Sharing Time August 2012- Week 1: Having good friends will help me choose the right.

Jessica F.


Thoughts:  I really like the idea of talking about friendship.  Friends can be so influential.  I personally like the idea of teaching my children that you can tell a good friend because you want to be better together.  I think that this also applies to marriage advice that I have heard, but that I see it as important for friends and marriage also.

I think that if we teach children that relationships that we get to choose and build and grow are based off becoming better together.  And not that we are perfect or that we leave a friend over once small instance of human failing.  But that we are wishing to move in the same general direction in life will lead to happier relationships with friends and with other relationships in the future.


Encourage understanding:

I like the story in the sharing time outline.  I like the boys were still friends and that they were willing to work with each other to make better choices.

Tell the following story: “Two boys found a worn-out pair of shoes by the road. In the distance they could see a man working in a field. One of the boys suggested that they hide the shoes and then watch the man’s reaction.” Ask the children to share what they would say to this boy. Then tell the rest of the story: “The other boy suggested that instead of hiding the shoes, they should put a silver coin in each one, and that’s what they did. Soon the man returned. When he found the coins, he was so overwhelmed with gratitude that he knelt down and offered a

Identify the doctrine (seeing an object lesson): Show the children a bowl filled with fruit and a bowl filled with dirt. Ask the children which would be good to eat and why. Explain that Heavenly Father wants us to fill our minds with things that are good for us rather than things that are harmful. Invite them to say, “I should read,

prayer of thanks. He spoke of his wife, who was sick, and his children, who had no food, and he asked the Lord to bless whoever had helped him. The boys felt something warm in their hearts and were thankful they had chosen the right” (see Gordon B. Hinckley, in Conference Report, Apr. 1993, 71; or Ensign, May 1993, 54). Invite several children to share times when good friends have helped them choose the right


I wanted to have the children role play but in a different fashion.  I want children to think about if they were the friend who made the wrong choice, how would they want their friend to react, and to treat them?

I think it is important for children especially who have had the benefit of religious upbringing to think about what it would be like to make a mistake since that is not a thought experiment that is done a lot, and is a great exercise in empathy.



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