LDS Primary Sharing Time June 2014 Week 4: Family history work connects me to my ancestors.

As with most Sharing Time Ideas, this one can be adapted to a Family Home Evening...

Since June has five Sundays as a presidency we decided to have a Father's Day sharing time the 3rd week which is June 15th. Which means it shifted all of the sharing times down. This is what we have planned for our sharing time schedule for June 2014:  June 1st: Week 1  Priesthood ordinances bless and strengthen my family. June 8th:  Week 2  Temples make it possible for families to be together foreverJune 15th: Father's Day Sharing Time.  June 22nd Week 3:  I can prepare now to be worthy to enter the temple. June 29th Week 4:  Family history work connects me to my ancestors.

June 2014 Sharing Time Topic: Priesthood Ordinances and Temple Work Bless My Family

June 2014 Scripture: “Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven” (Matthew 18:18).

June 2014  Week 4 Topic: Family history work connects me to my ancestors.

Prayerfully study and think about what the specific needs of your primary are and how you can teach them this doctrine.  

Identify the doctrine:  Prepare and gather props for the primary children to help act out an ancestor's story.

Help the Children Understand the doctrine: Prepare to sing "Family History - I Am Doing It" Found in the Children's Songbook pg 94. 

Help them apply the doctrine in their lives: Print out enough Personal history pages for each child.

Free Printables: 

  Personal History page Black and White

Personal History Page Colored

Sharing Time Instruction:

Begin sharing time by inviting a few children to come up to act out a story from your family history or you could use this story, "The China Doll" BY BARBARA HONEY. Use props to make it fun for the kids as you read the story.  Or even better, invite the Family History Consultant in your ward or branch to have a story that the children could act out and have them come help with this part of the sharing time. 

Invite the children to learn the song "Family History - I Am Doing It" Found in the Children's Songbook pg 94.  Use the posters above to help teach the children the song. Sing a line and have them sing the line back to you. Continue with all lines then sing the whole song together.

Ask the primary children what the song says we feel as we take part in Family History work?  Answer: LOVE.  Ask the children what we do when we do Family History work?  We learn stories of our ancestors, we write their history as well as our own, we write our own experiences in journals, we research names, we gather photos, we make sure each one of our ancestors who have passed on ordinance work has been completed, and if not then we prepare it and do it for them. 

Invite a primary child to read: “And thus my father, Lehi, did discover the genealogy of his fathers. . . . And now when my father saw all these things, he was filled with the Spirit.” (1 Nephi 5:16-17)

Explain that we are filled with the spirit as we do family history work and become more connected to our ancestors.

Give each primary child a handout. Explain that you would like them to fill out the info on the left hand side about themselves including drawing a picture of themselves. Then on the right hand side they will need to go home and find out the info about one of their ancestors. Have them see what the similarities and differences they might have with a particular ancestor.

Close by sharing your testimony on the weeks topic.

Other Family History Ideas: Family History Ideas

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***Basic ideas for this sharing time came from the 2014 Sharing Time Outline, you can find a link here: 2014 Sharing Time Outline.

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  1. Thanks Chris! Good luck with your sharing time!

  2. This is awesome! I was looking for a cutesy family history tree and I love this song too! Thanks for sharing. :)

  3. Thank Allison for your comment, hope your sharing time went well :)

  4. This is very nice, it will be great for the children.

    I really like the font you used, can you tell me what it is? I would like to use it on another project.

    thank you

  5. Carolyn Terry- Thanks so much for your comment. In answer to your question about the font. On the song posters the font is "{skinny}jeans solid" in bold. And on the Ancestor questions it is "Burning Desire" and "Follow you into the world". Hope that helps :)

  6. Thank you so much for this!!! I used it today for my lesson. It went so well!!!!

  7. Camille- yay I am so glad your sharing time went well and you were able to use these ideas, thanks so much for leaving a comment.


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