Sharing Time Ideas from the 2018 Outline
Identify the doctrine (singing a song): Ask the children how they might announce something very important. Explain that long ago trumpets would be played when something important was announced. Ask the children to close their eyes and imagine that they hear trumpets as the pianist plays “The Priesthood Is Restored” (CS,89). Then ask the children to sing the song and discover what important message this song is announcing. Invite a few children to explain what the song means.
Encourage understanding (listening to guest speakers): Show the children pictures of the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood and the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood. Invite an Aaronic Priesthood holder to briefly share the story of the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood (see D&C 13; Joseph Smith—History 1:68–72). Then invite a Melchizedek Priesthood holder tell the children about the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood (see D&C 27:12–13; Joseph Smith—History 1:72). Show the pictures again, and ask the children to name the people in the pictures.
Encourage application (sharing testimonies): Have each class write on a piece of paper one thing that we have today because the Aaronic Priesthood was restored (for example, baptism and the sacrament) and one thing we have because the Melchizedek Priesthood was restored (for example, confirmation and blessings for the sick). Ask some of the children to share what they wrote. Express your gratitude for the blessings that come from our Heavenly Father because of the restoration of the priesthood.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
I almost shared my April 2018 Week 3 Sharing Time Idea last night, but I’m glad I didn’t because I came up with another great idea that you could use this week. Yay! This week I am recycling some old ideas, my “Priesthood Spin” idea and my “Priesthood Punch” idea. Both ideas are sure to be a hit with the children and can be customized to work for both Jr. and Sr. Primary. I have included printables to help preparing even easier. Enjoy!
Back in 2016 one of the weekly Sharing Time topics was “The Priesthood Has Been Restored“. While thinking of ideas for this week I decided to take a look back and see what ideas I have shared in the past. I came across this idea, and thought it was great, so I decided to re-share it.
Begin your Sharing Time using the ‘Introduce the Doctrine’ idea from the 2016 outline. I really think the children will enjoy the electricity object lesson, and it helps them to understand a little easier. Here is what it says:
“Introduce the doctrine: Show the children something that is powered by electricity. Then show that it cannot work without the proper power. Have a child hold up a picture of Christ ordaining His Apostles. Explain that Christ’s Church cannot work without the power of the priesthood. Have the child hide the picture behind his or her back. Explain that after Christ’s Apostles died, the priesthood authority was lost. Have another child show a picture of the restoration of the priesthood. Testify that God restored the priesthood through Joseph Smith.”
I loved that idea and thought it was perfect for this week’s topic. After the object lesson, Show the children pictures of the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood and the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood. Briefly share the story of the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood and the Melchizedek Priesthood, or invite some visitors to come in and share the story.
On the board create two columns: one column write ‘Aaronic’ and the other one write ‘Melchizedek’. Place the pictures in the appropriate columns, and then discuss who restored, or brought back, each of these priesthoods to Joseph Smith (see Joseph Smith—History 1:72).
For the next part, I thought it would be fun to play ‘Priesthood Punch’. If you’re new to my blog, you may have never heard of a Punch-A-Box game, but if you’ve been around, then you know that I really like this game. It’s always fun and the Primary children love it! The children will be ‘punching’ through tissue paper to reveal an ordinance. They will then need to choose which column that ordinance goes in.
Priesthood Spin Sharing Time Idea
For this idea you will be creating a human spinner using an office chair. This idea is a favorite, but if you’re worried about things getting out of hand you could also use the Decide Now spinner app. There is a free version, but I think if you want to customize you will have to purchase the app ($1.99), which I highly recommend.
How To Play:
Priesthood Spin Sharing Time Idea Downloads
I hope you enjoy my April 2018 Week 3 Sharing Time Idea and use them for your lesson this Sunday. I would love to hear if you do, so leave me a comment letting me know. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!