Sharing Time Idea from the 2016 Outline
Introduce the doctrine: Invite an older child to read the last two sentences from paragraph 3 of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” to the Primary. Put each of the following words and phrases on separate strips of paper: The temple is, a holy place, where we, are sealed, together. Place them on the board in random order. Have a child move one strip to its correct place. Continue until the words are in order. Sing the second verse of “I Love to See the Temple,” and have half of the children listen for two things we do in the temple (covenant and promise to obey) and the other half listen for a truth they have learned (a family is forever). Help the children understand that being sealed to their family in the temple means that they can be together forever.
Encourage application: Invite a family or a few children to share how they feel when they visit the temple grounds or how they have been blessed because of the temple and sealing ordinances. Invite the children to draw pictures of their family outside the temple.
Love those you teach: As you teach about eternal families, be sensitive to children who do not have both a mother and a father in their home. Also be sensitive to children who have parents or siblings who are less active or who are not members of the Church. Encourage all the children to live worthily and prepare so they can have eternal families of their own someday. (See TNGC, 31–32.)
SHARING TIME IDEAS FROM LITTLE LDS IDEAS
For this week’s Sharing Time I am sharing several different ideas that you can use for your Sharing Time lesson. I hope that you find the ideas that I share today helpful. I know that each Primary is different, just like each child, but sometimes all it takes is a ‘little’ idea to get your own idea started. Prayerfully seek guidance to know what ideas you should use for your lesson. 🙂
INTRODUCE THE DOCTRINE
I thought of several different ways you could begin your Sharing Time. You could take one of these ideas and use it, or combine all the ideas to create your very own. Here are a few ideas I thought of.
On 2 hats or headbands attach a picture of a family and a temple (you could also place the picture on the backs of the children). Invite 2 children to come to the front to help with this activity. Without the children seeing the picture, place the hats on his/her head. Have the other children/adults give the children clues about the picture on the hat. You could also invite 2 children to come to the front to be the ‘Clue Givers’. That way you don’t have people shouting out clues.
Once the children have guessed what the picture is post the phrase ‘Families are blessed through sacred Temple ordinances.’ and attach the picture of the Temple and family below it.
Ask the children some questions (examples):
“Do you think it’s important to go to the temple?”
“Do you think we are blessed when we go to the temple?”
“Why should we go to the temple?”
You could then invite an older child to read the last two sentences from paragraph 3 of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” to the Primary.
Before Primary, print out letters to spell ‘family’ and ‘temple'(see link at end of post). Cut out each letter and then place them into a large envelope. Hide the envelopes underneath 2 chairs in the primary room. Invite the children to look under their chairs for the envelopes. Once found, have the children bring up the envelopes. Explain to the children that inside the envelopes are two words. Split the primary into 2 groups, and have them work together to unscramble their words.
Invite the groups to come up and post their word onto a chalkboard, bulletin board, or whiteboard. After both words are posted, ask why these two words go together.
You could then invite an older child to read the last two sentences from paragraph 3 of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” to the Primary. Sing the second verse of “I Love to See the Temple,” and have half of the children listen for two things we do in the temple (covenant and promise to obey) and the other half listen for a truth they have learned (a family is forever). Help the children understand that being sealed to their family in the temple means that they can be together forever.
SEALING OBJECT LESSON
To help the children understand that being sealed to their family in the temple means that they can be together forever, I thought it would be great to have an object lesson. There are several different ideas you could use, here are 2 that I liked.
Marble Object Lesson
You will need some marbles and a jar or a Ziploc bag. Invite a child to come up to the front of the room. Show the children the marbles and tell them that today you are pretending that these marbles are a family.
Hand some marbles to the child that is helping and have him/her place them on a table. Most likely they will roll all over and some may even fall off. Tell the child to keep them together, but they can’t hold them in their hand. ‘How can we keep our marbles (Family) together?
“These marbles are like our family on earth. We put a lot of time, love and energy into developing our relationships or making our families strong. How would you feel if they were just to break up and be scattered?” “Heavenly Father knows how important families are and has given us the chance to stay together forever. Jesus told us about this when He was on the earth when He gave His apostles a special priesthood key.”
Read Matthew 18:18 “This is called the sealing power.”
Place the marbles inside the jar or bag and seal it. Then have the child place them on the table. Point out that nothing fell out because it is ‘sealed’. You could even place a small picture of a temple onto the front of the jar.
“In the temple, there is a sacred ordinance called a sealing. Just as this bag is sealed, our family can be “sealed” together by the priesthood power. It literally means that the people we love on earth can be with us after we die.” Read D&C 138: 47-48 to show that God planned this work and thinks it is so important for us all to be with the people we love.
Envelope Object Lesson
Another great idea to teach the children about temple sealings, is THIS envelope idea from Funtastic Family Home Evenings. You will be placing pictures of family members inside of an ‘unsealed’ envelope. You will then shake the envelope around a bit until the pictures fall out. You will then tell the children about temples, and that families can be sealed. Seal the envelope to demonstrate the sealing power.
ENCOURAGE APPLICATION IDEAS
How does a person build their family? Could we build a family if we didn’t have temple ordinances? For this idea the children will be dressing up as different family members. But to earn the clothes/props they will have to answer questions, sing songs, read scriptures, etc. I have created some Temple Question cards for you to use. I created one sheet of questions, and another sheet of blank cards. 🙂 Just click the link at the end of the post to download and print.
Families are Blessed Through Temple Ordinances
Have a bag of dress up clothes and choose children to come up front and represent Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister, Grandma, etc. (the number of children depends on the family members you choose). Have the children stand in a line, and introduce them to everyone (“I would like to introduce you to the ‘____’ family. This is Father _____, Mother ______, Brother _____, etc.) Show the children the bag of clothes/props and explain that they are going to help you ‘build’ a family. Each time they answer a question, read a scripture, sing a song, they will each get to pick out a prop/clothing item OR every time they answer a question one of the family members gets to put on their props. Have each family member stay in the front as you build them. To keep the props in order, you could have a bag for each individual family member. Prop ideas could be: Glasses, wig (gray hair), dresses, ties, purses, toys, etc.
To end your Sharing Time you could invite a few children to share how they feel when they visit the temple grounds or how they have been blessed because of the temple and sealing ordinances. Encourage the children to prepare now to enter the temple so that they can have an eternal family.
I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time ideas that I shared, and are able to use them for your lesson. I would love to hear if you do or any other ideas you have, so leave me a comment. 🙂
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!