I would have to say that my favorite holiday is Christmas, and the reason I love it so much is not because of the wonderful music, or the delicious treats, but the spirit of giving that fills the air during this time of year. This last year, my family started delivering treats to friends and neighbors each Sunday afternoon. My children loved helping me bake up some delicious treats, and then choosing families to deliver them to. A few months ago, I decided to come up with a weekly Christmas gift ‘drop-off’ for a Christmas Service Activity for families. But I wanted the weekly activity to have a purpose and to help my children remember the reason for the season, so I decided to focus the activity on Christ and to help invite Him in to each home. I love that my idea and tags go so well with this year’s #LIGHTtheWORLD initiative. This will be a great way for your family to help #LIGHTtheWORLD with Christlike service.

Christmas Service Activity

I decided to create some scripture tags that you can use to drop off each week. In addition to the scripture tags, you will also find a ‘Ponder/Apply’ tag. I made a few changes to my tags, so that you could deliver to any person of any faith. All the scriptures on the tags are found in the bible, and each of them talk about Jesus Christ.

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4 Weeks to Let Him In

Our family will be delivering our treats on Sundays, so starting the first Sunday in December (or another day of your choice) drop off the first set of tags and the gift that goes along with it (I have included some gift ideas, but do whatever you’d like).

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The first tag is the ‘Let Him In’ tag explaining that you will be dropping off a gift each week to help the family invite Jesus Christ into their home this Christmas season. When I think of ‘letting Him in’ I think of a key. I found the key (pictured below) in the dollar section at Michael’s, but I have also seen them online. I also included a great poem called ‘The Innkeeper Poem’.

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Another tag includes the scripture from John 6:35, “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger.” I thought a delicious loaf of bread would be the perfect gift for this tag.

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You could do homemade bread or purchase some from the store. The families will enjoy their bread as they discuss what the scripture means. My daughter’s class just talked about hanukah, and tasted challah bread. When we were discussing this activity she requested that we deliver that yummy bread that she tasted at school. 🙂

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How To Put It Together

I have everything you need, well except the gifts, to get started. Just click the link below to print out the tags. I printed mine onto kraft yardstick, but white or red cardstock would work as well. Then, on the night of your delivery, attach the tags to your gift and deliver them!

WEEKLY GIFT IDEAS:

Week 1: “Let Him In”- a key and the ‘Innkeeper Poem’.

Week 2: “Bread of Life”- Loaf of Bread

Week 3: “Light of the World”- Candle

*Week 4: “Wonderful”- A Christmas gift basket with a picture of Christ

This year Christmas falls on a Sunday. You can choose to deliver your last gift on Christmas day or deliver it the night before.

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I hope you enjoy these tags, and use them to help ‘Let Him In’ this holiday season. Christ was the perfect example of selfless service, and I know as we serve others, we will feel His love for us.

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Click HERE to print my ‘4 Weeks to Let Him In’ Christmas Service Activity!

 

I hope you enjoy my Christmas Service Activity idea, and are able to use it to help #LIGHTtheWORLD. I would love to hear if you use my tags, so be sure to leave me a comment. And if you get a chance, snap a picture and share it with me on Facebook or Instagram. If you haven’t heard about the #LIGHTtheWORLD initiative you can read all about it over on Mormon.org. And you can find a list of other great ideas over on The Red Headed Hostess!

Thank you so much for stopping by, and for participating in this year’s Christmas initiative to serve others. What a wonderful gift we can give to the Savior. Have a wonderful day!

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A couple months ago I was asked to come up with an idea for the upcoming #LIGHTtheWORLD Christmas Initiative for Mormon.org. I absolutely loved the theme, but I also knew how crazy busy the month of December can be, so I decided to create something easy, but that could also make a big impact on your family and those around you. After much thought, and talking with family members, I finally came up with my Christmas Service Cards.

Christmas Service Ideas

I really do love the advents, and the ’12 Days of Christmas’ activities, but to be honest after a few days we get busy and stop doing it (at least in our home that’s what happens). I wanted to spread Christmas cheer, but I wanted it simple and something that you could do last minute or randomly.

That’s when I thought of creating some ‘pass-along’ type cards that you could carry with you in your purse, wallet, back-pack, etc. and leave or pass out when you feel the need. You can pass out these cards as-is OR you could attach them to a gift or treat.

For instance, this morning I had to run to the grocery store. As I was paying for my big bag of flour, I grabbed a card from my wallet and handed it to the cashier. I wished her a Merry Christmas and left. I had a busy morning planned, and knew I didn’t have much time to eat, so I decided to go grab something through a drive-thru. I pulled up to the window and asked the attendant if I could pay for the person behind me. I then handed her two cards and asked her to give one to the person that I just payed for.

Those are just 2 examples of many possibilities that you could use the cards for. You could attach the card to a candy cane or bag of hot cocoa and leave on a windshield. How about placing $2 and a card in a Redbox movie, or leaving one in a book that you return to the library. Instead of just handing one single card out, why not hand out a stack of these cards tied with some cute string, and encourage the person to hand them out.

There are so many different ways that you could hand these cards out, and how neat would it be to one day be somewhere and someone hand you one of these cards!

If you’d like to view or print my Christmas Service Cards, just click on the link at the bottom of this post. There are 3 pages (2 sheets of cards & one with card backs). I print mine onto cardstock to help them be a little more durable, but you could print them onto normal paper and use them as tags.

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Christmas Service Stars

As I thought more and more about my Christmas Service Cards I began to get really excited about using them, but I wanted a way to track all the acts of service that we did. My husband and I thought it would be really neat, and encouraging, to create an ornament where we could write down the acts of service that we did and then hang it on the tree. Since the theme for this year’s initiative is #LIGHTtheWORLD, I thought a star or a Service Star is what I’m calling it, would be very fitting. Throughout the month, you and your family will add stars each day, and by Christmas your tree can/will be full of beautiful Service Stars.

Here is what I was thinking…each night, at dinner-time (or any other time or once a week) hand out slips of paper or an ornament, and have everyone write down a favorite experience that they had during the day or a favorite person they handed a card to. You would then hand those acts of service on your tree.

I never made my service stars, but the amazing Maria from MeckMom just shared the cutest Service Stars that would be PERFECT for this! Here is a picture from her post:

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When I was looking for origami stars I was thinking of just a single star, but I love that Maria glued two 4 point stars together that allows you to add a little slip of paper inside. So cute! Click on this link to visit MeckMom and watch her super easy tutorial to make your very own Service Stars.

Maria also shared a great service idea that she is using her stars for that you could do, HERE. I got to meet Maria at the online influencer meet-up for the campaign, what an amazing and sweet woman she is. Thank you, Maria for sharing these beautiful stars.

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Gift to the Savior

If the service stars seem too time consuming or you just don’t have the time, no worries! Collette, from My Computer Is My Canvas, has created the best printables to help you track acts of service, and they go perfectly with my Christmas Service cards.

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In Collette’s kit you will find a sheet of her cute “Service and Kindness Strips” that you can print out, cut out, and then write your acts of service on. To make them even cuter, curl them using a pencil. Then place your strips into a large jar. On Christmas Eve, take your jar filled with Service strips, and place it under the tree as your gift for the Savior. Then on Christmas morning, you could take a few strips out and read them and ask what everyone’s favorite act of service was.

Collette has shared everything you see pictured above, as well as a great outline that you could use for your family. You can visit My Computer Is My Canvas, HERE!

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I am so very grateful that Maria and Collette have been kind enough to share their ideas. Are you getting excited about #LIGHTtheWORLD? Have you made a plan or still looking for ideas? Don’t feel the need to do a huge act of service, small acts of service are just as important and can have a huge impact. I hope my cards and these great service tracking ideas can help you serve others. If you’d like to use my Christmas Service Cards, just print using the link below! I am planning on making more, but I wanted to get these out, so you could start using them. 😉 I will add a link as I finish the rest of my cards. And if you have a quote that you would like to see on a card, leave me a comment letting me know.

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Click HERE to print my Christmas Service Cards.

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I hope you enjoy my #LIGHTtheWORLD service idea, and are able to use it to serve others. If you do, snap a picture and tag me either on Facebook or Instagram. I would LOVE to see what acts of service you do. And be sure to use the hashtag #LIGHTtheWORLD and help spread the message. How are you lighting the world this December? Need some ideas, you can visit Mormon.org to see what ideas they have, and you can also download THIS great calendar. And my friend, Emilie, over at A Year of FHE has a great calendar for kids that you can find, HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a very Merry Christmas!

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Today I have my sister stopping by for a guest post. She called me yesterday and talked to me about bulletin board ideas. I told her that people are always looking for bulletin board ideas, so she decided to write up a post compiling some of her favorite kits and freebies that you can use for your 2017 Primary Bulletin Board.

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Hi! I am Sheena’s [older and wiser :)] sister, Shannon. I am one of the counselors in my ward’s Primary Presidency. In 2017, it is our ward’s turn to decorate the main bulletin board in the primary room. At first I thought that we could create something but after searching and seeing so many great ideas, I changed my mind. There are so many bulletin board banners, posters and kits available focusing on the 2017 Primary Theme “Choose the Right”. Most of the bulletin board kits are very reasonably priced and there are even a few free bulletin board banners, posters or other decorations available. With so many ideas to choose from, I decided to use one of the ideas I found online. I am so glad the rest of the presidency agreed!

Below are some of my favorite 2017 Primary Bulletin Board elements and kits that I found in my searching. Below each photo is a link to the website where they can be found. I hope you can find something that you like.

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2017 Primary Bulletin Board Ideas

First up is this great kit from the fabulous Courtney Aitken of All Things Bright and BeautifulThis kit has everything you need, and you can even grab some great freebies on Courtney’s blog, HERE.

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Courtney Aitken Designs 2017 Primary Modern Bulletin Board Kit

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Do you like to post monthly posters on your bulletin board? Courtney also has a pack of those that match her bulletin board kit.

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Courtney Aitken Designs 2017 Primary Modern Posters

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AMPitUP Designs!

I love the bright colors of this kit from AMPitup Designs. This kit will definitely brighten up any Primary room. Sheena held a great giveaway for Amy’s Ultimate Bundle kit a few weeks ago, but if you are just looking to decorate your Bulletin Board, then this kit will work great!

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AMPitupdesigns 2017 Primary Bulletin Board Kit

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Amy also has these beautiful monthly posters that match the bulletin board kit.

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AMPitupDesigns 2017 Primary Monthly Theme Posters

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Sugardoodle

How cute are the road signs in this kit! This kit would make such a fun ‘map’ bulletin board. You can also find some great freebies on the Sugardoodle Blog, here.

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Sugar Doodle 2017 Primary Bulletin Board Kit

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And here are the matching Monthly Posters for the Sugardoodle kit.

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Sugar Doodle 2017 Primary Monthly Theme Posters

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Courtney Aitken

Nope, that’s not a typo…Courtney Aitken has created 2 great themes for next year’s Primary theme. This would make a mother great map bulletin board, and she has freebies that match this kit as well, HERE!

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Courtney Aitken 2017 Primary Bulletin Board Kit

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And here are the matching monthly posters for this kit.

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Courtney Aitken 2017 Primary Monthly Theme Posters

 

Periwinkle Inc

Here is another fun kit from Periwinkle Inc. You can also find other great printables on her blog, Brightly Street.

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Periwinkle Inc 2017 Primary Bulletin Board Kit

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Brightly Street 2017 Primary Bulletin Board Pieces

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Brightly Street 2017 Primary Monthly Theme Posters

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Brightly Street Bubblegum ‘Chews’ the Right Poster

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Pebbles in My Pocket

Here is a cute Bulletin Board bundle from Pebbles in My Pocket. I love the balloons and stars and the ‘I Can Choose the Right By…’ cards that you can have the children fill out. They also have some great freebies on their site, HERE.

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Pebbles in my Pocket 2017 Primary Printables

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And here are the FREE matching monthly theme posters

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Pebbles in My Pocket 2017 Monthly Theme Posters

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Party Like a Cherry

Alia, from Party Like a Cherry just shared these cute word bubbles that you can use for your bulletin board as well as some great posters that you can use too.

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Party Like a Cherry FREE 2017 Primary Bulletin Board Printables

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Party like a Cherry FREE 2017 Primary Bulletin Board Posters

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Itty Bitty Pixel

Here are some more great bulletin board embellishments that you could use from, Itty Bitty Pixel.

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IttyBittyPixel 2017 Primary Bulletin Board Banner

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IttyBittyPixel 2017 Primary Bulletin Board Posters

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IttyBittyPixel 2017 Primary Bulletin Board Banner #2

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Teepee Girl

Here are some fun 2017 monthly theme posters from Teepee Girl that you can download for free!

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Teepee Girl 2017 Monthly Theme Primary Posters

 

Latter-Day Chatter

Last, but not least, here is a great bulletin board banner that you could use. This is a free download from Latter-Day Chatter. She also shared some great monthly theme posters.

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Latter-Day Chatter Bulletin Board Banner

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I hope you found something that you like. If you know of other 2017 Primary Bulletin Board ideas, I would love to hear about them. Comment on this post and let me know what it is and where to find it.

Good luck with your Primary Bulletin Board!

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Thanks so much for sharing these great resources, Shannon! Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

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Sharing Time Idea from the 2016 Outline

Encourage understanding: Divide the children into five groups. Give each group one of the following scriptures and some props or a simple costume to represent the corresponding prophet: Isaiah 7:149:6 (Isaiah); 1 Nephi 11:14–21 (Nephi); Mosiah 3:5, 8 (King Benjamin); Alma 7:9–10 (Alma); Helaman 14:2–6 (Samuel). Invite each group to read and discuss what the prophet said about Christ’s birth. Have one child from each group use the props or costume to represent the prophet and tell the other children which prophet he or she is representing and to read or tell what that prophet said about Jesus’s birth. Sing “He Sent His Son” (CS, 34–35) or “Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus” (CS, 36).

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Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas

I am once again using ideas that I shared back in 2011. They go right along with the outline, but add a little something extra to help keep the kids interested and (hopefully) reverent. I have 2 ideas for you today, I hope you like them and can use them for your Sharing Time lesson. 🙂

December 2016 Sharing Time Idea

Since it’s December, you’ve gotta incorporate presents, right? The children always get so excited when they see gifts, so I like using them in my lessons. For my first idea, you will need a little help from some adults to dress up as the prophets from the scriptures given in the outline:

 Isaiah 7:149:6 (Isaiah)

1 Nephi 11:14–21 (Nephi)

Mosiah 3:5, 8 (King Benjamin)

Alma 7:9–10 (Alma)

Helaman 14:2–6 (Samuel)

You will have a wrapped present for each of the Prophets with their name inside.
A child will come to the front and choose a present and then unwrap it to reveal the name of the Prophet. The ‘Prophet’ will then come into the Primary Room and share the scripture/message with the children. You will then discuss what the scripture means.
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Another Way to Play

If you don’t want to have people dress up, here is an alternative idea. Have five gifts with the scriptures and the name of the Prophet inside. On a board have 5 pictures that have to do with each of the prophets/scriptures. Invite a child up and have them pick a gift, then have them unwrap the gift. Read the scripture aloud and then have them match the name of the prophet with the picture it belongs to.
Here are some examples of pictures you could use:
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Isaiah: you could have a Nativity picture with the names of Christ, from the scripture, around it.
Nephi:
Nephi: this one is very similar to Alma, but you could have a picture of Jesus Christ
King Benjamin: a picture of Christ raising Jairus’ daughter or another picture of Christ performing a miracle
Alma: a picture of Mary and baby Jesus
Samuel: you could use the picture that I used above, found HERE, or another picture of the new star.
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Discuss the scripture after each one has been read and matched.
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**You could also do a present pass. Have the pianist play a song and pass the gift around. When the music stops that child gets to unwrap the present.
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These are just a couple simple ideas that I had in mind, but I think the children will really enjoy them, and learn about the birth of Jesus Christ as prophesied by many prophets of old.
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Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoy this week’s ideas and use them for your lesson. If you do I would love to hear how it goes, so leave me a comment letting me know.
Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!
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When I first heard of this year’s #LIGHTtheWORLD Christmas Initiative, and looked at the calendar, there was one day/theme that caught my eye: Day 15Jesus Worshipped Through Song and So Can You. I immediately thought of Christmas caroling, and thought of some great printables that could be used for your own Christmas Caroling activity.

Christmas Caroling Ideas

I remember going Christmas Caroling with my family when I was younger. I’m sure there were some of my family members that weren’t too excited about caroling, but after we returned home I think we would have all agreed what a wonderful evening it was.

Last year, my family decided to have our own caroling night and delivered treats to friends and neighbors. Although it started off rough, by the end of the night our hearts were full and our children could feel the wonderful feeling of serving others.

It doesn’t take too much work to plan your own Christmas Caroling activity, and I have created some great printables to make it even easier!

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CHRISTMAS CAROLING ACTIVITY

Pick a night and meet with your family to discuss your Christmas Caroling activity. Print out my Christmas Caroling Planning sheet to help you plan. On the sheet you will find space to write down families/people to visit, treats or gifts to deliver, and what songs you will be singing. Discuss these things as a family, youth group or as a group of friends (I have create several different planning sheets for different groups). Pick a nigh for your Caroling activity and write down what you decide.

Along with my planning sheets, I have also included 2 sheets of recipe cards. One sheet has a recipe for Home Hot Cocoa and Snickerdoodles, and the other sheet includes blank recipe cards for you to write down a recipe of your own.

Christmas Caroling Recipe Cards

These would be perfect to print out and attach to the treats you deliver to those that you visit. To go along with the recipe cards, I also created some cute tags to go attach to your treats as well.

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Christmas Caroling Hot Cocoa

I put my hot cocoa in a jar and added some marshmallows to the top. I used some pretty silver and white twine to attach some cute paper straws and a candy cane, and then finished it off with a ‘Merry Christmas’ tag. But don’t feel like you have to make homemade hot cocoa, go buy a box of hot cocoa packets and deliver those. I know how crazy Christmas-time is, make this as simple as possible. I’ll let you in on a little secret…the hot cocoa in the picture is actually Stephen’s hot cocoa. 🙂 We have been sick over here, so I didn’t feel like mixing up my homemade hot cocoa.

I have included a sheet of tags for you to use as well, including my ‘Merry Christmas’ tag and 3 more with messages, and then 2 blank tags that you can use to write your own message.

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Click HERE to print my Christmas Caroling Printables!

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I hope you enjoy my Christmas Caroling Printables, and use them to plan your very own Christmas Caroling activity, to help #LIGHTtheWORLD this Christmas season. I would love to hear if you do, so leave me a comment letting me know. And snap a picture and tag me, so I can see it, and don’t forget to use the #LIGHTtheWORLD hashtag as well.

To see more wonderful #LIGHTtheWORLD service ideas visit Mormon.org. You can also follow my #LIGHTtheWORLD pinterest board, HERE!

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Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a very Merry Christmas!

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 Since a new star first appeared above Bethlehem, Christmas has been a season of light, reminding us that Jesus Christ is the light of the world. This December celebrate His birth by making the world a brighter place. All we have to do is follow Him—His life, His example, and His teachings. In doing so, we can help #LIGHTtheWORLD.

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This year, we have an amazing opportunity to share that light by choosing to do the things Jesus Christ did. Every day leading up to Christmas, you can focus on a different Christ-like behavior and serve others using the suggestions found on Mormon.org or coming up with your own way to serve. There are so many ways we can serve others and light the world. Here is a wonderful video to give you a few ideas, and to help inspire you to LIGHT the WORLD.

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There is also a Service Advent Calendar to help you figure out what you can do to Light the World. Throughout the month be sure to visit Mormon.org where they will be providing daily inspiration, suggestions, and encouragement on how we can follow the example of Jesus Christ and #LIGHTtheWORLD.

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LIGHT the WORLD Kits

Along with the ideas given on the calendar, there are also 9 amazing kits that 9 amazing bloggers have put together. These kits are available for FREE at each of the 3 host sites.

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Find these kits over on Lolly Jane, Sugardoodle, and The Red Headed Hostess. You will also find an additional FREEBIE kit on The Red Headed Hostess.

This Thursday, December 1st, is the #LIGHTtheWORLD kickoff with a worldwide day of service. Join in and find a way to serve someone. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, and act of service will do. You can use the kits to help you out, and idea give on the calendar or your own idea.

I am so excited for this year’s Christmas Initiative, and have some great ideas that I can’t wait to share with all of you, so be sure to stop by this week to see what I have to share. I will also be sharing great ideas from other bloggers on Facebook and Instagram, so be sure to head over and follow me there. I have also created a #LIGHTtheWORLD pinterest board where I will be pinning all kinds of service ideas, you can follow along HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you join me in this wonderful cause and #LIGHTtheWORLD.

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Sharing Time Ideas from the 2016 Outline

Introduce the doctrine: Write “I can show reverence for sacred places and things” on the board, and ask a child to read it to the whole Primary. Ask the children to close their eyes and to raise their hands if they can hear when you drop a coin or button. Tell the children that the church building is a sacred place and that sitting still and listening carefully is one way we can show our reverence. Invite the children to share several other things they can do in church buildings to show reverence.

Encourage understanding: Display a picture of Moses and the burning bush, and tell the story found in Exodus 3:1–10. Read aloud verse 5 and have the children listen for why the Lord asked Moses to take off his shoes. Explain that we do not have to take off our shoes to be reverent, but there are many things we can do to show reverence for sacred places and things.

Encourage application: Display some of the following pictures: a temple or a church building, a home, a family, someone praying, a child, the scriptures, a group of children, a Primary class, and the sacrament. Hold up a large cloth in front of all the pictures and remove one picture. Take away the cloth and have the children tell you which picture is missing. Show the missing picture and invite the children to share a way they can show reverence or respect for the place or thing in the picture. Repeat with the other pictures.

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Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

For this week’s idea I started working on an idea, but then I changed plans and decided to create a fun ‘Turkey’ themed sharing time. The idea goes right along with the outline, but with a little ‘Thanksgiving’ twist. Enjoy!

Reverence Sharing Time Idea

Begin your sharing time with the idea given in the outline, I think the children would love trying to see if they can hear a button drop. Write “I can show reverence for sacred places and things” on the board, and ask a child to read it to the whole Primary. Ask the children to close their eyes and to raise their hands if they can hear when you drop a coin or button. Ask the children if they know of any places that are sacred. Have them raise their hands to share their ideas. Discuss reverence, and explain that it is more than sitting still and listening.

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Tom the Reverent Turkey

For the next activity, you will be using my ‘Tom Turkey’, there are several different ways you could play this, here are a few ideas that I had in mind.

At the front of the room have a chalkboard with 3 different columns (church, temple, home, or any other sacred place). I would suggest finding a picture of each of the places and placing it at the top of each column. This will help the children to know which place it is.

In each column have 3 Tom Turkeys without feathers. Tom’s feathers will be all over the primary room, and on the back of each feather will be pictures, scenarios, and/or scriptures. I would include reverent and irreverent pictures/scenarios/scriptures. I found some great clipart to use for the feathers over on Susan Fitch’s blog, HERE. She shared a huge bundle for FREE. She also has some great pictures of Temples and of a church building that you could use for your lesson. I also used images from LDS.org, HERE.

Tell the children that these are some of Tom’s favorite places, but he needs help knowing how he should act at each one. Explain to the children that they are going to be finding feathers, and then deciding which place it belongs to OR if it belongs at all.

Invite the first child to come up to the front and find a feather. You could ask the pianist to play a reverent song while the children finds the feather, you could even invite the children to sing while they search. Once they have found the feather, have them look at the back of the feather and show or read it to everyone.

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After they have looked at the picture or read the scenario/scripture, have them decide which turkey or place it belongs to. Some will fit with more than one, but some will match specific places.

Continue finding feathers until time runs out or until all the feathers have been found.

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Another Way to Play

If you don’t want to have 3 turkeys, just use one. Have one Tom at the front of the room, and have feathers hidden. Have the children take turns finding feathers, and decide whether the item on the back is showing reverent behavior or irreverent behavior.

To close, you could do the Encourage Application given in the outline.

Would you like to use my Tom the Reverent Turkey idea? I have some printables to help you out. Just click on the links to print them out. There is one link with my Tom Turkey, and another one with a feather template. Find some cute scrapbook paper or construction paper, and print the template onto your paper OR print out your template first, and then use it to cut out the feathers.

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Click HERE to print out my Tom Turkey printables!

 

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

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

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I cannot believe November is half way over! Many of you have been asking me if I am going to create my Monthly and Weekly Info sheets again. Today, I am sharing my 2017 Monthly & Weekly Info Sheets that you have been asking for…Yay! Thank you for always being so kind and patient with me. If I had my choice, I would create all kinds of fun things to share on here, but alas, life kind of gets in the way sometimes. 🙂

2017 Primary Presidency Helps

Since I created binder covers for the 2017 theme (you can take a look at them HERE), I decided to create matching info sheets. Even if you don’t use my binder covers, at least the info sheets will be pretty. 🙂

If you’re new to my info sheets, here’s what you will find. There are 2 sheets that have monthly and weekly information for 2017. On my Weekly Info sheet you will find the Weekly Sharing Time themes, and a column that you gives you space to write down who is conducting and teaching.

The other sheet is my Monthly Info Sheet, which includes the Monthly theme, Scripture, and Song. Here’s a closer look at the Monthly Info Sheet.

2017 Monthly Information Sheet

Nothing fancy, but they are so nice to have in your binder so you can quickly look at them to find out a theme, scripture, or song for a particular month.

I am also so excited to share my 2017 Monthly and Info Sheets in Spanish, thanks to Jessica Sandberg. I always appreciate when someone is so willing to help translate my printables. I would love to share all of my printables in every language, but I only know English, so if anyone wants these in a specific language just let me know.

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Click HERE to print my 2017 Monthly and Weekly Info Sheets (English).

Click HERE to print my 2017 Monthly and Weekly Info Sheets (Spanish).

 

Next on my list are my 2017 Primary Planner Pages. I am planning on creating these in English and Spanish as well, AND I am going to be having a Flash FREEBIE sale, so keep an eye out for the announcement (on Facebook and Instagram).

I hope you enjoy my 2017 Monthly and Weekly Info Sheets. Have you used them in the past? If so, I would love to hear if you liked them, so leave me a comment letting me know.

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

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ESharing Time Ideas from the 2016 Outline

Encourage understanding and application: Invite the bishop or branch president and a few Aaronic Priesthood holders to teach the children about the sacrament. If possible, you could ask them to take the children into the chapel and teach them what the sacrament symbolizes and show them the sacrament table, the place where they kneel to offer the prayer, and the cloth used to cover the sacrament. Invite another Aaronic Priesthood holder to explain what he does to pass the sacrament each week to the congregation and why this is a sacred privilege. Ask the children what the priesthood bearers do that shows respect for God when they bless the sacrament (kneel to pray, cover the sacrament with a white cloth, dress and act in a reverent manner). Invite the children to share what they can do to show respect for Jesus Christ during the administration of the sacrament.

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Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas

This week’s Sharing Time idea is simple, but one that I think the children will enjoy. I love the idea from the outline of taking the children down to the Chapel for a special ‘tour’ and discussion of the Sacrament. I have had a hard time coming up with an idea for this week, but I finally came up with an activity that the children could do while they listened to the Bishop or Bishopric member talk about the Sacrament. Thank you to Clipart Kid, Susan Fitch, and LDS.org for sharing their amazing free clipart. Enjoy!

November 2016 Sacrament Sharing Time Idea

Sometimes you can lose children’s attention if you just stand and talk, so I decided to create a fun little Sacrament Scavenger Hunt sheet that the children can do while they are listening.  I decided to make two categories for my sheet: ‘Look For’ and ‘Listen For’.

At the beginning of Primary, show the children a Sacrament tray and ask what it is used for. Then show the children a picture of the Sacrament and explain that today they are going to learn about the Sacrament. Explain to the children that they are going to have a special guest (or a few guests) come and teach them about the Sacrament.

Show the children the Sacrament Scavenger Hunt sheets, and explain to the children that they will be walking down to the chapel (reverently) to learn about the Sacrament. Explain they are going to be looking and listening for certain words. Pass out the sheets, and invite the ‘visitor’ into the Primary room.

If you have a large primary, you could have 2 groups. One group could go down to the chapel while the other stays in the Primary room and discusses ways they can be reverent. You could even create Sacrament coloring books for the children to put together. Or invite the children to share what they can do to show respect for Jesus Christ during the administration of the sacrament. I have found that the children (even Jr Primary) really enjoy sharing their thoughts and ideas.

To print out my Sacrament Scavenger Hunt sheets, click the link below. I have created 2 different files for you to use. One has 1 scavenger hunt sheet and the other has 2 sheets per page. My sheets are in color, but also print out just fine in black and white, then you can make copies at the church. 🙂

Click HERE to print my Sacrament Scavenger Hunt sheets!

I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time idea. Sorry it’s so late, but it is a very simple idea that can be put together quickly. I would love to hear what you think of my sheets, so be sure to 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 have another amazing GIVEAWAY for all of you today. Last week, I shared these amazing building blocks on Facebook. Today I am teaming up with Melissa and Betsey, of Our Picnic Tree,  to give some away! YAY!

LDS Legos

Who here has children that love building blocks? My kids do! The last several years, that is all my son has wanted for Christmas. When I saw these Christian and LDS Building Blocks, I knew I had to get some for my kids. I know I’m not alone, that’s actually how the idea of these building blocks came about. Here is Melissa and Betsey’s story:

“Between the two of us, we have a total of 10 kids who love building blocks and figures!  They would take the figures everywhere we went!  In the car, to ball games, grandparents homes, by their pillows at night. They would build the sets and play with them every chance they had! We decided if they were spending that much time with blocks and figures they needed some with more meaning and purpose!  It’s taken two years but we finally have Scripture Stackers! They BUILD: Faith, Character and Knowledge all while you play! As mother’s we LOVE that they are re-enacting and learning scripture stories!”

I am always in awe of people that create and invent amazing things like this. I wouldn’t even know where to begin, but I am so glad there are people like Melissa and Betsey, that help my life (and my children’s) a little more fun.

SCRIPTURE STACKERS

Let’s take a look at some of the Scripture Stacker Kits they have available, and that 2 people will WIN!

First, let’s take a look at the Nativity Scene set. This set depicts the story from Luke chapter 2 in the New Testament of the birth of Jesus.  This fun set includes 2 animals, 6 figures and baby Jesus.

Nativity Building BlockChildren will enjoy building this set over and over during the month of December or any month of the year! And what a great way to remember the true meaning of Christmas. Build the scene together, and then have your children share the story in their own words. Click here to view the Nativity Scene Set on Our Picnic Tree.

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Nephi and the Broken Bow Building Block Set

This great Book of Mormon story will become a favorite set for your children. This set includes 150 pieces and a collector card.

Nephi and the Broken Bow building block set

Sit around the table, and build this together as you share the story of Nephi and his family hunting in the wilderness. You can view this set, Here, on Our Picnic Tree.

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Figurines

Do you have any kiddos that are obsessed with those little building block figurines? My nephews are. These Bible Character Figurines are great! Wouldn’t they be perfect for stocking stuffers?

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There are several Bible figures to choose from, and each comes with one figure and one accessory.

Assorted figures are: Moses and the burning bush, Noah, King Solomon, Goliath, Joseph and the multicolored coat, and baby Moses with his mother Jochebed. You can take a look at all of the figurines over at Our Picnic Tree.

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GIVEAWAY

Are you ready for the giveaway!?! Melissa and Betsey have been kind enough to giveaway two (2) amazing prizes to two (2) lucky Little LDS Ideas readers.

Prize #1 {Christmas Package}: Our first winner will receive their very own Nativity Scene set AND 6 Figurines (perfect for stocking stuffers).

Prize #2 {Broken Bow Bundle): Our second winner will receive their very own Broken Bow Set AND 6 Figurines.

You know the prizes, now let’s talk about how to enter!

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Giveaway Entries

We are giving you 4 ways to enter this fabulous giveaway. As always, you can choose to do as many or as few as you’d like, but the more you do, the better your chances of winning are. 🙂

Scripture Stackers Giveaway

Entry #1: Leave a comment letting me know which Prize you are dying to have!

Entry #2: Visit Our Picnic Tree and Pin one of their items to Pinterest.

Entry #3: Head on over to Facebook and like Our Picnic Tree!

Entry #4: Spread the Word! Share this great giveaway with others by spreading the word any way you can! Just use the Rafflecopter widget below!

This giveaway is open to US residents only. The giveaway will end November 15th at 11:59 pm (MST). I will announce the winners on November 16th via Facebook and the Rafflecopter widget below. The winners will have 48 hours to claim their prize, after that a new winner will be chosen.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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I want to thank Melissa and Betsey for this great giveaway. I am so excited for their fun Building Block sets, and can’t wait for my kids to see them!

Thank you so much for stopping by, and for supporting Melissa and Betsey! Good luck and have a wonderful day.

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