Sharing Time Idea from the 2015 Outline
Introduce the doctrine: Write on the board Doctrine and Covenants 63:9: “But, behold, faith cometh not by signs, but signs follow those that believe.” Explain that the word signs in this scripture can also mean miracles.Have the children stand and read the scripture aloud together. Point out the word faith. Explain that miracles are not always dramatic events and that we must first have faith, and then we will recognize miracles in our lives. Also explain that even though we have faith, we will still experience sorrow, pain, and suffering, but God is aware of our needs and will care for us.
Encourage understanding: Tell in your own words the story of Moses asking Pharaoh to let God’s people go out of Egypt (Exodus 7–10). Before beginning the story, invite the children to practice making sounds or actions to go with some of the plagues. For example, the children could move their arms and make a sound like a river, scratch all over to represent lice, moo like a cow, or moan to represent the boils. Have the children listen closely as you tell the story. Tell them that when you raise your hand they can make the sound or movement to represent the plague you are telling about, and when you lower your hand they should stop. After you tell about each plague, tell the children that Pharaoh still refused to let the people go. Pharaoh saw many miracles and signs, but he would not believe in God. Contrast this story with an example where faith produced a miracle (for example, Elijah and the widow of Zarephath, Daniel and the lions, the brother of Jared, or Nephi and Lehi in prison). If time allows, let the children come up with actions that go along with the story.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
When preparing a Sharing Time Idea, I usually search on LDS.org. Every now and then I’ll ‘google’ the Sharing Time theme and see what pops up. For this week’s lesson I searched a little on LDS.org and then decided to ‘Google’ the theme. I came across Sophia’s Primary Ideas blog and read through her ideas. I’m so glad I stopped by her blog because she had several ideas for week 4, but there was one in particular that I loved!
She had the idea of using President Monson’s story, “The Five Dollar Miracle” as part of Sharing Time. I love that story, and I LOVED the idea, so I decided to use her great idea and created my own. Thanks Sophia! You always have great ideas. 🙂
For this Sharing Time you will need several pairs of pants or use my Pants printable at the end of this post.
To begin your Sharing Time do the ‘Introduce the Doctrine’ section from the outline. Instead of writing the reference on the board, you could also place the scripture reference under a chair and have the children find it.
Have the child read the scripture aloud and then explain that the word signs in this scripture can also mean miracles.Have the children stand and read the scripture aloud together. Point out the word faith. Explain that miracles are not always dramatic events and that we must first have faith, and then we will recognize miracles in our lives. Also explain that even though we have faith, we will still experience sorrow, pain, and suffering, but God is aware of our needs and will care for us.
After you have completed the ‘Introduce the Doctrine’ share President Monson’s ‘Five Dollar Miracle’ story with the children.
Discuss the story with the children. Explain to them that President Monson had faith.
At the front of the room have your jeans hanging on a clothes line (children’s jeans would work great). If you use the paper pants have them on a string and attach it to a chalkboard. If you have mini clothes pins that would be a great way to hang them onto your string…and it would be really cute.
In the pockets of each pair of pants have a scripture reference or a number that represents a scripture story and some questions that goes with that scripture story. Here are some scripture stories you could use:
Moses Asking Pharaoh to let God’s people go out of Egypt (Exodus 7–10)
Daniel In the Lions’ Den (Daniel 6)
The Brother of Jared (Ether 3:1-16)
There are other stories found in the Outline, listed above.
Explain to the children that because President Monson had faith, he was blessed and witnessed a miracle…finding the $5 in his pants even after they were washed. Tell the children that we can find other people who have witnessed miracles in their lives. We can read about them in the scriptures. Show the children the clothes line with jeans. Tell the children that inside each of the pockets we won’t find $5, but we will find scripture stories where people witnessed miracles. Today we are going to learn about these stories and the faithful people that were blessed.
There are several ways you could play this. Here are a few options.
Sharing Time Idea #1:
At the front of the room have your pants with scripture references in one pocket and the questions in the other. Have each pair of pants labeled with a number. Below the pants or on another board have a picture for each scripture story.
Invite a child up to the front and have them roll a die or have them pick a number out of a container. Have them show you the number and then have them go to the pair of pants with the matching number and have them pull out the scripture reference from the pocket.
Read the scripture aloud. Then have them guess which picture matches the scripture story they just heard. Have them place the picture below the pants it belongs to. Then have them reach into the other pocket and pull out the question. Read the question aloud and have the children answer.
Continue by choosing another child and have them roll the die or pick a number. Continue until all stories have been read or until time runs out.
Sharing Time Idea #2:
For this idea you will be playing ‘Who Am I’. Again, have your pants at the front of the room and have them labeled with a number. On another board have pictures to represent each of the scriptures. Inside the pockets have several clues about each story (4-5 clues) typed onto pieces of paper.
Invite a child to come to the front and roll a die, pick a number or just pick a pair of pants. Have them reach into the pocket and pick out one clue. Have them read the clue aloud. If they know which scripture/picture the clue belongs to have them go choose the picture and show it to the children. If not, have them pick another clue (you can also pick another child to come up). Continue reading clues until the correct picture is chosen.
Read the story to the children and then discuss it. Explain that the people in the story had faith.
Sharing Time Idea #3:
You could also split the children into groups/classes. Invite each group to pick a pair of pants. Inside one of the pockets have a scripture reference and in the other pocket have questions. Have the children read the scripture and discuss the questions. Have pictures for each scripture at the front of the room. Have the children pick which picture they think belongs to their group. After everyone has read their scriptures and answered the questions, invite them to come to the front and share their scripture story with the rest of the Primary.
Sharing Time #4:
Here’s an easy idea that would work for Jr. Primary. Have your pants hanging up. In each pocket place a number, this number will represent a picture that will be posted on another board in the Primary room. Have your board with the pictures at the front of the room and label each one with a number.
Invite a child to come up to the front and pick a pair of pants. Have them reach into the pocket and get the number out of the pocket. Have them look at the number and then have them go over to the pictures and pick the one that has the matching number. Have them bring the picture to you and have them stand in front and show it to the other children. Read the story aloud to everyone. You could use the idea from the outline and have them create actions for the story. Then have them do the actions as you read the story.
To close testify that if we have faith in Jesus Christ, we can experience miracles as the people of Christ’s time did.
If you need help finding questions for the scripture stories look on lds.org. Just search the scripture story and then click on Manuals. There are great questions in the Primary manuals.
Do you like the Pants idea? Need some pants?
I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time Idea. I have to say ‘Thank You’ again to Sophia for the great idea. Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!
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