What you will need:
‘Prophet’ typed or written on a piece of paper, big enough for the children to see.
‘Prophets are called by God.’ typed or written on a piece of paper, big enough for children to see.
Story: ‘He Takes Care of His Church’ from http://www.lds.org/
Post the ‘Prophet’ sign on the board.
Ask the children what the word says. Prophet.
What do you think of when you hear that word?
Perhaps you think of a prophet from Old Testament times, wearing a long robe. Or a Book of Mormon prophet holding the Liahona. Perhaps your prophet is old, like Moses. Or did you imagine a young boy prophet like Josiah? Maybe you thought of today’s prophet, who wears a suit and tie?
But it doesn’t matter what the prophets look like or how old they are, the most important thing is that the Prophets are called by God and they are called to be messengers for our Heavenly Father.
Underneath the word Prophet, post the sign ‘Prophets are called by God.’
What does that mean, Prophets are called by God?
I have a story that I would like to share with you, that tells us what this means.
Read “He Takes Care of His Church”
So, who chooses the Prophets? Do we all vote? Does your Dad get to choose who he thinks should be the Prophet? NO! Prophets are called by God!
Throughout the History of the church, the Prophets have always been called by God.
Today we are going to learn about some of these Prophets.
Straw Shootin’ Game:
I found this game on Sugardoodle. It was posted as a Singing Time game, I decided to use it as a Sharing Time Game.
You will need:
Pictures of several Prophets that you woul like to discuss.
GAK 101: Adam and Eve
GAK 102: Noah
GAK 107: Moses
GAK 117: Daniel
GAK 120: Enoch
GAK 300: Lehi
GAK 400: Joseph Smith
A picture of Thomas S. Monson
For each picture you have, cover it with a piece of paper.
3-4 Clues for each prophet (Examples below)
On a chalkboard/bulletin board post the pictures of the prophets you have chosen. Cover the picture up with a piece of paper (you can have each one a different color if you want, also, on the piece of paper draw a big question mark).
Type or write your clues for each prophet (make them small). Once you have all of your clues, cut each clue into a strip. Roll up each clue and place it in a straw. Make sure you keep each of the prophet’s clues seperate from the other prophet clues, don’t mix them up.
Have a cup for each of the prophets and place the straws, with the clues, in each of the cups (So place of the clues for Adam in a cup and place the cup in front of his picture, etc. etc). If you want, you could match the straws with the color of the paper that is covering the prophet picture.
Take turns choosing a child to come up and choose a straw. Have them blow in the straw and shoot the clue out. Read the clue and ask if anyone knows what prophet this is. If they don’t choose another child to come up and pick another straw. Do this until they have guessed the prophet or until all the clues are read.
If you would like, you can tape off different point lines on the floor. If they land in the 10 point section and guess the prophet, they get 10 points.
After they have guessed the prophet, take the piece of paper off and show them the picture. Talk a little about the prophet, and tell the children that this prophet was called by God.
– I was the first man on the earth and the ‘father’ of all.
– I named every living creature on the earth.
– I lived in the Garden of Eden
– Genesis 1:26
– Because of the wickedness of the people the Lord called me to teach the people the
– To protect my family and I, from great floods that the Lord would cause, the Lord
commanded me to build an ark.
– I was to gather each type of animal, male and female, so they would not be destroyed.
– Genesis 6:12-14
– I was called by God as He spoke to me from a burning bush.
– I led my people out of bondage in Egypt.
– The Lord revealed the Ten Commandments to me.
– Exodus 3: 4-5
– King Darius of Babylon chose me to be the first of his three presidents.
– The other men were jealous of me. They had the King sign a decree saying that no one
– I was caught praying and was thrown into the lions’ den. But ‘My God’ hath sent his
angel, and shut the lions’ mouth, they they would not hurt me.
– Daniel 6:10
– When I was very young, the Lord commanded me to tell the people to repent.
– Many believed and repented and were baptized. We built the city of Zion.
– We became so righteous that we were taken up to heaven to live with God.
– Moses 6:26-27
– I warned the people in Jerusalem to repent or they would be destroyed.
– The Lord told me to take my family and flee into the wilderness.
– One night the Lord told me that we must continue our journey into the wilderness. The
next morning I went to the door of my tent, and found the Liahona.
– 1 Nephi 2: 1-2
– The Lord commanded my brothers and I to go and get the brass plates from Laban.
– The Lord told me to build a ship to carry my family to the Promised Land.
– 1 Nephi 17: 7-8
– I went to the woods and prayed to know which church I should join.
– Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to me and told me to to join none of the churches that existed
– I was obedient to God and helped restore the true Church of Jesus Christ to the earth.
– Joseph Smith History 1:16-17
After they have guessed all of the prophets, there will be one that is still covered.
– This Prophet is the sixteenth prophet of our church.
– This Prophet was born in Salt Lake City, UT
– And this prophet was called by God to be our Prophet today.
Does anyone know who this might be? Yes, President Thomas S. Monson. (uncover his picture.)
Bear testimony that Prophets are called by God.
You could play any game with this Sharing Time. Some other game ideas are:
Puzzle: Instead of having a blank piece of paper coverin the prophet. Cut the piece of paper into 3-4 pieces (however many clues there are). On each puzzle piece write a clue. Have the children come up and choose a puzzle piece. Read the clue aloud, and see if they can guess who the Prophet it. Continue doing this until they have guessed the prophet or all the puzzle pieces are gone.
Who am I Game: Choose a child to come up and give the clues to the other children. Have them try to guess who the prophet is.
Balloon Pop Game: Put the clues into balloons and have the children pop the balloon in order to read the clue.
Crossword Puzzle: I did this for a Sharing Time in January. Choose what prophets you would like to discuss. For the Crossword Clues you could use just the scripture references as the clues or you could use a clue phrase and scripture (i.e.- Genesis 6:12-14; The Lord commanded me to build an ark.) If they don’t know who it is by the clue alone, they can look up the scripture and find out who it is.
To make the crossword puzzle go to www.puzzle-maker.com/CW/ and enter in your clues and answers. Then it will creat a crossword puzzle for you! Then I just used the one that was created for me, and drew it up onto a posterboard.
High Chairs Game: This was explained in a previous post. Type/write each of the Prophets names onto strips of paper ( make 2-3 sets of names/answers). Split the children into 2 or 3 teams (depending on the size of your primary) and give each team a set of answers/prophet names. Up at the front of the room have 2-3 chairs. Label one chair with a ‘1’ sign, the next chair a ‘2’ sign and the third chair with a ‘3’ sign. Give the children the first clue. If a child knows it they must find the slip of paper with that Prophet’s name, then take the paper and go and sit in a chair (they’ll want to sit in the highest number chair because whatever chair they are in, that is the number of points their team will receive.) Keep reading until each team has someone sitting in a chair.
If a child is sitting in a chair, but has the wrong prophet, they may not go and change their answer, and instead of getting that amound of points, the amount on their chair will be subtracted from their team’s score.
There are just a few game ideas for this week’s Sharing Time. I know they will enjoy each of them, and will learn about each of the prophets. Remind the children that each of these prophets were called by God.
If any of you have any questions you can email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.