Sharing Time Ideas from the 2016 Outline
Encourage understanding: Ask a child to come to the front of the room and hold his or her arms out. Then place a book in each hand. Read Mosiah 18:7–11. Explain that one of the covenants we make when we are baptized is to “bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light.” Ask the child holding the books if his or her arms are getting tired. Have two other children help hold up his or her arms. Discuss some burdens children might have, such as being teased, being sick, feeling alone, or struggling in school. Ask the children how they can help make each other’s burdens lighter.
Encourage application: Tell the children that baptism is the gate that leads to the path to eternal life (see 2 Nephi 31:17). On one side of the room place a picture of a child being baptized. On the other side of the room place a picture of the Savior, and explain that in this activity this picture represents eternal life. Tell the children that we stay on the path to eternal life when we keep our baptismal covenants. Briefly review these covenants (remembering Jesus Christ, obeying the commandments, and helping others). Give each child a paper with a CTR shield drawn on it. Have the children write on their paper a commandment that will help them keep their baptismal covenants (they may draw pictures to represent the commandment they choose). Invite a child to place his or her paper on the floor between the two pictures. If possible, help the children find the commandment in their scriptures and read it together. Repeat until the children have made a path between the pictures.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
Here in the U.S. the third week of June is Father’s Day. I wanted to incorporate fathers/men into this Sharing Time, but had a hard time coming up with something. Last week we had a Primary Presidency meeting, and I asked the wonderful ladies I serve with if they had any ideas. My friend had a great idea that would be great for this week’s Sharing Time, and it would also work great for those of you not in the U.S. This is just a basic idea, but there is a lot that you could discuss and add to make this a great Sharing Time. Enjoy!
I really like the Encourage Understanding idea that is given in the outline. But I changing it up a bit to incorporate some men in the ward.
Before Primary, gather several heavy items (3-4 items). You could fill a bucket with some heavy rocks, have a large bag of sugar/flour, weights, etc. You will also need to invite 3-4 fathers/men to be special guests/helpers in Primary that day. I thought it would be great to invite some fathers, grandfathers, as well as the Bishop or Bishopric members.
Have your heavy items at the front of the room. On each item you could have an envelope with a pretend scenario inside of it. The scenarios will be a burdens that the children might experience during life. Some examples of burdens could be being teased, being sick, feeling alone, or struggling in school.
Bearing One Another’s Burdens
Explain to the children that you have invited some helpers into Primary today, and that you are going to be testing strength today. Ask the children if they’re strong. Invite 3-4 children up to the front (have as many children as number of items to be lifted). Then invite the men into the Primary room, and have them stand by the items as well.
Explain that you have brought some very heavy items into Primary today, and you are going to test the strength of the people at the front of the room. Invite the children to try and lift the item in front of them. After a minute or so, invite the men to lift the items.
After everyone has lifted the items (and showed off their muscles, haha) explain that we aren’t just testing strength today. Explain that each of the items that was lifted represents something, and it has to do with a covenant that we make at baptism. Invite one of the fathers/men to lift their item again, and ask them if they could lift that item all day, all week, all year. Then ask them if it would be easier to lift if someone helped. Have them set the item down, and then open the envelope and explain to the children that the item represents a ‘burden’. You might need to explain what that means, and then read the scenario aloud. Once again have the father/helper lift the item, but then ask the child how he/she could help make that burden lighter. Once they have answered how they could make the burden lighter, invite them to help ‘lift’ the heavy item.
You could then move on to the next group and invite one of them to lift the item by themselves, and invite the other to share how they can make that burden lighter. Explain that no matter how strong you are, burdens can be very hard to ‘lift’ on your own. Even grown men, like our Fathers, need help lifting burdens. You could also explain that even little children can help lift heavy burdens.
Baptismal Covenant Question Panel
I thought it would be great to then have the men answer questions about covenants or other questions on baptism. Before Primary you could write up a list of questions that the children can pick from OR you could just let them come up with their own questions. If you write up a list of questions, you could give it the men you will be asking to come in so they can read over the questions and prepare. 🙂
Have the men sit in chairs at the front of the room, and have the hold a number sign or a number paddle (a number on a large popsicle stick). I created some number signs that would work great. Just print them on cardstock, cut, and then attach them to jumbo popsicle sticks. Have the fathers/men hold their numbers up for the children to see.
To make it a little more fun, have a microphone stand with a microphone for the children to ask their questions. Invite the first child to come up to the front. Have them pick a question, and then have them read it aloud and pick the person they would like to answer it. Once the question is answered, invite another child up to choose a question and a person to answer. Continue until time runs out.
What better way to teach the children about baptism and baptismal covenants, than to invite wonderful men in your ward that serve and do so many things to keep their baptismal covenants. And it would work great for Father’s Day!
I hope you enjoy this week’s lesson, and are able to use it in your Primary. I would love to hear if you use the idea. What question do you think would be great to ask the men? Let me know by leaving me a comment below.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!