2018 Primary Sharing Time Ideas for May Week 3: Prophets teach me to pay tithing

Ideas for May Week 3 LDS Primary Sharing Time, 

2018 Sharing Time Outline Theme: I am a Child of God

May 2018 Sharing Time Topic: Prophets Teach Us to Live the Restored Gospel

May 2018 Song: Song of your choice from the Children’s Songbook

May 2018 Scripture: “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7). 

May Week 3 Topic: Prophets teach me to pay tithing


Prayerfully study and think about what the specific needs of your primary are and how you can teach them this doctrine. The most important thing is to love those you teach and to teach them by the Spirit!! Focus on building their testimonies and helping them come unto Christ!  (All printables for this sharing time can be found and printed by clicking the "Free Printable Download" button. They are free and can be printed and used for personal and church purposes)

Sharing Time Instruction:

Under some of the primary children's chairs place the letters, "TITHING" (see printable below).  Invite the primary children to look under their chairs. Invite the children with the letters to come to the front of the room. Invite the rest of the primary to help them unscramble to word. When it is unscrambled invite the primary children to say the word, "Tithing"

Show the primary  children the week's theme poster and invite them to repeat, "Prophets teach me to pay tithing"

Explain to the primary children that prophets anciently taught about tithing. Read the scripture from Malachi, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:10)  What does the prophet Malachi teach will happen as we pay tithing? ("pour you out a bless, that there shall not be room enough to receive it")

Our Latter-day prophets continue to teach us about tithing, Dallin H. Oaks stated, "Here we see that the law of tithing is not a remote Old Testament practice, but a commandment directly from the Savior to the people of our day. The Lord reaffirmed that law in modern revelation, commanding his people to pay “one-tenth of all their interest annually” and declaring that “this shall be a standing law unto them forever” (D&C 119:4)."

How much has the Lord asked us to give to tithing? (one-tenth)

For the activity, I liked the analogy in the Sharing time Outline,

Invite 10 children to come to the front of the room, give each of them an apple. You could use real apples or I have provided a printable with apples (see printable below).  Invite the primary children to count the apples, there are 10 apples right?  Invite another primary child to come up and pick the 10 apples and place them in a basket. Ask the primary children how many of the 10 apples they would give to the bishop in tithing? How much is one-tenth of the apples?  One, right? Of the ten apples they would give one apple to tithing.

Let's try this again, place the 10 coins on the board (see printable). Of the 10 coins how many would they give the bishop in tithing? 1 of the coins right?

Let's talk a little bit about the blessings that will come to us as we pay tithing. President Henry B. Eyring said, "There are at least three ways that paying a full tithe in this life prepares us to feel what we need to feel to receive the gift of eternal life.

First, when we pay our tithes to the Church, our Heavenly Father pours out blessings upon us. Anyone who has consistently paid a full tithe knows that is true. The blessings are sometimes spiritual and sometimes temporal. They are given in the Lord’s time and according to what He knows is best for us...

Second, all of us who have paid a consistent full tithe feel greater confidence in asking God for what we and our families need...

Third, those who pay tithing feel an increase in their love of God and of all God’s children. That increase of love comes from understanding how the Father uses the tithes we offer to bless people in this world and for eternity."

President Eyring continues to explain some ways our tithes are used, 

"Through His authorized servants, He expends the tithes with great care. The tithe payer helps the Lord build temples, where families can be sealed forever. The tithe payer helps Him send the gospel to people everywhere. The tithe payer helps Him relieve hunger and suffering in His own way through His servants. Any of those servants can tell you how love increased because tithing was used to bless people. And so can the faithful tithe payer."

Show the primary children a tithing slip and envelope, explain how to fill it out and then explain that after they fill it out they would give it to the bishop.

Close by sharing your testimony of tithing.


Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope that these ideas were helpful. Below are the other topics for the months as well as more ideas and resources.  I'd love for you to check out my InstagramFacebook and Pinterest pages and see if there's anything on there you like!

What else have the primary children learned this month? Here are links to this month's past sharing times:

Want more ideas:
Click this link for past Sharing Time post: LDS Primary Sharing Time Ideas

***Basic ideas for this sharing time came from the 2018 Outline for Sharing Time, you can find a link here: 2018 Outline for Sharing Time


  1. I am so thankful for your time and willingness to share your awesome ideas!

  2. Thank you so much for this darling idea!! You always have the best printables and ideas. Thank you!!

  3. I learned that tithing is not a good word to unscramble for senior primary. The first three letters caused a bit of immature boys natures to come out today. ��

  4. thank you but it sure sucked dry my ink in my printer-

  5. Such a great suggestion. Thank you for sharing your wonderful work with us. God bless you more with wonderful ideas!


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