Sharing Time Ideas from the 2013 Primary Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (playing a guessing game): Tell the children that you are thinking of someone who loves us, knows each of us, helps us, and lives far away. Ask them to guess who you are thinking of (Heavenly Father).
Discuss our relationship with Heavenly Father. Invite the children to repeat together “God is my Heavenly Father. He knows and loves me.” 

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (reading scriptures): Divide the children into groups. Have each group read Enos 1:5, Moses 1:6, and Joseph Smith—History 1:17 and discuss how the Lord addresses each prophet. Ask the children, “If Heavenly Father visited you, what would He call you?” Bear testimony that God knows each of us by name.

ENCOURAGEAPPLICATION (singing songs): Have the children stand in a circle and pass around several items that represent God’s love for His children as they sing “I am a Child of God” (CS, 2–3) or “I Know My Father Lives” (CS, 5). Items could include scriptures, a picture of the sacrament, a piece of fruit, or a picture of a family. Randomly stop the singing and have the children holding an item share one way they know God loves them. Repeat as time allows.

Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
I have been stuck in bed for 4 days sick with some kind of flu that is spreading throughout our valley here in Hailey, Idaho. So I apologize for the delay, but I’m sure you understand. 🙂
Here are a few ideas that you could use for Sharing Time tomorrow if you’re in need of any last minute ideas.
I saw this idea on Sugardoodle that would work great:
“Bring a small mirror attached to a stiff piece of paper. Do not let the children see the mirror. Hold up the back side of the paper and tell them that you have a secret picture of someone Jesus Christ loves very much. Allow the children to come up one-at-a-time to view the “picture.” Ask them to keep the picture a secret until everyone has had a turn to look. Remind the children that Jesus loves each of them.”
So if Heavenly Father loves each of us do you think he knows our names? Do you think he knows what we like?
Then read the scriptures provided in the outline to show the children that Heavenly Father does know each of our names.
Here is a great activity and story that I found in this month’s Friend that would also work for Sharing Time:
“The smell of baking cookies filled the air as Nataniel helped Grandma scoop dough onto cookie sheets. Grandma smiled at him. “Who loves you?” she asked.
Nataniel thought about how Grandma always made his favorite kind of cookies and kept paper on hand because she knew he liked to draw.
“You do,” he answered.
“That’s right,” Grandma said. “I’ve known you longer than anyone besides your mom and dad. But there’s someone else who has known you even longer than I have.”
“Who else?” Nataniel asked.
“Someone who loved you before you came to earth,” Grandma said.
“Oh,” Nataniel said. “You mean Heavenly Father.”
“Yes,” Grandma said, giving Nataniel a hug.
He smiled. Knowing he was loved made him feel warm inside.
This year in sharing time, you will learn more about the wonderful truth that you are a child of God. Heavenly Father knows and loves you. He has a plan to help you come back to live with Him someday.”
{From ‘The Friend’ January, 2013}
In the same article in The Friend, they compared everyone to snowflakes. I really liked this idea and thought the children might like it too. Here are some ideas that you could use:
Snowflake Match: Using the idea from the outline {Encourage Application}, come up with several different items that represent God’s love for His children. Find a picture for each item.
Find some snowflake clipart and print them out onto pieces of cardstock. Place the pictures that represent God’s love on the back of each snowflake. Make sure you have 2 pictures of each item. Place the snowflakes on a chalkboard, bulletin board, poster board, etc. and have the children take turns turning 2 snowflakes over until they find a match. Once they have found a match discuss with the children why that item represents God’s love for us.
After you have played the matching game show the children the snowflakes once again and explain: just as snowflakes are different shapes and sizes, children have special qualities that make each child unique. But even though each of us are different our Heavenly Father loves us!
Have the children make snowflakes as an activity. You could write Heavenly Father knows and loves me on each snowflake too.
The children could take the snowflakes home or you could place them in the Primary room to help them remember that even though we’re all different our Heavenly Father loves us.
I think the Primary children would really enjoy making snowflakes, I know my kids are always asking me to make snowflakes. 🙂
Bean Bag Name Toss: {This would be a fun game for Jr. Primary} Have everyone sit in a circle (if you have a large Primary split the children into 2-3 groups). To begin the game give a child the bean bag. Whoever has the bean bag will say “Heavenly Father loves you and knows your name is ______.” Have the child then throw the bean bag to whoever’s name they said. Continue until everyone’s name has been said.

I know this isn’t much, but hopefully it can help out someone in need of help. 
Have a wonderful weekend and a great Sharing Time!


4 thoughts on “God is my Heavenly Father. He knows and loves me.: 1st Week Sharing Time Idea for January 2013

  1. Anonymous

    this is an awesome idea!!!! thank you. I am so new to primary and could all and any help I get thank you so much for your time and talents! love it. hunter 37 ward presidency


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