Sharing Time Idea from the 2016 Outline
Introduce the doctrine: Display a picture of a temple and write on the board “The temple is ______.” Invite the children to the sing the first verse of “I Love to See the Temple” (CS, 95). Tell them to signal when they sing the phrase that completes the sentence on the board by folding their arms. Ask them what the temple is (a house of God). Help the children look up “Temple” in the Bible Dictionary (pages 780–81). Help them find statements explaining that a temple is literally a house of the Lord and that God has always commanded His people to build temples.
Encourage understanding: Prepare clues about the temples built by Moses (see Exodus 25:1–2, 8–9), Nephi (see 2 Nephi 5:16), and Joseph Smith (see D&C 124:31) and their followers. For example: “Our temple was called a tabernacle, and we moved it as we traveled” (Moses) or “We built a temple after leaving Jerusalem and traveling across the sea” (Nephi). Choose three children to represent these prophets, and invite them to read their clues to the Primary. Invite the other children to guess whom each child is representing. After they guess correctly, show a picture of the prophet or the temple that he and his people built.
Encourage application: Show a picture of the temple nearest to where you live. Discuss the following questions: Why do you think God commands us to build temples? What can you do to prepare to go to the temple someday?
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
For this week’s Sharing Time I decided to go with a ‘building’ theme. The children will be ‘building’ there very own temple as you discuss temples from the past and present. This is a great activity that goes along great with the ‘Encourage Understanding’ section from the 2016 Outline. Enjoy!
For this activity the children will be reading clues and building a temple. To do this you can use wooden blocks, large Legos or you could use this Temple puzzle found in the July 2011 Friend Magazine (found in the ‘For Little Friends’ section).
Temple Sharing Time
“Our temple was called a tabernacle, and we moved it as we traveled” (Moses)
“We built a temple after leaving Jerusalem and traveling across the sea” (Nephi)
I don’t have any clues written up, but if someone has any, and would like to share them, just send me an email to: littleldsideas(at)hotmail(dot)com.
Attach the clues onto the blocks or puzzle pieces OR number each of the clues, and then attach a number to the blocks.
Have the blocks, puzzle pieces in a bag, box, or scattered on a table. You will also need a picture of the prophet or the temple that he and his people built displayed on a chalkboard or bulletin board.
Invite a child up to the front and have them choose a piece. If you have attached the clues, have the child read the clue aloud. If you have the blocks numbered, have the child show you the number, and then read the clue that matches the number on the block. Have the child try to guess which prophet/temple they think that clue belongs to. Once they have guessed you could place the clue under the picture or write the clue underneath. Then ask another child to come up and pick another block or puzzle piece.
As the blocks are chosen invite the children to begin building a temple, OR you could wait until the end, and then have them build the temple. Once all the clues have been read, choose one of the pictures and share a little bit about it. Then ask the children if the clues that were placed underneath the picture, matches.
Another Way to Play
Instead of having them build one temple, you could even split the primary into groups and have each group discuss and build there own temple. Give each group one of the prophets/temples listed in the outline, and have each group read about it. After they read about it, invite the children to discuss what they learned and have them work together to build their very own temple. You could have them build a temple that looks like the one in the picture OR have them build what they think it would have looked like. Once everyone has had time to discuss and build, have them show everyone their temple and share what they learned. Legos would work great for this, but wooden blocks would work as well. 🙂
Prepare For the Temple
To end your lesson, show a picture of the temple nearest to where you live. Discuss the following questions: Why do you think God commands us to build temples? What can you do to prepare to go to the temple someday?
How cute is this temple image from Susan Fitch Designs?
You could print one of these out for each child, and have them write a way that they will prepare for the temple. You could punch a hole into the top and make it into a necklace for JR Primary OR punch a hole and add some ribbon and make it a bookmark for SR Primary!
You could also make a fun matching game with these. Write different ways we can prepare for the temple on the backs. Have the children flip them over to find a match.
You could also use this idea for the other part of the Sharing Time. You could write the scripture references on the back and have the children find the match. So many different ways to use this cute picture. Do you have any ideas? I’d love to hear!
Other Fun Ideas
You can see other Temple Sharing Time ideas that I have shared in the past, HERE!
And check out Kim’s cute idea for this week’s Sharing Time on her blog: Life’s Journey to Perfection. She went with a building theme as well!
I hope you enjoy this week’s Temple Sharing Time, and are able to use it. I would love to hear what you plan on doing, so leave me a comment.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!