Sharing Time Idea from the 2013 Outline

IDENTIFYING THE DOCTRINE (singing a song): Ask the children what gift we are given after we are baptized. Sing thesecond verse of “The Holy Ghost” (CS, 105). Before you sing, ask the children to listen for the answer to the following question: What does the Holy Ghost help us do? Help the children understand that the still, small voice is the Holy Ghost and that He helps us choose the right.

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (seeing an object lesson): Explain that we have to learn to listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost by paying attention to thoughts in our minds and feelings in our hearts (see D&C 8:2). Have a child place a coin in a glass jar and shake it. Let the children observe how clearly they can hear the sound. Have children add spoonfuls of dirt, rice, sand, or cotton balls to the jar. After each spoonful, have a child shake the jar again, and let the children comment on how this affects the sound. Continue adding spoonfuls until the children cannot hear the coin. Liken this to the difficulty of listening to the Holy Ghost when our lives are filled with distractions or sin. Empty the jar and demonstrate how clearly the coin can be heard again. Testify that keeping the commandments and repenting of our sins help us hear the Holy Ghost.

ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (sharing ideas): Divide the children into groups and have each group pass around a small object while you sing or say the words to “The Holy Ghost.” Stop randomly and have each child who is holding an object tell one thing they can do to hear the Holy Ghost more clearly. Conclude by singing “The Holy Ghost” together.

Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
I wanted to post this earlier, but yesterday I was in the Hospital thinking our newest little lady (#4) would be joining us. But it ended up being a false alarm. So, now we’re patiently waiting. I’ll keep you updated as to when she arrives. 🙂
For my Sharing Time idea today you will be setting up the Primary Room as if you are having a birthday party. You could have a table at the front of the room with a bright table cloth. On either side of the table have balloons (in two bunches). Then on the table you will have a gift (explanation below) and a large ‘Invitation’ (explanation below).
Explain to the children that today you are going to be discussing something very important, so you are going to have a little party to help us learn more about this particular topic.
First we are going to open a present!
Identifying Doctrine Activity:
For this activity you will need a small gift wrapped in white wrapping paper,
(since we are baptized in white clothing) and you could even add a white bow. Inside the gift have ‘The Gift of The Holy Ghost’ written or typed on a piece of paper OR have a picture of a child receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost.
You will also need to have several clues written or typed onto pieces of paper;
Examples:
I cannot be bought with money
I speak with a still, small voice
I teach the truth
I am a guide
I testify of Jesus Christ
I am sometimes called the comforter.
We receive it after we are baptized.
I am a member of the Godhead.
Have the clues underneath some of the children’s chairs and have them read the clues aloud one by one. As the children know what the gift is have them fold their arms, stand up, raise their hand, etc.
Invite a child up to the front of the room and have them unwrap the present to reveal what’s inside. Have them show the other children the picture of piece of paper and tell them what it is.
Further discuss the Holy Ghost with the children.
Another Idea for Encourage Understanding:
Another fun thing to do at parties is playing games.
For this activity you will use a bike horn or another loud object to demonstrate how hard it is to ‘listen’ when distracted by other things.
Explain to the children that the Holy Ghost usually speaks to us in a still, small voice. In order to hear the Holy Ghost we need to make good choices and not be distracted by other things.
Invite a child up to the front and tell the other children that they are going to be the ‘Leader’. Have the other children stand up and do what the ‘Leader’ tells them to do {hop on one foot, turn in a circle, etc.}
After the child has given 1-2 different instructions to the children you will pull out your horn and start honking it loudly. You may need to instruct the child that is the leader not to speak any louder while you are honking the horn. Have the child keep giving the children instructions to follow.
Ask the children if it was hard to hear the child’s instructions at the beginning of the activity. Then ask them if it was hard to hear when you were distracting them.
Liken this to the difficulty of listening to the Holy Ghost when our lives are filled with distractions or sin. Testify that keeping the commandments and repenting of our sins help us hear the Holy Ghost.

Sharing Time Activity:
Before Primary, make a card large enough for all the children to see. Write the word Invitation on the front of the card at the top. Ask them to raise their hands if they like to get invitations to parties. Open the card to reveal the following message: “I invite the promptings of the Holy Ghost when I …”
For this activity the children will be popping the balloons to reveal different ways we can invite the promptings of the Holy Ghost, there are also some balloons with ways that DO NOT invite the Holy Ghost.
Explain to the children that in order to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost we have to do things that will ‘invite’ the Holy Ghost.
Show the children the balloon and explain that inside the balloons are different ways that we can invite the promptings of the Holy Ghost. But inside some of the balloons are ways that do NOT invite the promptings of the Holy Ghost.
Tell the children that they will be popping the balloons to reveal the different ways we can invite the promptings of the Holy Ghost.
As the children pop the balloons and read the ideas aloud have them place the good ideas on the inside of the card. Some examples could be:
 praying, reading the scriptures, keeping the commandments, singing Primary songs, and following the living prophets.
If the children pick one that does NOT invite the Spirit have them place it in the garbage or another container.
Continue to pop the balloons until all the ideas have been read or until time runs out.
Discuss the importance of the Holy Ghost and the importance of having His Spirit with us. Encourage the children to choose the right, so that they can have the Spirit of The Holy Ghost with them at all times.

To help the children remember what they have learned give each child a card to fold into an invitation and ask the pianist to softly play “The Holy Ghost” (p. 105). Have them copy the words “I invite the promptings of the Holy Ghost when I …” on the front of the card. On the inside, have them list the ideas you have talked about and their own ideas.
{Idea adapted from The Friend, Aug. 2007}

I created some little invitations that you could use to give to the Primary Children. There are 2 different options.

The 1st is a Card: Just print it out and cut in half (from side to side)
Then fold in half to create a card/invitation.
(You may have to trim the edges a little.)
The children can write different ways they can invite the Spirit on the inside of the card. Encourage them to keep the cards and show to their families. They could even use it as a Family Home Evening.

The 2nd option is more of a handout. This one will print 4 to a page. 
The children can write the different ideas on the back and keep it in their scriptures or somewhere at home.

Encourage the children to always Choose the Right, so that they can have the companionship of the Holy Ghost. Invite them to look at their cards often to remember the different ways they can invite the Holy Ghost into their lives.

And that’s it for today! I hope you like my Sharing Time Idea.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day & a wonderful Sharing Time!

sheena

9 thoughts on “If I Live Worthily, the Holy Ghost Will Help Me Choose the Right: 2nd Week Sharing Time Idea for June 2013

  1. Anonymous

    Love this idea! I’ve been going back and forth trying to decide what to do this week. Now I know. Thank you! Good luck with the baby!

    -Alisha

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  2. Anonymous

    Thanks so much for taking the time to do these posts – especially at such a busy time! you are doing an amazing service for so many of us leaders and the children in our primary’s. Thank you! 🙂 Tracey

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  3. Anonymous

    Such a fun idea, I feel like I’ve struck gold! Thank you! Enjoy that baby when she arrives! 🙂

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  4. Anonymous

    part of teaching is helping the children feel the spirit. The spirit teaches them, not us. And as a release primary president, I can assure you that popping balloons in sharing time does not bring the spirit into class. In fact, it causes chaos. I have seen this done and I just wanted to pull my hair out. You might as well excuse primary for the day because you will not direct them back to what you are trying to teach them.

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