Sharing Time Idea from the 2016 Outline
Introduce the doctrine: Invite an older child to read Doctrine and Covenants 133:37 out loud. Tell the children that missionaries teach the gospel in many areas of the world, in many different languages. Have the children repeat the scripture together.
Encourage understanding: Show the children a map of the world or draw a simple map on the board. Ask them to share places where people they know have served missions. Mark these places on the map. Invite the children to share where they would like to serve, and let them mark those places on the map. Explain that mission calls come from the Lord through the prophet and that missionaries serve wherever the Lord calls them. Help the children practice saying the name of the Church in a few different languages. Discuss with the children that there are some places where missionaries are not yet allowed to teach. Explain that President Thomas S. Monson asked us to “pray for the opening of those areas, that we might share with [everyone] the joy of the gospel” (in Conference Report, Oct. 2008, 4; or Ensign, Nov. 2008, 6).
Encourage application: Invite the children to write a note to a missionary from your ward or the missionaries who are serving in your area. Give the letters to the ward mission leader to send to the missionaries.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
This last week I have been in Utah visiting my Sister and enjoying our last week of summer. While I was there I picked her brain for Sharing Time Ideas (she is in the Primary Presidency in her ward). She shared what she is doing for September and I thought it was great, so I am sharing that today.
My sister had the idea of getting a large map (she found her’s at Target for a few dollars and placed it on a foam board) and placing it on an easel outside the Primary room. One the map was a sign that said:
“Where Did You Serve?”
She cut out small arrows from post-it notes and placed those on the map. Below the ‘Where Did You Serve?” title she asked people to take an arrow and place it in the area where they served their mission or where family members have served.
The kids are going to love looking at the map, and all the places people have served. You could even have the people write their names on the arrows.
My sister is planning on using the map for her Sharing Time lesson. While visiting her we came up with a fun ‘suitcase’ activity (below), which I am also sharing today.
Since this month’s theme is on Missionary Work, I thought it would be fun to bring in a ‘Missionary Suitcase’ to help with the lesson. On the outside of the suitcase attach a piece of paper with the scripture reference, D&C 133:37. Or you could have the scripture reference hidden under a chair. In order to open the suitcase the children need to find the scripture and read it aloud.
Inside the suitcase will be 5 different ‘Missionary’ items with 5 different phrases on each item. Here are the items that will be inside the suitcase along with the phrases:
Mission Call (Envelope): Mission calls come from the Lord through the Prophet.
Passport: Missionaries serve wherever the Lord calls them.
Scriptures & Preach My Gospel: Missionaries teach the gospel in many areas of the world in many different languages. You could also use an English/Spanish Dictionary or a Map as well.
Shoes: There are some places where missionaries are not yet allowed to teach.
Alarm Clock: President Monson has asked us to “pray for the opening of those areas, that we might share with (everyone) the joy of the gospel.”
My sister and I thought it would be fun to have other items in the suitcase as well. Like white shirts, slacks, socks, dresses, etc. The children will have to ‘dig around’ the suitcase to find the items.
HOW TO PLAY
After you have read and discussed the scripture, the children will be looking through the bag for specific items. You will then discuss each of the phrases with the children.
First Item (Mission Call): Explain to the children that mission calls come from the Lord through the Prophet.
Second Item (Passport): Missionaries serve wherever the Lord calls them. Do we get to choose where we serve? No, we are called to serve where the Lord needs us.
Third Item (Scriptures & Preach My Gospel): This would be a great time to bring in the map. Show your ‘Where Did You Serve?’ map to the children and explain that there are missionaries all over the world. You could then point to different areas and talk about the different missions and languages. My sister is also planning on talking about areas that we don’t currently have missionaries serving, but don’t go into too much detail because that is the next phrase. 😉
Fourth Item (Shoes): On our map we can see that there are missionaries all over the world. Shoes just like these, help the missionaries to walk and preach the gospel. But there are some areas in the world that we cannot preach the gospel. You could have these areas blacked out, or draw lines through the areas.
Fifth Item (Alarm Clock): What do you think this item is used for? Missionaries have to wake up early every morning for personal study and prayers. Did you know that President Monson has asked each of us to pray for the opening of the areas where we cannot preach the gospel? You could then discuss this a little more and encourage the children to pray.
WRITE A NOTE
I also really like the idea of writing notes to the missionaries. What missionary wouldn’t love a note? You could do some for missionaries FROM your ward serving OR you could also include notes for the missionaries serving IN your ward.
I am planning on creating some cute little note cards to use, but I will post those the beginning of next week (I have to get home to my normal computer).
Bear testimony of missionary work and remind the children that they don’t have to wait until they’re older to preach the gospel, they can do that right now.
I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time Idea, and are able to use it for your lesson. I would love to hear if you do, so leave me a comment letting me know.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!