IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (memorizing a scripture): Help the children memorize the last part of Mosiah 2:17 by writing on the chalkboard, “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.” Invite the children to repeat the phrase two or three times. Ask a child to erase one or two words, and have the children repeat the phrase again. Repeat until no words are left on the chalkboard.

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (hearing case studies): In preparation, prayerfully study President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s April 2010 conference talk, “You Are My Hands” (see Ensign or Liahona, May 2010, 68–70, 75). Ask the children how we serve God when we serve those around us (we are doing what He would do if He were here). Share a story or a personal experience of service, and explain how it blessed both the giver and the receiver. (You can find stories about service in the Friend or Liahona.) Prepare some case studies (see TNGC, 161–62) that show how children can serve others. For example: “Annie tripped and fell on the way home from school, and her books and papers were scattered on the ground. David stopped to help her up and picked up her books.” “Mary’s neighbor was struggling to carry groceries into her house while her baby was crying. Mary helped her carry her groceries.” Ask the children to act out the case studies and tell who was served (both the recipient of the service and God).

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION (playing a matching game): Find or draw pictures of people children can serve, such as a parent, a sibling, a grandparent, a friend, and a neighbor. Make a second copy of these pictures and play a matching game with them (see TNGC, 169). When a child makes a match, invite him or her to tell one way to serve the person in the pictures. List the children’s ideas on the chalkboard. For some ideas about how to serve, see Primary 4, 166.

Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
For this week’s Sharing Time Idea I am using some help from THIS idea from an issue of ‘TheFriend. I thought it was a great idea and an activity that the children might enjoy.
My Sharing Time Idea could easily be split into two weeks. You could focus on the first 2 activities for week 3 and then do the third activity for week 4. Here is my idea….see what you think.
Join the Secret Service
For your Sharing Time you will need to dress up like a detective {hat, magnifying glass, coat, briefcase, etc.}
Walk into the Primary room holding your magnifying glass up to your eye and quietly look around the room.
I’m sure you will get a few giggles, but just keep looking through that magnifying glass. 🙂
Once you’re at the front of the room get everyone to quiet down, and then quietly say:
I’m part of a special group…..a group called the ‘Secret Service’.
You can then go on to explain this special group:
You could say something like:
This is a group for people that go around serving others. But part of being in the secret service is that it’s…..Secret.
After you have explained all about the ‘Secret Service’ ask the children who would like to join the Secret Service. 
To join the Secret Service the children will have to do some ‘training’ activities.

First Training Activity:
{Memorize a Scripture}
For this activity you will help the children memorize Mosiah 2:17.
One way to memorize a scripture is to split it up. One way that I have used in the past it to split the children up into groupsYou could split them into groups by color of clothes, age, class, boy/girl, etc.
Give each group a piece of the phrase that they will say when it is their turn. You could make signs for each group and slowly take away the signs as they learn their part.
Be sure to switch the phrase each group has so they learn the whole scripture, not just the first part.
Once they have the scripture memorized move onto the next activity.

 Secret Service Briefcase
For this idea you will need a briefcase
You will also need several stories from ‘The Friend’ or personal stories.
For each story you will need an object that represents that particular story.
For example…if you choose THIS story, you could have a picture of a baby or an actual baby doll in your briefcase.
Read the story aloud and then ask questions. You could discuss how it blessed the giver & the receiver. Or ask how that little boy was serving others.
There are lots of stories of service on, just search ‘Service in the Friend’.

Third Training Activity:
{Searching for Service}
 Before Primary you will need to cut out several hearts. On the back of each heart have scenarios, scriptures, names of people (Father, Neighbor, etc.).
Post the hearts all around the Primary Room.
Just like last week you will need to be dressed up like a detective. If you decide to use this activity for week 4 you can take some time to review what was taught last week and then go into this activity.

Have the children look around at all the hearts. Explain that on each of the hearts is a question, a person, a scripture, etc. They are going to have to ‘search’ for service so that they can better understand what it means to serve others.
Invite the first child up and hand him/her a magnifying glass, you could have them dress up in a coat and hat also.
Have them walk around the room and pick a heart and bring it to the front of the room.
Read what is on the back of the heart and have the child answer the question or if it’s a name of a person have the child tell you how they could serve that person.
You could also include some ‘Service Charade’ words on the back of the hearts and have the children act out that act of service:
mowing the lawn, picking up toys, washing dishes, etc.
Have a picture of Christ on a chalkboard or poster-board at the front of the room and have the children place their heart around the picture of Christ once they have finished the task on the back of each heart.
At the end of Sharing Time you can show the children the picture of Christ and all the hearts and repeat the scripture, Mosiah 2:17, once again.

To encourage the children to serve others you could give each child a bag of their very own ‘Secret Service Hearts’ and encourage them to do random acts of kindness during the week. When they have completed an act of service have them leave one of their hearts.
I created some ‘Secret Service’ notes that you could give to each of the children instead of hearts {pictured above}. Just print & cut and place them in little baggies with instructions.

At the end of Sharing Time (week 4) you could give the children a little ‘Secret Service’ certificate. Let them know that they are now official members of the ‘Secret Service’. It is their job to go and serve others just as Jesus Christ served.

I think the children will really enjoy these activities. I hope you like my ‘Secret Service’ idea and use it for your Primary.
If you use my idea or change it up a bit please let me know, I would love to hear how it went or what you did.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!


4 thoughts on “{Sharing Time} When I Serve Others, I Serve God

  1. Anonymous

    I used this idea and the kids loved it!!! For week 1, I added Active Agents Personnel File. In each file was a picture of an active Secret Service agent (a general authority, etc), I then read a story of service from their file so the kids could learn how different agents perform service. I don’t know if I’m explaining it well but it was a huge hit. I’m excited for week 2 🙂


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