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{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!

{Sharing Time} Prophets Are Called by God

Sharing Time Idea from the 2015 Primary Outline

INTRODUCE THE DOCTRINE: Write each of the following words on separate strips of paper: Prophets, are, called, by, God. Give the strips of paper to five children. Arrange the children in front of the Primary so the words are out of order. Invite other children to arrange the words in the correct order. Repeat the sentence together.

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING: Prepare clues about how Moses, Lehi, and Joseph Smith were called by God. For example, the clues about Moses could be: “I was called by God as He spoke to me from a burning bush”; “God called me to write the first five books of the Bible”; and “God called me to lead His people out of Egypt.” Choose three children to represent these prophets, and invite them to give the clues to the Primary. Invite the children to raise their hand when they think they know who the prophet is. Have the children say the answer together. After they have identified each prophet, read a scripture about that prophet (Moses: Exodus 3:4–5; Lehi: 1 Nephi 1:5–6; Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith—History 1:16–17). Point out that Moses was called by God, Lehi was called by God, and Joseph Smith was called by God. Tell the children that all prophets are called by God.

ENCOURAGE APPLICATION: Ask the children, “Who is our prophet today?” Show a picture of the current President of the Church. Explain that he was called by God. Have the children discuss in class groups how they can follow the current prophet. Invite a child from each class to come to the front and act out one thing they discussed in their group. Invite the other children to guess what the action is. Ask the child to share how following the prophet in this way will bless his or her life.

Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

For this week’s Sharing Time I thought it would be fun to invite some men to Primary and play a ‘Who Am I’ game.

 

For this Sharing Time you will need to ask 3 men to dress up like one of the prophets listed in the outline (Moses, Lehi, Joseph Smith). Explain that they will be reading clues to the children about that particular prophet. The children will then be guessing who they are.

Other Items you will need:

-‘Prophet‘ typed or written onto a piece of paper, big enough for the children to see.

-‘Prophets are called by God.’ typed or written on a piece of paper, big enough for children to see.

-GAK Picture 107: Moses

-GAK Picture 300: Lehi

-GAK Picture 400: Joseph Smith

-A Picture of President Monson

To Begin

Post the ‘Prophet’ sign on the board and ask the children what the word says. Then ask, “What do you think of when you hear that word?”

Perhaps you think of a prophet from Old Testament times, wearing a long robe. Or a Book of Mormon prophet holding the Liahona. Perhaps your prophet is old, like Moses, or did you imagine a young boy prophet like Josiah? Maybe you thought of today’s prophet, who wears a suit and tie?

But it doesn’t matter what the prophets look like or how old they are, the most important thing is that the Prophets are called by God and they are called to be messengers for our Heavenly Father. {From The Friend}

Underneath the word Prophet, post the sign ‘Prophets are called by God.’

What does that mean, Prophets are called by God?

Who chooses the Prophets? Do we all vote? Does your Dad get to choose who he thinks should be the Prophet? NO! Prophets are called by God!

Throughout the History of the church, the Prophets have always been called by God.


Who Am I?

Today we have some visitors coming in to Primary. They are going to share some clues/information and you are going to have to guess who they are.

Are you ready to meet them?

Invite the men in one at a time or all at once…up to you.

You can also choose to post the pictures of each of the prophets on the chalkboard to help give the children a little hint or wait to show the picture until after they have guessed who it is.

Invite the first ‘helper’ up to the front and have him read his clues aloud (I have provided some clues below). Have the children listen to the clues and when they think they know who it is have them raise their hand.

 Another Way to Play:
{You could also post the pictures in different areas of the room and have the children go stand by the picture of who they think it is.}

After the prophet has been guessed correctly invite the next helper up and have him read his clues aloud. Continue until all clues have been read and each prophet has been guessed.

Clues:

Moses:

– I was called by God as He spoke to me from a burning bush.

– I led my people out of bondage in Egypt.

– The Lord revealed the Ten Commandments to me.

– Exodus 3: 4-5

Lehi:

– I warned the people in Jerusalem to repent or they would be destroyed.

– The Lord told me to take my family and flee into the wilderness.

– One night the Lord told me that we must continue our journey into the wilderness. The

   next morning I went to the door of my tent, and found the Liahona.

– 1 Nephi 2: 1-2

Joseph Smith

– I went to the woods and prayed to know which church I should join.

– Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to me and told me to to join none of the churches that existed

   then.

– I was obedient to God and helped restore the true Church of Jesus Christ to the earth.

– Joseph Smith History 1:16-17

To close, tell the children that you have one more Prophet that they need to guess {President Monson}. Read the clues (below) aloud and have the children raise their hand when they know who it is.

Clues:

– This Prophet is the sixteenth prophet of our church.

– This Prophet was born in Salt Lake City, UT

– And this prophet was called by God to be our Prophet today.

Bear testimony that Prophets are called by God.

You could have President Monson’s picture on a bulletin/chalkboard. Cover the picture with a piece of paper and draw a big question mark on the front. Then reveal the picture after you have read the clues.



I hope you enjoy my Sharing Time Idea that I have shared today. 
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!

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