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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

{Come Follow Me} September 'Come Follow Me' Handouts: Why Do We Fast?

Today I am sharing 2 printables that would be great for the 'Why Do We Fast' lesson that is part of this month's 'Come Follow Me' for the Youth. Just keep on reading to see what printables I'm sharing.

First...Is a two-sided handout with the scripture references from the lesson outline. The YW can look up each of the scriptures to learn more of why we fast.

The other side of the handout has questions that the YW can answer as they read 'The Blessings of a Proper Fast' by Carl B. Pratt 
You can decide to have this as one handout (front&back) or just hand them out as 2 separate handouts.

Another part of the lesson asks the girls to make a three-column chart on a piece of paper. The girls are asked to read a scripture and write the different things they read about fasting in the appropriate column.
Here is my three-column printable that you can use for each of your YW. 
I hope you like my 'Come Follow Me' printables and use them for your lesson. Just click the links below to print them out.

Click HERE to Print the Fasting Question Sheet.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day & a great lesson!

***Need an idea for 'How Do the Things I Say Affect Me & Those Around Me?'
Then take a look at THIS cute chapstick handout I shared last year.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

{Visiting Teaching} The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: Comforter

Today I am sharing my printable for this month’s Visiting Teaching message.

I decided to create a bookmark, what do you think? As I read the quotes and scriptures form this month’s message I thought that this is something we should remind ourselves often. We need to remember that we are never alone, that we are loved, and that we are here to help our sisters.

Linda S. Reeves
  I loved the quotes in this month’s message, so I thought a bookmark would be great. Just keep it in your scriptures or any other place where you can read it often.

To print out my VT message for this month just click on the link(s) below.
You can print the bookmarks on 2 separate papers and then glue them together or try printing on the front & back. I can't promise it will work though...each printer is different.

And since this month is on 'Comforter' I thought it would be nice to take your sisters some warm cookies...or hot cocoa mix...or soup in a jar...anything 'comforting'. 

I hope you and the sisters you visit enjoy this month's VT message.
Thank you so much for stopping by, I really appreciate it. Have a wonderful day!

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Monday, September 8, 2014

{Sharing Time} By Giving Service to Others, I Give Service to God.

Sharing Time Ideas from the 2014 Outline

IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (reading a scripture): Write the following phrase on the board: By giving _________ to others, I give _________ to God. Read Mosiah 2:17together, and ask the children what word goes in the blanks (service). Invite the children to repeat the phrase together. 

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (listening to a story): Share the following story: “President Heber J. Grant’s father died when he was just nine days old. His mother was very poor and earned money by sewing for other people. Sometimes she sewed for so many hours without resting that she could hardly push the pedal of her sewing machine. Heber would often crawl under the sewing machine and push the pedal for her. The winters were very cold, and Heber had only a thin, worn coat to keep him warm. He longed to have a warm coat but knew that they barely had enough money for food. He was delighted on his birthday when his mother gave him a warm coat that she had sewn. It was his most prized possession. A few weeks later, Heber saw a boy shivering with cold and he remembered how it felt. He took off his new coat and gave it to the boy.” You may also want to consider showing the video “The Coat.”  Discuss how Heber served others, and invite a few children and teachers to share experiences they have had with service. Discuss that when we serve others we are serving God. (See TNGC, 68–70 for ideas on how to ask questions that will facilitate good discussions.)

Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
For this week’s Sharing Time Idea I am using some help from THIS idea from an issue of ‘The Friend’. I thought it was a great idea and an activity that the children might enjoy.

Join the Secret Service
For your Sharing Time you will need to dress up like a detective {hat, magnifying glass, coat, briefcase, etc.}
Walk into the Primary room holding your magnifying glass up to your eye and quietly look around the room.
I'm sure you will get a few giggles, but just keep looking through that magnifying glass. :)
Once you're at the front of the room get everyone to quiet down, and then quietly say:
I'm part of a special group.....a group called the 'Secret Service'.

You can then go on to explain this special group:
You could say something like:
This is a group for people that go around serving others. But part of being in the secret service is that it’s…..Secret.

After you have explained all about the ‘Secret Service’ ask the children who would like to join the Secret Service.
To join the Secret Service the children will have to do some 'training' activities.

First Training Activity:
{Reading a Scripture}

Write the following phrase on the board:
By giving _________ to others, I give _________ to God.
Read Mosiah 2:17 together, and ask the children what word goes in the blanks (service). Invite the children to repeat the phrase together. 

Secret Service Training Video
Explain to the children that there have been many prophets in the ‘Secret Service’. One of them was a prophet named Heber J. Grant. Discuss President Grant with the children and then show them the video, ‘The Coat’ {I love this always gets me all teary-eyed}.

After the video you can discuss what happened in the video and how President Heber J. Grant served the little boy.

Third Training Activity:
{Searching for Service}
Before Primary you will need to cut out several hearts. On the back of each heart have scenarios, scriptures, names of people (Father, Neighbor, etc.).
Post the hearts all around the Primary Room.

Have the children look around at all the hearts. Explain that on each of the hearts is a question, a person, a scripture, etc. They are going to have to ‘search’ for service so that they can better understand what it means to serve others.

Invite the first child up and hand him/her a magnifying glass, you could have them dress up in a coat and hat also.
Have them walk around the room and pick a heart and bring it to the front of the room.
Read what is on the back of the heart and have the child answer the question or if it's a name of a person have the child tell you how they could serve that person.
You could also include some 'Service Charade' words on the back of the hearts and have the children act out that act of service:
mowing the lawn, picking up toys, washing dishes, etc.

Have a picture of Christ on a chalkboard or poster-board at the front of the room and have the children place their heart around the picture of Christ once they have finished the task on the back of each heart.
At the end of Sharing Time you can show the children the picture of Christ and all the hearts and repeat the scripture, Mosiah 2:17, once again.

To encourage the children to serve others you could give each child a bag of their very own 'Secret Service Hearts' and encourage them to do random acts of kindness during the week. When they have completed an act of service have them leave one of their hearts.

I created some 'Secret Service' notes that you could give to each of the children instead of hearts {pictured above}. Just print & cut and place them in little baggies with instructions.

I think the children will really enjoy these activities. I hope you like my 'Secret Service' idea and use it for your Primary.
If you use my idea or change it up a bit please let me know, I would love to hear how it went or what you did.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

{Sharing Time} I Show my Gratitude by Offering Thanks for All My Blessings

Sharing Time Ideas from the 2014 Sharing Time Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (listening to a story and reading a scripture): Briefly tell the story of the ten lepers (see Luke 17:11–19). Ask the children who in the story showed gratitude. Read Doctrine and Covenants 59:7, and ask the children who we should show gratitude to and what we should thank Him for.

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION (playing a game): Display pictures of blessings such as family, friends, food, home, the earth, animals, and temples. Ask the children to close their eyes and sing “Thanks to Our Father” (CS, 20) as you remove one of the pictures. When they finish the song, ask them to open their eyes and see if they can discover which picture is missing. Toss a beanbag to a child and ask him or her to share how they can show gratitude for that blessing. Repeat as time allows.

Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

To begin this week’s Sharing Time I thought it would be great to show this video from

I thought a video would capture the children’s attention more than standing up and reading the story. Plus the video is only 1 minute!

If you don’t want to show a video I also thought you could invite 10 children up to the front to help act out the story.

Gratitude Activities
Here are some activities that you could use for this week’s Sharing Time.

Gratitude HOT Potato
In several brown paper sacks, place pictures or items that represent blessings such as family, friends, food, home, the earth, animals, and temples. As you sing “Thanks to Our Father” (CS, 20), pass one of the bags around. Have the pianist play and then stop randomly. Have the child holding the bag when the song stops open the bag and reveal what’s inside. Have the child say one way they can show gratitude for that particular blessing. Discuss the blessing and invite a few other children to share how they can show gratitude for that blessing. You could write down the answers that are shared on a chalkboard if you’d like.
Do the same with the next bag until all blessings have been revealed or until time runs out.

Another Idea:
This idea came from last year’s outline.

In five separate sacks, place a piece of paper, a pen, and one of the following items: a picture of a Church meetinghouse, an article of clothing, scriptures, a picture of a family, and a picture of the Savior. Divide the children into groups, and give each group one of the sacks. Have each group look at the item in their sack and write on the paper one way they can show gratitude for it. Then ask them to put the item, paper, and pen back in the sack and pass it to another group. Let each group have a turn with each sack, and then invite each group to share what is written on the list in their sack.

Another Idea!
Since Fall is right around the corner, I thought this could be a great activity for this week’s Sharing Time.

'Blessings Tree'
This idea comes from The Friend’ {Nov. 2004}.
For Sharing Time you and the children will be creating your very own Blessings Tree!

On a large poster-board draw or print out a large tree with no or few leaves.

Next, cut out some leaves. Cut out as many as you would like. On each leaf have a word (blessing), a picture of a blessing, a scripture, or a question {use the words from the outline for some of your leaves}. Place all of your leaves into a bucket or sack.

For Sharing Time: Have your bare tree up at the front of the room.
Tell the children that today they are going to help you make a ‘blessings tree’. Show them your bucket of leaves and explain that inside the bucket are a bunch of leaves. On each of the leaves is a blessing (word or picture) or a question.

Invite a child up to the front of the room and have them pick a leaf. If they pick a word or picture have them look at the item on the leaf and share one way they can show gratitude for it.
Then have them attach the leaf to the tree.
If they pick a question or scripture, have them read it & answer the question. Then have them attach the leaf to the tree.

You could also have a few blank leaves. When a blank leaf is chosen have the child share a blessing that they are grateful for.

At the end of your lesson you will have a beautiful ‘Blessings Tree’. Discuss the many blessings that we should be thankful for. Encourage the children to remember each of their blessings and to let Heavenly Father know how thankful we are for each of them.
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