Sharing Time Idea from the 2012 Primary Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE AND ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (seeing a demonstration): Explain that tithing is giving one-tenth of the money you earn to the Lord through His Church. Show the children 10 coins. Ask them how many of the coins should be used to pay tithing. Show a tithing envelope and a donation slip, and explain that we pay tithing by filling out the donation slip, putting it in the envelope with our tithing, and giving it to the bishop or one of his counselors.
ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (playing a game and hearing testimonies): Display pictures and objects that represent blessings that come from paying tithing, such as temples, meetinghouses, a hymnbook, the Children’s Songbook, a Primary Manual, and the scriptures. Tell the children that because of tithing funds the Church can provide these things. Cover the pictures and objects. Take away one or two. Remove the cover and ask the children to guess what is missing. Repeat several times. Explain that there are other blessings that come from paying tithing that cannot be seen (see 3 Nephi 24:10). Have one or two adults tell about blessings they have received from paying tithing.
Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas
- Have a board with different envelopes attached (have the flap facing out). Inside the envelopes you will have different dollar amounts or different scenarios about earning money. At the end of each scenario ask ‘How much tithing should I pay?’
- A ‘Tithing’ Box- a box with a slit cut in the top. This will be for the ‘tithing’ to go in. You can label it and decorate it if you would like. 🙂
- A ‘Blessing Box’- a large box/bag/bucket with different picture or objects that represent blessings that come from paying tithing (temples, meetinghouses, manuals, songbooks, scriptures, etc.) You could also label this one.
Begin your lesson by using the idea from the outline (Identify the Doctrine & Encourage Understanding). You could make large coins out of poster-board or cardstock and have 10 children represent the coins. Have 10 children come to the front and hold up the large coins.Then invite another child to come to the front and show you how much one-tenth is.
After you have explained what tithing is and how much we are asked to pay, begin the tithing game.
You will invite a child to come to the front and pick an envelope. Have them get the piece of paper from inside the envelope and read it aloud.
“You mowed the lawn and earned $2.00
How much tithing should you pay?”
Then have them tell you how much tithing they would need to pay. Have them fill out a tithing slip (I would make copies of an actual tithing slip, so you aren’t wasting the real ones) and add their money to the envelope and place it in the ‘Tithing’ box.
You can then tell the children that the tithing was given to the Bishop who sent it to our church leaders in Salt Lake, who then decided what to do with this special money.
Have the child pick an object out of the ‘Blessing Box’ and have them show it to all the children. Explain that his/her tithing helped build this temple, meetinghouse, etc.
To discuss the other blessings we receive from paying tithing, have several stories or ask some adults to share a story. For the object have a smiley face or just write on a index card: ‘When I pay my tithing, Heavenly Father will bless me.’ Whenever one of these papers are chosen from the blessing box you will read a story or have an adult share a personal story about blessings that have received from paying tithing.
Continue picking envelopes until all the envelopes have been opened.
For the younger ones you could have several envelopes with the same amount. I think it would be good to practice figuring out one-tenth.
For the older ones I think you could do any dollar amount.
Another fun idea to use instead of envelopes would be the Punch-A-Box. Just have the scenarios and dollar amounts in each punch-a-box. Have the children come to the front and punch it and then retrieve their paper.
And that’s my idea for this week. Hope you like it! Have a great week and a great Sharing Time. 🙂