Sharing Time Ideas from the 2014 OutlineIDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (looking at pictures): Ask the children to stand if they know who leads the Church. Display a picture of the prophet, and ask the children what his name is. Explain that God speaks to us through him. Display a picture of the Conference Center. Tell the children that during general conference the prophet speaks to us from this building.
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING(discussing a scripture story): Tell the children that God has always spoken to His people through prophets. Display a picture of King Benjamin and tell the story from Mosiah 2:1–8. Invite the children to reenact the story. Remind the children that King Benjamin spoke from a tower and then his talk was written down so everyone could read it. Ask the children to compare the story of King Benjamin to what happens at general conference today.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS IdeasBegin your Sharing Time using the ‘Identify the Doctrine’ idea. Show the children the most recent conference issue of the Ensign or Liahona. Explain that at general conference, the prophet teaches us what God wants us to do. The words we hear from our Prophet at General Conference are very important and we should do our best to listen to what our Prophet says. Think of his words as a ‘treasure’. When you listen to President Monson speak how does it make you feel? It makes me feel really good, like I have just found a hidden treasure! Today we are going search for some General Conference treasure and talk about just a few of these wonderful “Treasures” that our prophet has left for us.
Activity Overview:For this activity the children will be reading several quotes from President Monson’s Conference addresses. After they read the quotes they will need to find the matching key word that is tied around the treasure chest. Once they have found the matching keyword or phrase they will get to cut the string/ribbon.Once all the strings have been cut they will get to reveal the treasure!
Now that you kind of know what will be happening during this activity, let’s talk about the details.
As you can see in the picture above you will need a treasure chest for this activity. If you have one, great! Or just make one out of a box. Believe me, it doesn’t need to be fancy once the children know that there is a treasure inside. ;)
Next you will need to fill your treasure chest with a special treat or if you don’t want to do treats just use some treasure and have a sign that says something like: “The Prophet Speaks to Us at General Conference. His words are spiritual ‘treasures’.
OR if you have a special treat inside the treasure chest you could say something like this: “I will ‘chews’ to follow the Prophet.”Then you can fill the treasure chest with bubble gum or some other ‘chewy’ treat. You could also use a non-food item. Then come up with a cute little phrase about following the words of the Prophet.
Next, you will need to have several different quotes typed/written onto pieces of paper.Have the quotes underneath chairs, posted around the room, inside of balloons, hanging from the ceiling, inside of a punch-a-box, etc. For each quote you will need to pick one word or short phrase that describes that quote. Let’s use this quote as an example:
“In order for us to make the correct decisions, courage is needed—the courage to say no when we should, the courage to say yes when that is appropriate, the courage to do the right thing because it is right.”-President Monson
Key Word: Have Courage to Choose the Right!
To Play: To begin your activity, tell the children that as we listen to the words of the Prophet we will be blessed with Spiritual ‘Treasures’. The Prophet leads his church under the direction of Jesus Christ, so if we want to follow Jesus then we need to Follow the Prophet. Show the children the treasure chest. Explain that around the room (or wherever you have the quotes) are several different quotes/sentences from President Monson’s talk that we just heard during General Conference a few weeks ago. Tell the children that they are going to have to find these quotes and then match them to the word that is on the treasure chest. In order to open the treasure chest they will need to match each quote to the appropriate phrase/word.
Invite the first child up and have them find the first quote and read it aloud. Then have them walk to the treasure chest and look at the keywords/phrases.
Have them pick which phrase best matches the quote they just read. If it’s a match have them cut the string! Then continue with the next child. You can also have them attach the quote to a picture of President Monson. At the end of the lesson you could go over the quotes and what President Monson has said or asked us to do.
After all the quotes have been read explain to the children that as we listen and follow the Prophet we will be blessed, and we will be rewarded with wonderful spiritual treasure!
Open the treasure to reveal your treasure! Testify that President Monson is called of God, and that he leads our church under the direction of Jesus Christ.
And that’s it!I hope this idea can help you out in some way. Thanks for stopping by & have wonderful day & a GREAT Sharing Time!