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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

{Visiting Teaching} March 2015- The Attributes of Jesus Christ: Long-Suffering & Patient

It’s been a little while since I have posted a Visiting Teaching printable.
But lucky for you....I finished one for this month's message! YAY!
Here is what they look like:
This is such a great message, and talks about something I strive to be better at every day...PATIENCE!
One of my favorite quotes from this month's message is:

"Ultimately, patience means being ‘firm and steadfast,
and immovable in keeping the commandments of
the Lord’ [1 Nephi 2:10] every hour of every day,
even when it is hard to do so.”

I hope you enjoy this month's Visiting Teaching message. If you would like to print out your own, just click the link below. There are 2 to a page. Print as many as you would like. :)


Other Exciting News!
Little LDS Ideas will be moving to a new site {littleldsideas.net}! I am so excited and have been working hard trying to get it ready. The new website should be more organized and a whole lot easier to find exactly what you're searching for. As soon as it's ready I will be sure to let you know. Until then...just keep visiting here.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!
sheena
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

{Sharing Time} Prophets Are Called by God

Sharing Time Idea from the 2015 Primary Outline
INTRODUCE THE DOCTRINE: Write each of the following words on separate strips of paper: Prophets, are, called, by, God. Give the strips of paper to five children. Arrange the children in front of the Primary so the words are out of order. Invite other children to arrange the words in the correct order. Repeat the sentence together.

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING: Prepare clues about how Moses, Lehi, and Joseph Smith were called by God. For example, the clues about Moses could be: “I was called by God as He spoke to me from a burning bush”; “God called me to write the first five books of the Bible”; and “God called me to lead His people out of Egypt.” Choose three children to represent these prophets, and invite them to give the clues to the Primary. Invite the children to raise their hand when they think they know who the prophet is. Have the children say the answer together. After they have identified each prophet, read a scripture about that prophet (Moses: Exodus 3:4–5; Lehi: 1 Nephi 1:5–6; Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith—History 1:16–17). Point out that Moses was called by God, Lehi was called by God, and Joseph Smith was called by God. Tell the children that all prophets are called by God.

ENCOURAGE APPLICATION: Ask the children, “Who is our prophet today?” Show a picture of the current President of the Church. Explain that he was called by God. Have the children discuss in class groups how they can follow the current prophet. Invite a child from each class to come to the front and act out one thing they discussed in their group. Invite the other children to guess what the action is. Ask the child to share how following the prophet in this way will bless his or her life.


Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
For this week’s Sharing Time I thought it would be fun to invite some men to Primary and play a ‘Who Am I’ game.
 

For this Sharing Time you will need to ask 3 men to dress up like one of the prophets listed in the outline (Moses, Lehi, Joseph Smith). Explain that they will be reading clues to the children about that particular prophet. The children will then be guessing who they are.

Other Items you will need:
-'Prophet' typed or written onto 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.
-GAK Picture 107: Moses
-GAK Picture 300: Lehi
-GAK Picture 400: Joseph Smith
-A Picture of President Monson

To Begin
Post the 'Prophet' sign on the board and ask the children what the word says. Then ask, "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. {From The Friend}

Underneath the word Prophet, post the sign ‘Prophets are called by God.’

What does that mean, Prophets are called by God?

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.

Who Am I?
Today we have some visitors coming in to Primary. They are going to share some clues/information and you are going to have to guess who they are.
Are you ready to meet them?

Invite the men in one at a time or all at once...up to you.

You can also choose to post the pictures of each of the prophets on the chalkboard to help give the children a little hint or wait to show the picture until after they have guessed who it is.

Invite the first ‘helper’ up to the front and have him read his clues aloud (I have provided some clues below). Have the children listen to the clues and when they think they know who it is have them raise their hand.
 Another Way to Play:
{You could also post the pictures in different areas of the room and have the children go stand by the picture of who they think it is.}

After the prophet has been guessed correctly invite the next helper up and have him read his clues aloud. Continue until all clues have been read and each prophet has been guessed.

Clues:
Moses:
- 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

Lehi:
- 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

Joseph Smith
- 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
   then.
- I was obedient to God and helped restore the true Church of Jesus Christ to the earth.
- Joseph Smith History 1:16-17

To close, tell the children that you have one more Prophet that they need to guess {President Monson}. Read the clues (below) aloud and have the children raise their hand when they know who it is.

Clues:
- 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.

Bear testimony that Prophets are called by God.

You could have President Monson’s picture on a bulletin/chalkboard. Cover the picture with a piece of paper and draw a big question mark on the front. Then reveal the picture after you have read the clues.


I hope you enjoy my Sharing Time Idea that I have shared today. 
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!
sheena
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{Primary} March 2015 Monthly Theme Poster


This year our ward is in charge of decorating the small bulletin board in the Primary. There are 2 wards that meet in our building so one ward does the large bulletin board while the other ward does the smaller.

We decided the smaller bulletin board would be a great place to post the monthly themes.
Since I completely spaced creating one for February I decided to just skip it for now and create one for March.

I read the theme and knew I wanted a picture of the prophet or a picture of past prophets from the scriptures. I googled for some clip art, but didn't have much luck. I was starting to wonder if I would have to change my plan.

Then I came across Susan Fitch!
She had exactly what I was looking for. After I purchased her adorable "Follow the Prophet" kit from her Etsy shop, I got to work. Here is what I created!


I am loving it! What do you think?
I decided to email Susan and ask her if it would be ok if I shared my monthly poster as a free printable on my blog. Susan was so sweet and said Yes!

Susan also has a blog where she shares many of her illustrations for FREE!
You can visit her Blog, HERE!

She is currently working on a new kit for Primary Choristers. So share Susan's page with all your Primary Chorister friends!

She also has some other great items in her Etsy shop.
She has an Activity Days Binder Kit, a Sunday Activity Book, a Primary Chorister Flip Chart Buddy that includes 35 illustrations, plus a whole bunch of other adorable illustration kits. 

AND until the end of February you can receive a 20% off coupon on your next purchase, whenever you spend $5 or more in her Etsy shop!
Visit Susan's Shop HERE!

I will definitely be stopping by Susan's shop and Blog whenever I'm in need of some cute clip art.

Here is a picture of what the printable looks like on our small bulletin board:

I am planning on placing the previous monthly posters along the side (where the brown paper is). You can find the yearly poster theme, HERE.

And here is a look at our big bulletin board:
I think it turned out great!

Now for the printable!
If you would like to use my March Primary Theme Poster then click the link below.
Click HERE to print the March Poster!


Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoy my Primary Theme Poster. And thank you Susan for sharing your amazing illustrations with us. :)
Have a wonderful day.

sheena
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

{Primary} Faith In God Sunday Challenge Idea


I recently joined a Facebook group for Primary Presidency Members
{Name of Group: LDS Primary Presidencies & Sharing Time}.
I am loving all the ideas that these wonderful sisters are sharing.

I scrolled through some previous Facebook posts in the group and found a great idea for Faith In God.

The original idea came from Stephanie Carn Yrungaray. I wanted to give Stephanie credit for this great idea and asked if she had a blog/site I could link to. She didn't have a blog BUT she does have an Etsy shop where she sells Quote Bundles. She has quote bundles for women, fitness, missionaries, and more. So be sure to stop by and check out her shop.


Faith In God Sunday Challenge Idea
Stephanie created this to help the primary children work on their Faith In God. I've been wondering if the children were working on their Faith In God, so when I saw the idea I brought it up to the President. We decided it would be a great idea to do.

We have decided to do this every other month since the children are supposed to complete 2 activities from each category a year. By doing this every other month they would complete 6 activities a year (2 from each category).


How It Works
Last Sunday I announced that we would be having a Faith In God Sunday Challenge. On that particular Sunday the children would receive a 'Sunday Challenge' card. They were asked to go home and complete the activity, have a parent sign and bring the card back the following Sunday for a treat!
I wanted a parent signature so we knew that it actually got done. :)

I made a Lollipop Tree for YW awhile ago, and had it hanging out at my house, so that we decided to use the tree as the treat for our Faith In God Sunday Challenge.

Whenever a child brings their card back with a signature, they will get to pick a lollipop from the lollipop tree!

Create Your Own Lollipop Tree!
To create your own lollipop tree you will need a Wide Mouth Jar {I think mine is a Pint}. You can leave it empty or fill it with beans, rice or red hots. This will help it not be so top heavy.
Next you will need a styrofoam ball. Glue the styrofoam ball to the jar. I first used hot glue, but when I was adding more lollipops the ball popped off, so I decided to use Gorilla glue...that should make it stick for good. :)

Let it sit until the glue has set. Finally, grab a bag of lollipops and start sticking them into the styrofoam ball!

I decided to paint my jar and added some cute washi tape around the top, but get creative and do what you like.

Are you ready to have your own Faith In God Sunday Callenge?

First you will need to create or print out some Faith In God Challenge Cards.

Here's what mine look like:
Click HERE to print out my Faith In God Sunday Challenge Cards!
You will download a zip file which includes 7 pages total:
2 pages for each category + one page for 'Preparing for YW & Priesthood'.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I want to thank Stephanie again for her great idea. 
Have a wonderful day!


sheena
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