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
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.
Hope you have a great week & a great Sharing Time.