Sharing Time Idea from the 2017 Outline

Encourage understanding and application (playing a game): Write on separate pieces of paper a one-sentence summary of the most recent conference messages from members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve. Place them on the board along with pictures of the leaders. Discuss each message. Invite a group of children to leave the room. Remove one of the messages from the board. Invite the children to return and decide together which message is missing. Ask the children to choose a Primary song that corresponds with the message, and sing it together. Invite the children to suggest ways they can apply the message. Repeat with other messages.

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Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

This week’s idea is one that I have used for several years, and it’s always a great lesson. You will be teaching the children that as we listen to the words of the Prophet and Apostles during General Conference, we will be blessed with Spiritual Treasures. I hope you enjoy my March 2017 Week 3 Sharing Time Idea!

March 2017 Week 3 Sharing Time Idea

For this activity, you will have a treasure chest, this represents the Spiritual Treasure from listening to General Conference. Wrapped around the treasure chest will be several ribbons with words, pictures, phrases. The children will be reading quotes from the Prophet and Apostles and will be matching it to the keyword/phrase/picture.

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Before Primary

Before Primary, prayerfully read through the talks from the last General Conference, and select several quotes that you feel you should use for your lesson.From each quote chose a keyword or short phrase. After you have chosen all of your quotes, and keywords/phrases, write the words/phrases onto small tags. You could also use pictures/clipart from the media library instead of words (this works best for Jr. Primary).

Now let’s get the treasure chest ready. First, you need a treasure chest. A simple box painted brown would do or you can find an actual treasure chest somewhere (maybe a party store). A treasure chest wouldn’t be complete without a treasure. In the past I have put bubble gum in there with a sign that said, “I will chews to listen to General Conference” or something like that. But you could also have little notebooks for the children to take notes during General Conference, pencils, special ‘General Conference Glasses’. The possibilities are endless!

March 2017 Week 3 Sharing Time Idea

Once you have your treasure inside, close your chest and begin wrapping your ribbons around the treasure chest. The amount of quotes you have chosen will determine how many ribbons you will need. Gather your ribbons, and your quote tags and begin tying them around the treasure chest. Once you have your ribbons tied, and the tags/pictures on, you’re good!

Now let’s talk about the quotes. The tags that you placed on the treasure chest are only the keywords. For the activity you will be reading the whole quote you selected, and have the children match it to the correct keyword/picture. For the quotes, I thought it would be great to have the children do something to choose the quote. Here are a few ideas.

Last week you showed pictures of each of the First Presidency and 12 Apostles to the children. You could simply place a picture of each person you have chosen a quote from and attach them to a bulletin or chalkboard. They could then choose a picture and then have them read the quote for that person.

Since you’re talking about ‘spiritual treasures’ you could print off pictures of different jewels and post them around the Primary room. On the back of each jewel have a number  that matches a picture posted on a chalkboard/bulletin board. One the back of the picture have the quote. To make it a little more ‘mysterious’ you could cover each of the photos with a page with the number on it.

You could also have bags with a picture and quote inside. Have the children choose a bag to reveal the person and the quote.

Those are just a few ideas. 🙂

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March 2017 Week 3 Sharing Time Idea

How To Play:

To begin your activity tell the children that as we listen to the words of the Prophet we will be blessed with ‘spiritual treasures’. The Prophet leads his church under the direction of Jesus Christ, so if we want to follow Jesus then we need to Follow the Prophet.
Show the children the treasure chest. Explain that around the room (or wherever you have the quotes) are several different quotes from the First Presidency and the Apostles.
Tell the children that they are going to have to find these quotes and then match them to the word that is on the treasure chest.
In order to open the treasure chest they will need to match each quote to the appropriate phrase, word, or picture.
Invite the first child up and have them find the first quote and read it aloud. Then have them walk to the treasure chest and look at the keywords/phrases. If they match the word, have them cut the ribbon. Repeat by inviting another child up to find a quote. Continue until all the quotes have been found, and all the ribbons have been cut.
Once the ribbons are cut, open the chest to reveal the treasure. Encourage the children to watch General Conference and to pay attention to what is said. Last week, our Primary encouraged the Sr. Primary in our ward to come up with a question before General Conference.
I hope you enjoy my March 2017 Week 3 Sharing Time Idea, and are able to use it for your lesson this week. I’d love to hear if you do, so leave me a comment letting me know.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time.

16 thoughts on “{Sharing Time} March 2017 Week 3: God’s Prophets and Apostles Speak to Us in General Conference

  1. Jasmin

    Thanks for this ideas, I’ve actually seen it done before and it was great. Thank you for the reminder and inspiration. Our children over here across the other side of the world are blessed because of you time, thought and efforts

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    1. littleldsideas Post author

      Thank you, Jasmin, for the kind comment. I have used this so many times, and have seen others use it for Singing Time as well. The children always enjoy it. 🙂

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  2. Liz Casper

    Thank you so much for your ideas. I use them every time it is my turn to do Sharing Time. Appreciate you sharing your talent with all of us :)))

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  3. Tanya `

    Thank you so much for this idea. I think it will go over well with both Jr. and Sr. Primary. I put rolos in the treasure chest. With their gold wrapping they look like treasures 🙂

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  4. Holly Richey

    Thank you for sharing! I plan on using your treasure chest idea. It is going to be so fun, and the kids are going to love it! I am putting a little treat inside of the treasure chest with a note that says what a “treat” it is to watch conference. Thanks again!

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  5. Laura

    I used your treasure box idea today for sharing time and it worked very well and the children were so reverent because they wanted a turn. I used paper jewels around the room with the quotes on the back. The children got to find a jewel from around the room, read the quote, and decide which topic it was referring to on the treasure box. As they were cutting the ribbon, I told them who had spoken about that topic in a General Conference and asked them to put the jewel on that General Authority’s picture. This helped them learn who the General Authorities are by name and face. Thank you for your ideas each week. It makes my calling so much easier!

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