Sharing Time Idea from the 2016 Outline
Introduce the doctrine: Invite the children to open their scriptures and read Doctrine and Covenants 58:42–43. Ask them to identify what happens when we repent of our sins. (If possible, invite the children to mark these verses in their scriptures.) Briefly tell the children about Enos (see Enos 1:1–4), and have a child read Enos 1:5–8. Testify that the Atonement of Christ makes it possible for us to be forgiven of our sins.
Encourage understanding: Explain that people who have repented and have been forgiven of their sins have a desire to serve God. Divide the children into three groups, and give each group one of the following pictures and scripture references: Alma baptizing in the Waters of Mormon (Mosiah 17:2–4; 18:1–17); Jonah (Jonah 1–3); the Anti-Nephi-Lehies burying their swords (Alma 23:4–18; 24:6–19). Explain that these stories tell about people who repented of their sins and served the Lord. Ask each group to review the scriptures and prepare and present a role play showing how these people repented and then served the Lord (by teaching the gospel, serving a mission, and refusing to fight).
Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas
Here is my Sharing Time idea for June week 2. I am sharing a great lesson idea that will be easy to put together, but that the children will enjoy. I am also sharing some previous ideas that I have used in the past. Enjoy!
REPENTANCE BRINGS FORGIVENESS
Begin your Sharing Time by inviting the children to open their scriptures and read Doctrine and Covenants 58:42–43. Ask them to identify what happens when we repent of our sins. (If possible, invite the children to mark these verses in their scriptures.)
Object Lesson Ideas
This would be a great time for an object lesson to further help the children understand ‘Repentance’. There are several ideas you could use to do this. One idea is something I did years ago. I invited a child up and had them stand behind a table. On the table I had a towel, a bowl of water, soap, and some chocolate syrup. I asked the child to hold up their hands and show the other children how clean they were. I then shared several ‘wrong choice’ experiences about the child with the primary children. After each scenario, I added a little bit of chocolate syrup. By the end the child’s hands were covered in chocolate syrup.
I then asked the other children if the child’s hands were clean now. NO! We discussed repentance as the child cleaned their hands in the bowl of water.
There is also THIS great object lesson using salt and pepper. I think the children would LOVE this one!
And you could always use THIS object lesson that I have done in the past. You will come into the Primary room with ‘sin spots’! The children really enjoyed this when I did this, and they couldn’t believe all the things that I had done! 😉
After your object lesson, briefly tell the children about Enos (see Enos 1:1–4), and have a child read Enos 1:5–8 or show the children a picture and tell the scripture account in your own words. Testify that the Atonement of Christ makes it possible for us to be forgiven of our sins.
For the next part of your lesson, I have an activity in mind. Before Primary get a picture of each scripture story give in the outline: Alma baptizing in the Waters of Mormon, Jonah, and the Anti-Nephi-Lehies burying their swords. Place each of the pictures in different places in the Primary room. You could have one picture on one wall, the other on the opposite wall, and the last picture near the back of the room. And to throw them off, you could throw a ‘wrong’ picture into the mix. 🙂
To begin, point out the pictures that you have displayed, and tell the children what each of the pictures is. Explain that these stories tell about people who repented of their sins and served the Lord. Tell the children that you are going to begin reading clues about one of the stories. If they know what story you are describing, get up and go stand by the picture.
Once you have finished reading your clues, reveal the correct picture. You could then invite a child to read the scripture or you could. Then continue by reading the next set of clues for the next picture.
The children always enjoy this activity. It encourages them to listen and to think about what they’re hearing, AND they get to move around!
Still looking for ideas? No problem! I have a lot of Sharing Time Ideas based on Repentance. I have a great lesson idea that focuses on the Anti-Nephi-Lehies.
You can view my ‘Will you Bury Your Sword’ sharing time idea, HERE! The children will be playing a matching game with cards that have different ‘wrong choice’ phrases. The children will take turns flipping over cards to reveal the wrong choices. Once a match is found invite the child to share ways they can choose the right (right the wrong) and then “bury” their swords by crumpling their papers, throwing them away, or have them place them in a box with a hole in the top.
I hope you enjoy this weeks’ Sharing Time ideas that I shared with you today. I would love to hear what you decide to do, so leave me a comment.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time.