Identify the doctrine: Display pictures of Moses, King Benjamin, Joseph Smith, and Thomas S. Monson. Tell the children that these prophets, just like all prophets and apostles, show us how to serve others.
Encourage understanding (playing a guessing game):Prepare clues about how Moses, King Benjamin, Joseph Smith, and Thomas S. Monson show us how to serve. For example, some clues about President Monson could be “I visited widows from my ward regularly,” “When I was a boy I gave another boy one of my favorite toys,” and “I often visit people who are in hospitals.” You may want to use the following references to prepare the clues. Moses: Exodus 2:16–17; 1 Nephi 17:24–29. King Benjamin: Mosiah 2:12–19. Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith—History 1:62, 67; D&C 135:3. Thomas S. Monson: Ensign, Sept. 1994, 12–17; Dec. 1995, 2–4; Nov. 2006, 56–59.
Choose four children to represent these prophets, and invite one of them to read the clues you have prepared. Invite the other children to raise their hands when they think they know who the prophet is. Then have them find the picture of that prophet. Repeat with the other prophets.
Encourage application (listening to conference): Invite the children to watch or listen to general conference next month. Encourage them to listen for stories about how to serve others. Give them opportunities to share what they learn.
Keep the doctrine pure by teaching the truths of the gospel and not other things. Always use Church produced and approved lesson materials.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
This week I have a couple options for your Sharing Time lesson. They’re both quick to put together and include printables to make planning and prep even easier. I hope you enjoy my “Prophets and Apostles Show Us How To Serve” Service Sharing Time idea. Enjoy!
This Sunday is President Nelson’s birthday, so I thought it would be fun to incorporate that into the lesson just a little bit by telling the children that today is someone’s birthday. You could give a few clues and have the children guess who it might be.
Once the children guessed, you will share that President Nelson used to be a heart surgeon. That means that he would fix people’s “broken hearts”. Go on to share how President Nelson not only fixed people’s hearts physically, but he has also fixed them spiritually by sharing the gospel and serving others. I thought it would be fun to tie in service with fixing “broken hearts,” like President Nelson! You will then explain that today they are going to be learning more about service and fixing some “broken hearts” of their own by playing a matching game.
Service Heart Search
To create your matching game, you will need to print out my Service Hearts and then cut them in half. There are 6 hearts total, so there will be 12 pieces all together. Each heart has a “Who Am I” scripture story, “Service Scenario,” or a “Watch and Learn” on it.
For the “Who Am I” hearts, you will need to find pictures to represent each of the prophets: Moses, King Benjamin, and Joseph Smith. You can find these in the gospel library on lds.org. The children will be reading about the prophets from the scriptures and then matching it to the appropriate picture.
For the “Watch and Learn” heart, you will be showing the children a short Mormon Message: “The Coat”. Warning: It’s a tear jerker, it gets me every time! The “Service Scenarios” are just scenarios that the children will read, and then answer what they would do to serve that particular person.
Since you will be playing a matching game, I thought it would be great to create a board to use instead of having the hearts on a table. It changes up the usual flip a card over to find a match. For my game board, I chose to use small brown bags (I trimmed them to make them shorter) tacked to a bulletin board (I also added cute little hearts to the front of my bags). You will be placing a heart half into each envelope/bag.
How To Play
At the from of the room, have your board set-up. You will also need to have your pictures posted on a chalkboard or bulletin board as well. After you explain how President Nelson used to fix broken hearts and that that is what the children are going to be doing today, you will invite the first child up. Have the child choose two envelopes and remove each heart-half to see if it’s a match.
If they don’t get a match, have them place the heart-halves back into their envelope and choose someone else to come to the front to pick two different heart-halves.
If they found a match, have the child read it aloud (or have you read it to them). Have them complete the task (Who Am I, Watch, or Scenario). If they chose a “Who Am I” they will read the short snippet about the prophet, and then they will go and look at the pictures that are posted. Using the clues from the heart, they will need to find the picture of the Prophet that it is talking about. Once they figure out who it is, have them place the heart on the picture.
Continue having the children search for “broken hearts” until you have found and fixed all of them or until time runs out.
Other Ways to Play
If you’re worried that the matching idea might take a little too long, you could only have half of the heart-halves hidden in envelopes posted on a bulletin board, and have the remaining heart-halves posted on another board or hidden around the room (not in envelopes). I think you could do this many different ways, but those are a few that I had.
If you do this, have a child come up to the front and pick one heart-half from one of the envelopes. Then have them search for the other matching half (just have them search for the same color; there are two green hearts though). Once it is found, have them complete the task that is on the heart. This might be easier for Jr. Primary and keep their attention a little better.
To finish your Sharing Time, you could also cut out hearts for each child and have them write or draw how they can serve others. Then send them to President Nelson as a birthday present!
I also wanted to share a fun Service Jeopardy that I shared several years ago. This would be a great game for Sr. Primary. I included instructions and printables to help make prep a little easier.
I hope you enjoy my September 2018 Week 2 Sharing Time Idea and use it for this week’s lesson. I’d love to hear what you think or changes that you make, so leave me a comment letting me know.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!