Sharing Time Idea from the 2013 Primary OutlineIDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (seeing an object lesson): Fill a clear container with water. Explain that each time we share the gospel, our testimony grows stronger. Put a drop of food coloring in the container. Give a few examples of how we can share the gospel, adding another drop of the same color of food coloring for each example. Point out that just as the color grows stronger with each drop of food coloring, our testimony grows stronger each time we share the gospel.
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (discussing testimonies): Put the following in a bag: a picture of Jesus Christ, a picture of Joseph Smith, a picture of the current prophet, a Book of Mormon, and the words “true Church.” Write the word testimony on the board, and ask the children what a testimony is. Discuss their answers. Tell the following story: “A young girl was afraid to bear her testimony because she felt unsure of her feelings. But she knew it was important, so one day she bravely stood and bore her testimony, listing five things she believed in. When she was through, she had a good feeling and knew that her testimony had grown stronger.” Have the children discover the five things she had a testimony of by pulling the items from the bag you have prepared. Discuss each item, and display them at the front of the room.
ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (sharing examples): Allow each child to share an example of how he or she could share the gospel. Each time a child mentions something, add a drop of food coloring to the container of water to show that sharing the gospel can strengthen testimonies. (If you have a large Primary, you may want to do this in groups so each child has an opportunity to share ideas.)
Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS IdeasI really like the idea that is given in the outline, so for my idea this week I’m just going to give you different ways of doing the activities in the outline.
Identify the Doctrine: I really like the jar and food coloring idea and I think the children will like it as well.
Another idea that I thought of was to have 2 jars that you could compare to each other. You could even attach a picture of a boy/girl to each jar.Explain that each of these ‘children/jars’ are members of the church. You could name your jar children and tell the children that one of them is trying really hard to be a missionary by sharing the gospel with others.Share different ways that the one ‘jar’ shared the gospel with others and add food coloring to the jars each time they share the gospel.
At the end turn the jars around and ask the children which jar is darker. Point out that just as the color grows stronger with each drop of food coloring, our testimony grows stronger each time we share the gospel.Point to the darker jar and explain that because this child shared the gospel his testimony of the gospel is strong.
Encourage Understanding Activity: For this activity I thought it might be fun to pull out the ‘Punch-A-Box’ game again.Create your Punch-A-Box and number each box #1-5.At the top of your board have the title “What is a Testimony?”Ask the children if they know what a testimony is. Discuss what a testimony is and then tell the children that you would like to share a story with them. Tell the following story:“A young girl was afraid to bear her testimony because she felt unsure of her feelings. But she knew it was important, so one day she bravely stood and bore her testimony, listing five things she believed in. When she was through, she had a good feeling and knew that her testimony had grown stronger.”
Explain to the children that inside the boxes are the 5 things that the girl had a testimony of.For Sr. Primary you could have the 5 things and then have them give clues, act it out or draw clues to have the rest of the Primary children guess what it is.Discuss each item with the children and display a picture at the front of the room.
Encourage Application: To close your Sharing Time invite some children up to the front of the room and have them share a way that they can share the gospel with others. Each time a child mentions something, have the child add a drop of food coloring to the container of water to show that sharing the gospel can strengthen testimonies.
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