Sharing Time – July 2018 (Week 3)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 3rd week of July 2018 is “The priesthood can bless and strengthen my 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 3 lesson printables (8.5″ x 11″)

Here is how they might look like on the board:Week 03-04

I just included here those strips of papers needed for the suggested questions for the class, so you’d see how they look like, as well as some sample answers the kids might give.

The image below shows the pages the kids can use if you would like to include a picture coloring activity, as well as use these pictures as visual aids. It is included in the printable as just one page, but you can print as many copies as you need for your class. This week’s theme is included at the bottom part of the page, so if kids choose to take their colored pictures home, they have something to remind them what this week’s Sharing Time was about.

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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.


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Sharing Time – July 2018 (Week 2)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 2nd week of July 2018 is “Family prayer, family scripture study, and family home evening can strengthen my 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 2 lesson printables (8.5″ x 11″)

Here is how they might look like on the board:

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I just included here those strips of papers needed for the suggested bunch-of-sticks activity, so you’d see how they look like.

The image below shows the pages the kids can use for the suggested drawing activity. It is included in the printable as just one page, but you can print as many copies as you need for your class. This week’s theme is included at the bottom part of the page, so if kids choose to take their drawings home, they have something to remind them what this week’s Sharing Time was about.

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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.

 

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Sharing Time – July 2018 (Week 1)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 1st week of July 2018 is “Heavenly Father planned for me to come to a 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 1 lesson printables (8.5″ x 11″)

Here is how they might look like on the board:

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The sample answers in white font are not included in the printables. I only added them on the image above so there’s a bit of samples of answers the kids might give.

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.

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Sharing Time – April 2018 (Week 2)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 2nd week of April 2018 is “Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith.”

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 April 2018 Week 2 lesson printables (8.5″ x 11″)

Here is how they might look like on the board:

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I’ve included colouring pages which tell the story of the First Vision.  You can display them as is on the board while Joseph Smith-History 1:14-19 is being read, or as the story of the First Vision is being told. Or you can get the children to colour them before displaying them on the board for the whole class to see.

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Don’t forget that you can also use the Sharing Time Talks for April 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 April:

An Angel Came To Joseph Smith (words only)
Joseph Smith’s First Prayer (words only)
On A Golden Springtime (words only)
The Golden Plates (words only)
The Golden Plates (with visuals)

 

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Sharing Time – April 2018 (Week 1)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 1st week of April 2018 is “Jesus Christ Restored His Church in the Latter Days”.

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 April 2018 Week 1 lesson printables (8.5″ x 11″)

Here is how they might look like on the board:

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I’ve included pages that you can print for the drawing activity. Each page already have the gospel principle mentioned in the outline, and I’ve included 1 page with a blank heading, so you can write other gospel principles that you can think of.

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Don’t forget that you can also use the Sharing Time Talks for April 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 April:

An Angel Came To Joseph Smith (words only)
Joseph Smith’s First Prayer (words only)
On A Golden Springtime (words only)
The Golden Plates (words only)
The Golden Plates (with visuals)

Printable flip charts for some Easter songs you might want the kids to sing if you have your meetings on the 1st of April:

Did Jesus Really Live Again? (words only)
Easter Hosanna (words only)
He Sent His Son (words only)
When He Comes Again (words only)

 

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.


 

Sharing Time – March 2018 (Week 4)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 4th week of March 2018 is “Jesus Christ Is Our Savior”.

For this lesson, I’ve prepared a few free printables to help you out, so 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 this week’s lesson’s printables (8.5″ x 11″)

Here is how they might look like on the board:

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Don’t forget that you can also use the Sharing Time Talks for March 2018 as back-up talks to read for Primary kids who forgot to or didn’t prepare their talks.

Printable flip charts for this month’s song:
If the Savior Stood Beside Me (words only)
If the Savior Stood Beside Me (with visuals)

Printable flip charts for some Easter songs you might want the kids to practice:
Did Jesus Really Live Again? (words only)
Easter Hosanna (words only)
He Sent His Son (words only)
When He Comes Again (words only)

Sharing Time – March 2018 (Week 3)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 3rd week of March 2018 is “Because Jesus Christ was resurrected, I will be too.”  I’m loving how the topics this month work so well with the weeks leading up to Easter.

For this lesson, I’ve prepared a few free printables to help you out, so all you got to do is print and cut them.  Here they are, and hope you enjoy them.

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Download PDF of this week’s topic (8.5″ x 11″)

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This is how I’m envisioning the printable below to look on the Primary chalkboard

Download PDF of the “Disciples’ Feelings” set (8.5″ x 11″)

Don’t forget that you can also use the Sharing Time Talks for March 2018 as back-up talks to read for Primary kids who forgot to or didn’t prepare their talks.

Printable flip charts for this month’s song:
If the Savior Stood Beside Me (words only)
If the Savior Stood Beside Me (with visuals)

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! 🙂