Sharing Time Idea from the 2016 Outline
Encourage understanding: Read together the title of the Book of Mormon from the title page. Read the following scriptures aloud, and have the children raise their hands when they hear other names of the Savior: 2 Nephi 19:6; Alma 5:38; 3 Nephi 5:26. As the children identify the titles, write them on the board. Choose several titles, and explain how the Savior fulfills those roles.
Encourage application: Give each child a bookmark with the sentence “The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ” written on it. Invite them to decorate the bookmark and use it in their scriptures. Consider having several children report on their goal to establish a habit of regular scripture study (see January, week 2). You could invite them to share their feelings about scripture passages they have read.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
I decided to use Alma 5:38 to create a Sharing Time activity for this week’s Sharing Time. The scripture talks about Jesus Christ being the Good Shepherd, so I decided to create some sheep that have the scripture reference and the names of Christ on them. The children will be searching for sheep as they discuss the names of Jesus Christ found in the Book of Mormon. Enjoy!
To begin your Sharing Time, show the children the cover of the Book of Mormon and point out that it says, “Another Testament of Jesus Christ”. Ask if anyone knows what that means. I think it’s important to explain that to the children, especially Jr. Primary. You can then show them the title page, and read a little from it.
Explain to the children that the Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ, and that we can read teachings and stories about Him. Explain to the children that Jesus Christ was known by many different names. One of them was ‘The Good Shepherd’. There is a great video on LDS.org that you could show to the children. It’s only about 1 minute long. You can view it, HERE! If you don’t want to set up a video, you could always show the children a picture, and then tell them WHY Christ was called ‘The Good Shepherd’.
Names of Christ Sheep Activity
I thought instead of reading the scriptures and having the children listen for the names of Christ, I would create a fun ‘searching’ game. Since you discussed Christ being ‘The Good Shepherd’, I thought it was very fitting to have the children search for sheep.
These adorable little sheep are from Magic Pixels Studio on Etsy. I thought they were perfect for this Sharing Time activity! I created 2 different sets of sheep. One set has the scripture references from the 2016 Outline, and the other set has the names of Christ given in the scriptures (I hope I didn’t miss any). You could play this several different ways, here are a few ideas.
You could print out my scripture reference sheep, and cut them out. Before Primary, hide the sheep around the room. Invite a child up to the front and have them search for one of the sheep. When the sheep is found have them read the scripture aloud and have everyone listen for a name of the Savior. As the children identify the titles, write them on the board. Choose several titles, and explain how the Savior fulfills those roles.
Another Idea, this would be great for Jr. Primary, is to have the sheep with the names of Christ hidden around the room. Invite children up one at a time to find one of the sheep. Discuss the name, and read the scripture where the name is found. You could even have a picture of Christ, and post the sheep around the picture as they find the sheep.
One more way that you could play this! You will be splitting the children into 2 groups. Each group will have their own set of sheep (the sheep with names). Split a chalkboard or whiteboard into 2 sections, one for each team.
Have the children sit in their groups, and explain that you are going to post or write a scripture reference onto the board. They are going to have to hurry and find the scripture, and then read it aloud. They will then need to find the matching name that goes with the scripture that they read. Once they have found the name(s), they will have to go and post the sheep on the board in their section.
When both teams have posted their sheep, discuss the scripture and the name listed in the scripture. Continue by posting/writing a new scripture onto the board and repeat the activity. I would probably do 2 Nephi 19:6 last, since it lists multiple names. 🙂
To end your Sharing Time, give each child their very own bookmark, found HERE. Invite the children to take them home and color them, unless you have time for them to do that during Primary. You could also give them a reading chart to track every time they read their scriptures. Throughout the month consider having several children report on their goal to establish a habit of regular scripture study. You could invite them to share their feelings about scripture passages they have read.
I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time idea. If I create a fun scripture reading chart, I will be sure to share it. 🙂 I would love to hear if you use my idea, and how it goes.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!