August 2018 Week 1: The Scriptures Teach Me How to Pray

Sharing Time Ideas from the 2018 Outline

Identify the doctrine: Hold up the scriptures and ask the children to tell you some of the things we learn about in the scriptures. Tell the children that one of the things we can learn about in the scriptures is how to pray.

Encourage understanding and application (hearing a scripture story): Tell the story of Alma and Amulek teaching the Zoramites (see Alma 31; 33–34). Invite the children to pantomime the correct way to pray. Ask the children what the story teaches about prayer. Make a list on the board of the children’s answers. Invite the children to discuss how the story applies to them.

Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

This week I tried to come up with a different idea, because I have shared my Prayer PB & J idea so many times. But I have already had some comments about it, so I decided to just share it once again. This is a really fun way to teach about prayer and the proper way to pray. I know some worry about peanut allergies, but this idea is simple enough and can be easily adapted to fit the needs of any primary.

August 2018 Week 1 Sharing Time Idea Prayer Sharing Time Idea

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Alma and Amulet Scripture Story

In the outline it says to share the story of Alma and Amulek teaching the Zoramites. My “go-to” when it comes to sharing a story with the children is…the Illustrated Scripture videos. I love these videos! And the children always watch so well, and learn so much. So, I would start out my Sharing Time by showing this video, “The Zoramites and the Rameumptom” (It’s only two and a half minutes).

 

Prayer Object Lesson

If you have enough time, here is another great object lesson that you could use. Ask two children to come to the front. Invite one of the children to ask the other child a question, and have the child answer.

After they have done this, ask one of the children to leave the room and close the door. Ask the children how they can communicate with their friend when they are not with them (for example, writing a letter or talking on the phone). Explain that God is our Father and we are His children; because we are not in His presence, He has given us a way to talk to Him. Ask the children if they know how we talk to God. Have the children say after you, “I can pray to Heavenly Father.” You could invite a parent to come in for this demonstration or even have one of the teachers help out.

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Prayer PB & J Sharing Time Idea

Now let’s talk about my Prayer PB & J Sharing Time Idea. To help the children learn the order of prayer, you are going to be building a PB & J sandwich. Please make sure there are NO nut allergies before deciding on this idea. If there is you could just substitute another spread or find pictures for each part of the sandwich (I shared some that you could use) and do it that way.

Before Primary, you will gather your sandwich supplies. I have included labels for the Peanut Butter and Jelly…and I just realized that I put the Jelly label onto the Peanut Butter in my picture below, oops. 🙂 The two slices of bread represent the opening and closing of our prayers, and the peanut butter and jelly represent the “thank” and “ask” part of our prayers.

Prayer PB & J Sharing Time Idea

In addition to your sandwich supplies, you will also need to find several pictures of things that we are Thankful for & things that we might Ask for. The children will be playing a little game with the pictures to help them learn things that they can pray about.

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Peanut Butter & Jelly

The bread represents the opening and closing of the prayer (I link to better instructions below), but I wanted to just explain a little bit how I have done the jelly and peanut butter portion of this Sharing Time. Instead of putting on a lot of jelly and explain that that represents “We Tank Thee” I thought it would be fun to put just a tiny little glob.

Then ask the children if that is enough. They’ll obviously say NO!
Explain that when we pray we need to remember to thank Heavenly Father for ALL of our many blessings. We want Heavenly Father to know that we appreciate all that He has given to us, so we need to remember to Thank Him. This is where the pictures come in. You are going to have your “Thank Thee” pictures hidden underneath a towel or piece of paper. Next, you will reveal the pictures and have one child take a look and try to remember each of the pictures. Remove one of the pictures and show the group of pictures to the child again to see if they can figure out which one is missing. Once they figure out which one is missing, you will discuss that picture and why we are thankful for that blessing.
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Jr. Primary Idea

To make it a little bit easier for Jr. Primary, you could simply show the pictures for 2-3 seconds and then cover the pictures back up. Then ask the child to name one picture he/she saw. If they were able to name a picture, remove it from the group and show it to the other children and discuss that blessing.
You will continue doing this until you have several “Thank Thee” pictures posted. Then move on to the peanut butter portion and the “We Ask Thee” pictures.
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Instructions and Printables

I have shared this idea before, so I just quickly explained it above. To read the full instructions, and for the Peanut Butter and Jelly Downloads, click below!
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Click HERE for my Prayer PB & J Sharing Time Instructions and Printables.

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I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time idea. If you’re looking for weeks 2-4 be sure to take a look at other Prayer Sharing Time ideas that I have shared in the past, HERE.

I would love to hear if you use my Prayer PB & J Sharing Time Idea, so please leave a comment letting me know how it goes. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day 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! ♥

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August 2018 Week 1 Sharing Time Idea. The Scriptures Teach Me How to Pray. Teach the children about prayer with this fun Prayer PB & J Sharing Time Idea. Instructions and printables included!

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Comments

  1. Myra

    Thank you for always sharing your wonderful ideas! I appreciate your willingness to share your talents with us. You are my go to site for sharing time!

    1. Thank you so much, Myra. You have no idea how much I appreciate comments like yours. I am so glad to hear that the ideas and printables I share help make life and callings a little bit easier. Thank you!

  2. Marie Rasmussen

    Have you sent out the 2 week sharing time for August 2018 for this coming Sunday? I haven’t seen it yet…I’ve already seen and done this one for the 1 week in August. Thank you Marie

    1. Hi Marie! Sorry about that. This summer was crazy, so I took some weeks off. Sorry for the inconvenience. 🙂