April 2015 Sharing Time Topic: Jesus Christ Restored the Fulness of the Gospel through Joseph Smith
April Week 1 Topic: Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith.
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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.
Sharing Time Instruction:
Show a picture of the Savior and explain that when Jesus was on the earth, he created his church. Invite the children to repeat the 6th Article of Faith, "We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth."
Explain that after Jesus died and after each of his apostles died also. The church was taken from the earth. Explain that in Amos 8:11-12, it is likened to a great famine. A famine is when there is no food or water. Explain that after the apostles died the church was not on the earth. The priesthood was also taken from the earth. In the scripture it says, "And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it." (Amos 8:12)
Show a picture of the First Vision. Invite the children to help tell the story of the first vision with you. Here is a link to help in telling the story: The Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith.
- When Joseph Smith was 14 years old he was concerned with which church was true. So he prayed.
- Heavenly Father and Jesus appeared to Joseph Smith.
- Heavenly Father pointed to Jesus and said, “This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!”
- Joseph received the answer, that he should not join any of the churches.
- Later The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was restored to the earth, through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Along with the keys of the Priesthood.
When discussing the story of the First Vision, point out that Joseph Smith was only the age of some of the young men in the ward. Invite them to think of someone in the ward who is 14 years old.
Show the week's theme poster and invite the primary children to repeat with you, "Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith."
Have an object such as a stuffed animal or a ball. Invite the children to sing the 3rd verse of, "On a Golden Springtime". Have one person hide the object and another person have to find it. As the person finding it is far from the object everyone sings quietly, as the person gets closer to the object then they sing louder.
Share your testimony the Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith.
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***Basic ideas for this sharing time came from the 2015 Outline for Sharing Time, you can find a link here: 2015 Outline for Sharing Time