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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13 thoughts on “{Sharing Time} December Week 1: Prophets Prophesied About the Birth of Jesus Christ

  1. Liz

    Hi Sheena, I just wanted to let you know that I use your ideas almost every time I do a sharing time in Primary. I wanted to thank you for taking the time to put these ideas online and make an effort to make them fun and creative to keep the children’s attention and help them to feel the spirit. Keep up the good work. (:

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  2. Shaughnessy

    Looking forward to doing the present pass this Sunday! The punch clock and the ReverANT story were both big hits in the past weeks, so I know this week will be great as well! Thank you SO much for being a great Sharing Time resource for me!

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  3. Kristen

    I love your ideas for sharing time! I often incorporate them into my sharing times. Thank you for taking the time to share your talents and wonderful ideas!

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  4. Tashina

    Thank you for your idea, I am doing it a bit different because I don’t want to wrap presents. I have those clear ornaments in which you can put something inside. I’m putting in a picture of the prophet and going to have the children come pick one to look inside. I also was going to have gold, frankincense and myrrh in front of the little tree that will have the ornaments. hope it works!! thanks

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