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May Editable Newsletter

I apologize for the low amount of posts, I’ve been busy growing this little boy and packing up my house. Today was the day that has been long awaited! My husband graduated from Weber State! We are now just waiting for this baby to come and we will move…

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{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!
Thanks for stopping by.


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{Sharing Time} Joseph Smith Translated the Book of Mormon by the Power of God.


Sharing Time Idea from the 2015 Sharing Time Outline
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING: Write power of God on the board using a code (for example, you could replace each letter with a symbol). Ask if anyone can read the message. Write a key on the board that shows which letters the symbols replaced, and have the children work in groups to decode the message. (Remind the children not to call out the answer.) Read the phrase together. Read D&C 1:29.
Explain that Joseph Smith could not read the writing on the gold plates without the help of the Lord. Invite the children to share what they know about how Joseph Smith was able to translate the Book of Mormon. Invite several children to share how they feel about the Book of Mormon.

Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas
In my Sharing Time idea, I have a game idea that you can use for Jr. and/or Sr. Primary. It’s called ‘Search for the Gold Plates’. This is an activity I shared years ago, but would be great for this week’s Sharing Time. 


First, to begin the Sharing Time I thought it would be fun to show ‘The Book of Mormon’ written in several different languages. 

Then ask if anyone can read any of the writings. You could go over each one, telling them what language it is written in. Then ask them, ‘Wouldn’t it be hard to read something in a different language?’

‘You would have to know the language wouldn’t you?’


Tell them that when Joseph Smith received the plates, they were written in a very weird language. The language was Reformed Egyptian.

Here is an example of Reformed Egyptian that you could show to the children.
After you have discussed how hard it would be to translate…you will explain to the children that they will be searching for the Gold Plates.

What you will Need:
You’ll need to print out a picture of a stone/rock (Here’s the image I used). You’ll also need a few file folders or boxes.

Print out your rock {just find a picture online} and cut it out. Attach the rock to the front of the file folder. That’s easy enough, right?

Then, inside place a picture of the Gold Plates. You’ll only need one picture of the Gold Plates. Underneath the other rocks you could put silly pictures. I.E- Snakes, bugs, a shoe, etc.

Here is my picture using a box instead of a file folder. You’ll want to cover the box with brown or green paper. Then attach the picture to the top of the box. You could use any type of box.

Inside, place the Gold Plates. If you are feeling very craftsy, you could always make some gold plates.

I know at our church, in the library, we have some gold plates that someone made using wood. They’re really neat, the children loved them. And the same as above, you’ll only need one set of Gold Plates, you could put other things in the other boxes.

And that’s it!

I share several different ways you could play. Just click the link below to read the whole Sharing Time Idea and to print it out.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!