Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ Appeared to Joseph Smith
So, a few weeks ago I began thinking of ideas for this week (forgetting that it’s Conference weekend) and found a fun game that you could play for this week. I found the game in the ‘Fun for Family Night’ book that I have previously talked about. So, the game is kind of like ‘Battleship’ but a little different. The name of the game is Squares. I made up the ‘Squares’ cards/grids, so that you wouldn’t have to make them yourself. Just click on the link and push print, and there you go. I only made 2, so if you need more let me know and I can post more. So, I know that no one will be doing a Sharing Time for this week, but I decided to post this anyway. I thought that maybe some of you will be combining 2 of the weeks together or maybe some of you will choose this weeks topic instead of another one. You could also use this game for any other topic that you have. I hope you like it!!
To begin your Sharing Time you could:

-Show the children GAK 402 & 403-The First Vision; Read the story on the back. Discuss the First Vision 
  with the children.
-Read the story from the scriptures: Joseph Smith History 1:14-20
-Show the children a video of The First Vision
-Have a man from your ward/branch dress up as Joseph Smith and come and talk to the children about The  
  First Vision.

Explain to the children that Joseph Smith wasn’t much older than them, when he saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Once you have discussed the First Vision with the children tell them that they are going to play a game to learn more about Joseph Smith and the First Vision.

Squares Game:
Before Primary:
-Print out the 2 ‘Squares’ game grids onto cardstock. (Click here to print.)
-Make up 25 markers, and label them: A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5,
  etc. (until E5). Place the markers into a small container, so they can be drawn out one at a time.
-Beans, Pennies, Buttons, etc. to mark off their squares

There are 2 different ways you could play this:

Split the primary into 2 teams. Have the children sit in a circle, so that each member of the team can see their team’s card, and so that they can discuss the questions.
Hand each team their card. Explain to the children that you will be asking a question and then each team must decide on an answer and write it down (or tell it to a team leader). Have each team read their answer out loud. Then draw one of the markers from the container. If a team answered the question correctly, and their square was a positive object, they receive the appropriate points. If a negative object is in the square, they do not lose any points because they answered the question correctly.
If a team answers the question incorrectly, they receive no points for a positive square, and they receive the appropriate minus points for a negative square.
Add up each of the teams points as the game continues.

For this idea, you could play it like ‘battleship’. Split the children into 2 teams. Hand each team a grid/card. Choose one team to go first and ask them a question.
If answered correctly, the team gets to choose a coordinate (i.e.- A1, D5, C3). But the coordinate isn’t for their grid, it will be for the opposing team’s grid. Have the team say the coordinate out loud. The opposing team will then find the square that they have chosen. If it is a positive square, the will receive the appropriate points. If they pick a negative square, they will have the appropriate points taken away from their total score. Once they new score is added up, the other team will be asked a question.
If they do not answer the question correctly, they do not get to choose a square, and then it is the other teams turn.
Give each team a bag of pennies, beans, buttons, etc. to mark their grids.

Some questions could be:
-Where did Joseph Smith go to pray? (JS—H 1:14.)
-What happened when Joseph began to pray? (JS—H 1:15.)
-Where did this darkness come from? (JS—H 1:16.)
-How was Joseph delivered from the darkness that surrounded him? (JS—H 1:17.)
-Why do you think Satan wanted to stop Joseph from praying?
-Who appeared to Joseph in the Sacred Grove? (JS—H 1:17.)
-What did Jesus tell Joseph about which church he should join? (JS—H 1:18–19.)
-How did the “professors of religion” react to Joseph’s vision? (JS—H 1:21–22.) Explain that persecute
 means to cause someone to suffer because of what they believe. Have you ever been persecuted for the
 things you believe? What have you done about it?
-How was Joseph’s testimony of his first vision affected by the persecution he received? (JS—H 1:25.)

These questions came from Primary 5: Doctrine and Covenants: Church History, Lesson 1. There are more questions from this lesson. To find other questions, I would go to http://www.lds.org/ and search The First Vision. There are so many lessons on this topic with great questions for the children.

You can always close with a small video clip of the First Vision and bearing testimony of the First Vision and Joseph Smith.

**The smiley and frowny face images came from: http://icons.mysitemyway.com/free-icons-clipart-tagged/face/748/

3 thoughts on “1st Week Sharing Time Idea for April

  1. Anonymous

    I just found your blog today while doing a search for this weeks sharing time! Thank you soooo much for this great idea! Your blog is fantastic!!!


  2. Brandon and Camille Smithson

    Thank you for this idea. I modified it for our primary, and used the game. They LOVED IT! I had started by having them learn The Church of Jesus Christ, then lead into my special visitor (Joseph Smith played by my wonderful husband) by explaining to them there was a time when people didn’t know what we sing in the song. Then followed up with the game. It left another 5-10 minutes for more singing. It was perfect. Thank you SO Much!


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