Sharing Time Ideas from the 2014 Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (answering questions): Ask the children to flex their arm muscles and show their physical strength. Ask what they can do to get stronger physically. Hold up your scriptures and explain that our spirits can get stronger as we read the scriptures. Ask the children to say “scripture study” each time you raise your scriptures. Ask a few questions that can be answered with this phrase, such as “What can help me to think good thoughts?” and “How can I gain strength to choose the right?” Hold up your scriptures after each question so the children can respond. (If children bring their scriptures to Primary, invite them to raise their own scriptures as they repeat “scripture study” in answer to your questions.)
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (discussing a scripture story): Prepare three pictures on the board to represent the ways Jesus Christ was tempted in Matthew 4:1–11. Beneath each picture, write the corresponding scripture reference (Matthew 4:4, Matthew 4:7, and Matthew 4:10). Explain that Jesus Christ used the scriptures when He was tempted. Read Matthew 4:1–11 aloud, stopping after each temptation to clarify and ask, “What gave Jesus spiritual strength?” Hold up your scriptures to help the children answer, and invite a child to read Jesus Christ’s response from the scriptures. Explain that “it is written” means that Jesus was quoting scripture. Encourage application (memorizing a scripture): Ask each class to choose and memorize together a short phrase from the scriptures that could give them and their families spiritual strength (for example, Luke 1:37, 1 Nephi 3:7, or D&C 10:5).
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
I had a hard time coming up with an idea for this week. I didn’t want to come up with something totally different than the outline, so I decided to stick pretty close to the idea given in the outline.
Ask the children to flex their arm muscles and show their physical strength. Invite a child to come to the front and show them some weights and ask them if they know what they are. Have them lift the weights a few times. Then ask the children ‘If he/she lifts these weights every day what will happen?’
Their answers might include: ‘get stronger,’ ‘get BIG muscles,’ etc.
Just like exercise can make our bodies stronger there is something that we can use to make our spirits stronger. Does anyone have any idea what that might be?
You could give the children a few clues or have the child up at the front of the room give clues, and have the rest of the children guess what it is. Then hold up some scriptures and explain that our spirits can get stronger as we read the scriptures.
At the front of the room on a chalkboard or poster-board, have your 3 pictures described in the outline (bread, temple, mountains).
Explain that Jesus Christ used the scriptures when He was tempted. Tell the children that you are going to read from the scriptures about a time that Jesus was tempted. Read Matthew 4:1–11 aloud, stopping after each temptation.
Up at the front of the room have 3 dumbells. If you have real ones then have those placed underneath each picture. On each dumbbell have each of the scripture references listed in the outline attached to the dumbells (1st dumbbell: Matthew 4:4, 2nd: Matthew 4:7, and 3rd: Matthew 4:10).
If you don’t have real ones then just find a picture of dumbbells and write the scripture references on the back.
Invite a child up to the front and have them pick up the dumbbell. Have them look up the scripture and read it aloud. Then clarify and ask, “What gave Jesus spiritual strength?”
Hold up your scriptures to help the children answer.
Explain that “it is written” means that Jesus was quoting scripture.
For this activity you will need a child and a large button up shirt.
You will be asking the children to share ways that the scriptures can give them strength. For every idea you will be stuffing the child’s shirt to give them ‘muscles’.
Invite a child up to the front and have them put on the large button up shirt over their clothing.
Tell the children that we need to help _______(child’s name) gain some ‘spiritual strength’. You can show the children how ‘wimpy’ the child looks with the huge shirt on. You could even have them lift the weights, but have them pretend to be weak.
Explain to the children that they are going to share ways that the scriptures can give us spiritual strength.
To stuff the child’s shirt use crumpled paper, socks, stuffing, etc.
Invite the children up one at a time to share a way that the scriptures can give them strength:
“The scriptures can help me to have good thoughts?”
“The scriptures can give me strength to choose the right?”
You could even have the child wearing the shirt raise some scriptures each time he/she hears the words scriptures. Invite the other children to do the same.
After a few children have shared different ways and the child is now ‘spiritually strong’ have the child show the other children that he/she is now strong!
Remind the children how important it is to study our scriptures.
That’s it! I hope you like my Sharing Time idea for this week as well as the children in your Primary.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time.