Sharing Time Idea from the 2016 Primary Outline
Encourage understanding and application: Display “My Gospel Standards” and explain that following these standards will help us be worthy to go to the temple. Divide the children into groups. Have a teacher in each group discuss the standards that will help the children prepare to go to the temple and testify of how living the standards has helped him or her. Ask each group to choose one of the gospel standards and then write or draw their commitment to follow that standard. Invite the bishop or branch president into Primary, and have each group share with him their commitment. Invite the bishop or branch president to share his testimony about the importance of temples.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
A couple years ago I created a Temple Board game that I used for Sharing Time. I decided that the game would be perfect for this week’s Sharing Time idea. When I first shared it it was kind of small, so today I am sharing a larger version that would be perfect for Primary!
Temple Sharing Time
Have the children work in teams or as a whole Primary to try to reach the ‘Temple’. They will be sharing different ways they can prepare to enter the Temple as they play.
First, prepare 6-10 items that represent things the children can do to prepare themselves to go to them Temple. Use ‘My Gospel Standards’
as ideas of ways they can prepare. You can use pictures or objects to represent these things. Some examples could be:
Go to Church
Listen to Uplifting Music
On the back of each picture or on a separate piece of paper, write a number that will represent the number of spaces the children will move on the game board. Place the items into bags (number the bags on the front depending on how many you have), have the pictures underneath chairs OR create a Punch-A-Box
and place the items inside.
If you decide to use the sacks…hand the sacks to random children. Then choose another child to stand up front, and have them give two or three instructions to the Primary to pass the sacks (for example, pass it three people to the right, pass it forward once). Have the children follow the instructions and pass the sacks to other children.
The child at the front of the room then calls out a number from 1 to 6. The person holding comes to the front, and opens it and then guesses what the item represents.
Ask the child how that item can help them prepare to go to the temple. Discuss it with the children. You could also find some stories for each object or invite some parents in to talk about how doing that (praying, studying scriptures, etc.) helped them prepare to go to the temple.
Once you have discussed what the item represents have the child have the child move the marker on the game board. Choose a new child to be a leader and repeat for each sack. You could also have a large die that the child could roll. You could even add some ‘Go Back’ spaces to the die to make it a little more fun. 🙂
Once all the sacks have been opened and you have reached the end of the game, remind the children that Heavenly Father wants each of them to go to the Temple.
Show the children the ‘My Gospel Standards’ and remind them that if they can follow these standards they can one day enter the temple. You can then ask the children to choose one of the gospel standards and then write or draw their commitment to follow that standard. Invite the children to take their papers home and share their goal with their family.
Temple Board Game
To print my Temple Board Game, use the link below. There are 5 pages total: 4 large pieces and one small board game. If you choose to have the large board, simply print out the first 4 pages. The first page is the top left piece, the second page is the top right, the third page is the bottom left, and the fourth page is the bottom right. There is a little overlap, so trim if needed. Then tape the pages together to create a large game board!
Create some game board markers to use for your Sharing Time or Family Home Evening, and you’re good to go!
I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time Idea, and are able to use it for your lesson. I would love to hear if you do, and any changes you make, so be sure to leave me a comment.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!