Jesus Christ taught me the right way to live: Sharing Time Idea for Weeks 2 & 3 of April 2012

Sharing Time Idea from the 2012 Primary Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (singing a song): Sing “Choose the right way” (CS, 160-61), and ask half of the children to listen for how we can be happy and the other half to listen for what will help us and show us the way.  Discuss what the children learned from the song.

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING
 (playing a guessing game and reading scriptures): Prepare wordstrips containing the following words and scripture references: 

– hunger (Matthew 5:6)
– shine (Matthew 5:16)
– love (Matthew 5:44)
– pray (Matthew 6:6)

Show a picture of the Sermon on the Mount.  Explain that Jesus went up on a mountain to teach His disciples; the things He taught are now called the Sermon on the Mount.  Show one of the wordstrips to half of the children, and ask them to act out the word for the other children to guess.  Read the corresponding scripture together, and help the children understand what Christ taught and how we can follow His example.  Repeat with the other words and scriptures.

ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (discussing case studies): On four pieces of paper write the following teachings of Jesus:
(1) Hunger and thirst after righteousness
(2) Let your light shine
(3) Love your enemies
(4) Pray to Heavenly Father

(Consider using pictures that illustrate these teachings for younger children.)  Display the papers in different areas of the room.  Prepare case studies (see TNGC, 161-62) that help the children understand how to apply these teachings.  For example, “Someone at school is teasing you and calling you names.  What would you do?”  Review the scriptures from a guessing game described above, and point out that the papers displayed around the room correspond to the scriptures.  Read a case study to the children, and invite them to stand and face the paper with the teaching that would help them choose the right.  Ask a few children to share what choice they would make.


Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
I hope all of you are having a wonderful week. We finally made it back from our vacation, and are getting back to normal. We had a blast! It was so good to go back home and see friends and family.

I have an idea for you today that will be great for this Sunday’s Sharing Time. I saw an idea on lds.org from March 1984 ‘Friend’ magazine (Sharing Time: Eternal Treasures, “The Friend’ Mar. 1984).
For this Sharing Time you will compare the teachings from the Sermon on the Mount to a treasure. Here is what was in ‘The Friend’:
Do you ever wish that you had a lot of money? People often think that money or possessions will make them happy. Jesus gave us something more valuable than earthly treasures. He taught us how we should live.
After Jesus told His disciples to follow Him, He taught them what they could do to be like Him. He went up on a mountain near the Sea of Galilee and gave a sermon. The truths He taught the people then can help us today too.”

At the front of the room you will have an empty treasure chest. You will also need some treasure. Here are some jewels that came from this Sharing Time idea

You can use the jewels above or make your own. Next you will have the children go on a ‘Treasure Hunt’. Have a child find a jewel and as they find each one read the scripture aloud.
You could also combine this with the idea from the outline by having the child that found the jewel act out the key word from that scripture.
As they find the scriptures have them place the jewels inside the chest.

For the next activity you will need 4 more treasure chests, boxes, or any container. You will also need to label each box with one of the phrases: 
(1) Hunger and thirst after righteousness

(2) Let your light shine
(3) Love your enemies
(4) Pray to Heavenly Father


On several jewels have different scenarios. Scenarios could be:
“Someone at school is teasing you and calling you names.  What would you do?”
“Your friend doesn’t choose you to be on his team.”
“You tell the store clerk she has accidentally given you too much change.”
“You defend a classmate who is being teased.”
“When someone in a group starts to tell an unclean story, you leave”
“There is a big test at school coming up. You’ve studied, but are still really nervous.”

Have the jewels scattered around the room, in a bag, inside of balloons, underneath chairs, etc. Have the children take turns finding a jewel and then reading the scenario. After they have read the scenario have them answer what they would do and then place it inside the appropriate treasure chest.

Another game option:
To go along with the song, “Choose the Right Way”, you could have everyone sit in a circle. Have the treasure boxes on the floor in the middle. Have the jewels scattered on the floor around the chests. Have the pianist begin playing the song. As you sing have the children pass a ‘Jewel’ around. When the music stops have the child who is holding the jewel pick a jewel on the floor. Read the scenario and then have them place it in the appropriate box.


This idea is very similar to the idea given in the outline with just a little twist. I think the children will have a great time learning about the teachings of Jesus Christ as they go on their Treasure Hunt.
That’s all I have today. Have a wonderful week and a great Sharing Time!!

Sheena

Hi! I’m Sheena, the blogger behind Little LDS Ideas. I love sharing LDS Ideas and printables to help make your life and calling a little bit easier. I am a mother to 4 and a wife to one amazing guy. In addition to being busy with blogging and being a wife/mother, I am also in school. Studying and homework keeps me busy, but I love it. Thanks so much for stopping by! ♥

Sheena

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Comments

  1. Thank you so much for this! I LOVE the jewels and treasure chest idea!

  2. I really like the treasure chest idea! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Anonymous

    Darling! Thank you!!!

  4. Anonymous

    Thank you for the great idea!!

  5. thank you for sharing!!!

  6. Thank you for sharing!