After Jesus Christ And His Apostles Died, Gospel Truths Were Lost: 1St Week Sharing Time Idea For April 2013

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I know last week was the first week of April, but I thought I would share an idea for Week 1 anyway.

Sharing Time Ideas from the 2013 Primary Outline

IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE(discussing): Ask the children to name some things Jesus Christ taught when He was on the earth. Show a picture of Christ ordaining the Apostles. Explain that after Christ died and was resurrected, His Apostles taught the gospel, but many people would not listen to them; soon, the Apostles died, and some important truths about the gospel were not taught anymore. Write on the board “After Jesus Christ and His Apostles died, gospel truths were lost,” and have the children say it with you.
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING(drawing pictures): Write on the board some gospel principles that were lost or changed during the Apostasy (for example, baptism, priesthood, temples, living prophets, and the sacrament). Divide the children into small groups. Give each group a piece of paper with one of the gospel principles written on it, and ask the children to draw a picture to represent that principle. Invite a child from each group to place their picture on the board. Explain that when Christ was on the earth, He taught all of these important gospel truths. Ask the children to close their eyes. Remove all of the pictures and hide them. Then ask the children to open their eyes. Explain that the gospel truths were lost after Jesus Christ and His Apostles died. Tell the children that the gospel was restored through Joseph Smith. Replace the pictures, and testify that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has all the truths that were once lost. (Keep the pictures to use in week 4.)
Drawing allows children to express their understanding of gospel principles. Children love to see their own pictures used as visual aids.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS IdeasFor this Sharing Time idea I used the object lesson idea from Jill of Hatch Patch creations FOUND HERE. It is such a great idea! You’ll do pretty much the same object lesson, but I decided to add something at the end.For this Sharing Time you will be using cups to build a pyramid Each cup represents a different gospel truth: Apostles, Sacrament, Tithing, Eternal Famillies, etc.
Before I go into my idea, why don’t you head on over to Jill’s idea and take a look at her object lesson, HERE.{She has a Sharing Time idea, and the object lesson is at the bottom}
To begin your Sharing Time:Ok, now that you have the main idea from Jill, let’s get started.For my idea you’ll have your pyramid built before your Sharing Time, don’t worry, you’ll re-build it with the children as the Activity.
Show a picture of Christ ordaining the Apostles. Explain to the children that while Christ was on the Earth he ordained Apostles who held the Priesthood.
 Explain that after Christ died and was resurrected, His Apostles taught the gospel, but many people would not listen to them; soon, the Apostles died, and some important truths about the gospel were not taught anymore. Show them the pyramid and show them that the base represents the apostles, and the remaining cups represent the various gospel truths. You can list a couple gospel truths and also tell the children that each of these are very important truths.Then, write on the board “After Jesus Christ and His Apostles died, gospel truths were lost,” and have the children say it with you.Then invite a child to come to the front (like in Jill’s idea) and have them remove a cup.
You can continue with Jill’s idea talking about how others tried to create other churches and only took some truths, and build smaller pyramids.
OR you can go right into this idea….
Explain that the gospel truths were lost after Jesus Christ and His Apostles died. Show them the scattered cups from the fallen pyramid. Explain that these could represent the lost gospel truths.
Then tell the children that the gospel was restored and ask if anyone knows by whom.
Show a picture of Joseph Smith to the children and explain that Joseph Smith restored the gospel. You can share a little bit more about the restoration if you would like.
Activity:Explain to the children that today they are going to ‘restore’ the gospel just like Joseph Smith by building the pyramid again.
Around the room (on the walls, under chairs, etc.) have the word strips from Jill’s sharing time idea. You can also have pictures for each word strip.The children will be finding the lost gospel truths to help restore the gospel.You may want to begin the activity with the bottom (apostles) already set up again.Then have the children find the remaining gospel truths and add them to the pyramid. As they find the different gospel truths, show the children the picture (if using) and discuss it and it’s importance.
Show a picture of Joseph Smith once again and explain that through the direction of Heavenly Father, Joseph Smith was able to restore the gospel. Testify that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has all the truths that were once lost.
Another Idea:You could even get a little creative and have the children dress up as a detective as they ‘search’ for gospel truths. Just a simple coat and magnifying glass would do.

And here is another idea that I shared in 2010.
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Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful week & a great Sharing Time!
sheena