Sharing Time Idea from the 2016 Outline Encourage understanding: Display some beans or small rocks and an empty jar labeled with a smiling face. Tell the children that Heavenly Father’s plan gives us freedom to choose right or wrong. Explain that good choices lead to freedom and happiness, while bad choices lead to captivity and unhappiness (see 2 Nephi 2:27). Ask the children, “What commandments do you keep as you follow God’s plan?” Give a bean to each child who responds to the… Read more »

Sharing Time Idea from the 2016 Outline Introduce the doctrine: Write the following on the board: “Families are central to Heavenly Father’s plan.” Discuss what this sentence means. Erase the sentence. Say the first two words, and ask the children to repeat them. Then say the first four words, and ask the children to repeat them. Continue until the children can repeat the entire sentence. Encourage understanding: Ask several children in advance to represent families from the scriptures. Provide several clues about… Read more »

Sharing Time Idea from the 2016 Outline Encourage understanding: Brainstorm with the children things they do that have an order to them, such as tying a shoe or getting ready for bed. Explain that in the scriptures we learn that Jesus created the earth in a certain order. Divide the children into six groups and give each group a scripture reference describing one day of the Creation (see Moses 2). Ask each group to draw pictures of their day. Have them show… Read more »

Sharing Time Ideas from the 2016 Outline Introduce the doctrine: Show the children a picture of a house. Explain that builders need to have a house plan before they can build a house. Ask, “Why is it important to make and follow plans?” Hold up the scriptures, and tell the children that we can find Heavenly Father’s plan for us in the scriptures. Write on the board “Heavenly Father has a plan for me.” Read the sentence together. Encourage understanding: Write the… Read more »