July 2017 Fasting and Prayer Sharing Time Idea

Sharing Time Ideas from the 2017 Outline Identify the doctrine (seeing an object lesson): Prepare two wordstrips: Fasting and Prayer. Invite two children to stand close together, and give each child one of the wordstrips. Have another child walk between them. Ask the first two children to securely link their arms, and ask the other child to try to walk between them again. Point out how much stronger the children are when they are linked together. Explain that fasting and… Read more »

LDS Prayer Sharing Time Idea

Sharing Time Idea from the 2017 Outline Encourage understanding (discussing prayer): Show the children a telephone or another form of communication. Discuss how it is used. Ask the children how we can communicate with Heavenly Father. Explain that just as we dial a number to talk to someone on the phone, we can pray to communicate with Heavenly Father; we can ask Him for strength to do what is right. Give each class a picture of a different kind of… Read more »

October 2016 LDS Sharing Time Idea

Sharing Time Ideas from the 2016 Outline Introduce the doctrine: Have the children look up 3 Nephi 14:7 and James 1:5. Invite them to look for what the scriptures teach about prayer. Read the scriptures out loud together, and let the children share what they learn. Invite the children to say “Heavenly Father hears and answers my prayers” with you. Encourage understanding and application: Divide the children into groups, and have them take turns visiting the following stations (see TNGC, 179). At… Read more »

Prayer Punch-A-Box Sharing Time Idea

Sharing Time Ideas from the 2016 Outline Introduce the doctrine: Help the children memorize the following sentence from Alma 13:28: “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and call on his holy name, and watch and pray continually.” Discuss what the scripture teaches about how and when we should pray. Encourage understanding: Help the children understand that we can pray to Heavenly Father silently in our hearts anytime, anywhere and that we should thank Him for our blessings and ask Him for help. Write the following… Read more »

I can Pray to Heavenly Father

Sharing Time Idea from the 2016 Outline Introduce the doctrine: Ask a parent and child to stand in front of the children. Invite the child to ask his or her parent a question, and have the parent answer. Then ask the parent to leave the room and close the door. Ask the children how they can communicate with their parents when they are not with them (for example, writing a letter or talking on the phone). Explain that God is our… Read more »

Sharing Time Ideas from the 2015 Outline Encourage understanding: Divide the children into small groups. Have each group read and discuss the following scriptures, looking for what the Savior teaches about prayer: 3 Nephi 18:19–20; Doctrine and Covenants 19:28, 38; 88:63–64. Emphasize that the Savior teaches us to pray to Heavenly Father in His name and that this helps us feel closer to Him. Encourage understanding: Make a copy for each child of the illustration on page 19 of the nursery… Read more »

 Sharing Time Idea from the 2014 Outline IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE(identifying objects and pictures): Before Primary, gather or draw pictures of things people use to communicate (such as a letter, a telephone, or a computer), and hide the pictures beneath a few of the chairs in the Primary room. Ask the children to imagine they are far from home and need to communicate with their family. Have them look under their chairs for the hidden pictures, and discuss how they help… Read more »

Sharing Time Ideas from the 2014 Outline IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE(seeing pictures and reciting a scripture): Show a picture of Jesus Christ, and tell the children that He taught, “Pray in your families unto the Father . . . that your [families] may be blessed” (3 Nephi 18:21). Repeat this scripture with the children a few times. Show a picture of a family praying, and discuss the picture with the children. Explain that in family prayer, we thank Heavenly Father for… Read more »

Sharing Time Idea from 2013 Primary Outline IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (playing a game): Before Primary, write on the board, “Answers to prayers come from Heavenly Father in many ways,”and cover each word with a separate piece of paper. Have a child remove one piece of paper, and ask the children to guess what the sentence is. Repeat until the children discover the sentence, and ask them to read it together. ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (reading scriptures): Tell the children that Joseph Smith prayed to know… Read more »

  Sharing Time Idea from 2013 Primary Outline IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE AND ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (reading scriptures): Tell the children that they can pray to Heavenly Father anytime, anywhere. Have them look up Alma 33:3–9. Read the verses together and have the children raise their hands each time they hear a place where Zenos prayed. Write these places on the board. Help the children understand what these places would mean to them today by creating word strips for the modern-day equivalents of… Read more »