Plan with the music leader to teach the children about the plan of salvation with a “Sing-a-Story.” (See Primary Sharing Time Resource Manual, pp. 26–27.)
Assemble the following visual aids: signs, Premortal Existence (or, Pre-earth Life), Spirit World, Celestial Kingdom, Terrestrial Kingdom, Telestial Kingdom; a globe or picture of earth; a baby doll; 4 pictures of Jesus—alone, teaching, the Crucifixion, resurrected; 2 labeled partitions (these could be posterboards, drapes, scarves, or screens)—Birth and Death; and “name” tags, Spirit Body and Physical Body.
Have one child represent all the children and move through the “plan.” In the premortal existence, the child wears the Spirit Body sign. Sing verse 1 of “I Lived in Heaven” (CS, p. 4). Ask, “How many of us were there?” [we all were], and tell briefly about that Council in Heaven and our choosing to follow Heavenly Father’s plan. Sing verse 2 and hold up the picture of Jesus alone. Tell the children that when Jesus volunteered to be our Savior and give His life so that we could return to live with Heavenly Father, we were so glad that we shouted for joy. Explain that the next step for us was to be born into this life. Have the child pass through the partition marked Birth. Explain that all of us come into this earth life as babies (show the globe or picture of earth, and the doll) and get a physical body (add the Physical Body sign on the child). Sing “I Will Follow God’s Plan” (CS, pp. 164–165). Ask, “What does this song tell us that we must do while we are on earth?” [Seek God’s light, obey His commandments, etc.] (For younger children: sing one or two action songs about bodies—see “Action Songs” in the CS Topics index. Stress that on earth, we learn how to use our body and teach it to obey.) Sing verse 3 of “I Lived in Heaven” and hold up the pictures of Christ teaching and the Crucifixion. Explain that because Jesus taught us the gospel and overcame death through the Resurrection and gave us the gift of the Atonement, we can return to live with Heavenly Father and Him again by living the gospel. Sing “I Want to Live the Gospel” (CS, p. 148). Have the child pass through the Death partition. Explain that although we don’t know if we will be old or young when we die, we do know that our spirit leaves our body for a while (take the Physical Body sign off the child) and lives in the spirit world (hold up the Spirit World sign). After Christ’s Second Coming (show the Resurrected Christ picture), we will all be resurrected and receive our physical body again (return the Physical Body sign to the child) and we will find a new home in one of the three degrees of glory (show the 3 Kingdom signs). Emphasize that we are aiming for the Celestial Kingdom. Sing “I Am a Child of God,” verse 4 (CS, pp. 2–3). Bear your testimony of the Savior and your gratitude for the plan that allows us to return to Him.