If I Keep The Commandments, I Can Live With Heavenly Father Again: 4Th Week Sharing Time Idea For February 2013

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IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (singing a song): Write on the board, “If I keep the ______________, I can live with Heavenly Father again.” Hum “Keep the Commandments” (CS, 146). Invite the children to stand when they recognize the song and join in humming. Ask, “What do we need to do to live with Heavenly Father again?” Write “commandments” in the space on the board. Invite the children to sing the song with you.
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (discussing commandments): Invite a few children to share some rules their parents have made that keep their family members safe. Ask, “What happens when you obey the rules?” Write their ideas on the board. Explain that parents show love when they establish rules. Ask, “What happens when we obey Heavenly Father’s commandments?” Write some of the children’s comments on the board. Explain that just as obeying their parents’ rules will keep them safe, obeying Heavenly Father’s commandments will help keep them safe. Bear your testimony that if we obey the commandments, we will be able to return to live with Him again.
ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (reading scriptures): Give each child a pencil and a piece of paper divided into four sections, with one of the following scripture references written in each section: D&C 1:37, D&C 10:5, D&C 59:9–10, and D&C 119:4. Ask the children to read each scripture together as a class, discuss the commandment it describes, and draw a picture of that commandment on their papers. When they are finished, invite the children to share how keeping the commandments will help them prepare to live with Heavenly Father again.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS IdeasSo today I have 2 different ideas that you could use to begin your Sharing Time and 2 ideas for an activity. I think the children would love either one!

To Begin: {Object Lesson- 2 different ideas}
Have several objects (4-6) on a table at the front of the room. Some examples:Socks, gloves, shampoo, chocolate syrup, etc.
Have simple instructions for each object written up on a piece of paper. Here’s an example you could use:Shampoo: Open the bottle and pour a small amount into your hair. Scrub your hair until you get a nice lather. Make sure to get the soap in all of your hair to get your hair nice & clean. Then rinse with water thoroughly.
Explain to the children that each of these objects have instructions/rules to help us know how to use them correctly. Invite a child up to choose an item. Then read the instructions.I thought it would be fun to mix up the instructions, so if the child picked the chocolate syrup you would read the instructions to the shampoo. Just make sure they don’t actually pour chocolate syrup onto their head J.They’ll probably laugh and say “That’s the wrong instructions!”You could ask them which item your instructions go with.
Then invite another child to come to the front and have them pick another object. Read the instructions.
**I thought this would be a great way to discuss the importance of following instructions correctly.
After you have done the activity tell the children “We need rules/instructions for many things in our lives. There are some other very important rules that we need to follow. I’ll give you a hint to see if you can guess.”{Then do the activity from the outline: Identify the Doctrine}We are all Heavenly Father’s children. Explain that He loves us and has given us rules/instructions or commandments too. If we follow these rules they will keep us safe and happy. 
2ndIdea to begin your Sharing Time:At the front of the room have a large bowl with several ingredients to make a cake, cookie, or some other treat. Invite a child(ren) to the front and without providing instructions, ask the children to make a cake. When they start asking questions about how to make the cake, explain that instructions are necessary to be able to do what you asked them. Then discuss how rules and laws are like instructions. Explain that the children could make a cake even if they didn’t follow instructions, but they might not want to eat it. But if they carefully followed the instructions of a good recipe, the cake would be good to eat.Explain that rules are necessary in other aspects of our lives. Ask the children to name some rules we should follow to be safe, to have good health, to have good relationships with others, or to have eternal life. Point out that rules bring order into our lives and are necessary for us to know how to live happily.  (Slightly adapted from Lesson 21: Primary 6 Manual)-Then you could say “We need rules/instructions for many things in our lives. There are some other very important rules that we need to follow. I’ll give you a hint to see if you can guess.”{Then do the activity from the outline}{Identify the Doctrine} Write on the board, “If I keep the ______________, I can live with Heavenly Father again.” Hum “Keep the Commandments” (CS, 146). Invite the children to stand when they recognize the song and join in humming. Ask, “What do we need to do to live with Heavenly Father again?” Write “commandments” in the space on the board. Invite the children to sing the song with you.Ask, “What happens when we obey Heavenly Father’s commandments?” Write some of the children’s comments on the board. Explain that just as obeying their parents’ rules {and other rules} will keep them safe, obeying Heavenly Father’s commandments will help keep them safe. Bear your testimony that if we obey the commandments, we will be able to return to live with Him again.
{Activity:}Use either of these activities to discuss the different commandments and what they mean.
#1 Activity:Commandment Cookies: If you use my 2nd idea to begin your Sharing Time, you could incorporate that into your activity.Ask the children if it was hard to make cookies without instructions. Then ask if it would be hard to choose the right if we didn’t have rules/standards/instructions from our Heavenly Father. How would we know the right thing to do? Explain that today you are going to discuss some of these important commandments while you make some delicious Commandment Cookies.Now, since there’s only 4 scripture references you may need to combine some ingredients or you could use a cake mix cookie recipe {recipe below}.
Here’s what to do:Inside 4 brown bags have your ingredients. On the front of each bag have a picture that represents each scripture.
Invite a child to read the first scripture reference. After they have read the scripture have them decide which picture matches that particular scripture. Have them open the bag to reveal the ingredient and have them add it to the mixing bowl.Invite another child to read the 2nd scripture and have them do the same as before.
After all 4 scriptures have been read you will have all your ingredients mixed into your mixing bowl. Tell the children that as we follow Heavenly Father’s ‘instructions’ we will be blessed, and that the blessing is the ‘sweetest’ blessing we could ever receive (to return to live with Him). Then bring out some cupcakes or cookies (whatever you used as your example) to represent the blessings we receive as we follow the commandments.
{You can even create a little oven out of a cardboard box if you want to get really fun and creative. :)}
Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies1 (18.25 oz.) white or yellow cake mix {I like White best}1/3 C. oil or softened butter2 eggs1-2 C. chocolate chipsIn a large mixing bowl combine the cake mix, oil/butter, and eggs until combined and no clumps remain. Add the chocolate chips and stir until combined. Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of dough onto a greased or parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.{Makes a little more than 2 dozen when using my 1 1/2 Tbsp. cookie dough scoop. You can also use Devil’s Food/chocolate cake mix with mini chocolate chips}
#2 Activity:Hot & Cold: Have 4 pictures to represent the scriptures from the outline {D&C 1:37, D&C 10:5, D&C 59:9–10, and D&C 119:4.}.Tell the children that today they are going to play Hot & Cold to discuss these important commandments that our Heavenly Father has asked us to follow.Invite a child to the front and have them leave the Primary room. Invite another child to come to the front and hand them one of the commandment pictures. Have the child hide the picture. Invite the other child to come in. As the child walks around looking for the picture have the children sing “Keep the Commandments”, and have them sing louder as the child gets closer to the picture and quieter the further away they are.Once the child has found the picture, have them tell the others what the picture is. Have the child read the scripture aloud. Discuss what it means and what we can do to follow that particular commandment.
I know the children will love the Commandment Cookie idea, because what child doesn’t love cookies!?!I hope my ideas can inspire you to help teach the children the importance of keeping the commandments. Let me know how your Sharing Time goes.
Have a wonderful week and a great Sharing Time!sheena