October 2014 Week 2 Topic: Marriage between a man and a woman is essential to God’s plan
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Prayerfully study and think about what the specific needs of your primary are and how you can teach them this doctrine.
Items to gather: Gift Bag or brown paper sack, Clues (see printable), Week's Poster, Picture of Man and Women in front of the temple
**NEW** PDF Printable Download: October 2014 LDS Sharing Time Ideas Week 2
Sharing Time Instruction:
Begin Sharing Time by holding up a gift bag that has the word, "ESSENTIAL" on it. Ask the children if they can explain to you what the word "Essential" means. Thank the children for their answers. Explain that the word "Essential" means, absolutely necessary. Explain that in the bag are clues to something that is "Essential" or absolutely necessary to God's Plan.
Invite a child to come and pick one of the clues out of the bag (see Clue Printable above). These will be the clues that will be in the bag and some discussion that could be had on each:
"And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him." (Genesis 2:18) - Discuss with the children that God and Jesus knew that it was not good that Adam would be all alone. So they created a women to be his partner and wife.
"And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living." (Genesis 3:20) -Ask the children what Adam's wife's name is? (Eve)
"And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." (Genesis 1:28) - Explain that the words "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth,", mean that God commanded them to have families, to have children.
Ask the children if they can guess what is "Essential" to God's Plan, from the clues that were given?
Hold up the poster, "Marriage between a man and a woman is essential to God's plan". Have the children repeat the words with you. Explain that Marriage is still as essential to God's plan today, as it was when Adam and Eve were on the Earth.
Hold up a picture of a man and women in front of the temple. Explain that, "When a man and woman are married in the temple, their family can be together forever." (Marriage) and "The covenant of eternal marriage is necessary for exaltation."
We can each prepare to live worthy of an eternal marriage and help our families be eternal families, by keeping the commandments and following the Savior.
Close by sharing your testimony on the week's topic.
***Basic ideas for this sharing time came from the 2014 Sharing Time Outline, you can find a link here: 2014 Sharing Time Outline.