Sharing Time Idea from the 2015 Outline

Introduce the doctrine: Ask the children: “Think of a time you celebrated your birthday in a special way. What did you do?” Allow a few children to talk about their birthdays. Explain that Heavenly Father had His prophets tell the world, from the beginning of time, about the most important birth in the history of the world—the birth of His Son, Jesus Christ. Explain that this message was so important that prophets were willing to give their lives to testify that Christ would come. Have the children repeat the phrase “Jesus Christ came to earth as promised by the prophets.”

Encourage understanding: Display pictures of a few prophets who taught that Jesus Christ would come. Divide the children into groups and give each group a scripture reference that describes an account of one of the prophet’s teachings. Have the groups take turns dramatizing the accounts (see TNGC, 165–66) while the rest of the Primary identifies which prophet they are portraying. Prophets could include King Benjamin (Mosiah 2:1, 5–7; 3:5–8), Abinadi (Mosiah 12:1, 9; 15:1–2;17:1, 8–10), and Samuel the Lamanite (Helaman 14:1–5;16:1–2). Testify that Jesus Christ did come to the earth and the prophecies concerning Him were fulfilled.

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Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

I love the idea given in the outline! My kids love playing charades, so this week’s idea goes right along with the outline but with a little fun squeezed in. Enjoy!

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In the outline you are supposed to ask the children: “Think of a time you celebrated your birthday in a special way. What did you do?”

Since you’re talking about birthdays, I thought it would be fun to decorate the Primary room like a party. Nothing too fancy…just some balloons and/or streamers. The balloons will be part of the charades activity as well.

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Before Sharing Time

Write each of the prophet’s names that was given in the outline (Abinadi, King Benjamin, Samuel the Lamanite, etc.) on a small piece of paper and place it inside the balloons or attach it to the string of the balloon.

You will also need a picture of each of the prophets that you will be discussing during your Sharing Time. If you have any props, feel free to use those as well, the children would probably LOVE to use props. 🙂

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To Begin Your Sharing Time

To begin your Sharing Time, do the Introduce the Doctrine activity given in the outline. Ask the children: “Think of a time you celebrated your birthday in a special way. What did you do?” Allow a few children to talk about their birthdays. Explain that Heavenly Father had His prophets tell the world, from the beginning of time, about the most important birth in the history of the world—the birth of His Son, Jesus Christ. Explain that this message was so important that prophets were willing to give their lives to testify that Christ would come. Have the children repeat the phrase “Jesus Christ came to earth as promised by the prophets.”

You could also create a party banner with the phrase ‘Jesus Christ came to earth as promised by the prophets.’

Tell the children that we celebrate Christ’s birth during December, and today you have decorated the room for the special occasion!

Display the pictures of the prophets at the front of the room. Explain to the children that today they are going to play a fun party game known as Charades! Tell them that they are going to get into groups and discuss a prophet that prophesied about Christ’s birth. They are going to have to work as a team and come up with a skit/charade to perform for the whole primary.

Show the children the balloons and tell them that inside each of the balloons is a name of a prophet. They are going to have to pop the balloon to retrieve the name and the scripture that goes with that name (or you can just write the names on a tag and attach it to the balloon).

Split the primary into groups, and invite each team up, one at a time, to choose their balloon. Then have them meet and discuss their skit. Have an adult help each group.

Once everyone is ready, invite a team up to perform their skit. Have the other children watch reverently and try to guess who the prophet is.

To go along with the party theme…I thought it would be fun to have a party blower for each child. Not the horns, just the blowers that uncurl when you blow into them. When a child knows the answer, they can blow the party blower. It sounds fun…BUT I know it would probably get out of hand really fast. 🙂

Continue playing until each team has had a turn, and all the prophets have been guessed.

Testify that Jesus Christ did come to the earth and the prophecies concerning Him were fulfilled.

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Another Option

Instead of children just raising their hands to guess, have the group perform their skit. Then invite a child to come to the front and point to the picture of the prophet that they think is correct. If the answer is correct, show the other children the picture and discuss it a little bit. If they choose the wrong picture, invite another child up to the front and have them pick another picture.

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I thought it would also be cute to have party favor bags for each child. You could include a picture of Christ or just type up this week’s theme on a piece of paper as well as the scriptures that were read. Include a small treat and a party blower to help them remember what was discussed during Sharing Time. If I create something, I’ll be sure to post it on here, but for now I don’t have anything to share. Sorry.

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Still Looking For Ideas?

Check out Kim’s Sharing Time Ideas over at her blog, Life’s Journey to Perfection.

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I hope you enjoy this week’s idea, and are able to use it for your Primary. I would love to hear if you do, and how it goes, so be sure to stop by and leave me a comment.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!

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9 thoughts on “{Sharing Time} Jesus Christ came to earth as promised by the prophets.

  1. Karen

    Hi Sheena,
    Thank you so much for your wonderful ideas for Sharing Time! I was wondering if you have any ideas for December week 2?

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