{Sharing Time} There is Safety in Following the Prophet

Sharing Time Ideas from the 2015 Primary Outline

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING: Show a picture of Moses, and explain that Moses was a prophet who led his people to safety. Explain that the Israelites were in bondage to Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and the Lord told Moses to lead them out of Egypt (see Exodus 3:10). Tell the story from Exodus 14, and invite the children to act it out with you. For example: “The people followed Moses across the desert (walk in place). They came to the sea (make waves with arms). The people looked back (look back) and saw Pharaoh and his army following them (make sound of running horses by slapping hands on legs). They were afraid (show fear).” Read Exodus 14:13, and then continue with the story. “The Lord told Moses to lift up his rod (pretend to lift up a rod), and the sea parted (spread arms apart). The people followed Moses safely through the sea on dry ground to the other side (walk in place). When Pharaoh’s army tried to follow them, the Lord told Moses to stretch out his hand, and the waters came back together (bring arms together). Pharaoh’s army drowned in the sea. The people were safe because they followed the prophet.”

Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

For this week’s Sharing Time I am using Elder Packer’s 1976 Conference talk, “Spiritual Crocodiles.”

As well as sharing Elder Packer’s talk I thought it would be fun to play a Prophet Matching Game (for Jr. Primary).

I have created 3 pages of prophet cards plus one ‘Spiritual Crocodile’ page.

Print out each of the pages (the first 3 need to be printed twice), and then cut them. There is a front and a back to each card.

I printed mine on paper and then laminated each card.

(Clipart is from Susan Fitch & Prettiful Designs)
Before primary attach the cards onto a bulletin board or a chalkboard.

Begin your Sharing Time by sharing details from Elder Packer’s talk.

After you have shared the story, explain to the children how we are just like Elder Packer and the Prophet is our guide. He can see things that we can’t and if we follow his counsel we will be safe.

Tell the children that today they are going to learn about teachings from past prophets by playing a matching game. Show the children the cards and explain that there are pictures of prophets on the back. They will take turns flipping 2 cards over trying to find a match.

BUT be careful for the Spiritual Crocodiles!

When a child flips over a spiritual crocodile you could share a scenario where they didn’tlisten/follow the prophet. Discuss why following the prophet keeps us safe.

You could also mix up the cards whenever a crocodile is turned over or you could have the children make crocodile mouths with their hands and have them ‘bite’ the child beside them (but this could get a little crazy).
When a match is found share a story about that prophet and then discuss what the prophet taught and how we could follow their teachings. 
After all the cards have been found or time runs out, show a picture of President Monson. Ask the children what will be happening in a few weeks….General Conference!

Tell the children that if they will listen during General Conference we can hear the apostles and prophet share important teachings that will help us avoid the spiritual crocodiles in life.

You could also hand out a paper crocodile and have the children write something that they can do to follow the prophet.

Senior Primary Idea

For Sr. Primary I am thinking of doing something a little different.

I still want to share Elder Packer’s story, but instead of doing a matching game I am thinking of doing a ‘buzzer’ game.

At the front of the room I will have several cards numbered 1-10 and 2-3 crocodile cards posted on a bulletin/chalk board. For each number I will have questions or a ‘who am I’ about a prophet.

I will also have a table with a bell in the center of the table.

You may split the primary into two teams or keep them as one team.

Invite a child up to the front and have them pick a card.

If a number card is chosen invite another child up to the front (from the other team if using teams) and have each child stand on either side of the table with the bell in the middle. Explain that you will ask a question and if they know the answer they must ring the bell.

If they answer correctly the number on the card will be the amount of points they will be rewarded (if using teams).

If a crocodile is chosen I will share a scenario about not following the prophet. If using teams you can deduct a certain amount of points.

Have both children sit down and then choose another child to come up and pick a card.

Continue until all cards have been chosen or until time runs out.

Bear testimony of the importance of following the teachings of our prophet.

Tell the children that if they will listen during General Conference we can hear the apostles and prophet share important teachings that will help us avoid the spiritual crocodiles in life.

Click HERE to print my Prophet Matching Cards!

I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!

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