2016 Sharing Time Outline Theme: "I Know the Scriptures Are True"
May 2016 Sharing Time Topic: The Church of Jesus Christ Has Been Restored
May 2016 Scripture: “I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—” (Joseph Smith—History 1:17).
May 2016 Song: “Praise to the Man,” verses 1 and 3
May Week 3 Topic: The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ.
Prayerfully study and think about what the specific needs of your primary are and how you can teach them this doctrine.
Sharing Time Instruction:
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Begin Sharing Time by inviting a primary child to come up and look inside of the bag, in the bag place an item such as a picture of Christ. Invite the primary child to tell the rest of the primary what is inside of the bag, without showing them and without giving a lot of details. Explain to the primary children that the child is testifying to them what he knows is in the bag. Ask the primary children if they believe what the primary kid says? Invite another primary child to come up and look inside of the bag, invite them to tell the rest of the primary in detail what it inside of the bag. Explain that the second primary child is the second witness. He/she confirms what was said by the first person and even added more detail so we could get a better picture of what was inside of the bag.
Now show the primary children the bible. Ask the children what it is. The bible is a testament of Christ, written by ancient prophets in the Holy Land (places like Jeruselem). Show the primary children the Book of Mormon. Ask the primary children what it is? Explain that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, written by ancient prophets in the Americas. It supports what is said in the bible and it gives great details for our Heavenly Father's plan. It does not replace the Bible, it is a second witness.
Show the primary children the week's theme poster and invite the children to repeat, "The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ".
Scatter the scripture cards on the floor or on the board. Invite a primary child to come up and match the two scriptures that teach about the same thing. One of the scriptures will be from the Bible and the other will be from the Book of Mormon. When the are matched read both scripture and invite the primary children to share what the scriptures teach. Continue with the remaining card, matching them and reading and discussing them.
John 8:12 and 3 Nephi 9:18: Jesus is the Light of the Word
Matthew 27:35 and 1 Nephi 11:33: Jesus was crucified
Matthew 1:18 and Helaman 14:2: The Savior's Birth
Matthew 3:16 and 2 Nephi 31:12: Christ Baptism and Invitation for us to be baptized
When finished, discuss with the children that by having both the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon we have two witnesses that testify of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
In closing, give each of the children a book mark, explain that on the book mark are some circles. Encourage the primary children to read the Book of Mormon every day, this could even be done as a family. Each day that they read invite them to color in one of the squares. Explain that as they read the scriptures they will be able to put on the Armor of God. They will be more able to face the challenges of the world and they will have the influence of the Holy Ghost to help them make right choices. (If you would like you could invite the primary children to bring back their bookmarks when all the dots are filled in and you could have an incentive for them. Such as they could receive a sticker that says, they are reading the Book of Mormon; or they could place a scripture image on the bulletin with their name; or they could be spotlighted in the Primary or Ward newsletter, etc.)
Thank you so much for visiting the blog! I hope that some of these ideas are useful as you plan the best way to teach your primary kiddos and help them to understand the topic. I'd love to hear from you and how you used any of these ideas!!
What else have the primary children learned this month? Here are links to this month's past sharing times:
Want more ideas:
- Sharing Time Ideas for January 2016 Week 4: I can know the scriptures are true.
- What the Church Teaches about the Book of Mormon
Click this link for past Sharing Time post: LDS Primary Sharing Time Ideas
***Basic ideas for this sharing time came from the 2016 Outline for Sharing Time, you can find a link here: 2016 Outline for Sharing Time