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Friday, November 21, 2014

{Sharing Time} Forgiveness Brings Peace


Identify the doctrine (seeing an object lesson): Ask the children how they might feel if someone pushed or hit them. Hold up a big rock and tell the children that it represents those hurt feelings. Place the rock in a long sock. Invite a child to come to the front of the room, and tie the sock to his or her ankle. Ask the child to walk around. Discuss how hanging on to bad feelings will drag us down. Explain that when we forgive people who hurt us, we let those bad feelings go. Let the child untie the sock. Ask the children to say, “Forgiveness brings peace.”

Encourage understanding (hearing scripture stories): Several days in advance, ask leaders or teachers to be prepared to share one of the following scripture stories about forgiveness:

1. Jesus forgives on the cross (see Luke 23:13–34).
2. Nephi forgives his brothers (see 1 Nephi 7:6–21).
3. Joseph forgives his brothers (see Genesis 37; 41–45).
Divide the children into three groups. Send each group to a different part of the room (see “Stations,” TNGC, 179), where a leader or teacher will briefly discuss the scripture story he or she prepared to share. After each group has visited each station, sing the first verse of “Help Me, Dear Father” (CS, 99).


Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas
Today I am sharing a Thanksgiving themed idea, hope you don’t mind.


For this sharing time idea you will be using my ‘Tom the Turkey’ printable.
First you will need to Print out a 'Tom' (printable found HERE) and cut out some feathers. I just used some scrapbook paper and cut out some feathers.
On each of Tom's feathers write one of the scripture stories from the scripture references given in the outline. If you have more than 3 feathers you could write down different scripture references that talk about forgiveness and/or scenarios that the children can answer what they would do in that situation:
“Your brother called you a name and it really hurt your feelings.”
“Your friend said that she didn’t like you anymore.”
Something like that.

I LOVE the 'Identify the Doctrine' activity found in the outline, so I would use that as your opening. After you have done the activity and discussed forgiveness...show the children ‘Tom’ and tell them that today Tom is going to help during Sharing Time.
Tell the children that on the back of Tom’s feathers are different scripture stories, scriptures, scenarios, etc. They are going to take turns 'plucking' a feather from Tom and discussing whatever is on the back of each feather.

A Different Way to Play:
Who Am I: For this idea you will need to come up with 3-4 clues for each scripture story. Have the clues written/typed on separate pieces of paper.

 The child that ‘plucks’ a feather will be giving the remaining primary children clues to get them to guess who the person is.

On the back of each feather have one of the names from the scripture stories in the outline (Nephi, Joseph, Jesus Christ). Have the child show you which name they picked and then have them read the clues one at a time. Have the children raise their hand when they think they know who the person is.
After the children have guessed correctly discuss the scripture story.


And that's it! Two easy ideas for you to pick from for your Sharing Time this Sunday.
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!


sheena
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

{Sharing Time} Repentance is a Change of Mind & Heart


Sharing Time Idea from the Primary Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (revealing a picture): Prepare word strips with words from the sentence “Repentance is a change of mind and heart” written on each one. Use the word strips to cover a picture of the Anti-Nephi-Lehies burying their weapons. Ask a few children to remove the word strips and place them in the correct order on the board. Ask the children to read the sentence together, using actions to emphasize the words mind and heart.

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (listening to a scripture story): Tell the children that there was a group of people in the Book of Mormon who had a change of heart. Tell the following story (see Alma 24): “Ammon taught a group of Lamanites about the gospel. They had been wicked people, but they believed what Ammon taught them and had a change of heart. They wanted to join the Church, so they repented of their sins, promised they would not fight, and buried their weapons of war. They changed their name to the Anti-Nephi-Lehies and became a hardworking, righteous people.”

ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (burying “swords” and singing): Give each child a piece of paper. Ask the children to draw a picture of a sword and then write a wrong choice on their swords (such as “fighting with my brother” or “telling a lie”). Ask the children to share ways they can choose the right and then “bury” their swords by crumpling their papers or throwing them away. Sing “Repentance” (CS, 98).


Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas
I thought it might be fun to play a matching game for this week's Sharing Time. Keep on reading below for instructions & for free game printables!
Sword Clipart bought from Clipartland on Etsy
Begin your Sharing Time using the ideas from the 'Identify the Doctrine' & the 'Encourage Understanding sections of the Primary Outline.

After you have discussed the story of the Anti-Nephi-Lehies explain to the children that you will be playing 'Will You Bury Your Sword'.

Download and print my 'Will You Bury Your Sword' matching cards (link below) and attach them to a poster-board, bulletin board, or chalkboard.
Show the children the cards and explain that on the back of the cards are different 'wrong choice' phrases. The children will take turns flipping over cards to reveal the wrong choices. Once a match is found invite the child to share ways they can choose the right (right the wrong) and then “bury” their swords by crumpling their papers, throwing them away, or have them place them in a box with a hole in the top.

 After all matches have been found, bear your testimony to the children. Invite them to remember the Anti-Nephi-Lehies and remind them that even though we make mistakes we can choose to 'bury our swords' and repent and promise to not do it again.

I am sharing my 'Will You Bury Your Sword?' cards with all of you.
{There are 5 pages + 1 page of blank cards.} 

I hope you enjoy my matching game this week.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!
sheena
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{General Conference} 22 Weeks of General Conference October 2014

I know some of you have been waiting patiently for this printable, and I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get it done. But it’s finally finished! YAY!

I am so glad so many of you have enjoyed my previous ‘22 Weeks of General Conference’ printables. I will be sure to make one for each General Conference. :)

Here is what my printables look like for the October 2014 General Conference:

Just print out my one or both of my '22 Weeks of Conference' sheets, then pick a topic that you would like to study for the week. Write the topic in the appropriate week space, then read, listen or watch that conference talk for one whole week.
After you have studied your chosen talk for a week pick a new topic and repeat for 22 weeks!

There are only 21 topics this time, but I did NOT include the General Women's meeting to the list of topics, so you could include those talks as well if needed.



I hope you enjoy my 22 Weeks of General Conference. Have you used my '22 Weeks of Conference' printable before? How do you use it? What have you found that works for you?
I would love to hear!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!
sheena
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

{Sharing Time} Prayer is Reverent Communication With Heavenly Father

IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (identifying objects and pictures): Before Primary, gather or draw pictures of things people use to communicate (such as a letter, a telephone, or a computer), and hide the pictures beneath a few of the chairs in the Primary room. Ask the children to imagine they are far from home and need to communicate with their family. Have them look under their chairs for the hidden pictures, and discuss how they help us communicate with others. Explain that when we came to earth, we left our heavenly home, but we can still communicate with our Heavenly Father. Ask the children, “How can we communicate with Heavenly Father?” Show the children several pictures of children and families praying. Explain that each picture shows reverent communication— praying with love and respect—to Heavenly Father. Ask the children to say, “Prayer is reverent communication with Heavenly Father.”

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION (chalkboard activity): List the four parts of prayer on the board. Ask the children to name things we might thank Heavenly Father for and what we might ask Him for. List their responses on the board. Ask the children to demonstrate how we show reverence when we pray.

Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

I love the ‘Identify the Doctrine’ idea given in the outline. I also thought it might be fun to have the actual objects there hidden in a bag or underneath boxes.
Invite some children up to the front and ask them to imagine they are far from home and need to communicate with their family. Have them look at the hidden items, and discuss how they help us communicate with others. Talk about the different ways we communicate with each other.
Explain that when we came to earth, we left our heavenly home, but we can still communicate with our Heavenly Father. Ask the children, “How can we communicate with Heavenly Father?” Show the children several pictures of children and families praying. Explain that each picture shows reverent communication— praying with love and respect—to Heavenly Father. Ask the children to say, “Prayer is reverent communication with Heavenly Father.”

Today we are going to talk about prayer. Did you know there are certain words that we should use when we pray?
Today we are going to learn all about them.

PB&J Prayer Sandwich
 Today I have a great Prayer Sharing Time that the children will enjoy. You will be making a PB & J while talking about prayer. Enjoy!



Tell the children that today you are going to be making a PB&J Prayer Sandwich.

Show the children the first piece of bread. Ask them ‘How do we begin our prayers? The first piece of bread is for 'Dear Heavenly Father’.
Lay the piece of bread on a plate and have everyone repeat ‘Dear Heavenly Father’.
Now, ask if anyone knows what comes next.

The Jelly! Use the jelly to represent: 'We Thank Thee.’
But instead of putting on a lot of jelly just put on a tiny little glob.
Ask the children if that is enough. They’ll obviously say NO!
Explain that when we pray we need to remember to thank Heavenly Father for ALL of our many blessings. We want Heavenly Father to know that we appreciate all that He has given to us, so we need to remember to Thank Him.
To help the children know some things that they can be thankful for I decided to do a little activity.
I found pictures of several different things that we might be thankful for and printed them out.


{Thanks Nikki from Melonheadz for your great clipart! I just google searched for the others and there’s a few that aren’t in the picture.}

I am going to attach them to a poster-board with ‘We Thank Thee’ at the top. I am going to cover up the pictures and tell the children that underneath are pictures of things that we can be thankful for.
I am going to reveal the pictures for 2-3 seconds and then cover them up again.
I will then call on a child to see if he/she remembers what one of the pictures was.
If they name one, I will take it off the poster-board and show it to the children and discuss why we are thankful for that particular item.
Then I will repeat for a few more pictures. As we talk about each picture I will add more jelly to the sandwich.

The next step in our PB&J Sandwich is the PB!
 The peanut butter represents: 'We Ask Thee'. I will do the same activity that I did with the Jelly.

And the last part of our PB&J Prayer sandwich is the piece of bread which represents: 'In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen'.
You could then close with a song about prayer or a short story from 'The Friend'. Encourage the children to think about what they will say before they pray each day and then bear your testimony.

I am excited for this Sharing Time. I think it's going to be alot of fun AND it will help the children to learn how to pray.

Are you ready to create your very own Prayer PB&J's for your Primary? Then click the link below to print out my PB&J labels.


I'm sorry I don't have a printable of the pictures I used for the 'Thank Thee' or 'Ask Thee' section, but just click on the Melonheadz link above and you will find some great clipart to use. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!
sheena
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