Sharing Time Idea from the 2017 Outline
Identify the doctrine (singing a song): Sing the ninth verse and the chorus of “Follow the Prophet” (CS, 110–11). Invite the children to listen for reasons we follow the prophet. Have the children say together, “I am blessed when I choose to follow the prophet.”
Encourage understanding (acting out scripture stories): Tell the children the story of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath (see 1 Kings 17:8–16), and invite the children to act it out with you. For example: “The Lord told the prophet Elijah to go to a city called Zarephath (walk in place). When he got to the city, he saw a woman gathering sticks (pretend to pick up sticks).Elijah asked the woman to give him a drink (pretend to give someone a drink) and a piece of bread. The woman told Elijah that she had only a little flour and oil to make bread for her son (shake head no). Elijah told her to make some bread for him first and God would give her more flour and oil. The woman obeyed Elijah (pretend to knead bread). She had enough flour and oil to make bread for many days (pretend to eat).” Repeat the activity with the stories of Mose and the brazen serpent (see Numbers 21:5–9) and Nephi and the brass plates (see 1 Nephi 3–4; 5:21–22). Ask the children to share how the people in the stories were blessed because they followed the prophet’s counsel.
Encourage application (discussing the prophet’s teachings): Ask the children, “Who is our prophet today?” Show a picture of the current President of the Church. Explain that he was called by God. Have the children discuss in small groups how they can follow him. Ask a few children from each group to share their ideas. Invite the children to choose one way they can follow the prophet during the week. Create a reminder for them to take home and share with their families. Remind the children that they can hear the prophet’s words during general conference, and encourage them to watch or listen to conference with their families. The week following general conference, ask some of the children to share experiences they had as they listened to the prophet and followed his teachings.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
Sorry this is so late! I actually was just going to skip this week because I have been so busy, and then I got sick, but my sister, Shannon, came to the rescue! I was on the phone with her yesterday and we started talking about Sharing Time, I told her an idea I was kind of thinking of, but didn’t have it all together. She told me she’d think about it and call me back. She called me back last night with an amazing idea! So here it is, hope you like it.
.Sheena (and I) have been very busy this week. I have to teach sharing time on Sunday so we put our heads together and came up with a fun and easy matching game for this week’s idea.
I am Blessed When I Choose to Follow the Prophet
Before sharing time, you will need to download, print and cut out the road sign printables found at the bottom of the post. We found the road sign clip art here. You will also need to gather the following gospel art pictures.
If you have (or have ever seen) one of the discontinued gospel art kits in the blue box, you know that the great thing about those kits are the stories and scripture references on the back of each picture. You can now download those stories from the media library at LDS.org. Click on each picture name below to be taken directly to that picture in the media library. Click on ‘Gospel Art Kit Story’ found below the picture to download that picture’s story. Please be aware that some pictures don’t have a pdf of the story. 🙁 I know it is sad, but that is what the scriptures are for.
Begin your sharing time by…
explaining to the children that we have road signs to help us as we drive. Road signs help us find our destination by informing us of danger or changes ahead. Road signs are very important. If we read and obey road signs, we will be safe. If we disobey road signs, we could be lost or hurt. Road signs are like our prophets. Heavenly Father has given us prophets to help keep us safe. Prophets help us stay on the right path back to Heavenly Father by teaching us and warning us of danger. If we choose to follow the prophets, we will be blessed.
How to play the game
I have included several ways to play the game. Each primary has different needs so one idea might work well for one primary but not another. You may not have time to match up all eight of the stories and road signs. Feel free to choose a few of your favorites to discuss rather than all of them.
Idea 1: Place the road signs on the left side of the chalkboard and the gospel pictures on the right side of the chalkboard. Have a child come to the front and choose a picture. Ask if they know the story depicted in the picture. If they do, have them briefly tell the story to the other children. If they do not, briefly tell all the children the story. Then have the child (or all the children) decide which road sign applies to the story. For example: the story of David & Goliath will go with the ‘Falling Rocks’ sign, and Noah and the Ark matches the ‘Sailing’ sign. 😉 You can find the answer key below. Point out to the children how the people in the scripture story were blessed for following the prophet. Continue having the children take turns trying to find matches until all the stories and signs are matched up.
Idea 2: Place the road signs on the left side of the chalkboard and the gospel pictures on the right side of the chalkboard. Before playing the game, briefly review the stories depicted in each picture with the children. Then have a child or two come to the front and try to match a road sign with a picture. Point out to the children how the people in the scripture story were blessed for following the prophet. Continue having the children take turns trying to find matches until all the stories and signs are matched up.
Idea 3: Place the road signs on the left side of the chalkboard and the gospel pictures on the right side of the chalkboard. Divide the children into 8 groups and give each group a set of clues (found below). The clues are clues to one of the scripture stories and the matching road sign. Allow the groups a few minutes to read their clues and decide which picture and road sign their clues are for. After all the groups have decided which picture and sign their clues are for, have them sit back in their seats. Have someone from group one come to the front and match up the picture and road sign. Discuss how the people in the scripture story were blessed for following the prophet. Continue with the other groups until all the stories and signs are matched up.
Close your sharing time by…
expressing to the children that you know that we are blessed when we choose to follow the prophet. You can share a personal experience of a time you were blessed because you followed the prophet or have a child share such an experience.
I know you have been waiting for the printables so here they are! I hope you enjoy them.
I want to thank Shannon for this amazing idea, and for taking the time to help me out (hey, that’s what sisters are for, right?). I hope you enjoy Shannon’s ‘Follow the Prophet’ Sharing Time idea, and are able to use it for your lesson. I would love to hear if you use it, so leave a comment letting me know.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!