I have seen some really cute measuring spoons at Michael’s before too. With the weather cooling down, I also thought you could give your sisters a container of Hot Chocolate and a tablespoon.
THE FAMILY IS ORDAINED OF GOD
To go along with your spoons or ruler, I created 4 printable quote cards (link below) that have quotes and scriptures from this month’s message.
I printed mine onto brown Kraft cardstock. I love the look of the tags printed on kraft cardstock! I punched a hole at the top of each card, and then tied them to the spoons with some cute red and white twine.
Would you like to use my October 2016 VT printables for your sisters this month? Just click the link below to print. My download includes 2 sets of my quote cards. Just download and print, easy peasy!
I hope you enjoy this month’s idea, and use it for Visiting Teaching this month. If you do I would love to know, so be sure to leave me a comment OR post a picture on my Facebook page or tag me on Instagram.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day.
Introduce the doctrine:Ask a parent and child to stand in front of the children. Invite the child to ask his or her parent a question, and have the parent answer. Then ask the parent to leave the room and close the door. Ask the children how they can communicate with their parents when they are not with them (for example, writing a letter or talking on the phone). Explain that God is our Father and we are His children; because we are not in His presence, He has given us a way to talk to Him. Ask the children if they know how we talk to God. Have the children say after you, “I can pray to Heavenly Father.”
Encourage understanding:Sing “I Pray in Faith” (CS,14). Make a copy of the flip book on page 19 of the nursery manual, Behold Your Little Ones, for each child. Invite the children to color the pictures. (Older children could write on the flaps some things they are grateful for and some things they could ask Heavenly Father for. You could then invite them to share their ideas with the whole Primary.) Have the children sing the song again while reviewing their flip books.
Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas
I have shared this Sharing Time so many times over the years, but everyone always enjoys it, so I’m just going to keep on sharing it. This object lesson always seems to grab the children’s attention, but they usually want a PB & J after. haha
Begin your Sharing Time with the idea from the Outline. Invite a parent to come into Sharing Time. Ask the parent and child to stand at the front of the room. Invite the child to ask his or her parent a question, and have the parent answer. Then ask the parent to leave the room and close the door. Ask the children how they can communicate with their parents when they are not with them (for example, writing a letter or talking on the phone). Explain that God is our Father and we are His children; because we are not in His presence, He has given us a way to talk to Him. Ask the children if they know how we talk to God. Have the children say after you, “I can pray to Heavenly Father.”(more…)
Earlier this month I did something that I have wanted to do for years. I finally went back to school. You might have seen me post something on Facebook about the Pathway Program through the church and BYU-Idaho, and that I was going to participate in it. You can read about the Pathway Program, HERE!
At the beginning of the summer the Pathway missionaries came to our ward and spoke to us. I was down in Primary, so I didn’t get to sit in on the lesson, but my husband did. After church that day he told me all about it, and told me that I should look and see if BYU-Idaho offered the degree that I want to eventually get into. I looked it up, and was so happy when I saw it. After a few weeks of thinking about it, I signed up for classes. I have now been in school for about 4 weeks, and am enjoying it so much. It definitely is work, but I am learning so much, and am gaining a stronger love and testimony of the gospel, the Book of Mormon, and my Savior.
The last two weeks we have discussed the divine origins and purposes of the Book of Mormon as well as the covenants and promises we can find within. As I studied the scripture references and talks within the lessons, I gained a stronger knowledge of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. Today, I wanted to share a printable that you could use to help you strengthen your Testimony as well.
Every other week we have a ‘Testify’ project that we have to share. For my testify project I found 10 scripture references that helped me study a little bit more about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I included scriptures that talk about WHY we need the Book of Mormon, and WHY they were written. More scriptures included WHO (Joseph Smith) translated the plates, and WHY that was so important. I included more scriptures that discussed WHAT blessings we will receive from reading the Book of Mormon. My last scripture reference was the ‘Title Page’ of the Book of Mormon, because in the last paragraph you will find 3 major purposes for the Book of Mormon and for those that read it.
I recorded the scripture references that I chose, and beside it in parentheses I wrote a keyword from that scripture to help me remember what it taught. (more…)
Several years ago I shared some LDS Apostle Cards and a General Conference Go Fish game idea. Many of you have enjoyed my cards as well as the game idea, but I haven’t updated them in awhile. A few of you have requested an update, so I decided to do it. 🙂
Instead of just adding the 3 new apostles, I went ahead and re-did all of the cards. Today I am sharing my updated LDS Apostle Cards.
Here’s a peek at what the cards look like. There are 4 sheets or 15 cards plus 2 pages of card backs (optional).
General Conference Go Fish!
First you will need to print out my LDS Apostle Cards (link at bottom of post). You can print out the apostle cards and 4 sheets of backs and glue them together OR you can print them ‘Front/Back’ using the printer setting on your printer. The first page of cards has a short description at the top, so the apostle cards are a little lower on the paper. If you choose to print using the front/back setting, be sure to print the first page of cards with the first page of backs. Then for the rest of the cards use the second page of backs. Make sense? I sure hope so. 🙂 (more…)
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