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#PersonalProgressChallenge Week Five: A Pursuit of Knowledge

If you’ve been feeling slightly discouraged the past few weeks, don’t be! It can get difficult when you’re working on multiple long experiences, but this week you’ll be completing SEVEN experiences, six from the value of Knowledge. We’re also 1/3 of the way through with the entire challenge!

Hopefully this week will help jumpstart the excitement as you pursue knowledge. While all the Knowledge experiences can be completed in just a day, they are more labor intense than some, so don’t get stressed out if you can’t do it all in a week.

THIS WEEK:

START & FINISH:

Knowledge #1

Knowledge #2

Knowledge #3

Knowledge #4

Knowledge #5

Knowledge #6

FINISH:

Divine Nature #3

CONTINUE:

Faith #7

Choice and Accountability #7

PROJECTS:

Knowledge Project

Individual Worth Project

VIRTUE PROJECT:

Read Mosiah 15 – Alma 5

JOURNAL PROMPTS:

Why is acquiring knowledge essential to God’s plan?

How does developing temporal skills bless me spiritually?

Why is teaching others an important part of the gospel?

How will knowledge of the scriptures bless my life?

What can I do to gain more gospel knowledge?

SOCIAL MEDIA CHALLENGE

CHALLENGE 1:

Share a photo or video of the skill you’re working on developing for Knowledge #2 with the hashtag #PersonalProgressChallenge

CHALLENGE 2:

Share the lyrics to your favorite hymn and what they mean to you with the hashtag #PersonalProgressChallenge

ONGOING CHALLENGE:

Share something you learned from your Book of Mormon reading with the hashtag #PersonalProgressChallenge

Last Minute Book of Mormon Read-a-Thon for Mutual

My stake set a challenge for everybody. especially the youth, to read The Book of Mormon by July 1st. Several months ago the laurel class had talked about doing a Book of Mormon read-a-thon, but due to disorganization (mostly on my part) we never did it. Then, when our mutual plans changed last minute for the week of July 1st, the idea came up again. Instead of everybody reading the entire Book of Mormon, they would just come and read as a group from where they were already at, with the hope that it would motivate everybody to finish (and claim a super cool prize and Girls Camp).

Of course then we ended up holding mutual on July 2nd, but I think it may have helped to realize that just because you didn’t reach the goal doesn’t mean you failed, and reading the Book of Mormon after July 1st is just as important as reading it before—but then the deadline was extended to that Sunday (July 5th).

In preparation I threw together half-sheet reading charts, a group tracking chart, and a quote handout, just for fun. I also provided pens and sticky notes, for marking verses along the way. It turned out that almost everybody was out of town, so we only had 6 of 20-25 girls show up, but it was still a productive evening for most.

I’m sharing the resources I made in the hopes that others out there who want a low-key but still spiritual last minute activity can do it with as little prep work as possible.

As a bonus, I thought after the fact that it would’ve been fun, had we had a larger group, to divide up into groups based on our locations, so I made signs for those as well.

All the files can be downloaded in one .zip folder here.

#PersonalProgressChallenge Week Four: The Worth of Souls

I love this week’s topic! The experiences this week give us a really unique perspective on the value of a soul, by looking at your self, your ancestors, and all those around you, and the way your relationships with these are all inter-connected.

THIS WEEK:

A quick glance at this week:

START:

Divine Nature #3

START & FINISH:

Individual Worth #5

Individual Worth #6

Individual Worth #7

CONTINUE:

Faith #7

Divine Nature #7

Individual Worth #3

Choice and Accountability #7

PROJECTS:

Faith Project

Individual Worth Project

VIRTUE PROJECT:

Read Jacob 6 – Mosiah 14

JOURNAL PROMPTS:

What can I do to help build the confidence of others?

Why is it important that everybody feels God’s love?

How can I find ways to show my love for my family members?

How do the choices I make effect my self-esteem?

What do the scriptures teach about the worth of souls?

SOCIAL MEDIA CHALLENGE

CHALLENGE 1:

Share a picture or story of an ancestor you admire from Individual Worth #7 and why with the hashtag #PersonalProgressChallenge

CHALLENGE 2:

Share a photo or video from Individual Worth #5 with the hashtag #PersonalProgressChallenge

ONGOING CHALLENGE:

Share something you learned from your Book of Mormon reading with the hashtag #PersonalProgressChallenge

#PersonalProgressChallenge Week Three: Fulfilling My Mission

We’ve reached week three, which means we should all have the hang of it now, right? I know I’ve fallen behind on a few things, but I’m still trying my best—and luckily I’m ahead in a couple other areas, so I can spend those weeks catching up! This week I discovered HashAtIt.com which shows posts across social networks with the same hashtag, and so I decided to use it to keep an eye out for the #PersonalProgressChallenge hashtag. I’ve installed the hashtag widget at the bottom of the website so I can keep track, especially since I’m not an Instagram user. 

A quick glance at this week:

START:

Individual Worth #3

START & FINISH:

Individual Worth #4

CONTINUE:

Faith #1

Faith #4

Faith #7

Divine Nature #2

Choice and Accountability #7

VIRTUE PROJECT:

Read 2 Nephi 20-Jacob 5

JOURNAL PROMPTS:

What can I do now to prepare to serve in God’s kingdom?

How does recognizing God’s hand in my life help me bless the lives of others?

What decisions can I make now that affect my future?

What do the scriptures teach about the importance of doing God’s will?

Why does Heavenly Father want me to make my own decisions?

SOCIAL MEDIA CHALLENGE

CHALLENGE 1:

Share the acts of kindness you do for others in Individual Worth #3 with the hashtag #PersonalProgressChallenge

CHALLENGE 2:

Share a goal from Individual Worth #4 and how you’re going to achieve it with the hashtag #PersonalProgressChallenge

ONGOING CHALLENGE:

Share something you learned from your Book of Mormon reading with the hashtag #PersonalProgressChallenge

Week Two: My Divine Identity #PersonalProgressChallenge

 

Despite a crazy and forgetful week, I’m excited and ready to face week two of the Personal Progress Challenge. The emphasis is “My Divine Identity.”

 

 

A quick glance at this week:

START & FINISH:

Divine Nature #1

Individual Worth #1

Individual Worth #2

 

START:

Divine Nature #2

 

CONTINUE:

Faith #1

Faith #4

Faith #7

Choice and Accountability #7

 

VIRTUE PROJECT:

Read 1 Nephi 18-2 Nephi 19

 

JOURNAL PROMPTS:

How does knowledge that I am a daughter of Heavenly Parents change my actions?

Why is it important for me to develop divine attributes?

What can I do to learn what God wants me to do?

How do the covenants I’ve made help me understand God’s plan for me?

What can I learn from the scriptures about my divine destiny?

 

SOCIAL MEDIA CHALLENGE

CHALLENGE 1:

Share your favorite quote or scripture you read from Divine Nature #2 on social media with the hashtag #PersonalProgressChallenge

 

CHALLENGE 2:

Share a picture of yourself with your testimony of your divine nature! #PersonalProgressChallenge

 

ONGOING CHALLENGE:

Share something you learned from your Book of Mormon reading with the hashtag #PersonalProgressChallenge

{Sharing Time} The Holy Ghost Speaks In a Still, Small Voice

Sharing Time Ideas from the 2015 Outline

INTRODUCE THE DOCTRINE:In a quiet voice say, “Everyone who can hear my voice, put your finger on your nose. Everyone who can hear my voice, put your hand on your head.” Continue, designating other parts of the body, until all the children are listening to your quiet voice. You could end by asking them to fold their arms. Point out that even though you were speaking quietly, when the children listened, they could hear your voice and obey your instructions. Explain that the Holy Ghost speaks to us in a quiet or still, small voice.

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING:Blindfold a child and lead him or her to a different place in the room. Tell the child, “If you trust me and listen to me, I will guide you back to your seat.” With a soft voice give the child directions to get safely back to his or her seat. Ask, “How is this like the way the Holy Ghost guides us?” Show how the Holy Ghost can be likened to the Liahona by sharing the story of Nephi’s broken bow (see 1 Nephi 16:18–32). Consider using actions as demonstrated in other lessons in this outline (see March, week 3, or August, week 4). Explain that just as the Liahona directed the people according to their faith and diligence, the Holy Ghost will direct us according to our righteousness when we listen for His voice.

Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS IdeasI know I’m extremely late posting this, but I figured I’d still post it in case anyone is looking for ideas.

What you will need for this Sharing Time:

-Wrap a present/gift bag with the words ‘Holy Ghost’ inside. You can also use a picture too.

-Type up several different ways we can invite the Spirit (printable below)

-Type up several different ways that will turn the Spirit away (printable below)

-A chalkboard/poster board- Split the board into 2 sections. At the top label one column ‘Invites the Spirit’ and the other side ‘Turns the Spirit Away.’
-A bucket or bag- you will place all the ‘Invites the Spirit’ and ‘Turns the Spirit Away’ papers in this.

Begin your Sharing Time:

Before Sharing Time, place your gift somewhere in the Primary room. Don’t make it too easy to get to.
Tell the children that we’re going to be talking about something very important today. Tell them that you will need a few helpers to begin. Have 1 child come up and blindfold him/her. Then have 2-3 more children stand up around the room. They will be talking loudly to the blindfolded child (they will try to distract the child). Then choose 1 more child to whisper directions to the blindfolded child.
Show the child that is whispering, where the present it. Tell the blindfolded child that somewhere in the room is an object that he/she needs to find. There is someone here to help, but he/she will need to listen very carefully for the directions he/she will receive.
Have the one child begin telling the blindfolded child where to go. Then have the other 2-3 children begin talking loudly. Have them tell the child to listen to them, come over here, you’re going the wrong way, etc. Make sure they aren’t too loud, just loud enough to make it difficult to hear the other child. Once the child has found the present have him/her bring it up to the front. Have the other children sit down.
Ask the child if it was hard to listen to the right person? Ask if he had to concentrate really hard to listen to that person? Have the child open up the gift and read it aloud.
Explain to the children that what the children just did is like the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost speaks in a still small voice.
Share a story with the children of listening to the Holy Ghost or share a personal story of a time that you listened to the Holy Ghost.

Tell the children that sometimes the Holy Ghost speaks to us through feelings. Share the different ways the Holy Ghost talks to us:

We feel it in our hearts

– have them touch their hearts

Sometimes words or thoughts come into our minds

– have them touch their heads

And sometimes we may hear a voice

– have them touch their ears.-(You could also have them look up scriptures to learn the different ways we can be prompted by the Holy Ghost.)

Tell the children that in order to be guided by the Holy Ghost, we must first do things that will help invite the Spirit. If we do bad things, the Holy Ghost won’t be able to help guide us.
Show the children your poster- board. Show them each side: Invites the Spirit & Turns the Spirit Away.
Next, show the children your bucket and tell them that in the bucket are pieces of paper with different things written on them. They will need to take turns coming up and choosing a piece of paper. They will then need to decide which side it goes on…whether it ‘Invites the Spirit’ or ‘Turns the Spirit Away’.
At the end sing ‘The Holy Ghost’. Have them sing very reverently. You could also ask how everyone feels…do you feel the Spirit? Close by bearing your testimony of the Holy Ghost.


Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!

Old Testament Required Reading Bookmark

If you thought getting your students to read the Doctrine and Covenants was challenging, did you know that If you took the page count of the Book of Mormon, D&C and New Testament combined, the Old Testament would STILL have more pages?  Luckily your students will only be required to read selected chapters from the Old Testament. Really, it is the best of the best parts of the Old Testament.  It will make the page count about the same size as the Book of Mormon or New Testament. &n […]

{Sharing Time} The Holy Ghost is the Third Member of the Godhead.

Sharing Time Ideas from the 2015 Outline

Introduce the doctrine: Help the children memorize the first article of faith by dividing them into three groups. Point to a group and have them say, “We believe in God, the Eternal Father.” Point to another group and have them say, “And in His Son, Jesus Christ.” Point to the third group and have them say, “And in the Holy Ghost.” Repeat, giving each group a turn to say each phrase. (You may want to have younger children hold up fingers for each phrase.) Explain that Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are the three members of the Godhead. Tell the children that the Holy Ghost is a spirit, without a body of flesh and bones.

Encourage understanding and application: Invite the children to open their scriptures and read Doctrine and Covenants 130:22 together. Ask them to listen for why the Holy Ghost does not have a body. Read Doctrine and Covenants 8:2. Have the children point to their heads when you say “mind” and to their hearts when you say “heart.” Share examples of how the Holy Ghost might speak to your mind and your heart (see Galatians 5:22). Consider having children share times when they have felt the influence of the Holy Ghost.

Encourage understanding and application: Divide the children into five groups. Give each group one of the following scripture references, and have them identify how the Holy Ghost helps us: John 14:26 (comforts and teaches); 2 Nephi 32:5 (tells us what we should do); Mosiah 5:2 (changes our hearts); Moroni 8:26 (fills us with hope and love); Doctrine and Covenants 20:27 (testifies of Christ). Invite each group to tell the rest of the Primary what they learned.

Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS IdeasFor this week’s Sharing Time I used ideas from the outline, but also got a little help from a previous idea I shared years ago (Here). I’ve changed it up a bit to fit this week’s theme a little better. Hope you like it!


Begin your sharing time by splitting the primary into 3 groups. Have the groups sit in a circle, and have one adult help each group. Hand each group a part of the 1st Article of Faith and have them repeat it several times.

After a few minutes have all the groups come to the front of the primary room to repeat their part. Point to group #1 and have them say their part…then group #2…then group #3.

After you have had everyone repeat their parts together explain that Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are the three members of the Godhead.

Holy Ghost Quiz

At the front of the primary room have a bell or buzzer. Invite 2 children to come to the front for a short Holy Ghost quiz.

Have the children stand across from each other with the bell/buzzer in the middle.

Read the questions aloud and have them ring the bell if they know the answer.

Here are some examples of questions:

1.     Does the Holy Ghost have a body of flesh and bone? {D&C 130:22}

2.     When do you receive the Holy Ghost?

3.     Is the Holy Ghost the 1st member of the Godhead?

4.     Can the Holy Ghost speak to you? {D&C 8:2}

After the Holy Ghost Quiz read the scripture {D&C 8:2} aloud. Have the children point to their head when you say “mind” and to their hearts when you say “heart”.

Holy Ghost I Spy

Next, you will be placing several items that will help identify how the Holy Ghost helps us. Place all the items onto the table at the front of the primary room. Each item will have a coordinating scripture.

Invite one child up to the front and have him/her look at all the items. Then read one of the scriptures (below) aloud. Have the child pick the item that they think best describes that scripture.

John 14:26– Comforts & Teaches {blanket & picture of school/book/etc.}

2 Nephi 32:5– Tells Us What We Should Do {Map/Compass/etc.}

Mosiah 5:2– Changes Our Hearts.{Picture of a heart}

Moroni 8:6– Fills Us With Hope & Love {measuring cup with ‘Hope’ & ‘Love}

D&C 20:27– Testifies of Christ {Picture of Christ}

Discuss with the children the many different ways the Holy Ghost helps us. If time permits, invite a few children to share times when they have felt the influence of the Holy Ghost.


I hope you like my idea for this week’s Sharing Time. If you have any questions or ideas you’d like to share just send me an email to
littleldsideas(at)hotmail(dot)com.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!

I need your help

Hello Friends. I need your help again. Please also pass this on to anyone who might be interested. As you know, the 25 Old Testament scripture masteries have changed significantly from 4 years ago.  Because of those changes I want to ask for your creative help in figuring out new mnemonics to help students learn the references from the key words. Good scripture mastery mnemonics have some common characteristics.  There is something in the key words, that could spark and idea or […]

Standard Works Scripture Reading Charts

As the summer is approaching I’ve been thinking about goals. One goal of mine is to read the entire Old Testament over the summer. It’s a pretty lofty aspiration, but if I’m focused and organized it’s certainly achievable.

I recently shared my Book of Mormon reading chart, to overwhelming response, and so I got started creating reading charts for all the other standard works. Of course, with 39 books in the Old Testament, the circular design I used would be quite a bit more complicated (though I may have found a way around that—it might just take a while).

 

Instead I went with a fairly simple design with rows of bubbles. They’re designed the be fairly easy on the eyes, with a clear font and fun colors.

 

In total there are 6 different charts. Book of Mormon & Doctrine and Covenants, and two each for the Old and New Testament. The first set of Testaments also includes portions of the Pearl of Great Price which are considered extensions of these records. Because of this I didn’t create a Pearl of Great Price chart, but if there’s interest I might consider making one.

 

The charts come in one .zip file containing 6 PDFs.

 

{Sharing Time} My Faith in Jesus Christ is Strengthened When I Obey

Sharing Time Ideas from the 2015 Outline

INTRODUCE THE DOCTRINE: Place a picture of Jesus Christ on the board. Draw a staircase with four steps leading up to the picture. Say together the fourth article of faith, and invite the children to name the first principles and ordinances of the gospel as you write them on the appropriate steps. Count on your fingers as you say each principle and ordinance. Consider ways to help the children memorize the fourth article of faith.

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING: Sing “Faith” (CS, 96–97). Make a word strip for each sentence in the second verse. Divide the children into four groups and give each group a word strip. Have each group stand and sing their line at the appropriate place in the song. Have the groups exchange word strips, and repeat until each group has sung each line. Invite the children to act out ways they can obey. (This could be done in their groups or with the whole Primary.) Share with the children an experience that has strengthened your faith in Jesus Christ.


Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

I’m sorry I haven’t been around lately. If you follow me on Facebook you might have seen that we just bought our first home and were busy moving and getting it ready. We are so excited to be in our home, but I have had to put some things on hold while we got situated. We’re still not quite there, but we’re getting closer.

For this week’s Sharing Time I looked through some of my previous ideas and decided to share some of those. Hope you like them!



Here’s the first idea that I thought would be great for this week:

Gardening Faith Sharing Time Idea
What does it mean to have faith? Alma says that “if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true” (Alma 32:21). We have faith when we believe and trust in something that is real and true even though we have not seen it for ourselves.

What does it mean to have faith in Jesus Christ? To have faith in Jesus Christ means that although we have not seen Him, we believe that He lives and loves us and that we trust Him. When we read the scriptures, we can learn about Him. When we listen to the prophets, we can understand what we can do to follow Him. When we pray in faith for help to choose the right, we can know that our prayers will be answered. When we listen to the whisperings of the Holy Ghost, we can feel Him close to us and know that He loves us.

Show the children some seeds. Ask the children if anyone knows what they are. Then ask them the 3 questions from the outline: “What can these seeds become?” “How do you know these seeds will grow?” “What must we do to make them grow?” Discuss the seeds and how they grow with the children. Then explain to the children that Faith is like a seed. You could ask the children how Faith is like a seed.

How does our faith in Jesus Christ grow? Alma tells us that the word of God is like a seed. We show our faith when we plant a seed in the earth. We then nurture it by keeping the weeds away, by giving it water and plant food, and by making sure that it has sunshine. If it is a good seed, it will begin to swell and grow.

When we believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ, we plant true words of God in our hearts. We nurture this kind of seed by praying, by listening to the prophets, by keeping the commandments, and by responding to the promptings of the Holy Ghost. As we do this, the seed of truth will grow within our hearts. Then we will know that Jesus Christ is happy with our efforts.

Alma says that if we continue to nourish the word of God by our faith, it will grow as large as a tree and bring forth fruit. This means that our faith in Jesus Christ will grow strong and bring blessings for us and for others. What joy that brings! We have faith in Jesus Christ when we believe Him, trust Him, obey Him, and follow Him.

Help the children memorize Alma 32:21: “If ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.”

After the children have memorized the scripture show a picture of Samuel the Lamanite and explain that he prophesied that on the night Jesus Christ would be born, the sun would go down but it would not get dark. Tell the story to the children and discuss it.

 

Activity

Assemble some gardening aids (small bag of fertilizer, trowel, watering can, picture of sun, etc.), and put them into a box or bag. Have children pick an item and tell one thing we can do to nurture the word of God by our faith in Jesus Christ (believe, keep the commandments, pray, etc.). Label each item with a word suggested by the child. Display pictures of trees in various stages. Help the children realize that this is an ongoing process.

**Another idea: you could attach pictures to each gardening tool for Jr. Primary and scripture references for Sr. Primary that talk about the different ways we can nurture/help our seed grow (Prayer, Scriptures, Baptism, etc.). Have the children tell you what the picture is and then discuss how that helps our seed to grow and have the older children find the scripture and read it and then tell you what it is.



Wimpy Wayne Sharing Time Idea

For my first idea I am sharing an idea I shared several years ago that actually had the exact same topic. For this Sharing Time you will need a helper to come in and act like your ‘Wimpy’ person. The children will be helping you find weights that will strengthen your helper’s faith in Jesus Christ. I have shared an outline that you are free to use. Read through it and use it just as it is or make your own changes.

‘Faith is like a Seed’ Sharing Time Idea

While looking through my previous ideas, I came across some that I had seen on Sugardoodle. I thought they were really great ideas and would work for this week’s lesson. Here they are:


{The ideas posted below came from comments on Sugardoodle} 
Sherry said: I am considering planting the seeds as a real physical object, for understanding, but I want to make a project in which as we add water drops to a flower pot(ways to nurture our faith) we can add parts to the flower on a display board, which growing our faith. Not sure how to pull it all together yet or how good of an idea it is. Will definitely be cute for Jr!

Ramona answered with this idea: I like your idea. What about having a pot that is attached to a poster board that has a string run up through the top, so as you “water” the plant, you can pull on the string and pull it up out of the pot? It might be cool if it were even a vine type of plant that had flowers attached, etc. and they are seen as you pull more and more out of the pot. Maybe making the flower/vine out of foam. Just thinking out loud, but your thoughts got me to thinking too! I think I’m going to try something like that!

 I would probably make a pretty big pot and then make the flower out of paper. I would have the flower folded inside the pot and as you pulled on the string it would unfold and grow. 

And that’s all! I hope you like the ideas I’ve shared today and are able to create something amazing for your Primary.
As always…have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!
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