Sharing Time Ideas from the 2015 Outline

Introduce the doctrine: Prepare five pieces of paper with one of the following words on one side and the corresponding scripture reference on the back:

Not (Moses 4:2);

my will (Luke 22:42)

but (3 Nephi 27:13)

thine (John 6:38)

be done (John 4:34).

Divide the children into five groups, and give each group one of the pieces of paper. Explain that all of these scriptures tell a similar message about how Jesus Christ lived His life. Invite the teachers to help the children understand the message of their scripture. Have each group report what they learned as they place their paper on the board. Invite them to help you arrange the words in the correct order and then read the sentence together.

Encourage application: Let the children suggest ways they can follow Jesus Christ’s example of obeying Heavenly Father’s commandments. Have each child write or draw one idea on a strip of paper. Connect the strips to form a paper chain. Point out that just as the chain grew with each act of obedience, our faith will grow each time we obey.

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Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

I am using some help from a previous idea I shared back in 2010. It’s a great idea that I think the children will enjoy. I begin the Sharing Time with a fun wiggle activity and then discuss obedience. Then you’ll split into groups to discuss the scriptures from the outline and then end with a ‘footprint’ activity. Hope you like it!

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Before Primary you will need to cut out several ‘footprints.’ Click HERE to print out my footprint printable I created using clip art from Clker.com.

After you have cut them out, you can choose to write ways the children can follow Jesus Christ’s example of obeying Heavenly Father’s commandments or leave them blank.

To begin your Sharing Time:

Tell the children that we are going to play a game. Ask if anyone has ever played ‘Simon Says’? If some haven’t, explain the rules to them. Play Simon Says for a few minutes. The last ‘Simon Says’ could be, “Sit down quietly and fold your arms.”

You could also play a ‘Follow The Leader’ type game and invite a few children up to do some actions. Have the children follow along.

After the game, tell the children that you will be talking about obedience today. Tell them that the game that they just played was about being obedient. You had asked them to do specific things and they had to do them. Then tell them…In the game we just played you were being obedient. We are going to learn about someone today that was very obedient.

Show the children GAK picture 240- Jesus Christ.  Ask the children who this is.

Explain to the children that Jesus was very obedient. Who do you think Jesus obeyed?

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Scripture Activity

Tell the children that they are going to split into groups and read some scriptures to learn more. Split the children into groups and hand each group one of the pieces of paper from the outline (Above). Explain that all of these scriptures have a similar message about how Jesus Christ lived His life. Invite the teachers to help the children understand the message of their scripture. Once each group has read and discussed their scripture, have them come up and report what they learned. Have them post their word on the board where they think it should go.

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Following Jesus Christ’s Example

After you have discussed the scriptures have the children sit back down in their seats. Around the room you will have several footprints hidden. At the front of the room you will have a picture of Christ.

Invite a child to find one of the footprints. Then have them read, what is written on the back, aloud. If you chose not to write anything you could have the children share a way they can follow Jesus Christ’s example of obeying Heavenly Father’s commandments.

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After they have read the statement on the back of the footprint and you have discussed it, have them place the footprint at the other end of the primary room. {They will be making a footprint trail that leads to the picture of Christ.} Invite another child to find the next footprint and have them read the statement aloud.

Continue until the footprints have reached the picture of Christ.

Explain to the children that our faith will grow each time we obey…and as we choose the right/obey we can make it back to our Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ.

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Another Way to Play

You could also have some footprints where they didn’t obey the commandments. When one of these footprints is found you could have them place the footprint off to the side (going off the path), then have the child share what they could’ve done or how they can repent. Then you can add the footprint back on the right path.

If you don’t want to do the Footprint Activity, here’s an idea that would be great for JR. Primary.

Bean Bag Toss: This would be great for Jr. Primary. Have the children sit in a circle on the floor. You begin by holding the bean bag and saying, “I can follow Christ’s example by…….” then throw the beanbag to a child. Tell the children that if they get the bean bag they have to tell everyone a way they can follow Jesus Christ’s example of obeying Heavenly Father’s commandments.

I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time ideas.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!

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12 thoughts on “{Sharing Time} Jesus Christ Always Obeyed Heavenly Father

  1. liz

    Thank you SO much for this amazing website!! It really is a lifesaver, and I love all of your sharing time helps. Thank you thank you thank you!!

  2. Cristiane Costa

    Thanks, you are awesome, your ideas will help our Primary very, very much.
    Our gratitude from
    Brasilia – Brazil

    1. littleldsideas Post author

      Thanks for your sweet comment Cristiane. So happy to hear that my ideas help you and your sweet Primary. The internet is such a great tool for us to help each other even though we’re many miles away. 🙂

  3. Nicole Roberts

    Thanks so much for your time and effort to put together such great sharing time ideas. As a new primary president it is such a valuable resource for me. I have such a hard time coming up with creative ideas and this makes it all so easy.

    1. littleldsideas Post author

      Thanks Nicole for you sweet comment. I’m so glad that the ideas are helpful. Congratulations on your new calling as Primary President. You’ll do awesome! 🙂

  4. Vanessa

    SHEENA!!! Thank you SO much! I often see so many ideas for what to do, but usually i fear it would not be effective for teaching the doctrine, or that the children would loose focus. This is a great idea! I will definitely be coming here for more ideas!! Now, excuse me while I warm up my printer!!!!

    1. littleldsideas Post author

      Thanks Vanessa! I try to stay close to the ideas given in the outline since they are ideas from the General Primary Presidency who are inspired servants of the Lord. Glad you liked the ideas I shared. 🙂

  5. stacy

    Thank you so much!!!!! You are a true blessing to those of us who are not that creative 🙂

  6. Stacey

    Thank you Sheena! I knew I wanted to do Simon Says already but I wanted another activity to help the children remember the things they can do in their lives to be obedient as Christ was and to remember to walk with Jesus. Perfect!

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