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.

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“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.


 

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 Talks For July 2018

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


Week 2: Family prayer, family scripture study, and family home evening can strengthen my family.

Why do we need to focus on families? Why is family so important?

Previous President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gordon B. Hinckley said: “The family is the basic unit of society. The praying family is the hope of a better society.”

If we nurture our family with love and faith, not only the family will be blessed but the people that surround us.How do we strengthen our family?

1. Family Prayer – Family prayer strengthens our relationship with God. By taking action as a family to pray, we can begin to see evidence that our Heavenly Father is present and working in our lives. This evidence allows us to feel assurance that we’re not alone and can give us courage to push forward through hardship.

2. Family Scripture Study – Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught, “Make the scriptures an integral part of everyday life. If you want your children to recognize, understand, and act on the promptings of the Spirit, you must study the scriptures with them. . . . Through daily, consistent scripture study, you will find peace in the turmoil around you and strength to resist temptations. You will develop strong faith in the grace of God and know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ all will be made right according to God’s timing.”

3. Family Home Evening – Family home evening is a time to enjoy each other and have fun together. Through simple activities—games, service, sharing talents, visits to local sites of interest—families create connections and build unity.

Family prayer, family scripture study, and family home evening are the very practices that help take away stress, give direction to our lives, and add protection to our homes.


Week 3: The priesthood can bless and strengthen my family.

Priesthood is the authority and power given by God to righteous men. Priesthood is the authority and power given by God to righteous men.

How does Priesthood affect my life?

 1. When you were a baby, you were held by the hands of worthy priesthood holders to give you a name and a blessing.

2. When you go to Primary, you are taught by your teachers about the gospel of Jesus Christ. These teachers are called and set apart by the priesthood power.

3. When you reach 8, you are baptized through the power of a priesthood.

4. During adolescence stage, young men are given (when found being worthy) the Aaronic or the Melchizedek Priesthood to conduct sacred ordinances.

5. When you reach your missionary age, you will be set apart as a full time missionary by a priesthood leader.

6. Endowments, family sealings, and temple marriages are also made possible by the power of a priesthood.

These are just some of the many blessings that priesthood power can bring. Because of this power, we can go back to Heavenly Father someday.


Week 4: Heavenly Father wants me to marry in the temple and have an eternal family.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie (1915–85) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles counseled, “The most important single thing that any Latter-day Saint ever does in this world is to marry the right person, in the right place, by the right authority.”

Heavenly Father wants us to marry in the temple so we can be exalted and have an eternal family. He wants us to receive the fullness of joy that His gospel brings.

The gospel is what life is all about. It’s the whole reason we are here. When we follow the gospel path, it leads to joy. And that path leads to a temple marriage, either in this life or in the life to come. No blessings will be withheld from the Father’s faithful children.


 

Sharing Time Talks For April 2018

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


Week 1: After Jesus Christ and His Apostles died, gospel truths were lost.

Apostasy is a state when individuals or groups of people turn away from the principles of the gospel.  After the Savior and His apostles died, men corrupted the principles of the gospel and made unauthorized changes in the Church organization and priesthood ordinances. People fell away from the truth. The Lord then withdrew His authority because of this great wickedness.  This Apostasy only ended when Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith in 1820.

In D&C 138:44, it teaches us that the Church will never again be destroyed. However, we are not safe from danger of committing personal apostasy. That is to deviate our standard from the Lord’s standard.

We can safeguard ourselves against personal apostasy by keeping our covenants, obeying the commandments, following Church leaders, partaking of the sacrament, and constantly strengthening our testimony through daily scripture study, prayer, and service.


Week 2: Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith.

One of the results of the Great Apostasy is the formation of many sects and churches. During 1820, there was a fourteen-year old young boy who went to the woods to pray, asking for answers as to which church was true. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to this young boy, telling him there was no true church that time. This boy is the Prophet Joseph Smith. Through him, the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth.

We are so blessed to live in a time wherein we have access to the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Our challenge is to live our lives according to these truths.


Week 3: Priesthood authority was restored by heavenly messengers.

Priesthood is the authority from God given to worthy male members of the Church so they can act in His name for the salvation of His children.  There was a time that this priesthood was taken away because of the extreme wickedness of the people. That period is called Apostasy or also known as Dark Ages.

On May 15, 1829, Joseph Smith and his scribe Oliver Cowdery went into the woods to inquire of the Lord concerning baptism. As they prayed, “a messenger from heaven descended in a cloud of light.” This messenger was John the Baptist, the prophet who had baptized Jesus Christ centuries earlier. John the Baptist, now a resurrected being, laid his hands on Joseph and on Oliver and conferred upon each of them the Aaronic Priesthood.

This greater priesthood was given to Adam and has been on the earth whenever the Lord has revealed His gospel. It was taken from the earth during the Great Apostasy, but it was restored in May 1829, when the Apostles Peter, James, and John conferred it upon Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery.

We are so blessed that we are living in a day where we have this sacred authority from God and enjoy all its blessings.


Week 4: Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon and restored gospel truths.

One of the main events happened in the Church History is the Restoration of the Gospel through the prophet Joseph Smith.

In 2 Nephi 25:17, it was already prophesied that there will be a restoration in the latter days. It says, “And the Lord will set his hand again the second time to restore his people from their lost and fallen state. Wherefore, he will proceed to do a marvelous work and a wonder among the children of men.”

The restoration has started when Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith in 1820 and continues up to our day through our living prophet.

Another most meaningful event that happened in the history is the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. Joseph Smith consistently testified that he translated the Book of Mormon by the “gift and power of God.” His scribes shared that testimony. The angel who brought news of an ancient record on metal plates buried in a hillside and the divine instruments prepared especially for Joseph Smith to translate were all part of what Joseph and his scribes viewed as the miracle of translation. When he sat down in 1832 to write his own history for the first time, he began by promising to include “an account of his marvelous experience.” The translation of the Book of Mormon was truly marvelous.


 

Our Ward’s TOFW – Time Out For Women

Here are some snapshots from our ward’s Time Out For Women (TOFW) activity. Since most of us couldn’t make it to the nearest official TOFW event, we decided to have our own in our ward.

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We had a number of inspiring speakers, including a non-LDS lady (friend of one of our RS sisters) who was 90+% blind. If you have a closer look at the photos above, there is a photo of handmade necklaces and bracelets at the bottom centre.  All those necklaces and bracelets were made by her….and they were beautiful! If I recall correctly, she donates the profit to her favourite charity.  She also got us to try and write something in Braille, using the slate and stylus she brought. It was lovely to be able to experience that.

Sharing Time Talks For March 2018

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


Week 1:  Jesus Christ taught the gospel and set an example for us.

In gospel learning, as in all things, Jesus Christ is our perfect example. Because He was perfectly obedient and submissive to His Father, He “increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man” (Luke 2:52). Just as the Savior received “grace for grace” (D&C 93:12), we must patiently seek light and knowledge from God in our efforts to learn the gospel.

What are the things that Jesus taught that we must follow?
1. Service – The Savior provided the perfect example of service. He explained that He didn’t come to earth to be served but to serve and to give His life for us (see Matthew 20:28).
2. Love and Kindness – Jesus Christ set a perfect example of kindness and love. Throughout His earthly ministry, Jesus showed His love for others by blessing and serving the poor, the sick, and the distressed. He told His disciples, “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you” (John 15:12; see also John 13:34–35; Moroni 7:46–48).
3. Obedience – Jesus has been submissive and obedient to Heavenly Father. He sacrificed His life to Atone our sins because that’s what Heavenly Father’s plan was.
4. Humility – Jesus Christ was born in a manger instead of a first-rate hospital to show that our Lord is humble and meek.

 


Week 2: Because of Christ’s Atonement, I can repent and live with God again.

Why should there be an Atonement? What is Atonement?

Jesus Christ “came into the world … to be crucified for the world, and to bear the sins of the world, and to sanctify the world, and to cleanse it from all unrighteousness; that through him all might be saved” (D&C 76:41–42). The great sacrifice He made to pay for our sins and overcome death is called the Atonement.

How Jesus loves us, to suffer such spiritual and physical agony for our sake! How great the love of Heavenly Father that He would send His Only Begotten Son to suffer and die for the rest of His children. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

In Doctrine and Covenants 19:16, it says “For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all that they might not suffer if they would repent.”  Because of Jesus Christ’s Atoning sacrifice, we can repent and live with Him again.

 


Week 3: Because Jesus was resurrected, I will be too.

In John 20:1, 11-18, it was told the account of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. When He was resurrected, His body and Spirit were reunited.  Because of Jesus Christ was resurrected, we would all be resurrected.

Alma 22:14 “And since man had fallen he could not merit anything of himself; but the sufferings and death of Christ atone for their sins, through faith and repentance, and so forth; and that he breaketh the bands of death, that the grave shall have no victory, and that the sting of death should be swallowed up in the hopes of glory; and Aaron did expound all these things unto the king.”

 


Week 4: Jesus Christ is our Savior.

Through Jesus Christ’s Atonement, all of us can be saved from sin.

Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley said, “Through giving His life in pain and unspeakable suffering, He has reached down to lift me and each of us and all the sons and daughters of God from the abyss of eternal darkness following death. He has provided something better—a sphere of light and understanding, growth and beauty where we may go forward on the road that leads to eternal life. My gratitude knows no bounds. My thanks to my Lord has no conclusion.”

What a great blessing it is to know that someone died for us so we could live again. His saved us from eternal darkness and gives us hope to have eternal life through His Atonement and our obedience to Heavenly Father’s commandments.


 

It’s Great To Be Eight!

With a couple of children in our small Primary class turning eight soon, I thought it would be the perfect time to hold an “It’s Great To Be Eight” activity.

This was our first time to have this activity. I’ve heard of the title several times online, but I’ve never completely understood if there was a specific program followed for this activity or what. And so, I decided to just make up the program as to what I felt would be useful and exciting for the children to learn.

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The decorations up at the front of the classroom

Upon opening the activity with a song and prayer, I gave an overview about baptism. Initially, this part was supposed to be assigned to one Primary teacher, but she couldn’t make it, so I was forced to grab stuff from the Gospel Principles book, summarize and simplify them a bit. To make it more catchy, I printed important phrases on strips of paper for the kids to read every now and then. A few baptism-related pictures from the photo library were also quite helpful. I tried to give emphasis on the covenants and to help the kids more easily remember them.

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Buffet table at the back of the room, ready and hidden by a divider during the activity

After the overview, we had Bishop come in and talk a bit about the baptismal interview: how to prepare for it, what’s it all about and what it was for. I felt learning about it would help the children (who haven’t been baptized yet) to be less worried/nervous/scared about meeting bishop for the interview when their turns come.

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The wafers turned out to be a hit and was finished first!

Two of the older children, who have already been baptized a few years ago, then took turns sharing about their memories of their baptism. One did it simply and directly. The other made the extra effort of preparing a slideshow (that her mum operated on the laptop while she talked) of pictures taken from her baptismal day.

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Nice cold chocolate milk for the chocolate lovers. Organic oat milk for the health-conscious.

Then, I had my husband talk about his experience in being a baptizer. He also gave tips on how to be physically prepared for the baptism proper – such as bending the knees, holding (pinching) the nose, etc. He also did a demonstration for the children to see and for the younger ones to experience. It was so cute seeing my 6-year old experience a baptism demonstration. I had to help push his knees a bit to remind him to bend them during the second demo, because he didn’t do it at the first time. He looked excited and serious about it.

After the demonstrations in the room, we went on a little tour of the baptismal font. We divided them according to gender. The girls went first, guided by bishop’s wife, who was so kind to help us out. She led the group to the font, explained a little bit while the girls had a look at the empty font below. Then they went through the ladies’ room through the access door to the font. Then, they went down the font so the young ones could experience and see what it’s like being there.

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Had wanted a milk-and-cookies themed table, but just can’t take too much sweets! Had to have something savory.

The boys soon followed, guided by our pianist. He, with a bit of help from my husband, led the boys through the men’s room access and to the font.

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Store-bought goodies are the way to go when you’re stuck with not much hands to help out

Before everyone had arrived, I had prepared a treasure hunt game for the children, which would help them review the things they had learned that evening. It was composed on questions typed on pieces of paper (one question per piece of paper), with each question having two possible answers to choose from. Each possible answer had an instruction as to where to find a smaller piece of paper (hidden around the room) that had either “Great job!” or “Oops! Try again.” typed on it, depending whether it was the correct or incorrect answer.

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The only time consuming food item to prep – the sliced kiwi fruits…and didn’t even consume much time at all!

Unfortunately, we had run out of time (as some of our speakers had been a bit too excited about their talk and had spent longer time talking than expected), and sadly, we had to modify the game to make it shorter. Instead of all kids being able to have a go, we got the younger ones (unbaptized ones) to answer the questions, and almost as quickly as possible. (Need to work on getting folks to stick to the time limit next time…)

After the quick game, I did a short closing message, and we had one of our lovely little girls say the prayer.

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My recycled glass jars project that I did some months ago. Borrowed them from our living area at home.

Then, the divider was pushed aside to reveal the buffet table. Hurray! It was time to snack! 🙂

Visiting Teaching – June 2014

Visiting teaching is something that I have not always enjoyed, I confess that. My mum was a hardworking visiting teacher and always dragged me along, being her partner in that calling.

Fortunately, years later, I discovered the creative way of magnifying this blessed calling. Days ago, I admitted to our Relief Society president (who’s my visiting teacher) that I now enjoy it and look forward to making little presents for the sisters assigned to me.

Last month, this is what I gave away to my sisters:

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Inspired by President Monson’s quote saying, “We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children.” Hands we are, and a little hand-care set it is!

I told my sisters that because we are the Lord’s hands, we need to care for our hands so that they’re always ready to serve others.  Each pack contained a soap, a small towel, a hand sanitizer, and a copy of the quote.

Being a procrastinator that I am, of course I ended up not having enough time to think how to dress up the soap and towel a lot better, so I left them as they were.  But with the hand sanitizer, ooh! That probably was the most exciting piece in the pack…at least for me. Here’s a better look at it, showing the coordinating sticker I made for each side:

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I love creative visiting teaching because it’s just a lot more exciting for me. I really get excited preparing these little gifts and I love how thrilled they get the moment I present these to them.  Love, love, love my VT sisters and I’m gonna miss giving little gifts like these to them next month, when I get new sisters on my list.  But I know I’ll always love them and I do look forward to sharing little creative things to a new group of sisters.

Now… what to do, what to do for this month? This is what I least like about this process – that lengthy time when inspiration does not come to me yet and the creative juices aren’t flowing and I just can’t think of how to turn this month’s message into a lovely creative little gift

Thinking…. thinking… thinking….

Perhaps if I’d go sleep, I’d dream of something creative?

Hmmm…. worth a try. 😀

Visiting Teaching – April 2014

The best thing about April that has to do with creative visiting teaching is that there’s the Holy Week, wherein I’ve got a few days off work. Yeah, let’s put those days into good use and work on stuff for the lovely ladies on my VT list.

I wondered, how can I present this month’s Visiting Teaching message in a creative manner?

A-ha! Enter these cardboard boxes I’ve had in my crafts cupboard for several months…and they look like they can be transformed into little “water wells” kinda thingy…which sort of connects to the ‘woman at the well’ part of the message.

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First of all, I used texturing paste to create the ‘stones’ texture on the sides of the ‘well’. I had to work on this days in advance, so there would be enough time to let them dry thoroughly and if necessary, I could apply more texture to them.

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Forgive me, I had been too excited that I had forgotten to take more photos of each step of the way. When I finally remembered, I was done with each of the four boxes, so here are the final products:

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Of course,when they finish eating all the lollies, they could always turn the boxes into jewelry boxes or a desk decor, or a container for any of their beloved little treasures. As you can see, I tried to paint the ‘stones’ in various colours, so they’d look more realistic. The experience I gained in making my wedding wishing well (in papier mache form) from scratch has helped in this process.

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I wanted to have a ‘water’ thingy on top, in the middle. Various ideas and options had crossed my mind before I settled with this – the VT message printed on light blue paper (to resemble water in the well) and I had transparent glue over it, so it would have more of the ‘water’ effect. The beads and resin flower cabochon are just for added cuteness.

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To complete it, I decided to print more of the VT message on thick coloured paper and embellish it. Fortunately, I’ve got only 4 sisters on my list, so it’s not hard or costly to pamper them. 🙂

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And I just love their reactions upon receiving these…the excitement and delight – just priceless!

Make Your Own Sunshine

One of the perks of being able to play the piano is I get to be especially invited to attend some events at church so I could play music for those events. Recently, it was an activity of the Young Women’s organization. They themed the event “Make Your Own Sunshine”.

I must admit, I was quite impressed with the setup the moment I walked into the door. They really put a lot of effort with the decorations! Here are some snapshots I took with my phone. If I had known that the activity was going to be that Pinterest-worthy, I would have made an effort to bring my decent camera.

 

Thanks for inviting me, YW’s! I had fun and enjoyed playing music for you too. 🙂