What you will need for this Sharing Time:
-A helper from the ward: a man dressed as one of the prophets.
-GAK picture that goes along with the prophet that you choose.
-Scripture references typed/written on pieces of paper (you’ll want these pretty big):
2 Nephi 25:26 (Nephi)
D&C 76: 20-24 (Joseph Smith)
Isaiah 9:6 (Isaiah)
Mark 1:6-8 (John the Baptist)
-GAK Pictures to go with the Scripture references:
GAK 303: Nephi (you might want to look in the Primary manuals for a different picture of Nephi)
GAK 401: Joseph Smith
GAK 113: Isaiah
GAK 208: John the Baptist
To introduce this topic, I thought that it might be kind of neat to have a man from the ward/branch come in and talk to the children. Have him come dressed as one of the prophets from the Old Testament, New Testament, or Book of Mormon.
This is what I was thinking of, but this is just an example:
Have your prophet come in at the beginning of Sharing Time.
Hi, I am King Benjamin (or any prophet you choose). I am a prophet from the Book of Mormon. Throughout history Heavenly Father has called courageous and honorable men to be His prophets. They are special witnesses of the Savior Jesus Christ. The prophets are called to testify of the Savior, to teach all of us that He died so that we might repent and return to live with our Father in Heaven. Prophets tell us of Christ’s great love for us. Many of the prophet’s testimonies are found in the scriptures. I too have a testimony of Jesus Christ. An angel of the Lord came to me, and told me many important things about our Savior. Have him read from the Book of Mormon, Mosiah 3:5-8.
After he has read from the Book of Mormon, have him testify of Jesus Christ.
Another Example you could use for your prophet:
Hi, I am Joseph Smith. I am a prophet of God. Throughout history Heavenly Father has called courageous and honorable men to be His prophets. They are special witnesses of the Savior Jesus Christ. The prophets are called to testify of the Savior, to teach all of us that He died so that we might repent and return to live with our Father in Heaven. Prophets tell us of Christ’s great love for us. Many of the prophet’s testimonies are found in the scriptures. I too have a testimony of Jesus Christ. When I was fourteen I wene out into the wood and prayed to Heavenly Father. Have him read Joseph Smith History 1: 17 & 25.
After the prophet has talked to the children and testified of Christ you will talk to the children about the prophet and about Testifying of Christ. You could say, “Wow, that was amazing!” Show them GAK Picture 307 or 403(or the picture that goes with the prophet that you chose to come in) and talk a little about that prophet. Ask the children if they remember what King Benjamin/ Joseph Smith talked about. Remind the children what King Benjamin/Joseph Smith testified about. (If you choose to do Joseph Smith explain to the children how mean the people were to him, but no matter what they did, his testimony of Jesus Christ was always strong.) Explain to the children what ‘Testifying of Christ’ means, and why it is so important. Tell the children that you are going to be learning about a few more prophets.
Blindfolded Scripture Seach:
Have the scripture references posted around the room. In the front of the room have the pictures that go along with those scriptures posted on the board. Choose a child to come to the front. Blind fold the child, and tell him/her that they must find one of the scripture references. The other children will help them by singing. Have the children sing the chorus of ‘Follow the Prophet,’ as the child gets closer to a scripture, have the children sing louder. As the child gets farther away, have the children sing quietly. Once the child has found one of the scripture references, have the children look it up and read it out loud. Ask them who is speaking in that scripture and what he is testifying about Jesus Christ. Then have the child that was blind folded match the scripture with the GAK picture.
At the end of the Sharing Time, show them the picture of President Monson. Our prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson, also testifies of Jesus Christ. He said, “He is the literal Savior of the World, the Son of God, the Prince of Peace, the Holy One of Israel, even the risen Lord. … As His witness I testify to you that He lives. (Ensign, May 1988, page 56.)
All prophets, whether they lived during Book of Mormon Times or they live today, testify of Jesus Christ. When we listen to the prophets, we can learn about our Savior, Jesus Christ, and gain a testimony for ourselves. Bear Testimony to the children.
Instead of having the children blindfolded and matching the scriptures to the clues you could use some ideas from my previous posts.
-You could play the ‘High Chairs’ game. Give the children the different names of the Prophets, typed up and cut into strips. As you read the scripture together they must find the name of the prophet they think it is and go sit down in one of the numbered chairs. But in order to earn their points they must tell you what the prophet testified about.
– Have the scriptures inside of balloons. Have the children pop the balloons to get the scripture reference.
– Have the children dress up as that prophet, and then have the other children tell you what he testified about.
-Play a tic-tac-toe game. They must identify the prophet and what he testifies about Jesus Christ in order to choose what square they want their ‘X’ or ‘O’ to be.
These are just some of my ideas. I hope they can help you out. Thanks!!