Sharing Time Talks For September 2018

Here are short talks that you can use for Sharing Time in Primary for the month of September:


Week 1: Jesus Christ taught us how to serve others.

“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” These are the words of the Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 25:40. One of the principles that Jesus Christ taught while he lived on Earth is Service. The Savior gave Himself in unselfish service. He performed many miracles and eventually gave His own life to Atone us from our sins. He taught that each of us should follow Him by denying ourselves of selfish interests in order to serve.

Service is an act of faith and a nurturer of faith. When we serve others, we show our love and faith in the Lord. The more we serve, the more our compassion towards our fellowmen increases and our testimonies grow, too. Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said, “We are happier and more fulfilled when we act and serve for what we give, not for what we get.” When we give unselfish service, we find true joy and happiness, increasing our Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and strengthening our relationship with Him.


Week 2:  Prophets and apostles show us how to serve.

The scripture cited many instances how prophets served the Lord. In the Old Testament, the book of Exodus 2:16-17 showed the simple act of service done by Moses.

I quote:

“16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock.

17 And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.”

Moses was also the one who had brought the children of Israel out from bondage by dividing the Red Sea through the power of God (1 Nephi 17:24-29).

In Mosiah 2:12-19, it was also stated how King Benjamin, a righteous king, served his people. In verse 12 he said, “ I say unto you that as I have been suffered to spend my days in your service, even up to this time, and have not sought gold nor silver nor any manner of riches of you;”.

These prophets are just two of the many who taught us the right way in serving our fellowmen – that is, not to expect something in return but to give and labor with full willingness of heart and love.


Week 3 & 4: When I serve others, I serve God.

“And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.”

This is one of the famous verse in the Book of Mormon that is found in Mosiah 2:17. It is taught that when serve others, we serve the Lord. Some may ask, “How is that possible?”

Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf answered that question in his talk last May 2010. He said that as followers of Jesus Christ, we are His hands. As we emulate His perfect example, our hands can become His hands; our eyes, His eyes; our heart, His heart. Christ knows how to minister to others perfectly. When the Savior stretches out His hands, those He touches are uplifted and become greater, stronger, and better people as a result.

If we are His hands, should we not do the same?

Being a true disciple of Jesus Christ is allowing ourselves to be His instruments in building up the Kingdom of Heavenly Father here on earth. Therefore, when we do good to others, we are doing what Jesus Christ would do – a strong evidence of our faith and service to Him.


 

Know Your Ingredient – Borage

Borage

General Description

A type of herb with edible leaves that is native to the Mediterranean region. Its seed is also cultivated commercially for extraction of borage seed oil. It grows up to 60-100 cm tall. This is also known as “starflower”.

Nutrients and Health Benefits

Borage is the highest plant-source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which is a type of fatty acid. Its seed oil contains stearic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid and nervonic acid, which are vital supplements for our body.

Medical Use

This herb is used to treat hyperactive gastrointestinal (cramps, colic, diarrhea), cardiovascular (hypertension) and respiratory (bronchitis and asthma) disorders. It can also help in correcting urinary problems.

Culinary Use

Borage can be used a fresh vegetable. It has a cucumber-like taste which makes it fit for making salads or garnish. The flowers are also edible which are often used as cake toppers or decorations. They can also be made into sweet syrups.

Sharing Time – August 2018 (Week 3 and 4)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 3rd and 4th week of August 2018 is “Answers to prayers come from Heavenly Father in many ways.”

Here are a few free printables to help you out with this lesson. All you got to do is print and cut them.  Here is the PDF containing all the printables and I hope you enjoy them.

Download PDF of August 2018 Week 3 and 4 lesson printables (8.5″ x 11″)

Here is how they might look like on the board:

Week 03-14

Printable flip charts for some of the songs you might want to choose for August:

Families Can Be Together Forever (words only)
Families Can Be Together Forever (with visuals)
A Happy Family (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (with visuals)

More printable flip charts for selected Primary songs and church hymns are available HERE.

 

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Italian Desserts

So, you’re planning a party with an Italian influence. What are you having for desserts?

To help you out, here are some of the well known Italian desserts. And nope, you just won’t be able to stop your mouth from watering, so you might as well get some tissues. 🙂

Gelato

Image by By Filipe Fortes from New York, United States

Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream, so this should be a hit at kiddie parties. In traditional Italian style, though, a gelato is a soft ice cream with at least 3.5% butterfat and contains a small amount of air. Milk, cream and sugar are the main ingredients of this cold sweet.

 Spumoni

Spumoni, as you can guess from the photo, is another ice cream sort of Italian dessert. But what makes it distinct is that it is made of layers of various flavors and colors of ice cream and also contains nuts and candied fruits. Pistachio, cherry and chocolate or vanilla are the most common flavors combined to make spumoni.

 Panna Cotta

Image from Toscana City Centre website

Panna cotta means ‘cooked cream’ and it is so because this dish is composed of thick cream, honey and egg white. With careful monitoring of time and temperatures, this dish could indeed taste like cooked cream. Later versions of panna cotta contain gelatin. This yummy pudding can be served with fruits and syrup.

Cannoli

Image by William Meppem

 Cannolo is the singular form of this word, which means “little tube” in Sicilian language. In plural form, they’re called cannoli. They’re made of tube-shaped pastry dough with a creamy filling (usually with ricotta content). They’re often served dusted with confectioner’s sugar.

Semifreddo

Semifreddo means “half cold”.  Most often, it is made by combining equal parts of ice cream and whipped cream, which gives it a similar consistency to a frozen mousse.

Sharing Time – August 2018 (Week 2)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 2nd week of August 2018 is “Heavenly Father wants me to pray to Him often—anytime, anywhere.”

Here are a few free printables to help you out with this lesson. All you got to do is print and cut them.  Here is the PDF containing all the printables and I hope you enjoy them.

Download PDF of August 2018 Week 2 lesson printables (8.5″ x 11″)

Here is how they might look like on the board, with some samples of answers the kids might give to the question given:

Week 02-09

Also, if you need short talks for the children (in case they forget to prepare their talks or if the assigned child is absent) in Primary, feel free to use these talks HERE for this month.

Printable flip charts for some of the songs you might want to choose for August:

Families Can Be Together Forever (words only)
Families Can Be Together Forever (with visuals)
A Happy Family (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (with visuals)

More printable flip charts for selected Primary songs and church hymns are available HERE.

 

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Sharing Time – August 2018 (Week 1)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 1st week of August 2018 is “The scriptures teach me how to pray.”

Here are a few free printables to help you out with this lesson. All you got to do is print and cut them.  Here is the PDF containing all the printables and I hope you enjoy them.

Download PDF of August 2018 Week 1 lesson printables (8.5″ x 11″)

Here is how they might look like on the board:

Week 01-08

Also, if you need short talks for the children (in case they forget to prepare their talks or if the assigned child is absent) in Primary, feel free to use these talks HERE for this month.

Printable flip charts for some of the songs you might want to choose for August:

A Child’s Prayer (words only)
A Prayer (words only)
Family Prayer (words only)
Family Prayer (with visuals)

More printable flip charts for selected Primary songs and church hymns are available HERE.

 


 

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Recycled Furniture Ideas

There is a lot of campaign going on around the world for recycled stuff. Recycling is often, if not always, a great idea. Not only does it save you money, but it also challenges your creativity and best of all, it’s the more earth-friendly option.

When it comes to furniture, we can’t deny the fact that many furniture pieces are often pricey, most especially for those with tight budgets. If you are a creative soul, you might entertain the idea of recycling another man’s trash and turn it into your treasure.

Here are some of what others recycled and came up with:

 

Sharing Time Talks For August 2018

Here are short talks that you can use for Sharing Time in Primary for the month of August:


Week 1: The Scriptures Teach Me How To Pray

Why is scripture study so important?

Elder David A. Bednar, in his 1998 talk, said: “Studying the scriptures is important because of the direction we need in our lives.”

Because of our nature, we cannot endure to the end without the Lord’s help. We need His teachings and His gospel to help us continue in righteousness – and all of these are found in the scriptures.

In the scriptures, we learn so many doctrines and principles that help us become strong in our earthly journey. One of the many things that we can learn is the proper way of prayer. In Matthew 6:9-13, the correct manner of prayer is taught. Knowing how to pray is such a great blessing as we know that this is the simplest yet the most powerful way that we can do to talk to our Heavenly Father and get closer to Him and Jesus Christ.


Week 2:  Heavenly Father wants me to pray to Him often—anytime, anywhere.

In Doctrine and Covenants 10:5, we are counselled to pray always that we may conquer Satan.

This verse clearly states one of the reasons why we need to pray. Prayer is our tool against temptations and will help us become stronger to overcome challenges. We can pray for the Holy Ghost to guide us always and help us to be strong in choosing the right.

No matter where we are, whether we are in our bedroom, in the church, at our dining tables, at our farms, yards, or at school, Heavenly Father wants us to communicate with Him always. The more we pray to our Heavenly Father, the closer we get to Him. Sincere prayers of faith can bring mighty miracles into our lives.


Week 3 & 4: Answers to prayers come from Heavenly Father in many ways.

When we pray, we often ask for help, guidance, or confirmation. But how can we know the answers to our prayers?

The scriptures has cited a lot of ways in receiving answers from our Heavenly Father. Some of them are: through peaceful feelings, through thoughts in our minds and feelings in our hearts, through the actions of other people, and through the scriptures.

In Doctrine and Covenants section 112 verse 10, it says, “Be thou humble; and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers”.

While it is important to know the ways Heavenly Father gives His answers to our prayers, it is more essential to make ourselves humble and worthy always so we can identify when these answers come.


 

Sharing Time – July 2018 (Week 4)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 4th week of July 2018 is “Heavenly Father wants me to marry in the temple and have an eternal family.”

Here are a few free printables to help you out with this lesson. All you got to do is print and cut them.  Here is the PDF containing all the printables and I hope you enjoy them.

Download PDF of July 2018 Week 4 lesson printables (8.5″ x 11″)

Here is how they might look like on the board:

Week 04-09

Included are printable bookmarks, with an image representing a temple wedding and blank spaces underneath, so the children can write down steps they can do now to help them get closer to their goal of marrying in the temple someday.

Week 04-10

You can also use the Sharing Time Talks for July 2018 as back-up talks to read for Primary kids who forgot to or didn’t prepare their talks.

Printable flip charts for some of the songs you might want to choose for July:

Families Can Be Together Forever (words only)
Families Can Be Together Forever (with visuals)
A Happy Family (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (with visuals)

More printable flip charts for selected Primary songs and church hymns are available HERE.


Week 04-08

Curried Carrot Soup

Don’t you just love a bowl of warm vegetarian soup on these cold Australian winter evenings? Ooh, and pair that with crusty bread fresh out of the oven. Yum!

Here’s one of those delicious vegetarian soup recipes you might want to try. Quite easy to prepare and will be ready in less than an hour.

Carrot Soup

CURRIED CARROT SOUP

Olive oil
1 brown onion, chopped
5 cloves of garlic, crushed
500 g carrots, chopped (approx. 7-8 medium sized)
1 potato, chopped
1 Tbsp curry powder
100g split red lentils, washed
2 vegetable stock cubes
2 cups water
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
1 lime

Heat oil in a saucepan. Sauté onion and garlic over medium heat for around 5 minutes, stirring constantly.  Add carrots, potato and curry powder. Stir well.  Add lentils, stock cubes, water, salt and black pepper. Stir well to dissolve the cubes, while allowing to boil. Simmer over low heat for approximately 25 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for a bit.

Transfer soup to a blender and process until smooth. Then, return soup to saucepan to reheat.  Drizzle gently with juice and grated rind of lime, before serving with warm crusty bread.  Enjoy your yummy soup!