Sharing Time Idea from the 2013 Primary Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (seeing pictures and reading a scripture): Display a picture of a child and a picture of a temple. Read 1 Corinthians 3:16 out loud together. Ask: “What do we learn about our bodies from this scripture?” Write “My body is a temple” on the board.
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (reading scriptures): Discuss ways that we show Heavenly Father we are thankful for our bodies; for example, we take care of them and we keep them clean. Explain that prophets have counseled us to take care of our bodies by not smoking, using alcohol or illegal drugs, or getting tattoos. Divide the children into groups, and ask each group to read and discuss one or more of the following scriptures: Doctrine and Covenants 88:124; 89:7, 8, 9, 10–11, 12, 16–17. Invite each group to share what they learned from these scriptures about how they can care for their bodies.
ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (setting a goal): Have the children write or draw something they will do during the week to take care of their bodies.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
Have the children close their eyes and have them imagine their favorite temple. Have them think about what color it is, how many windows they see, how many spires, etc.
While they have their eyes closed display pictures of different temples.
Ask the children if all temples are the same. You could show them the different pictures of the temples and point out some differences.
Next, read the scripture 1 Corinthians 3:16.
Explain to the children that in this scripture it teaches us that our bodies are temples. Even though we are all different, just like each of the temples, our bodies are still sacred.
When we visit the temple how do we act? Are we loud and noisy? Do we leave garbage on the lawns?
Just as we take care of the temple, we are asked to take care of our own temples, our bodies, too. Today we are going to learn how we can care for our bodies.
‘My Body is a Temple’ Grab Bag:
Place several different objects and pictures inside of a bag, bucket or box. You can use the scripture references from the Primary Sharing Time Outline for ideas of pictures/objects to use:
89:7, 8, 9, 10–11, 12, 16–17
You will also need a large picture of a boy/girl. If you can’t find a large picture, then trace around a small child and use that as your picture.
At the front of the room display your large picture and beside it have a trash can.
Invite a child up to the front of the room and have them grab an object out of the bag. Have the child look at the picture/object and have them explain how that item is used to take care of our bodies or if it is something that can hurt our body.
You could write a scripture reference on the back of each item and have the child read the scripture aloud.
If the object/picture is something good for our bodies, have them attach it to the large picture of the boy/girl. If it is harmful have them place it in the garbage can.
Some ideas that aren’t listed in the outline could be:
exercise (weights, picture of sports)
Here is an idea that I found on Sugardoodle. I found this in the comments section from a Sharing Time idea in 2011. I liked the idea and had to share it.
Have a poster size drawing of a body and cover it with several pictures of different temples. On the Temple pictures, have a number and question about taking care of the temple (what do we need to do, How can we do this, what all needs to be done, etc…)On the backside, have questions about taking care of our bodies and liken the 2 together. Have numbers in a bag and have a reverent child draw one out until all the temples are removed and the full body is showing.
Some other question ideas:
Q: What do people wear in the temple? How should we be dressing?A: White, long sleeved, long pants/dress / modestly- not revealing
Q: How do people talk in the temple? How should we talk?A: reverently and whispering, kind / respectfully and not crude, kind, not lord’s name in vain
Q: What do people think about in the temple? How should we keep our thoughts?A: eternal families, scriptures / keep out thoughts clean
Sharing Time Idea from Latter-Day Chatter
I want to say thanks to the ladies that shared these ideas on Sugardoodle.
I hope you like the ideas that I have shared today and are able to use them. If you do please come back and let me know how it went, I love to read your comments. 🙂
I hope you all have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!