Sharing Time Idea from the 2016 Outline
Encourage understanding: Display some beans or small rocks and an empty jar labeled with a smiling face. Tell the children that Heavenly Father’s plan gives us freedom to choose right or wrong. Explain that good choices lead to freedom and happiness, while bad choices lead to captivity and unhappiness (see 2 Nephi 2:27). Ask the children, “What commandments do you keep as you follow God’s plan?” Give a bean to each child who responds to the question. Write their responses on the board. Ask each child with a bean to share how keeping the commandment he or she mentioned will lead to happiness. Then let the child put his or her bean in the jar. Testify that we will fill our lives with happiness if we choose to follow God’s plan.
Encourage application: Prepare a large piece of paper in the shape of a banner for each class. Write on each banner “I will follow God’s plan by …” Explain that Heavenly Father’s plan gives us freedom to choose right or wrong, and what we choose to do every day is important to our happiness. Let the children work as a class to draw or write on their banner things they can do to follow Heavenly Father’s plan, and invite them to sign their names. Ask each class to share what they drew or wrote on their banner. Have the children march around the room while holding their banners and singing “I Will Be Valiant” (CS, 162). Display the banners in the Primary room.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
This week’s idea is really similar to the idea given in the outline, but I’m adding some ideas from a previous idea I shared back in 2011. I also have a great idea that you could use to begin your lesson. Enjoy!
‘I Will Follow God’s Plan’ Object Lesson
Back in 2011 I shared a great idea that I saw over on ‘The Best Me That I Can Be’. Jenn shared the idea of having some food items on a table. You will need a cookie (made with extra salt) and several other ‘less appetizing’ food items. Here’s the idea that Jenn shared:
Display a cookie (the salty one) on a table with two other food items such as an orange and a carrot. Ask for a volunteer to come up and choose one of these items to eat. At this point you hope the volunteer picks the cookie, if not invite another volunteer to pick until the cookie is picked. The cookie will be really horrible and they will likely want to spit it out. You will explain that Heavenly Father’s plan gives us freedom to choose right or wrong. Choosing the right will lead to happiness and freedom while choosing wrong leads to captivity and unhappiness. Sometimes, like with the cookie, Satan makes choosing the wrong look enticing in an effort to lead us into sin. But Heavenly Father gave us the commandments,scriptures, and modern day prophets, so that we can learn of His plan for us and be able to make the right decisions. Decisions that will lead us to happiness.Display another cookie (this one will be good) and two other items on the table and again ask for a volunteer. This time supply the child with your scriptures and ask them to look up 2 Nephi 2:27 and read it out loud. (Have a note that in the scriptures that says : “choose the cookie”). Ask the child to choose an item to eat. They should choose the cookie if they’ve seen your note. Use this as an example of how the scriptures help us to choose the right and be happy.
I only had beans at my house, so that’s what I used for the pictures, BUT Jenn also had the great idea of using gumballs (or individually wrapped bubble gum). Then at the end she handed each child a gumball and encourage them to ‘Chews to Follow God’s Plan”! You could even have the children place gumballs into the ‘good choices’ jar and beans or black marbles into the ‘bad choices’ jar.
Hopefully by the end of the lesson your ‘happy’ jar will be full. You might need to test out the cards and figure out the amounts of beans/gum you will have them add just to be sure the jar is full by the end. 🙂 Testify that we will fill our lives with happiness if we choose to follow God’s plan.
If you have time do the Encourage Application idea from the outline: Prepare a large piece of paper in the shape of a banner for each class. Write on each banner “I will follow God’s plan by …” Explain that Heavenly Father’s plan gives us freedom to choose right or wrong, and what we choose to do every day is important to our happiness. Let the children work as a class to draw or write on their banner things they can do to follow Heavenly Father’s plan, and invite them to sign their names. Ask each class to share what they drew or wrote on their banner.
You could also make the banners and then send them home with each child, and encourage them to share the lesson with their families. The families could work together and create family banner.
If you would like to use my ‘Good Choices’ & ‘Bad Choices’ Jar idea, just click the links below for the printables!
I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time idea and are able to use it in your own Primary.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!