Weeks ago I created some 2017 Primary Lesson Schedule Sheets for a sweet lady. I had planned on sharing on here, but had other things that needed to be posted as well, so it ended up getting forgotten. Today I am finally sharing my 2017 Primary Lesson Schedule Sheets that you can download and edit to match your Ward’s schedule!

2017 Primary Lesson Schedule Sheets

I wanted to incorporate a little bit of my Primary Planner Pages (you can find those for free, HERE!) into the schedule sheets, but I had to create these in Microsoft Word so that they would be editable. I ended up creating a cute header/title for each sheet, and just inserting it in as an image. That way when you download and open these into Microsoft Word, the font of the title wouldn’t get messed up, Yay!

The font that I used for mine is one of my favorite fonts that you can download hereIt’s just a simple font, but I love it. Be sure to download the font BEFORE you open the file. That way nothing will get messed up.

Just click the link below to download. Once downloaded, open it in Microsoft Word, and make the necessary changes.

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Click HERE to download my 2017 Primary Lesson Schedule Sheets!

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I hope you find my 2017 Primary Lesson Schedule Sheets helpful. Sorry I didn’t get them posted sooner, but I figured there might still be someone out there looking for these.

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

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Last May, over Memorial Day weekend, my daughter was baptized. It was a very special day, one that we were able to celebrate with family and friends. This was our second baptism, our oldest daughter, and I was kind of excited for it because I knew that I wanted to do a ‘Rainbow’ theme after the song, “When I Am Baptized”.

LDS Baptism Printables

A month or so before her baptism I decided to create a ‘Mom & Me’ baptism journal as a way to help her prepare. She absolutely loved it, and I had planned on sharing it on here, but there were some things I needed to fix. As usual…time got away from me, and I never fixed those errors. Anyway, In addition to the baptism journal, I decided that I wanted to create some prints to display at her baptism along with some photos that I took of her, and beside the guest book. Here is one of the photos that we had on a table beside the programs and guest book. It is my daughter reading the scriptures with her favorite scripture.

LDS Baptism Printables

I got to work, and finished the prints. I had them printed at Costco, and when I picked them up I snapped a picture and posted on Instagram. I think I wrote on that post that I would be sharing the prints soon, and guess what, yep…I never did. Haha

So today I am finally sharing these prints! And I promise that I will finish up my Baptism Mom & Me Journal as well as share the Baptism Testimony Cards that we had everyone use to write down a message to her.

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LDS Baptism Printables

These prints are perfect to display at a baptism or to use for a Primary Baptism Preview or put them in a frame and give them to newly baptized children in your ward. I have included 2 different sizes for you to download and use (8X10 & 5X7). When I had mine printed at Costco, they printed a little darker than I had hoped, but they still looked great. If you would like to use my LDS Baptism Printables click the link(s) below. It will direct you to the image on a new screen, simply right click and click ‘Save As’ and save the file to your computer. From there you will be able to print or send to have printed. 🙂

Click HERE to print my “I Like to Look For Rainbows” 8X10 print.

Click HERE to print my “I Like to Look For Rainbows” 5X7 print.

Click HERE to print my “I Want My Life To Be As Clean” 8X10 print.

Click HERE to print my “I Want My Life To Be As Clean” 5X7 print.

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I hope you enjoy my LDS Baptism Printables, and use them for the special day of a loved one. If you do I would love to know, so be sure to leave me a comment.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day.

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Sharing Time Ideas from the 2017 Outline

Identify the doctrine (seeing and discussing an object lesson): Show the children a container of many different colors of crayons. Show them a second container with only one color. Ask the children: “If you were going to color a picture, which of these containers of crayons would you want to use? Why?” Explain that having a variety of choices is a blessing. Testify that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us and They want us to make correct choices.

Encourage understanding (coloring): Let the children color a copy of the illustration on page 35 of the nursery manual, Behold Your Little Ones, or invite them to draw similar pictures with the same captions. Discuss who created the things in the illustration and why they were created. Teach the children that Heavenly Father expects us to take care of this world His Son created for us. Ask the children to share ways they can choose to take care of the earth and the creations that are on it. Invite the children to take their illustration home and have their parents make it into a book.

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Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

This week I decided to re-use my choices jars for my January 2017 Week 4 Sharing Time Idea, but to go along with this week’s theme I went ahead and made some changes to my choices cards. The children will be reading cards that share different scenarios of taking care of the earth and the creations on it. They will be deciding whether it was a good or bad choice by placing beans or gumballs into a ‘Choices’ jar. I hope you enjoy my idea.

January 2017 Sharing Time Ideas

Before Primary

Before Primary, print out my jar labels and choice cards. You will find 3 sheets of cards. Since this week’s theme talks about taking care of the earth and the creations on it, I decided to include a sheet that discusses taking care of the earth (litter, recycling, etc.) and my second sheet has scenarios about interaction with people (since we are God’s greatest creation. I also included a blank sheet of cards that you could use to write your own scenarios on.

You will need to find 2 jars/containers and attach the jar labels to each one. You will then need to decide what the children will be placing into each of the jars. I only had beans at home, so I used those for my pictures, but gumballs would be really fun. Then you could pass out a gumball to each child and encourage them to ‘Chews’ the right and take care of God’s creations. A few additional items you will need are: Crayons (for the object lesson) and a picture of earth.

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January 2017 Week 4 Sharing Time Idea

I really like the object lesson from the outline, and think it would be a great way to begin your lesson. Show the children a container of many different colors of crayons. Show them a second container with only one color. Ask the children: “If you were going to color a picture, which of these containers of crayons would you want to use? Why?” Explain that having a variety of choices is a blessing. Testify that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us and They want us to make correct choices.

This year’s theme is ‘Choose the Right’, but did you know that we should also ‘choose the right’ when it comes to the earth and the creations on it? You could then show a picture of the earth, and ask the children who created the things in the picture, what are some of the creations that we can find on earth, and why were they created?

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Show the children the 2 choice jars (one happy and one sad), and explain that these are going to be our choices jars. You could ask them which one they think represents good choices. Tell the children that you have several choice cards that they are going to choose and read. They are then going to decide whether that cards represents a good choice or a bad choice.

When a good choice is chosen, you will add a certain number of beans, gumballs, etc. to the jar, and when a bad choice is chosen they will also add a certain amount to the jar. You could even incorporate a die into the activity. Have the child roll a die before choosing a card. The number it lands on decides how many items they will put in. There are more ‘good’ choices, so your good choice jar should be more full in the end. 🙂 When a bad choice is chosen, you could also ask the child what they could do to correct that bad choice.

February 2016 Sharing Time Idea

Have the cards in a stack, and invite a child up to the front and have them pick a card. You could also make a ‘Punch-a-box’ and have the cards inside or have them hidden around the room, etc.

Close by reminding the children that Heavenly Father expects us to take care of this world His Son created for us. If time allows, ask the children to share ways they can choose to take care of the earth and the creations that are on it. You could then give them the booklet that was discussed in the outline, and invite the children to take them home and color them,          and have their parents make it into a book.

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Click HERE to Print my January 2017 Week 4 Sharing Time Idea printables (4 pages total).

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I hope you enjoy my January 2017 Week 4 Sharing Time Idea. I would love to hear if you use the idea, 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 2017 Outline

Encourage understanding (singing songs): Briefly discuss the following concepts, and then sing the corresponding songs with the children:

•Before I came to earth I lived in heaven (“I Lived in Heaven” [CS, 4]).

•I chose to come to earth and receive a body (“I Am a Child of God” [CS, 2–3]; “The Lord Gave Me a Temple” [CS, 153]).

•I will be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (“When I Am Baptized” [CS, 103]; “The Holy Ghost” [CS, 105]).

•I can prepare to go to the temple (“I Love to See the Temple” [CS, 95]; “Families Can Be Together Forever” [CS, 188]).

•I will be resurrected (“He Sent His Son” [CS, 34–35]).

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Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

I usually love the ideas given in the outline, but this week left me a little like, “That’s It?!?” I was having a hard time coming up with something, but then I remembered an idea from last year that I really liked, so I decided to incorporate it into this week’s idea. I hope you like it!

January 2017 Sharing Time Ideas

Before Sharing Time you will need to find some kind of blue print or house plan. If you ever built a house you could use those or you can find some great plans online that you can print. You are also going to need to print out my Plan of Salvation pieces (link below). I loved this one from The Personal Progress Helper and this one from LDS.org, but for this lesson I wanted the pieces larger, so I created my own using these 2 as inspiration. The Personal Progress Helper created some great Plan of Salvation handouts that you could give to the children, you can find them HERE.

Once you have printed and cut out the pieces, you will need to take the pieces of the Plan of Salvation chart and create a blank template where the children will be placing the missing pieces from the Plan of Salvation. I would grab a poster-board/foam board/chalkboard, and trace the pieces to make the blank template. You will also need to print out the Plan of Salvation Tools (link below), if using.

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I Chose to Follow God’s Plan

To begin your Sharing Time you are going to show the children the building plans and talk about the importance of following a plan when building. You could even show the children steps of building a home and discuss why it’s important to follow the appropriate steps.

You will then show the children the blank Plan of Salvation that you created and explain to the children that we too have been given a plan. This plan won’t help us build a beautiful home, but it will help us find our way back home to our Father in Heaven.

You could then discuss the plan with the children, and tell them that in the premortal life we chose to follow God’s plan.

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Plan of Salvation Tools

Tell the children that today they are going to learn all about the Plan of Salvation, but to help us out, you have brought in some tools. Explain to the children that on each tool is a word, and each word represents a question about Heavenly Father’s plan.

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They are going to be listening to a song that will help them answer the question that goes with that tool. To make things a little more fun, you are going to have them play ‘Name That Tune’.

You could do this activity several ways, here is what I was thinking. Before Primary, print and cut-out the Plan of Salvation tools. Along with the tools, you will need the Plan of Salvation pieces. You could simply tape the appropriate part of the plan of salvation to the correct tool or you could place both into a large envelope. I used the statements from the outline to create questions that the children can answer. Here is a key to help you know which tool goes with which part of the plan of salvation:

• Where: Premortal Life

• Who: Birth

• Why: Mortal Life (there are 2 of these)

•What: Resurrection & 3 Degrees of Glory

You could have the tools/envelopes hidden around the room or have them in a toolbox. Invite a child up to the front of the room and have them choose/find a tool. Once they have chosen their tool, have them read the word aloud.

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Answering Questions

Then ask the child that chose the tool, to pick another child from the rest of the Primary (or choose one yourself) to come to the front of the room. Have a table at the front of the room, and in the middle of the table have a bell/buzzer. Have the two children stand on either side of the table. Explain that the pianist will begin playing a song, and as soon as they know what song it is, RING the bell. Here is another key of questions/statements and songs.

•WHERE did I come from?: Before I came to earth I lived in heaven (“I Lived in Heaven” [CS, 4]).

•WHO am I?: I chose to come to earth and receive a body (“I Am a Child of God” [CS, 2–3]; “The Lord Gave Me a Temple” [CS, 153]).

•WHY am I here?: I will be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (“When I Am Baptized” [CS, 103]; “The Holy Ghost” [CS, 105]).

•WHY am I here?: I can prepare to go to the temple (“I Love to See the Temple” [CS, 95]; “Families Can Be Together Forever” [CS, 188]).

•WHAT will happen after I die?: I will be resurrected (“He Sent His Son” [CS, 34–35]).

Once they have identified the song, you could read a few lines of the song, and have the children listen for the answer. Have them once again ring the bell as soon as they hear the answer. Discuss the question and answer with the children, and then have the child take the piece of the Plan of Salvation, that was with the tool they chose, and have them try to find where it goes on the chart.

Have the children sit down, and invite another child up to the front to choose a tool.

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Group Play

If you don’t want to do the buzzer/bell, simply invite all the children to listen to the song, and stand up when they know what song is being played. You could do the same thing for the question. By involving all the children, you will have them all listening for the answer.

Testify of the Plan of Salvation and the importance of following it. I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time idea, and are able to use it. I have included 3 sheets of printables for you to use. Just click the link to download/print. All the printables are combined into one printable (3 pages).

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Click HERE to print my January 2017 Week 3: I Chose to Follow God’s Plan printables!

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I would love to hear if you use this week’s idea, and what you are planning on doing, 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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I am so excited to share my January 2017 Visiting Teaching Printables and Idea with you today. I have been thinking about this month’s message, but didn’t have an idea of what to do. Today I read over the message again, and finally had the perfect idea.

January 2017 LDS Visiting Teaching Idea

We have a huge snowstorm going on in Idaho right now, so big that they have cancelled church for us tomorrow. Before the snow showed up, I decided I’d better run to the grocery store and pick up some necessities. As I was making my list, I remembered that I needed to think of something for this month’s Visiting Teaching idea.

I read through the message once again, and when I got to the ‘Consider This’ question at the bottom, there was a word that stood out to me: roles. I love reading the ‘Consider This’ question each month, it’s such a great way to apply the message to your life. I thought about the word ‘roles’ and immediately thought of Tootsie Rolls, but I’m not a huge fan of Tootsie Rolls, so that’s when I thought of Cinnamon Rolls!

What better treat to take to your sisters than a warm cinnamon roll, especially on a cold snowy day. I added cinnamon rolls to my list, and ran to the grocery store.

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The Purpose of Relief Society

As I was walking through the grocery store, I was thinking of how I was going to package the cinnamon rolls. I remembered a cute package idea using flimsy paper plates. It just requires 4 cuts into the plate, some tape, and cute ribbon. That’s it!

January 2017 Relief Society Message

Let’s get started! Grab your cinnamon rolls (store-bought or homemade…no judgement here whatever you choose to use) and your paper plates. Go ahead and grab scissors, tape, string/ribbon, and my January 2017 Visiting Teaching printables (link below).

Place your cinnamon roll on the center of the plate, and grab some scissors. You will then make 4 cuts on the plate, here’s a picture to show where to cut.

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The cuts don’t have to be perfect by any means. I tried to cut up to each corner of the cinnamon roll, I didn’t measure or look to see if the cuts were the same length, and it turned out great.

Once you have your 4 cuts, you will begin to fold to create your box. Starting on one side, fold in the small flap.

LDS Visiting Teaching Ideas

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Holding the flap up, wrap the other two flaps around and tape to secure. You could use some cute Washi tape, unfortunately, I have a little girl that is obsessed with taping things, so mine was all gone.january-2017-purpose-of-relief-society

Repeat with the other side of the plate. Finally, grab your string/ribbon and tie it around the box/plate. Tie a knot, and then attach the tag and tie another knot to secure.

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And you’re done! You have a cute, and delicious, Visiting Teaching gift to deliver to your sisters.

I created another great printable that you could print and give to each of your sisters. They would be great to hang on your refrigerator, keep in your journal, or scriptures. The color of the printable is more of a mint color, but my ink has been low for the last month, and I think it’s actually low now, so my color didn’t turn out quite right.

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January 2017 Visiting Teaching Printables

Would you like to use my January 2017 Visiting Teaching Printable and cinnamon roll idea? If so, just click the link below to print out the printables.

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Click HERE to print out my January 2017 Visiting Teaching Printables!

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I hope you enjoy this month’s message and idea, and use it for the sisters you visit teach. I would love to hear if you do, so leave me a comment letting me know. If you snap a picture, share it on Instagram or Facebook and tag me so I can see.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

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Are you ready to make some changes this year? With the help of my 2017 LDS Goal Planner Booklet, set some goals that will improve your life. Last year I shared my 2016 LDS Goal Booklet, and I was so happy to have so many of you ask if I was going to create a 2017 version. That must mean that you used my 2016 version and enjoyed it! Yay!

Last year I had my booklet in my Etsy shop. This year, I have decided to share it for free! I have a desire this year to make some changes in my life, and I know that many of you probably do too, so I wanted to offer this to those of you who may be feeling like me, and looking for some help to make those changes.

2017 Goal Planner

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Inside this booklet are 12 months of goals that will help build spiritual strength as well as goals for every day life. Each month choose a certain number of goals (or do them all) that you would like to acheive, whether it be the goals provided in this booklet or goals that you have decided on your own. As you make goals and achieve them you will begin to see a change in your life in many ways. When a goal is completed mark it off by placing an ‘x’ or check mark in the circle beside the goal. Feel free to make your own goals using the ‘Personal Goals’ space at the bottom of each page.

You will also find some great uplifting quotes at the top of each monthly goal sheet. This is to help remind us of how important goals are, and to give us that extra motivation. 🙂 There are seven goal options for the Spiritual Goals, and seven options for the Every Day Goals. Then at the bottom of each sheet is space for you to write in 3 personal goals if you’d like.

I also added a couple new ideas/pages to my goal booklet this year. I am excited to share them, and see if they help us in our goal setting, and achieving, this year. Let’s take a peek at the new pages you will find in my 2017 Goal Planner Booklet.

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SMART GOAL SHEET

If you didn’t know, last year I decided to go back to school. This is something that I have wanted to do for a very long time, but never had the opportunity or really thought it was possible with young children at home. In July, the Pathway Missionaries came to our ward to talk about the Pathway Program. I wasn’t in the meeting, but my husband was. After church he talked to me about Pathway and told me to look into it. I looked at the online degree options, and saw the degree that I was wanting (Web & Graphic Design). This was it! I signed up right away, and was so anxious to begin.

I finished my first semester, and although it was quite a bit more work than I anticipated, I loved it and learned so much. One of the classes I participated in was a Life Skills class, and  one of the lessons in this course was on goals. In this lesson we learned about S.M.A.R.T. goals, what they are, and why to use them. I really like the idea behind this concept, so I decided to implement it into this year’s goal booklet.

Goal Planner

When creating a SMART goal, you have a goal in mind, but as you go through each step/letter you will be creating a goal that is more specific and precise. The word SMART is actually an acronym for this goal setting concept:

•Specific

•Measurable

•Attainable

•Relevant

•Time-Bound

As you go through each of these steps with your goal in mind, you will be able to create a well-designed goal that you will be more likely to achieve. You can search ‘SMART Goal’ to learn more about it, this is just my little synopsis of it.

Weekly Planner Sheet

There was also a great lesson on Time Management. I actually had to lead the group discussion for this lesson at our weekly meeting. As part of our lesson, we had to read several talks. One talk from Elder Wirthlin, talked about taking time the night before to write down your 3 most important things you need to do the next day. I loved this idea!

When thinking about my goal booklet I knew I wanted to incorporate a priority list into it, so I went ahead and created a weekly planner sheet.

2017 Weekly Planner Sheet

At the top of the sheet is a space for you to write the date/week. Underneath that is where you will write your 3 priorities each night. Keep this sheet by your bed, so each night you can take a minute to write down the 3 most important things for the next day. As you complete those three things, cross them off or simply ‘check them off.

Underneath that I added a ‘To-Do’ section as well as a ‘Notes’ section. This would be a great place to write down any goals that you would like to work on that week that didn’t make it on your ‘top priority’ list. Or you could use it to write down any type of ‘To-do’ you may have.

Use the notes to jot down any notes, ideas, or thoughts you may have.

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2017 LDS Goal Planner Booklet

Are you excited to start of 2017 by deciding to make some changes? I am excited, and am going to try my best to do this. See, I’m really great at creating all these fun printables, but I am horrible at actually using them.

2017 LDS Goal Planner Booklet

Last year when I shared my Goal Booklet, I shared a Facebook group. Well…I haven’t been the best Admin for my Facebook group, but I am going to try to do better this year. It will be even easier to talk about our goals because we’ll all have this goal booklet! So, come on over and join my Facebook group, HERE!

I hope you will join me this year and make some goal to change for the better. If you would like to use my 2017 Goal Planner Booklet, simply click the link below to download.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD MY 2017 LDS GOAL PLANNER BOOKLET

This is a ZIP file that will immediately download once you click the link. To Un-Zip, simply double click the file or right click and ‘Un-zip’. If you have any questions or problems, just shoot me an email or comment below (littleldsideas@hotmail.com).

The Lord will helps us reach our goals and our potential as we prayerfully plan and achieve our goals. I hope you will join me and use this booklet to set some goals for yourself, and make 2017 an excellent year!

Thank you so much for all your support and kind comments. If you use my booklet I’d love to hear about it, so leave me a comment or share on the Facebook group.

Have a great day!
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Last year I was released from the Primary Presidency and was called to teach the Valiant 8 & 9 year old class. When I knew that we would be released I really didn’t want to teach a Primary class, but one day (as I was probably praying that I wouldn’t get called to teach) I had a feeling, a thought, come to mind. It was kind of a ‘get over yourself’ type of feeling, but then the thought “If you don’t teach them, who will” came into my mind. I heeded the prompting, and got over myself, and became excited that I might possibly teach the 8 & 9 year old class (which consisted of 9 boys). A couple weeks later, I received the call. Teaching these wonderful (and a bit crazy) boys has been a great experience. It wasn’t always easy, there were a few Sundays where I was very frustrated and felt like I accomplished absolutely nothing, but I have enjoyed teaching them, and now I am excited to teach a new group of children.

Last summer, I started creating Scripture Reading Cards for the boys to take home. I noticed that if I gave them a card with specific verses for each day, rather than a whole chapter or 2 to read that week, then they were more likely to take the time to read those verses . I had several boys come back each week with their cards filled or almost filled. This year, I decided to do this again, and share them with all of you!

Doctrine & Covenants Reading Cards

Each card includes 5 scripture references that the children can read. I like to have them read  the scriptures for the upcoming lesson, but you can have them review the lesson by reading the scripture references for the lesson that you taught.

Last year I asked my class to read at least 4 days. If they brought their card back I usually gave them a little treat. This year I’m not sure what I’ll do.

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PRIMARY 5 SCRIPTURE READING CARDS

I have created 2 sheets of Scripture Reading Cards for you to use (lessons 1-12). I went through each lesson, and chose 5 scripture references from each of the lessons. There are quite a few lessons that asked the teachers to help the children memorize an Article of Faith, so I decided to add those to the cards as well.

Doctrine and Covenants Reading Chart

Just print and cut each of the cards using the link below. Punch a hole in one corner, and place the cards on a ring. I couldn’t find my rings, so I added a brad to mine.

Hand each of the children their own pack of Primary 5 Scripture Reading Cards, and have them keep them in their scriptures or church bag. Ask them to read throughout the week, and bring the cards back each Sunday.

I will continue working on the remaining lessons, but I wanted to share these for anyone that would like to use them this year.

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Click HERE to print my Primary 5 Scripture Reading Cards!

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Do you teach a Primary class? What have you found that really helps the children to learn? Do you have a favorite activity or game? I would love to hear, so leave me a comment letting me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

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Last week I was thinking about this year’s Primary Theme: Choose the Right, and what I could come up with to help the children ‘choose the right’ all year long. Last year I shared these Scripture Journals that the children could use to write down things they learned and to glue in the Scripture Hero cards that they received each month. This year I came up with something that I’m calling the CTR Jar.

LDS Primary Ideas for 2017

If you haven’t heard, each month The Friend will have a CTR Challenge card that will include different ways that the children can ‘choose the right’ during the month. I have heard of many Wards incorporating this challenge into their Primary. Here is a peek at the January CTR Challenge card:

January CTR Challenge Card

I thought it would be fun to use both the CTR Challenge cards and my CTR Jar to help the children choose the right this year. This Sunday, show the children the jar and pass out the Challenge cards. Then tell the children that each week they will have the opportunity to write down something that they did to ‘Choose the Right’. Then they will fold the card in half and place it in the jar.

If each week is too tough, then pick a CTR Sunday and have that be the day that everyone writes down something that they did to Choose the Right. You could even send a pack of cards home with each child and have them bring them back each Sunday.

CTR Challenge Ideas

There are so many different ways you could use the CTR Jar, those are just a few that I had. I know everyone is busy getting things ready for Sunday, so to help make things a little easier for you, I went ahead and created some Jar Labels as well as some CTR Jar cards! I am loving how the turned out, and am thinking we might use this at home.

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CTR Jar

Let’s talk a little bit about the jar. You will want a large jar, so you can fill it up with lots of cards. I found mine at Target, but I’m sure you can find a jar anywhere. You could eve use the large plastic containers, that way if it accidentally falls you won’t have a broken jar to worry about.

Once you have your jar picked out, you will want to print out my jar label and cards. I didn’t want to mess with a glue stick, and having the label come off after a week, so I printed my label onto white sticker paper (like these: 8.5″ X 11″ shipping label).

2017 Primary CTR Ideas

It printed out great, and it adhered to my jar great! My jar is kind of big, so I chose the larger label, but I have included smaller labels as well. I also included some labels with a little white space at the bottom for you to write your Ward’s name or the year.

I then created some CTR Jar cards that the children could use to write down what they did. I wanted the cards to match the label, I think they turned out great!

CTR Ideas for Primary

I created a set of cards with lines, and a set without lines. I printed mine onto plain ol’ paper and it printed great.

Once you have everything printed and cut, you’re good to go! Wouldn’t this make such a great gift to send to President Monson on his birthday or as a Christmas gift for your Bishop. You could pair the jar full of cards with some Hi-Chew candy or some Bubble Gum. Then have a card that says something about the Primary Children ‘Chewsing the Right’ in 2017. I don’t know….something like that…I’m just thinking out loud here. 😉

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What do you think of my CTR Jar? Would you like to use it in your Primary this year? Just use the link below to print out the printables to create your very own.

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Click HERE to print my CTR Jar Labels & Cards!

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I hope you enjoy my CTR Jar and the printables I have shared. I would love to hear if you use them, and what you are doing this year to help the children Choose the Right, so leave me a comment letting me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Sharing Time Idea from the 2017 Outline

Identify the doctrine (playing a guessing game): Tell the children that you are thinking of a word, and give them clues to help them guess the word. Ask them to raise their hands when they know the answer. Clues could include the following: We had this before we came to earth. It is a gift from our Heavenly Father. It is an important part of Heavenly Father’s plan for us. Satan wanted to take it from us. We use it when we make choices. It is a gift that lets us choose for ourselves. It starts with the letter A. After the children have guessed the answer, say together, “Agency is the gift to choose for ourselves.”

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Encourage understanding (seeing and discussing an object lesson): Show the children a stick that has the word choice written on one end and the word consequences written on the other end. Explain that a consequence is what naturally happens because of a choice we make; for example, if we choose to practice playing a musical instrument, we will get better at it, and if we choose to touch fire, we will be burned. Pick up the stick and show the children that every time you pick up the stick, you get both the choice and the consequence of that choice. Ask an older child to read 2 Nephi 2:27. Invite the other children to listen for what the consequences are for making the right choice (liberty and eternal life) and what the consequences are for making the wrong choice (captivity and misery).

Help the children understand that when we make good choices, it leads to freedom and happiness, and when we make wrong choices, it leads to captivity and unhappiness.

Invite two children to come to the front of the room, and let each child hold one end of the stick. Ask the child holding the “choice” end to give an example of a good choice (for example, speaking kindly to others). Ask the other child to share possible consequences of that choice (for example, making lasting friendships). Repeat with several other children.

Encourage understanding (learning scripture stories):During the first two weeks of the month, teach some stories from the scriptures that show how making right choices leads to freedom and happiness and how making bad choices leads to captivity and misery. Scripture stories you could use include the Savior and Satan (see Moses 4:1–4); Nephi and Laman and Lemuel (see 1 Nephi 2–4718); Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (see Daniel 3); or Alma and King Noah (see Mosiah 17–19). After teaching a story, invite two children to each hold one end of the “choice and consequences” stick. Ask one child to explain the choices made by those in the story and the other child to explain the consequences of those choices.

Encourage application (hearing a story): Place a picture of Jesus Christ on the board. Draw steps leading up to the picture. Draw a stick figure on a piece of paper, and place it at the bottom of the steps. Tell a short story about the choices a child might make during one day. For each choice, ask the children to show whether it is a good choice or a bad choice by standing up for a good choice and sitting down for a bad choice. For example: “Jane took a toy away from her baby brother, and he started crying. When Jane’s mother asked her why he was crying, Jane said she didn’t know.” For each good choice, move the stick figure up one step toward Jesus. Continue the story with other choices until the figure reaches the Savior. Discuss how good choices bring us happiness and help us move closer to the Lord.

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Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

The first week of January you will be splitting the idea between two weeks. Luckily, there is a lot in the outline that you can use between the two weeks. Today I am sharing a few ideas that you could use for your Sharing Time lesson. I hope you like what I share! 🙂

Agency is the Gift to Choose for Ourselves

I really like the ideas for the Identify the Doctrine(guessing game) and Encourage Understanding (object lesson), and I think these two ideas would be perfect for the Week 1 lesson. There’s an idea that I found on Sugardoodle years ago, that I shared that would also be great to begin your Sharing Time lesson.

The idea is to have 3 jars up at the front of the room labeled ‘Jar #1,’ ‘Jar #2’ & ‘Jar #3’. Jars 2 & 3 need to be filled with items that would be appealing to the children. The first jar would be empty.
Invite a child up to the front and show him/her the jars. Then tell the child that they can choose anything they would like from Jar #1, and ONLY Jar #1. The child will probably look at you like you’re crazy….or mean haha.
From there you could go on to discuss agency and that “Agency is the gift to choose for ourselves.”
Show the children a stick that has the word choice written on one end and the word consequences written on the other end. Explain that a consequence is what naturally happens because of a choice we make; for example, if we choose to practice playing a musical instrument, we will get better at it, and if we choose to touch fire, we will be burned. Pick up the stick and show the children that every time you pick up the stick, you get both the choice and the consequence of that choice. Ask an older child to read 2 Nephi 2:27. Invite the other children to listen for what the consequences are for making the right choice (liberty and eternal life) and what the consequences are for making the wrong choice (captivity and misery).

Help the children understand that when we make good choices, it leads to freedom and happiness, and when we make wrong choices, it leads to captivity and unhappiness.

Invite two children to come to the front of the room, and let each child hold one end of the stick. Ask the child holding the “choice” end to give an example of a good choice (for example, speaking kindly to others). Ask the other child to share possible consequences of that choice (for example, making lasting friendships). Repeat with several other children.

Fortune Cookie Idea

When looking for ideas on Agency, I came across this Mormonad poster, and thought it might be kind of fun to incorporate fortune cookies with this Sharing Time idea. This would be great for the Week 2 portion of the topic, but you could use it for Week 1 as well.

If you use it for week 2, quickly remind the children what they learned during week 1. You could show them the stick again, and discuss ‘choice’ and ‘consequence’. Then show the children this poster.

January 2017 Sharing Time Idea

Ask an older child to read 2 Nephi 2:27. Invite the other children to listen for what the consequences are for making the right choice (liberty and eternal life) and what the consequences are for making the wrong choice (captivity and misery).

Explain to the children today they are going to be choosing Agency Fortune Cookies. Inside each of the cookies is scenario that is either a good choice or a bad choice. For this activity I thought it would be fun to do a life-size board game, but you could also do the idea in the outline and create one on the chalkboard. Have the child come to the front and roll a die, that will determine how many spaces they will move forward OR backwards. Then have the child choose a fortune cookie and have them read it aloud. Continue doing this until they have reached the picture of Christ.

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Agency Fortune Cookies

Now that you know the idea, let’s talk about the fortune cookies. These fortune cookies are really easy to put together, and I am sharing some great tutorials to make it even easier.

January 2017 Sharing Time Ideas

First, you will need to print out my ‘Agency Fortune Cookie’ circles. You can also use scrapbook paper. Just cut or use a 3.5″ paper punch. I did use a 3″ punch, and it worked just fine.

Next, print and cut my scenario strips. I only did 1 sheet, so you may have to create a few more of your own. You could also add some scripture story scenarios from the outline in there as well. Once you have all of those cut out, you can get started on putting the cookies together!

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January 2017 Sharing Time week 1

To put these together you will need glue dots or a glue stick. Grab a circle and lay it printed side down (white side up). Fold it and crease in half (promise me, this crease will make life much easier). Turn the circle so that the crease is now up and down. Grab a scenario strip and fold it in half and place in the middle of the paper (horizontally). Grab your glue dots or glue stick and glue the top of the circle, fold and let dry. Pick up your glued circle and place your finger in one side of the cookie and your thumb in the other side, and push in the middle (where the crease is). Bend until it looks like a fortune cookie. Add a glue dot or some glue so the two sides stick together, and that’s it! Here’s a great tutorial that you can look at if needed. 🙂

Once you have your cookies all folded and put together, place them into a container. Wouldn’t a take-out container be sooo cute! You can find them at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.

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Click HERE to print my Agency Fortune Cookie printables!

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I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time Idea, and are able to incorporate it into your Sharing Time lesson. If you do I would love to hear what you did, 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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I’m excited to share my 2017 Primary Presidency Planner Pages with all of you today! It’s taken longer than expected, but they’re finally finished. I have thought long and hard about whether I should add these sheets to my Etsy shop or keep them FREE. I know that some Wards don’t have much of a budget, so I have decided to keep my Primary Planner Pages FREE! I am so grateful for all of you, and for your kind comments. This is my way of saying ‘Thank You’ for your support. 🙂

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I have had so many of you say how much you liked my 2017 Binder Covers, so I decided to design my Planner Pages to match.

Here is just a little peek at what you will find in my 2017 Primary Planner Pages. You will find:

Monthly Calendar Sheets

Month at a Glance Sheets

Jr/Sr. Primary Month at a Glance Sheets (for those of you who split)

Budget Sheets

Teacher Interview Sheets

Presidency Meeting Notes

2017 Calendar Sheet

Looking Ahead Sheet

and more!

Let’s take a closer look at some of the sheets included in my 2017 Primary Planner Sheets.

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2017 Primary Planner Budget Sheets

Each Primary is given a yearly budget. In order to stay within that budget, it is important to plan and track. I have included 4 pages of sheets to help you with your budget. I have included a detailed budget, which includes 2 pages (pictured below).

2017 Primary Budget Ideas

I have also included a Simple Budget Sheet (one page), and a Budget at a Glance sheet (one page). You can use all of these budget pages or just one.

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Month at a Glance Sheets

When creating my first set of planner sheets, I knew I wanted something that I could quickly glance at when doing opening exercises. These Month at a Glance sheets do exactly that.

2017 LDS Primary Ideas

There is space for you to write who is conducting and who is teaching. Then you have the Monthly and Weekly themes. I added a space for notes because you never know when an idea will pop into your head about your Sharing Time lesson or any other idea.

Below that you will see the Opening Exercises area as well as Birthdays, Baptisms, and Turning Twelve sections. There are 2 different styles of my Month at a Glance sheets to choose from. Those of you who have combined Jr/Sr primary will use my regular Month at a Glance Sheets, but those of you who split will use my JR/SR sheets.

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Calendar Sheets

You have to have Calendar Sheets in your planner, what’s a planner without Calendar sheets? I have created Monthly Calendar Sheets as well as 2 different styles of my Yearly Calendar Sheet.

2017 Primary Calendar Sheets

The Monthly Calendar Sheets have the dates filled in as well as a place for notes at the bottom.

That’s just a quick peek at some of my 2017 Primary Presidency Planner Pages. You can find my matching binder covers, HERE, and my Monthly/Weekly Info Sheets, HERE. I enjoyed creating these, and hope they help you and your presidency stay organized this year. Would you like to use my 2017 Primary Planner Sheets? Just click the link(s) below!

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2017 PRIMARY PRESIDENCY PLANNER PAGES

Click HERE to print my Monthly Calendar Sheets!

Click HERE to print my Month at a Glance Sheets!

Click HERE to print my JR/SR Month at a Glance Sheets!

Click HERE to print my Budget and More Sheets!

These are all zippped/compressed files, so you will need to ‘unzip’ them to open the files. If you have any questions feel free to email me at littleldsideas(at)hotmail(dot)com! These files are not editable, sorry. I have spent many hours creating these sheets, please do not share the file or edit in any way. If you know someone that would benefit from these sheets, please send them to my site. 🙂

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I hope you enjoy my 2017 Primary Planner Pages. If so, let me know by leaving me a comment letting me know. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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