ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (reading scriptures): Display pictures of Isaiah, Nephi, King Benjamin, Abinadi, Alma, and Samuel the Lamanite from the Gospel Art Book and the Primary 4 picture packet. Divide the children into groups and give each group one of the following scriptures to look up:
(1)Isaiah 7:14; 9:6;
(2) 1 Nephi 11:14–15, 20–21;
(3) Mosiah 3:5–8;
(4) Mosiah 15:1;
(5) Alma 7:10–12; and
(6) Helaman 14:1–3.
Ask the children to look for which prophet is speaking and whom he is prophesying about. Ask each group to show the picture of the prophet and tell the other children who he is and what he said. (For younger children, help six children dress in simple costumes to depict the six prophets. Briefly tell about each prophet and what each said concerning the birth and mission of Jesus Christ.) Explain that each of these prophets foretold that Jesus Christ would come to earth. Sing “Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus” (CS, 36). Testify that Jesus Christ came to earth as the prophets foretold.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
This Sharing Time is actually almost identical to one from a few years ago…so I hope you don’t mind that I used my same idea from a few years ago. 🙂
Idea #1: You will need some helpers (adults or some primary children) to dress up as the Prophets above. You will have a wrapped present for each of the Prophets with their name (or scripture) inside.
A child will come to the front and choose a present and then unwrap it to reveal the name or scripture of the Prophet. The ‘Prophet’ will then come into the Primary Room and share the scripture/message with the children. You will then discuss what the scripture means.
Idea #2: If you don’t want to have people dress up, here is an alternative idea.
Have six gifts with the scriptures and the name of the Prophet inside. On the chalkboard board display 6 pictures that have to do with each of the prophets/scriptures.
Invite a child up and have them pick a gift, then have them unwrap the gift. Read the scripture aloud and then have them match the name of the prophet with the picture it belongs to.
A sister on Sugardoodle shared pictures that she was going to use for her sharing time. Here is what she said,
“The images I used were as follows: for king Benjamin I did a picture of Christ raising the girl from the dead (mighty miracles), for alma I did a picture of Jerusalem (He was born at jerusalem), for nephi I did a picture of Mary with baby Jesus (He was born of Mary), for Isaiah I typed up all the names for Christ that are listed in the scripture (wonderful, counselor…), for Samuel I did a picture of the wise men with the star (a new star will appear).”
Discuss the scripture after each one has been read and matched.
**You could also do a present pass. Have the pianist play a song and pass the gift around. When the music stops that child gets to unwrap the present to reveal the scripture & prophet.
And that’s it! Simple idea, but one that the children will enjoy. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day & a wonderful Sharing Time.