Sharing Time Idea from 2011 Primary Outline

IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (discussing temples): Before Primary, write the phrase “Ye are the temple of God” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17) on the board. Show the children pictures of temples, and ask them what makes a temple so special (it is a house of the Lord, clean, well cared for, and a place where the Holy Ghost can come. Write their responses on the board. Explain that our bodies, like temples, are sacred and need to be treated with respect by ourself and others.

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION (answering questions and coloring): Copy the picture on page 47 of the Nursery manual, Behold Your Little Ones. Cut out the circles in the picture, and put them in a container. Ask a child to choose one of the circles. Ask the children how the picture reminds them to treat their bodies like temples. Give each child a copy of the picture, and invite them to color it. Invite older children to write one thing under each circle that they will do this week to treat their bodies like temples. Invite the children to take their pictures home to teach their family how they can treat their bodies like temples.

ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (discussing gospel standards): Display a copy of “My Gospel Standards”. Ask the children to identify which gospel standards teach them how to treat their bodies like temples. Invite the children to turn to someone sitting nearby and share one way they are treating their body like a temple. Then ask them to think about one way they can improve. Invite a few of the children to share their thoughts with everyone.


Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas
A few months ago the first counselor in our Primary did a Sharing Time using a Mr. Potato Head. The children loved it! As I read the idea for this week in the outline I remembered her idea and my idea came to me.
You can use a Mr. Potato head or draw an outline of a person on a poster-board. Here is a great paper-doll print-out you could use, just blow it up or draw it onto a poster-board:
 Have each body part in a bag (or write each body part on a piece of paper and have the pieces of paper in a bag).
The children will take turns picking a body part. You will then discuss what we must do to keep our bodies clean and pure. Here are some examples:
Mouth– eat healthy and obey the word of wisdom
Hair– hygiene
Legs & Arms-do you exercise?
I have included examples for each body part.
 And I’ve even included some ‘spiritual’ things.
Legs & Arms– do you ‘exercise’ faith?
Mouth– do you keep your spirit ‘fed’?


I think this will be a really great Sharing time and the children will have alot of fun and will learn how they need to treat their bodies. I am going to take alot of information from ‘For the Strength of Youth’ and I might even have quotes from ‘For the Strength of Youth’ typed up for the older children to read, so I’m not talking the whole time. 🙂
At the end I will show them a heart with the scripture Alma 34:36 written on it. I will tell the children
“If you are clean in mind and body, you can receive great blessings because “the Lord hath said he dwelleth not in unholy temples, but in the hearts of the righteous doth he dwell”
Then I will bear my testimony on the importance of keeping our bodies/temples pure and clean.

As I was preparing my Sharing Time I saw some other great ideas from the May 2002 ‘Friend:’ Ye are the Temple of God.
I think that’s it. Don’t forget tomorrow is the last day to enter the ‘Just Be’ Giveaway.
Hope you have a great week & a great Sharing Time.

8 thoughts on “My Body is a Temple: 1st week Sharing Time idea for August

  1. Anonymous

    Thank you so much for all the work you put into sharing time…this will be my first week teaching sharing time and I have been really nervous not knowing how to do it. So thank you for sharing your online with us.
    Melissa – CA

  2. Kendria

    I really like this blog! I’m a primary president and I’m always looking for ways to adapt the lesson for Sr./Jr. – thanks for sharing!

  3. FEEST

    Thanks so much for this sharing time! It’s awesome and I can’t wait to do it Sunday! I look at a lot of different sites for supplement ideas, and I have to tell you that YOURS is my very favorite and time after time I use ideas from you! You are definitely a blessing in my life~I don’t know how you are able to do it w/all you have going on in yours! Thanks again!! I sooo appreciate you and the time you take to help all of us! ~Racquel Feest, NV

  4. Anonymous

    YESSSS, Thanks so much. I love your page too. Have been looking and looking and I think this will be perfect for the little ones in our Primary. THANKS so much for sharing as I know you would also have a lot of other committments going on throughout the week. MUCH LOVE xox Mary BNE

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