Activity: “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”

By Erin Isenberg

The Sharing Time theme for the first week of October is “‘The Family: A Proclamation to the World’ came from God to help my family.” Because of General Conference and other scheduling considerations, your primary may or may not be covering this lesson. The Outline for Sharing Time suggests giving a sentence from the Proclamation to each class and asking them to think of a song which relates to that sentence. If your Primary Presidency is teaching this lesson, consider working with them. If the lesson is being skipped, you can use the activity on your own for Singing Time.
Variations:
-If your primary is familiar with the pictures in the Matching Game, you might print a picture to go with each of the chosen songs. Post them all on the board at the front of the room. As you read each quote, ask the children to decide which song they feel fits.
-In larger Primaries, or those which are split between Junior and Senior, this activity might be too difficult for the younger kids. Along with the quote from “The Proclamation,” you might give the children three song suggestions and ask which they believe fits best.
Below, find my suggestions for quotes and songs.

 

“We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.”
 
Latter-Day Prophets – 134
 
 
 
“All human beings -male and female-are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny.”
 
 
“In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life.”
 
I Lived in Heaven -4
 
 
“The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. 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.”
Truth From Elijah – 90
The Hearts of the Children – 92
Family History, I am Doing It – 94
I Love to See the Temple – 95
“Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live.”
The Twelfth Article of Faith – 131
Love One Another – 136
Love is Spoken Here – 190
 
 
 
“Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
 
How Firm a Foundation – H85 (Senior Primary should remember this from several years ago)
A Happy Family – 198
The Wise Man and the Foolish Man – 281
 
 
 
“Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.”
 
I Pray in Faith – 14
Faith – 96
The Fourth Article of Faith – 124
Family Night – 195
 
 
 
“By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families.”
 
The Family is of God, verse 2 – 2014 Outline for Sharing Time
Daddy’s Homecoming – 210
My Dad – 211
 
 
 
“Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children.”
The Family is of God, verse 3 – 2014 Outline for Sharing Time
Mother, Dear – 206
Mother, I Love You – 207
 
“…we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.”
 
Keep the Commandments – 146

“We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.”

Dare to do Right – 158
Stand for the Right – 159

 

Source:: Lessons from an OCD Primary Chorister