Sharing Time Idea from the 2016 Outline

Introduce the doctrine: Bring a variety of books (such as a cookbook, a storybook, and a schoolbook) to Primary, and invite a few children to show these books and the scriptures to the Primary. Invite the children to discuss the similarities and differences between the books, including their authors. Point out that the scriptures are unique because they are written by God’s prophets and are the word of God.

Encourage understanding: Tell the children that there are four books of scripture we use in the Church: the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. Explain that we call these the “standard works.” Teach the children about each book. Include a few of the stories or teachings found in each book. Play a matching game (see TNGC, 169) with the names of the standard works and pictures representing a story or teaching found in each book.

Encourage application: Invite several of the children to share their favorite scripture or scripture story. Encourage them to share what they have learned from reading the scriptures. Bear your testimony of the scriptures.

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Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

**UPDATE: I accidentally placed the First Vision in the Doctrine & Covenants section. It is actually in Pearl of Great Price, SORRY! 🙁

A new year….a new theme! I am excited about this week’s idea. I got the main idea from an idea I shared back in 2011, but I changed it up a bit. I hope you like it!

The Scriptures

Begin by doing the book activity given in the outline. Invite the children to discuss the similarities and differences between the books, including their authors. Point out that the scriptures are unique because they are written by God’s prophets and are the word of God.

Hold up the scriptures and explain to the children that the scriptures are a ‘treasure’. Tell the children that there are four books of scripture we use in the Church: the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. Explain that we call these the “standard works.” Tell the children that there are great teachings inside each of the books.

You will then show the children a treasure chest and explain that you are missing all the jewels inside. Explain to the children that their are some very important jewels missing from your ‘treasure’. Without these jewels your ‘treasure’ is not complete. Explain that the jewels are hidden around the Primary room, but they aren’t just ordinary jewels, they are ‘Scripture Jewels’. Ask the children if they would be willing to go on a ‘treasure hunt’ and help you find the missing jewels.

Here is what you’ll need and how to play!

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Treasure Hunt Scripture Matching Game:

What You Need:

A treasure chest: you could create a treasure chest (a shoe box would be great) or find a picture of one

Gospel Art Kit pictures: I listed some below that you can use. You will need a full size picture and a small picture to fit on the back of each jewel. I included the small pictures along with my jewel printable.

Jewels (You can use my printables or create your own jewels)

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Stories/pictures from the scriptures you could use & that are included in my printable:

Old Testament
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New Testament

The Nativity

The Good Samaritan

Christ Walking on the Water

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Book of Mormon

The Liahona

Ammon Defends the Flocks of King Lamoni

Captain Moroni Raises the Title of Liberty

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Doctrine & Covenants

Four Missionaries

Joseph in Liberty Jail

Pearl of Great Price

The First Vision

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First, you will need to print out the jewels and attach the small picture, included in the printable, to the back of each one. Here’s a peek at the jewels and pictures I created:

Scripture-Jewel-Image

Instead of having the whole picture on the back,  I thought it would be fun to only have a piece of the Gospel Art Kit picture. The picture above is just a piece of Ammon Defending King Lamoni’s Flocks. The children will be looking at the piece of the picture on the back of the jewel, and then will be trying to match it to the full-size Gospel Art Picture. 🙂

HOW TO PLAY:

Have the jewels hidden around the Primary room. You will also need to have the Gospel Art Kit pictures posted on a chalkboard or bulletin board at the front of the room.

Invite a child up to the front of the room and have them find one of the jewels. Once they have found the jewel, have the child bring it to the front of the room. Have the child take a look at the picture on the back of the jewel. Have the child look at the Gospel Art Pictures and have them match it to the picture it belongs to.

Once they have found the match, you could tell the children which book it belongs to, and then share a little bit about that particular story. Have them place the jewel inside of the treasure chest once you have discussed it. Then invite another child up to the front to find the next jewel.

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ANOTHER OPTION

A great option you could do for Sr. Primary…have the children tell YOU which book it belongs to. You could have a chalkboard divided into 4 columns (one for each book). After the children have found one of the jewels, have them decide which picture it belongs to. THEN have the child take the picture and place it in the column they think it belongs.

Click HERE to print my Old Testament Jewels

Click HERE to print my New Testament Jewels

Click HERE to print my Book of Mormon Jewels

Click HERE to print my Doctrine & Covenants Jewels

Click HERE to print Blank Jewels

I didn’t include the Pearl of Great Price. I realized after I already created these. If you would like to include those you can just use the blank jewel page. 🙂

I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time idea. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time.

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16 thoughts on “{Sharing Time} The Scriptures are the Word of God

  1. Becky

    This is great! Thank you so much! I’m going to find a picture of a pearl and use that for the Pearl of Great Price stories. 🙂

  2. Doralie

    Sheena, you save me so much in Primary! I am way out of my element in this calling and I visit your site regularly (and even downloaded periscope to watch your episodes (if that is what they are called) thank you for sharing your talent!

    1. littleldsideas Post author

      Doralie! You just made my night! You are so sweet. I’m sure you are amazing in Primary! Our Heavenly Father called you teach the wonderful children in your ward for a reason. I’m so glad you like my ideas, and that they’re helpful. AND I’m so glad you join me on Periscope…I am really out of my element there, but I’m getting used to it, as long as no one minds my goofiness and rambling. haha Thanks again for the sweet comment. 🙂

  3. Deb Sparks

    Thank you Sheena (from Australia) for sharing your fabulous ideas, creativity and talents with the rest of us who are somewhat challenged in this area! This activity went over amazingly well last Sunday. The children were able to make an immediate link to the scriptures as a being something precious. You inspire me to want to do better in my calling every week. Love your work – thank you again!

  4. Nicoke

    I loved this lesson as well! Thank you!! Quick question though.. What part of d&c were you referring the first vision to? The two make teachers in senior primary make me feel a little dumb saying that it wasn’t in there it was in the pearl of great price. I would of been fine with their comment but they were laughing about it. Anyways just curious if there was a section you were thinking of for that story. Thank you again for all your fun ideas!!

    1. littleldsideas Post author

      I’m sorry…I think that was my mistake. The first vision is in the Pearl of Great Price (Joseph Smith History). 🙁 By the time I got to that section I had spent quite a bit of time creating the jewels, and was ready to be done. I’m sorry. Just tell those teachers that everyone makes mistakes, no need to laugh at someone for an honest mistake. I’m glad to hear the lesson went well, other than that. 🙂

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