Sharing Time Idea from 2011 Primary OutlineIDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (unscrambling words and singing a song): Invite an older child to read the last two sentences from paragraph 3 of The Family: A Proclamation to the World" to the Primary. Put each of the following words and phrases on seperate strips of paper: The temple is, a holy place, where we, are sealed, together. Place them on the board in random order. Have a child move one strip to its correct place. Continue until the words are in order. Sing the second verse of "I love to see the temple" and have half of the children listen for two things we do in the temple (covenant and promise to obey) and the other half listen for a truth they have learned (a family is forever). Help the children understand that being sealed to their family in the temple means that they can be together forever.
ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (sharing feelings and drawing pictures): Invite a family or a few children to share how they feel when they visit the temple grounds or how they have been blessed because of the temple and sealing ordinances. Invite the children to draw pictures of their family outside the temple.
Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas
What a crazy weekend/week it's been. I've had this week's topic in my head for awhile now, but haven't really had alot of time to sit down and really decide what I was doing.
I was on Sugardoodle today looking at some ideas that people were doing and saw a link to another blog. I decided to take a look, and I'm so glad I did. I love this idea from Darcee of Perglers Primary Place.
For her idea she has a large 'Forever Family Tree' a large paper tree with several branches. For the tree she has different branches and each branch is for a different family member. For Sharing Time they are going to help the family on the family tree become a “forever family” by getting each member to the temple. They will discuss the sacred ordinances that need to happen before the family can be a forever family.
Here is a small piece from her idea how to discuss each ordinance:
Darcee typed: "Let’s start with the children on the tree. We are looking for Bobby. Bobby just turned eight and is worthy to be baptized which is a saving ordinance. That means it HAS to happen to be a forever family. Shortly after he is baptized, he is confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and receives the special gift of the Holy Ghost. When hands are laid upon his head and a priesthood blessing is said, that is a saving ordinance. Baptism and confirmation must happen for Bobby to be part of a forever family.
Next is his brother Sam. Sam has just turned twelve and is ready to receive the ordinance of the first priesthood, the Aaronic priesthood. It is important because it will help him grow, learn, and prepare to receive the second priesthood, the Melchizedek priesthood. Of course, this is only for boys. Upon turning twelve and receiving the Aaronic priesthood, Sam can now go to the temple and perform baptisms(similar to this one) but for those that are dead. Because remember, everyone needs to be baptized. Girls can go do temple baptisms at twelve too.'
She continues on with another older Sibling, Parents, and Grandparents each with an ordinance to discuss also. I loved this idea and knew I had to share it with all of you.
Here are some ideas I may incorporate with Darcee's idea:
I thought about showing a picture of a family (or my family or maybe even a primary child's family) to the children and ask them how they would feel if they couldn't live with their family. Then I may ask the children what happens when we die...will our family still be together then?
Then I'll show the children a picture of a temple. You could even put the picture in a gift bag or wrap it in a box and tell the children that our Heavenly Father has given us a gift (blessed us), so that we can be with our family forever.
After I show them the picture of the temple I will have a child read the last 2 sentences of The Proclamation. I will tell the children that today we are going to discuss these sacred ordinances. I will then show them my tree and introduce them to our 'Forever Family'. Instead of having the Gospel Art Kit pictures on the tree, I thought about having little people cut-outs with their names on each one. I will have different children come to the front and act as that part of the family. While I read the family members part I will have the child hold the GAK picture. As I continue with the story and invite another child to the front, I will have them lock arms together.
At the end of the lesson I will show the Primary children how the family is bound together. I might even try to pull the children apart or something.
I will tell the others that because of these sacred ordinances our family is bound and that means they will be together forever and will be able to live with their Heavenly Father again.
If you don't want to make a tree you could just have 5 children come to the front of the room and give each one a name tag (a big name tag that hangs around their neck). You could make it kind of fun by having them dress the part somehow. Demonstrate at the beginning that they aren't 'bound' together.
I have to give Darcee a huge THANK YOU for her wonderful idea. Hope you all like it and I hope all of you have a great Sharing Time.
Thanks! Have a great week!!