2016 LDS Sharing Time Ideas for July Week 3: The pioneers worked hard and sacrificed to build temples.


2016 Sharing Time Outline Theme: "I Know the Scriptures Are True"


July 2016 Sharing Time Topic: The Temple Is a House of God

July 2016 Scripture: 
“Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” paragraph 3).

July 2016 Song:  “I Love to See the Temple” (CS 95)


July Week 3 Topic: The pioneers worked hard and sacrificed to build temples.

Preparation:

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


Sharing Time Instruction:
Begin Sharing Time, by showing a picture of  the pioneers. Invite the primary children to close their eyes and imagine, being a pioneer and asked to help build a temple. Ask the primary children what do they think the pioneers had to do to build the temple? Somethings that could be discussed is that they had to work hard. They would spend long hours working on the temple. They would sacrifice any money they had to help build the temple and so on...


Show the primary children the week's theme poster and invite the primary children to repeat, "The Pioneers worked hard and sacrificed to build temples"

A side view of the front part of the Kirtland Temple, with a green and pink flowering bush in the foreground and light clouds in the distance.The Nauvoo Illinois Temple on a clear, sunny day, with green lawns and a black gate in the foreground.The front of the Salt Lake Temple, with a partial view of the reflecting pond in front.
(Temple Image found on LDS.ORG)

Place a picture of the Kirtland Temple, Navoo Temple and the Salt Lake Temple on the board. Place the clue cards on the ground.(see free download link above)

Explain to the children that they are going to play a little pioneer game to help them learn about the sacrifice of the pioneers and the beautiful temples of God they built.  Explain that on the plains there were often buffalo chips, that the pioneers would use to help build fires and also for entertainment. The pioneer children would play games with the buffalo chips like kids today would play a game of frisbie.


To play the game you will invite a primary child to the front of the room, you will give them the buffalo chip (see printable by clicking the free download link above).  If you would like you could also have the girls where a bonnet or apron and the boys where a pioneer hat. The primary child will then toss the buffalo chip trying to land on one of the temple clues. Pick up the clue they land on or that they are closest to and read what it says. The primary children will then try to match that clue to one of the temples. Continue by inviting another primary children up and matching the card to the temple.

When all cards have been matched, discuss with the children the great sacrifice the early pioneers made. Explain that members of the church today, continue to make sacrifices to build the holy temples of God. Discuss with the children ways that they can sacrifice to build temples.

If you would like you conclude by singing "To Be a Pioneer".

Answers: What cards go with which temple?

Kirtland Temple
This temple was the first temple constructed in the latter-days
In this temple the priesthood keys for the Salvation of all mankind were restored

Navoo Temple
The saints had to abondone this temple shortly after its construction because they were driven away.
Great Sacrifices were made to build this temple. Tithes were paid and male members did most of the building
The women of the church also made great sacrifices to build this temple. Starting the "penny subscription".

Salt Lake Temple
This temple was the first to begin construction in Utah. But took 40 years to be completed.
Some of the walls in this temple are 6 feet thick. The stone cutters cute huge stones of granite from a mountain.
The Prophet Brigham Young stuck his cane in the ground where this temple now stands and said, "Here is where we will build a temple to our God".

21 comments:

  1. Thank you! Where can I find the answers to the trivia questions?

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    1. Oh my, I was quickly posting this the day before leaving for girls camp and forgot to post the answers :) See the comment below by "Unknown", I will also insert the answers into the post. Thanks!!

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  2. This is great! Do you have the answers to the questions?

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    1. Oh my, I was quickly posting this the day before leaving for girls camp and forgot to post the answers :) See the comment below by "Unknown", I will also insert the answers into the post. Thanks!!

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  3. So cute, what temple goes with what question?

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    1. Oh my, I was quickly posting this the day before leaving for girls camp and forgot to post the answers :) See the comment below by "Unknown", I will also insert the answers into the post. Thanks!!

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  4. See below for answers. I also decided to start the game with a brief history of each temple, and if they listened to the stories they will be able to sort the answers easier.

    Kirtland Temple:
    This was the first temple built by Latter-Day Saints. It took 3 years of hard work and sacrifices to build this temple! This temple was different than the temples we have today. In this temple they didn't have marriage sealings or baptisms for the dead, it was more of a big meeting house for church and you didn't need a recommend to go in it. This temple was special because this is where the priesthood keys were restored, so now male members can receive the Aaronic and Melchezidik priesthood!

    Nauvoo Temple:
    This was the first temple where they could receive their endowments (or make special covenants or promises to God), where they could do baptisms for the dead and have marriage sealings! This was very important to the Saints.
    The Prophet called upon all to help. Though some of the construction would be built by the tithes of the people and that male members would perform nearly all the labor. Because they needed money so badly one Sister said prayed and was prompted by the Holy Ghost that she needed to ask the sisters to donate 1 penny a week for buying glass and nails for the temple. It helped out a lot! People gave up their precious items so the Nauvoo temple could be built! With an almost complete temple, over the next eight weeks, about 5,600 Saints received their temple ordinances! Sadly the Saints had to abandon this temple shortly after it's construction because they were driven away. Later on it burned down, never completed. A few years ago it was rebuilt and now it's a complete, active temple.

    Salt Lake City Temple:
    When the Saints finally got to Salt Lake City, Utah, the Prophet Brigham Young stuck his cane in the ground and said, "Here is where we will build a temple to our God". That's where the Salt Lake City temple stands today! Some of the walls are very thick. The Saints would go up into the mountains and would cut huge stones of granite to build the temple with. It took 40 years to complete this temple!


    Game Answers:
    Kirtland Temple:
    1
    2


    Nauvoo Temple:
    3
    4
    5

    Salt Lake City Temple:
    6
    7
    8

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    1. Thank you so much for picking up my slack ;) Great idea too to introduce each temple with a little history of it :) Thanks!!

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  5. Thank you so much! This is an excellent lesson!

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  6. I want to add the Manti temple. How can I make the same cards with the information about this temple?
    Statements:
    Manti Temple
    The temple cost $991,991.81, of which the Sanpete Stake alone contributed $274,815.05. Some workmen walked the seven miles from Ephraim each Monday morning and back home again Saturday night. In addition to being self-sacrificing, their service was of the highest quality.
    And from that hill, they took the limestone to build their temple, fifth of the Church’s temples and third to be built in Utah.

    Thank you for you help.
    Diana

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  7. Hey Diana, I've made some for you. Here is the link to download it: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19gT2OJxuZaHynHUFCPkh7fjq_JpCHYshUKZpCzg3ytU/edit?usp=sharing

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    1. Thank you!!! I love all your sharing time ideas you post each month. You are a life savor my friend.
      BTW: This is the Manti Temple not the St George Temple.
      Diana

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    2. I don't know why I had St. George on my brain :) I changed the title to Manti :)

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  8. I just want to say thank you so much for sharing your ideas. I love how clear they are. As a busy mom of four young kids I don't always have the time to prepare the sharing times I wish I could. But with your awesome ideas I can feel good about the kids getting a great lesson. I appreciate it so much!!

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    1. Thank you so much Alison for your sweet comment!! :)

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  9. I watched a cute lady in Rexburg give your lesson last week, recognized it as one of yours, and knew I would be using it this week in my primary. Love your ideas! Wondering about the clue background. Our temple is Ogden and it would be nice to match them. Did you have a file?

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    1. Thanks The Poulters! I will add the blank template onto the download, right now :)

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  10. Thank so much for you hard work. Makes my job much easier. :)

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    1. Thank you so much Nadia for your comment :)

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