{Primary} January 2017 Weeks 1 & 2: Agency Is the Gift to Choose For Ourselves

Sharing Time Idea from the 2017 Outline

Identify the doctrine (playing a guessing game): Tell the children that you are thinking of a word, and give them clues to help them guess the word. Ask them to raise their hands when they know the answer. Clues could include the following: We had this before we came to earth. It is a gift from our Heavenly Father. It is an important part of Heavenly Father’s plan for us. Satan wanted to take it from us. We use it when we make choices. It is a gift that lets us choose for ourselves. It starts with the letter A. After the children have guessed the answer, say together, “Agency is the gift to choose for ourselves.”

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Encourage understanding (seeing and discussing an object lesson): Show the children a stick that has the word choice written on one end and the word consequences written on the other end. Explain that a consequence is what naturally happens because of a choice we make; for example, if we choose to practice playing a musical instrument, we will get better at it, and if we choose to touch fire, we will be burned. Pick up the stick and show the children that every time you pick up the stick, you get both the choice and the consequence of that choice. Ask an older child to read 2 Nephi 2:27. Invite the other children to listen for what the consequences are for making the right choice (liberty and eternal life) and what the consequences are for making the wrong choice (captivity and misery).

Help the children understand that when we make good choices, it leads to freedom and happiness, and when we make wrong choices, it leads to captivity and unhappiness.

Invite two children to come to the front of the room, and let each child hold one end of the stick. Ask the child holding the “choice” end to give an example of a good choice (for example, speaking kindly to others). Ask the other child to share possible consequences of that choice (for example, making lasting friendships). Repeat with several other children.

Encourage understanding (learning scripture stories):During the first two weeks of the month, teach some stories from the scriptures that show how making right choices leads to freedom and happiness and how making bad choices leads to captivity and misery. Scripture stories you could use include the Savior and Satan (see Moses 4:1–4); Nephi and Laman and Lemuel (see 1 Nephi 2–4718); Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (see Daniel 3); or Alma and King Noah (see Mosiah 17–19). After teaching a story, invite two children to each hold one end of the “choice and consequences” stick. Ask one child to explain the choices made by those in the story and the other child to explain the consequences of those choices.

Encourage application (hearing a story): Place a picture of Jesus Christ on the board. Draw steps leading up to the picture. Draw a stick figure on a piece of paper, and place it at the bottom of the steps. Tell a short story about the choices a child might make during one day. For each choice, ask the children to show whether it is a good choice or a bad choice by standing up for a good choice and sitting down for a bad choice. For example: “Jane took a toy away from her baby brother, and he started crying. When Jane’s mother asked her why he was crying, Jane said she didn’t know.” For each good choice, move the stick figure up one step toward Jesus. Continue the story with other choices until the figure reaches the Savior. Discuss how good choices bring us happiness and help us move closer to the Lord.

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Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

The first week of January you will be splitting the idea between two weeks. Luckily, there is a lot in the outline that you can use between the two weeks. Today I am sharing a few ideas that you could use for your Sharing Time lesson. I hope you like what I share! 🙂

I really like the ideas for the Identify the Doctrine(guessing game) and Encourage Understanding (object lesson), and I think these two ideas would be perfect for the Week 1 lesson. There’s an idea that I found on Sugardoodle years ago, that I shared that would also be great to begin your Sharing Time lesson.

The idea is to have 3 jars up at the front of the room labeled ‘Jar #1,’ ‘Jar #2’ & ‘Jar #3’. Jars 2 & 3 need to be filled with items that would be appealing to the children. The first jar would be empty.
Invite a child up to the front and show him/her the jars. Then tell the child that they can choose anything they would like from Jar #1, and ONLY Jar #1. The child will probably look at you like you’re crazy….or mean haha.
From there you could go on to discuss agency and that “Agency is the gift to choose for ourselves.”
Show the children a stick that has the word choice written on one end and the word consequences written on the other end. Explain that a consequence is what naturally happens because of a choice we make; for example, if we choose to practice playing a musical instrument, we will get better at it, and if we choose to touch fire, we will be burned. Pick up the stick and show the children that every time you pick up the stick, you get both the choice and the consequence of that choice. Ask an older child to read 2 Nephi 2:27. Invite the other children to listen for what the consequences are for making the right choice (liberty and eternal life) and what the consequences are for making the wrong choice (captivity and misery).

Help the children understand that when we make good choices, it leads to freedom and happiness, and when we make wrong choices, it leads to captivity and unhappiness.

Invite two children to come to the front of the room, and let each child hold one end of the stick. Ask the child holding the “choice” end to give an example of a good choice (for example, speaking kindly to others). Ask the other child to share possible consequences of that choice (for example, making lasting friendships). Repeat with several other children.

Fortune Cookie Idea

When looking for ideas on Agency, I came across this Mormonad poster, and thought it might be kind of fun to incorporate fortune cookies with this Sharing Time idea. This would be great for the Week 2 portion of the topic, but you could use it for Week 1 as well.

If you use it for week 2, quickly remind the children what they learned during week 1. You could show them the stick again, and discuss ‘choice’ and ‘consequence’. Then show the children this poster.

Ask an older child to read 2 Nephi 2:27. Invite the other children to listen for what the consequences are for making the right choice (liberty and eternal life) and what the consequences are for making the wrong choice (captivity and misery).

Explain to the children today they are going to be choosing Agency Fortune Cookies. Inside each of the cookies is scenario that is either a good choice or a bad choice. For this activity I thought it would be fun to do a life-size board game, but you could also do the idea in the outline and create one on the chalkboard. Have the child come to the front and roll a die, that will determine how many spaces they will move forward OR backwards. Then have the child choose a fortune cookie and have them read it aloud. Continue doing this until they have reached the picture of Christ.

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Agency Fortune Cookies

Now that you know the idea, let’s talk about the fortune cookies. These fortune cookies are really easy to put together, and I am sharing some great tutorials to make it even easier.

First, you will need to print out my ‘Agency Fortune Cookie’ circles. You can also use scrapbook paper. Just cut or use a 3.5″ paper punch. I did use a 3″ punch, and it worked just fine.

Next, print and cut my scenario strips. I only did 1 sheet, so you may have to create a few more of your own. You could also add some scripture story scenarios from the outline in there as well. Once you have all of those cut out, you can get started on putting the cookies together!.

January 2017 Sharing Time Ideas

To put these together you will need glue dots or a glue stick. Grab a circle and lay it printed side down (white side up). Fold it and crease in half (promise me, this crease will make life much easier). Turn the circle so that the crease is now up and down. Grab a scenario strip and fold it in half and place in the middle of the paper (horizontally). Grab your glue dots or glue stick and glue the top of the circle, fold and let dry. Pick up your glued circle and place your finger in one side of the cookie and your thumb in the other side, and push in the middle (where the crease is). Bend until it looks like a fortune cookie. Add a glue dot or some glue so the two sides stick together, and that’s it! Here’s a great tutorial that you can look at if needed. 🙂

Once you have your cookies all folded and put together, place them into a container. Wouldn’t a take-out container be sooo cute! You can find them at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.

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Click HERE to print my Agency Fortune Cookie printables!

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I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time Idea, and are able to incorporate it into your Sharing Time lesson. If you do I would love to hear what you did, so leave me a comment letting me know.

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

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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! ♥

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Comments

  1. Vanessa Smith

    Just had a question about the Jars at the beginning. Do you ever go back and explain why you did that analogy later in the lesson?

    1. Hi Vanessa, sorry I never responded. I would just explain the jars at the beginning of the lesson. 🙂

  2. Thank you for your great ideas. I love to read your take on the Primary Sharing Time Theme. They are always right in line with what the Presidency would want with a little twist to personalize things. Thank you much for sharing! They help my confidence level by leaps and bounds. It is like talking to someone about the sharing time, we are in a small branch and with no one to bounce ideas off, your blog is a blessing!

    1. Thank you so much, Dona. I am so happy to hear that you enjoy the ideas that I share, and that they help you. That is why I started this blog, and continue to share ideas. Sometimes we all need a little idea to get us going. 🙂

  3. Amber

    Thank you so much for your ideas! I’m new and I appreciate the help!

    1. You are very welcome, Amber. Thank you for the comment. 🙂

  4. Stacy

    Love your idea! Thank you so much for sharing…and making my life easier!

  5. Jenny

    I absolutely LOVE all of your ideas! Thanks so much!!

    1. Thank you, Jenny. It’s always nice (and reassuring) to hear that others like the ideas that I share. ?

  6. Kimberly Sabin

    I am not seeing the link for your scenario strips for the fortune cookies. Can you please share that with me.

    1. Hi Kim! It’s all together. Just click the link and scroll to the second page. ?

  7. Brittney

    You’re wonderful! Thank you for the great fortune cookie idea!

  8. Annelise

    Do you have a link somewhere for your scenarios strips? I can’t seem to locate one on this page. These ideas are great! Thank you!

  9. Annelise

    I just found the link – sorry!

  10. Paige

    What a lot of work! You are very sweet to do this. Thanks for the ideas.

  11. Casey

    I am new to primary! I was told about your site but I’m wondering how far in advance you post lesson ideas? I teach this Sunday and I’m looking for January week 3 and it doesn’t look like you’ve posted it yet.

    1. Hi Casey! I am so glad you found my site. In a perfect world, I would be ahead of schedule, but lately life has been crazy. I am hoping to get ahead and stay ahead. I just posted my idea for week 3, and have an idea for my week 4 lesson. Don’t give up on me yet. 😉 Thanks so much for the comment, and for stopping by.

  12. Susan Harris

    I have found so many good ideas here. Thank you for your creativity and your willingness to share so willingly. I know that you are making the difference in the lives of the children and leaders.

    1. Thank you for your sweet comment, Susan. I sure hope I am helping leaders out there make their calling and lives a little bit easier. I am always touched by the sweet comments that so many people leave me. I am so grateful that I started this blog, and have been able to keep it up. Thank you again. 🙂

  13. Mona T

    I love the ideas you share! You have saved me more times than I can count!!!!
    Bless you for sharing!!

    1. Your comment made me smile. Thank you for taking the time to leave me a little message. I am so happy to hear that you enjoy the ideas that I share. 🙂