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 17:2–418:1–17); Jonah (Jonah 1–3); the Anti-Nephi-Lehies burying their swords (Alma 23:4–1824:6–19). 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).

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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!

LDS Repentance Sharing Time

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.)

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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.

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ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING

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!

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OTHER IDEAS

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.

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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.

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You can also view all of my previous ‘Repentance’ ideas, in my Sharing Time Index, HERE!

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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.

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11 thoughts on “{Sharing Time} Repentance Brings Forgiveness: June 2016

  1. Jamie Pearson

    I did the chocolate syrup object lesson today and the kids loved it. thank you so much for your idea

    1. littleldsideas Post author

      Thanks, Jamie! I’m so glad to hear that it went well. I know it was always a hit when I did it, but I know that every Primary is different. 🙂

  2. Karina

    I would definitely use this idea for next week!!! Thanks for sharing your ideas, love each of them!!!!

  3. Sarah

    thank goodness for your great ideas because that is not a talent of mine!! Keep up the awesome work…. please!

  4. Julie

    do you happen to have a list of clues you used for the pictures about those that repented?? TIA

  5. Gina A

    Today I am doing June Week 2 and since I am new to the Ward and new to Primary I am going to go around and if I know the kids name I will say it, if I don’t know I will say, “I’m sorry, I don’t know your name. Will you forgive me?” and then I’ll ask them their name. I will have the whole primary count how many times I have to say “I’m sorry” and when I am done I will ask them how many times I had to say it, then I’ll ask them how many times can we tell our Heavenly Father that we are sorry… going on to relate it to repentance and that we can always be forgiven of our sins when we repent.

    Thought I would share incase anyone else is new to their Primary. Good way to get to know the kids AND teach a Gospel Principle!!

    1. Gina A

      Also, after I learn all the kids names we will be doing your idea about covering the kids in syrup – but instead of Chocolate Syrup I will be using Strawberry and then having one of the kids read Isaiah 1:18 🙂

  6. Jenny Olsen

    I used the “Sin Spots” lesson and the children and I had so much fun! They were attentive and truly trying to figure out the symbolism of my spots. You are my go to site for primary sharing time. Thank you so much.

    1. littleldsideas Post author

      I love the ‘sin spots’ lesson. I actually brought up that lesson tonight during scup tire study. 😊 I’m so glad that it went well. Thanks so much for letting me know and for the kind words.

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