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{Primary} May 2015 Monthly Theme Poster

It’s a little late, but here is the Monthly Theme Poster for May!The wonderful baptism image came from Susan Fitch Designs.Just click HERE to print this month’s poster.I hope you enjoy this month’s poster. I am working on June’s poster, so I will …

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{Sharing Time} I Can Repent

Sharing Time Ideas from the 2015 Outline
Encourage Understanding and Application: Explain that because of Jesus Christ, when we do something wrong we can repent, which means we stop sinning and turn to God. Explain that repentance includes feeling sorry, asking for forgiveness, righting the wrong, and not repeating the wrong. Briefly discuss these steps, emphasizing how the Savior can help us. Divide the children into groups and give each group a case study. Have them read the case study and discuss what they would do to repent. For example, someone gets angry and hits his brother or sister. What should he do? Express gratitude for the opportunity Jesus Christ has given us to repent.



Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

Back in 2010 I saw the idea (below) posted as a comment on the Sharing Time page on Sugardoodle. I thought it was such a cute idea.

Here is the comment that I read on Sugardoodle:

Scripture: D&C 59:9 – ‘And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shat go to the house of prayer and offer up they sacraments upon my holy day.

“In primary, I had to try to teach the kids this scripture and the meaning of it during sharing time. Here’s how I did it and yes, it was a HUGE success in both Junior and Senior sharing time.  First at home, I cut out about 30 circles good sized but not too big. (maybe 4 x size of quarter)  Then I wrote things on them that would be considered a ‘spot’ or a ‘sin’ as the scripture refers to.  
 Some of them included: stole money from mom’s purse, told a lie to my teacher, cheated on a test at school, hit my brother, etc.  That Sunday morning, before church, I put on a long skirt and top.  I then proceeded to pin each of these circles to my skirt, shirt, hair, shoes etc.  For the ones in my hair I had pulled my hair into a ponytail and wedged one or two in my hair.  Then I went to church with all these spots on me.  Make sure that the blank side is what everyone sees, not the written side)  I got quite a few looks from others as I walked around but pretended to not see. This of course piqued all of the kid’s curiosity all through sacrament.  If any of them asked what the circles were, I pretended not to see them and told them they were crazy!  This of course would get giggles.  By the time sharing time came around I read the scripture to them and we discussed what the scripture means when it talks about ‘spots’ and how they are really talking about our sins.  Then the kids started to raise their hands and say that I had spots all over me and since I couldn’t see them I had them point one out and suddenly I could see that one (but only that one).  So I removed the pin and read silently what it said.  Acted surprised and horrified and said lets move on. The kids would never let me move on because they would HAVE TO KNOW what was on the other side of that spot and so after some reluctance I would read it out loud.  All the kids were shocked that I had lied to my parents or stole money from my mom’s purse etc.  Then someone else would point out another spot and another spot until slowly we read them all.  Then we finished by discussing the scripture one more time and talking about repentance and how we can be forgiven of our sins and our spots can be removed if we repent.  It was a BIG HIT.  Then between the sharing times I would re pin all of them back to me to do it again with the next group. It was a memorable sharing time that really drove the message home.”



I thought that this idea would be great for this week’s Sharing Time. I’m not going to wear my spots to church, but I am planning on going down to the primary room about 10-15 minutes before Primary and begin pinning all of my ‘spots’ on me. As the children come in I will be sure to stand by the door to welcome them to Primary, hoping that they’ll notice the dots and question what they are. I will do as the sister did in the idea above.

To begin the Sharing Time you could read a scripture or discuss sin and compare it to spots. 
Just like the idea above, discuss each of your ‘sin spots’. Explain that because of Jesus Christ, when we do something wrong we can repent, which means we stop sinning and turn to God. Explain that repentance includes feeling sorry, asking for forgiveness, righting the wrong, and not repeating the wrong. Briefly discuss these steps, emphasizing how the Savior can help us. 

Since you will have spots all over, I thought this Mormonad would be great to show the primary children as you discuss the steps of repentance:

Find the image HERE!

 I also created a little handout to help the children remember the steps of repentance. They aren’t worded exactly like the steps in the outline, but the same idea. My husband actually used these steps while on his mission.
Just click the link below to print yours out.
Here is what they look like:


Need some other ideas? Here are some of my previous Sharing Time Ideas on repentance:
We Come Unto Christ by Repenting When We Make a Mistake. 
Because of Christ’s Atonement I can Repent. 
Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ I Can Repent & Be Forgiven.
As I Repent, I Can be Forgiven.


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

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Primary 7, Lesson 19 Journal

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Primary 7, Lesson 18 Journal

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Primary 7, Lesson 17 Journal

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Primary 7, Lesson 16 Journal

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Mother’s Day Questionnaire & Gift Idea

Today I wanted to share a fun little Mother’s Day treat & gift idea that we have decided to do for Primary this week.

We had decided that we were going to use ‘Riesens’ as the treat and that we would have a little tag or something that said:

“A few riesens why I love you.”

I had been thinking about what to do and thought about a questionnaire. I LOVE the questionnaires that have been floating around the internet. They are always so cute and funny.

I decided I wanted to do the same thing, so I looked online and found a
I used the idea, but made just a few minor changes.

Here is what they look like:

{There’s 2 to a page}

 I decided to ask my ‘soon-to-be’ 4 year old the questions. As always, they were so cute and funny.

Some of her answers:
I know my Mom cares because she…gets mad sometimes & happy sometimes. {guilty}
I love my Mom because she helps me…cut my hair when I get gum in my hair. {sigh…yes, yes I do}
I love my Mom when she makes me laugh by…acting like a chicken {not sure about this one} haha
I am sharing my questionnaires as a free printable! Just keep on reading and click the link at the bottom of this post to print yours out. If you don’t want to print in color just select on your printer options to print in Black and White. I tried it and it still prints out great.

Treat Idea
I happened to have some French fry boxes that I picked up from Pick Your Plum. I thought it would be really cute for the treat.



I got some clear treat baggies (leftover from birthday bags) and put a few Riesens, Hershey Hugs and Kisses inside. I decided to throw in some Hugs & Kisses…thought that would be cute.

Then I folded the bag and placed it inside the fry box upside down.


Next, I created and printed out some Happy Mother’s Day tags. I got some twine and wrapped it around the box a few times and then attached the tag.

On Sunday we’ll have the children fill out their questionnaire. They can fold it and place it inside the box or just hand it to their Mom when they give her the box of treats.

10 ‘Riesens’ I Love My Mom plus chocolate…I couldn’t ask for a better gift.
If you don’t have a box to put the candy in, no worries. Just get some clear plastic baggies and tie it off with some twine or curly ribbon. Then attach the tag and you’re good to go!

If you would like to print out your own questionnaire and tag click the links below.



 Thanks so much for stopping by. I would love to hear if you use my idea this week and how it goes.
Have a wonderful day & a fabulous Mother’s Day!

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{Cub Scout} Den Leader Binder Cover

Several months ago I shared my Cub Scout binder with all of you. Since then I have had several people ask if I would share my binder cover that I created.So today I am sharing it! YAY!I know…it took awhile, sorry.Just click below to print out your ow…

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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.