{Sharing Time} The Scriptures Teach Me How to Pray.

 

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.
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Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas

This week I get to teach Sharing Time because the Primary President will be gone. I’m excited to be able to visit Primary & teach the children again. 🙂 When I first read the outline I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, but then I looked at some of my older posts and saw an idea. I changed it up a little bit…this is what I came up with:
When I was still in Primary the first counselor did a Sharing Time where she compared prayer to making a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich (she read the idea on Sugardoodle). I am using this same idea for my Sharing Time idea this week, but I’m changing it up a little bit.
Begin your Sharing Time by sharing the story of Alma & Amulek teaching the Zoramites (3 Nephi 31; 33-34).
You could use the illustrated Book of Mormon stories to do this.
During/after the story you could discuss with the children what things the Zoramites were doing that were wrong.
One of the things could be that they all repeated the same prayer.
Tell them that you are going to need a helper to help explain why we don’t want to always repeat the same prayer.
Invite a child up to the front or ask an adult. Tell the children that your helper is your Mom/Friend/etc.
Hand your helper a phone and have them sit on one side of the room and you sit on the other with another phone.
Once you are ready you will ‘call’ your helper on the phone. Here is an example script:
You: Hi ______, how are you?
Helper: Good
You: I’m doing good too. Bye!
Then tell the children that it’s the next day & you decide to ‘call’ your friend again:
You: Hi ______, how are you?
Helper: Good
You: I’m doing good too. Bye!
Wouldn’t it be boring if your Mom or Friend always said the same thing every time you talked to them?
Well, that is kind of like prayer. When we pray we are communicating with our Heavenly Father. That is a special time that we can talk with our Heavenly Father and tell him about our day or ask him for things that we might need help with or need.
We don’t want to get in the habit of saying the same thing every time.
Today we are going to talk about prayer. Did you know there are certain words that we should use when we pray?
Today we are going to learn all about them.
PB&J Prayer Sandwich
Tell the children that today you are going to be making a PB&J Prayer Sandwich.
 
Show the children the first piece of bread. Ask them ‘How do we begin our prayers? The first piece of bread is for ‘Dear Heavenly Father’.
Lay the piece of bread on a plate and have everyone repeat ‘Dear Heavenly Father’.
Now, ask if anyone knows what comes next.
The Jelly! Use the jelly to represent: ‘We Thank Thee.’
But instead of putting on a lot of jelly just put on a tiny little glob.
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.
To help the children know some things that they can be thankful for I decided to do a little activity.
I found pictures of several different things that we might be thankful for and printed them out.
 
{Thanks again Nikki from Melonheadzfor your great clipart! I just google searched for the others and there’s a few that aren’t in the picture.}
 
I am going to attach them to a poster-board with ‘We Thank Thee’ at the top. I am going to cover up the pictures and tell the children that underneath are pictures of things that we can be thankful for.
I am going to reveal the pictures for 2-3 seconds and then cover them up again.
I will then call on a child to see if he/she remembers what one of the pictures was.
If they name one, I will take it off the poster-board and show it to the children and discuss why we are thankful for that particular item.
Then I will repeat for a few more pictures. As we talk about each picture I will add more jelly to the sandwich.
The next step in our PB&J Sandwich is the PB!
 The peanut butter represents: ‘We Ask Thee’. I will do the same activity that I did with the Jelly.
 
And the last part of our PB&J Prayer sandwich is the piece of bread which represents: ‘In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen’.
You could then close with a song about prayer or a short story from ‘The Friend’. Encourage the children to think about what they will say before they pray each day and then bear your testimony.

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Click HERE to print my Prayer PB & J Labels!

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I am excited for this Sharing Time. I think it’s going to be alot of fun AND it will help the children to learn how to pray.
 
Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day & 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. Awesome! Love your ideas. 🙂

  2. Anonymous

    Great idea! Except I will have to be careful not to lick my fingers if I get jelly on them…..Fast Sunday. 🙂

  3. This is a fabulous lesson!!! This is my first month teaching since I’ve been called to the presidency, and I sure appreciate all of your wonderful ideas! Thanks for your time and talents!

  4. What a fabulous idea! This is my first month teaching since I’ve been called to the primary presidency, and I sure do appreciate these wonderful ideas of yours! Thank you for sharing your time and talents!

  5. Really cute idea, especially if none of your kids have peanut allergies…might have the rethink if they do… 🙂

  6. This is fun. You may want to use sunflower butter or something similar. Many people, not just kids, have peanut allergies. They may even be in another ward. Be aware of air born allergies.

  7. This was such a great sharing time! I even flubbed up in Jr primary and they caught me. It was awesome. It has been hard to capture our Jr primary’s attention. Even our Sr primary had a great time with it. Started out showing the video and then went into the phone conversation and then sandwich. It was great. Thank you for the idea 🙂

  8. This was such a great sharing time! I even flubbed up in Jr primary and they caught me. It was awesome. It has been hard to capture our Jr primary’s attention. Even our Sr primary had a great time with it. Started out showing the video and then went into the phone conversation and then sandwich. It was great. Thank you for the idea 🙂

  9. Great idea! Do you happen to have your labels for the PB and Jelly to share? If so would you email them to me at eliza.brock@hotmail.com Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. I used walki talkies for the taking to friend part.The pbj kids like it caused them to remember how to pray in the steps.

  11. We used walki talkie for phone parts then did sandwich part kids could remember rules over

  12. What a wonderful idea! Thank you!! Is there anyway that I could get the PB and Jelly printable? What a wonderful idea! Thank you!! katy_kakes@hotmail.com

  13. LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing. I see that others have asked for the PB and jelly printables. Can I get them as well. It’ll save me some time tonight 😉

    shannonlbeal@gmail.com

  14. LOVE the idea, thanks for sharing. I see that others have asked for the PB and J printables. Can I get a copy them as well? It’ll save me some time tonight 😉

    Thanks!
    Shannon

    shannonlbeal@gmail.com

  15. Betty

    this pb&j prayer is a brilliant idea. Thank you for sharing. I will be using the lesson in my Sunday School class. May I please get a copy of the PB&J printable. My email address is greenesamuel@verizon.net.
    Betty

  16. Just an FYI, the scripture reference for Alma and Amulek teaching the Zoramites is in the book of Alma, not 3 Nephi. Thanks so much for the great sharing time ideas!

  17. This is so sweet! I love how gratitude is included in this activity. It is such an important part of everyday happiness. With this activity you get a two for one. A child learns how to pray, and how to develop a habit of recognizing Heavenly Father’s tender mercies as well. Thank you for sharing. Hugs, Bianca

    1. Thank you for the kind comment, Bianca! This is one of my favorite lessons on prayer that I have used and shared over and over. 🙂

  18. Cami Gammell

    Fabulous lesson! Is there anyway I can get the peanut butter & jelly labels? camigammell@gmail.com

    1. I will send them over in just a little bit. I have shared the labels on another sharing time…I’ll have to add a link to this post. 🙂

  19. Debi

    Can you please send me the Pbj printable labels? Such a cute idea but I cannot find where you have the link. Thank you!

      1. Jen

        The link isn’t working. I get an error. Any chance this could be fixed? Loved the lesson ideas.

        1. Hi Jen! I have updated the links. Sorry about that. 🙂

  20. Lindsey Hubble

    What a cute and fun idea! Thank you thank you!!

    1. You’re welcome! Glad you like it. 🙂

  21. Courtney Jensen

    Hey do you still have the PBJ labels? Could I get the link, your link today 8-2 wasn’t working. I would love to use them for this Sunday!

    1. Hi Courtney! Sorry I didn’t respond sooner. I updated the links, so I hope you were able to print the labels out. Thanks!

  22. Heather

    Wonderful idea! Thank you so much for taking the time to share it with us all.

    1. You’re welcome! *hugs*