Sharing Time Ideas from the 2015 Outline

Encourage understanding and application: Bring four boxes wrapped as gifts. Each box should contain a picture or object representing one of the following events and a piece of paper with an explanation of the blessing or gift it portrays:

  • Event: Jesus’s birth; gift: “Heavenly Father gave His Only Begotten Son to be our Savior.”
  • Event: the Sermon on the Mount; gift: “Jesus Christ taught us how to live righteously.”
  • Event: Jesus praying in Gethsemane; gift: “Jesus Christ made it possible for us to be saved from sin.”
  • Event: the Resurrection; gift: “Jesus Christ made it possible for us to be resurrected.”

Have a different child unwrap each box, and discuss how we are blessed by each of the gifts.

Encourage application: Discuss ways to give gifts to the Savior by serving others and showing love to them (see Matthew 25:40). Give each child a piece of paper and invite them to write or draw one gift they will give the Savior. Then have them fold the paper in half and decorate the outside like a gift.

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Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

I really like the idea given in the outline. I mean, what child wouldn’t LOVE to open a gift. What a great way to teach the children that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the World. But I have just a few ideas you could use to add a little something else to your Sharing Time. Enjoy!

December 2015 Sharing Time Ideas

I wanted to add a little bit to the beginning of Sharing Time, so I went searching on LDS.org. I came across a Sharing Time from 2006 and liked it. I’m changing it up, just a bit, to fit this week’s theme. You can find the original idea, HERE (idea #3).

Before Sharing Time

You will need:

Bring five boxes wrapped as gifts. Each box should contain a picture or object representing one of the following events and a piece of paper with an explanation of the blessing or gift it portrays:

  • Event: Jesus’s birth; gift: “Heavenly Father gave His Only Begotten Son to be our Savior.”
  • Event: the Sermon on the Mount; gift: “Jesus Christ taught us how to live righteously.”
  • Event: Jesus praying in Gethsemane; gift: “Jesus Christ made it possible for us to be saved from sin.”
  • Event: the Resurrection; gift: “Jesus Christ made it possible for us to be resurrected.”
  • The fifth present will have a set of scriptures inside with a bookmark placed at John 3:16.

You will also need to invite a member of the bishopric or branch presidency to visit Primary. Tell the Bishopric member that he will be bringing in your gift that has the set of scriptures inside. Explain that he will invite a child up to the front to reveal the gift he has brought and read it aloud. Then he will share the story of the Birth of Christ (read or in his own words).

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To Begin Sharing Time

When the children enter the room, tell them that a special guest will be visiting Primary, but explain that you don’t know exactly when he will arrive. Invite them to choose a favorite Christmas song to sing while they wait.

Tell the children that Heavenly Father promised to send a Savior to the world. The people waited and waited for the Savior and didn’t know exactly when He would come. One of the signs that Jesus was born was a new star. Sing “There Was Starlight on the Hillside” (p. 40) or another Christmas song. Continue singing songs until the guest arrives.

Have him bring a set of scriptures wrapped as a gift and tell the children that gifts are not always things that we can hold in our hands. Gifts can be things such as stories and songs. Invite a child to unwrap the gift. The scriptures will have a bookmark at John 3:16. Have the guest ask the children what they think Heavenly Father’s gift to the world was. Invite a child to read the scripture. Have the guest tell the children that he wants to share the story of how Heavenly Father gave the gift of His Son to the world. Have the pianist softly play “Silent Night” (Hymns,no. 204) one octave higher while the guest reads Luke 2:1–20. Thank the bishopric or branch presidency member for his gift of a story.

After the guest leaves, explain that he had promised to come visit them and that he kept his promise. In the same way, Heavenly Father promised to send His Son; Heavenly Father kept His promise. Just as the guest visited Primary, Jesus Christ visited the earth. Just as the guest brought the gift of a sacred story, Jesus gave us many gifts that we are blessed with.

Place the remaining 4 gifts on a table at the front of the room and explain to the children that inside each of the boxes is a picture or object that represents a blessing or gift from our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Invite a child up to the front to open the first gift. Ask if anyone knows what it might represent. Discuss how we are blessed by that particular gift.

You could also invite 4 children up at the same time. Have each one open it and hold up their object. Then one by one discuss the object and how we are blessed by that particular gift.

To close your Sharing Time, I really like the idea given in the outline.

“Discuss ways to give gifts to the Savior by serving others and showing love to them (see Matthew 25:40). Give each child a piece of paper and invite them to write or draw one gift they will give the Savior. Then have them fold the paper in half and decorate the outside like a gift.”

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Another idea you could do…print out several ornaments and invite the children to write a gift they will give to Jesus Christ this month or during the week. Have a small tree or cut one out of green paper and attach it to a bulletin board or chalkboard, and invite the children to come place their ‘gift’ ornaments on the tree.

Ask them to remember their gift and to try really hard to do it. Tell them that you will ask them how it went next Sunday. You could even keep the tree and place it in the Primary room next week for the children to see and report how they did.

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I hope you like this week’s Sharing Time idea, and are able to use it for your own Primary.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time.

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2 thoughts on “{Sharing Time} Jesus Christ is the Savior of the World

  1. Jamie Spalding

    I absolutely LOVE this sharing time idea and am planning to do it tomorrow. Thank you for the time and effort you put into creating it!

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