by Jenni (with combined input from my mom and sister, who are both in primary presidencies also, and who taught the lessons first)
On the wall in the primary room for easy reference
Objective: to help the children understand the plan of salvation in a meaningful way
In an area training last year, Sister Jean Stevens counseled primary leaders in that region to focus on the plan of salvation. Cheryl’s ward did a 5th Sunday about the plan of salvation and put these large visual aids on the wall in their primary room, and now refer to them during most other sharing time lessons. They based their lesson on a simplified version the Plan of Salvation lesson from Preach my Gospel (leaving out references to paradise/spirit prison and judgment). My sister recently taught a similar lesson in her ward.
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Link to Sharing Time Outline
These were some of my thoughts and inspirations leading up to my sharing time presentations. This might actually be more important than the actual sharing time outlines which follow. My study of the scripture stories made me realize that those who grew closer to God were those who acted. Those who grew away from God were those who were acted upon.
Elder Bednar (from General Conference, April 2010)
In the grand division of all of God’s creations, there are “things to act and things to be acted upon” (2Nephi 2:14). As children of our Heavenly Father, we have been blessed with the gift of moral agency, the capacity and power of independent action. Endowed with agency, we are agents and we primarily are to act and not merely to be acted upon….
Giving a man a fish feeds him for one meal. Teaching a man to fish feeds him for a lifetime. As parents and gospel instructors, you and I are not in the business of distributing fish; rather, our work is to help our children learn “to fish” and to become spiritually steadfast. This vital objective is best accomplished as we encourage our children to act in accordance with correct principles—as we help them to learn by doing…. (John 7:17)
Are you and I helping our children become agents who act and seek learning by study and by faith, or have we trained our children to wait to be taught and acted upon? Are we as parents primarily giving our children the equivalent of spiritual fish to eat, or are we consistently helping them to act, to learn for themselves, and to stand steadfast and immovable? Are we helping our children become anxiously engaged in asking, seeking, and knocking? Continue reading
Written by: Jenni Link to Lesson 1-4 on lds.org
Review the things we have discussed in the last few weeks (that we have Heavenly Parents who love us, that we are like Them just as we are like our earthly parents, and that They sent us here to learn and grow).
- When we are apart from our earthy father, we may be able to call him on the telephone, write letters or emails, or even have video chats. There is a way that we can talk to our Heavenly Father too. When we use to telephone, we cannot see the person we are talking to, but they are still there and they can hear us.
- Do you say prayers?
- When do you say prayers?
- What kinds of things do you say in prayers?
There are different kinds of prayers. Show pictures of kneeling to pray by a bed (picture 1-9), family prayer (1-10), blessing a meal (1-15), baptism (1-11), confirmation (1-12) blessing an infant (1-39), the sacrament (1-8) and blessing the sick (1-40). Invite the children to help hold the pictures. Ask the children to explain what is going on in each picture. If they do not know what the picture is of, briefly explain it to them.
- There are different kinds of prayers. Sometimes we pray to ask for special blessings, such as to bless our food, to help us find something, or to help someone who is sick or hurt. Can you think of a time when you asked for something? Continue reading