Sharing Time Idea from the 2018 Outline
Identify the doctrine (seeing pictures and playing a game): Show a picture of the living prophet. Ask several children to take a turn leading the Primary in a simple action such as hopping or clapping their hands. Point to the picture of the prophet and explain that he is the President of the Church and we should follow what he asks us to do. Ask: “Who does the prophet follow?” Show a picture of Jesus Christ, and explain that the prophet works under His direction.
Encourage understanding (discussing the prophet’s teachings): Show the children the most recent conference issue of the Ensign or Liahona. Explain that at general conference, the prophet teaches us what Jesus Christ wants us to do. Select sentences from the prophet’s talks, and invite children to read them aloud. Together, make a list of things the children could do to follow the prophet.
Encourage application (drawing a picture): Give each child a piece of paper. Invite them to fold it in half. Ask them to draw a picture of the prophet on one half of the paper and to write or draw one way they will follow the prophet on the other half. Invite the children to stand and hold their pictures as they sing the chorus to “Follow the Prophet” (CS, 110–11).
For week 2, teach the children about something the prophet has taught in a recent general conference. As you plan the activities you will use, think about how you will identify the prophet’s teaching and help the children understand it and apply it in their lives.
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For this week’s idea the children will be learning that as we listen to the words of the Prophet and Apostles, we will be blessed with Spiritual Treasures with a fun “treasure hunt” Sharing Time activity idea.
May 2018 Sharing Time Ideas
Begin your Sharing Time Idea by playing “Follow the Leader” or another similar game as explained in the “Identify the Doctrine” section of the outline.
After this activity, show the children a picture of President Nelson. Point to the picture of the prophet and explain that President Nelson is the President of the Church and we should follow what he asks us to do. You could then ask: “Who does the prophet follow?” Show a picture of Jesus Christ to the children, and explain that the prophet works under His direction.
Treasures from our Prophet: Conference Quote Gems
At the front of the room have a treasure chest (you can make one out of a box). Ask the children what happened a few weeks ago. If they need some help, show them a few pictures as hints (pictures of temple square, conference center, etc.) Show the children the most recent conference issue of the Ensign or Liana and explain that a few weeks ago people all over the world listened to the prophet, and other leaders of the church, at General Conference.
So, what does General Conference and treasure have in common? Let’s find out! Invite a child to come to the front and open it up. When the child opens the treasure chest they will find that it is empty. Explain to the children that a few weeks ago we had the opportunity to hear from our prophet. The words of the prophet are like a ‘treasure’, but if we don’t listen to his words and follow what our prophet says, then that treasure is lost!
The words we hear from our Prophet at General Conference are very important and we should do our best to listen to what our Prophet says. When you listen to President Nelson speak how does it make you feel? It makes me feel really good, like I have just found a hidden treasure!
Today we are going to dig for buried treasure: Conference Quote Gems, and talk about just a few of these wonderful “Treasures” that our prophet has left for us.
How To Play:
Before Primary, prayerfully read through the talks from the last General Conference, and select 4-6 quotes that you feel you should use for your lesson. Print out my Conference Quote Gems (printable below) and cut out each gem. Type up the quotes that you have selected onto a piece of paper and number each quote. If you have room, you can also write each quote onto the back of each gem.
Fill-up a large storage bin or box with packaging peanuts, shredded paper, or rice (I think shredded paper would work great). Once the bin is filled, “bury” your gems inside.
To play, invite a child to the front of the room, and have them ‘dig’ for a General Conference Quote Gem. When the child has found a gem, have the child read the quote aloud or have them tell you what number is on the gem, and then you read the matching quote from your paper. After you, or the child, have read the quote, ask the children what the prophet is asking us to do.
At the front of the room have a picture of President Nelson. After the child has read the quote have them tape the “treasure” around the picture. You could write a word that represents the quote onto the jewel and have them place the jewel by the picture. Once all the treasure has been found and all the quotes have been read go over a few and encourage the children to follow the Prophet. Remind the children that when we hear the words of the Prophet they are like ‘Spiritual Treasures’.
Another Way To Play
In addition to “digging” for buried treasure, you could also have it a matching game. After you have selected your quotes from the April 2018 General Conference talks, find a picture or item that represents each quote. After the child has read the quote, have them guess which picture or item is matches and have them place the gem beside the picture/item.
Once all the gems have been found, go over each gem and decide what things the children could do to follow the prophet.
This topic covers 2 weeks, but I think you could easily have a treasure hunt two weeks in a row. That way more children would have the opportunity to “dig” for General Conference Quote Gems.
Some of you asked for “blank” gems, so here is a sheet of my colored gems that do not have the “quote” on each one. Enjoy!
I hope you enjoy my May 2018 Sharing Time Idea and plan to use it for your Sharing Time lesson. I would love to hear if you do, so leave a comment letting me know, or snap a picture of you preparing and tag me on Instagram!
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!
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