Learning the Articles of Faith: 3 fun ideas

Learning the Articles of Faith as a child will reap blessings throughout their lives. Even if they don’t understand all the words now, knowing the Articles of Faith gives children solid grounding in doctrine that they will understand layer by layer as they continue to grow in the gospel.

Here are three ideas for learning the Articles of Faith:

  • SundayLessons_Front_RGBTry Articles of Faith in Pictures by Jon Forsyth, from page 22 of “Sunday Lessons and Activities for Kids” (the book that grew from this blog!). See the book for the explanation of how the number of the Article of Faith is woven into the picture; i.e. 5 fingers for the 5th Article of Faith about laying on of hands, 6 temple spires for the 6th Article of Faith about the organization of the church, etc. These clever, memorable pictures help visual learners particularly.

 

  • A of F posterTry a poster with the first letter of each word. The Monumento Ward in Sao Paulo, Brazil teaches the children in this way (see photo – with the first letters of the words in Portuguese, of course). As you recite one of the Articles of Faith, children can follow along without giving away too much of the words. After awhile children won’t need the poster with the first letters.

 

  • You can’t beat the staying power of music! The Articles of Faith set to music begin on page 122 of the Children’s Songbook.

 

Happy memorizing!

-Marci

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Reader’s Theater from the Scriptures: Abinadi and King Noah

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Download a PDF of this Reader’s Theater – Abinadi.

Here’s a novel way to involve kids in the scriptures. While you can tell scripture stories to Junior Primary children, you can ask Senior Primary kids to perform the story using words of the scriptures themselves! Children take the parts of the various scripture characters, with a narrator reading the story line in between.

Here’s an example of this idea, using the story of Abinadi and King Noah. Children who are very familiar with the scriptures can read right from the scriptures. Unfortunately the story of Abinadi and King Noah spans several chapters, so we’ve just included excerpts here. But even reading from a script will get the children used to hearing the actual words of the scriptures, and help them to imagine these scenes as they actually unfolded. This helps the children see these stories as real events that happened to real people.

Reader’s Theater: ABINADI STANDS UP TO WICKED KING NOAH

Readers for these parts needed:

Narrator, Abinadi, Noah, and two or more priests.

Before you begin, explain a few essential scripture words. Don’t try to explain every word. You may want to put these on wordstrips on the board so children can refer to the meanings as the words are read.

  • “pervert” = to mess something up
  • “mad” = crazy
  • “revile” = to criticize or say bad things about someone
  • “faggots” = a bundle of sticks tied together

Mosiah 11:20

Narrator:  And it came to pass that there was a man among them whose name was Abinadi; and he went forth among them, and began to prophesy, saying:

Abinadi: Behold, thus saith the Lord, and thus hath he commanded me, saying, Go forth, and say unto this people, thus saith the Lord—Wo be unto this people, for I have seen their abominations, and their wickedness, and their whoredoms; and except they repent I will visit them in mine anger.

Mosiah 11:27-28

Narrator: Now when king Noah had heard of the words which Abinadi had spoken unto the people, he was also wroth; and he said:

King Noah: Who is Abinadi, that I and my people should be judged of him, or who is the Lord, that shall bring upon my people such great affliction? I command you to bring Abinadi hither, that I may slay him, for he has said these things that he might stir up my people to anger one with another, and to raise contentions among my people; therefore I will slay him.

Mosiah 12:25-26

Narrator: And now Abinadi said unto them:

Abinadi: Are you priests, and pretend to teach this people, and to understand the spirit of prophesying, and yet desire to know of me what these things mean? I say unto you, wo be unto you for perverting the ways of the Lord! For if ye understand these things ye have not taught them; therefore, ye have perverted the ways of the Lord.

Mosiah 13:1

Narrator: And now when the king had heard these words, he said unto his priests:

King Noah: Away with this fellow, and slay him; for what have we to do with him, for he is mad.

Mosiah 13:5-6

Narrator: Now it came to pass after Abinadi had spoken these words that the people of king Noah durst not lay their hands on him, for the Spirit of the Lord was upon him; and his face shone with exceeding luster, even as Moses’ did while in the mount of Sinai, while speaking with the Lord. And he spake with power and authority from God; and he continued his words, saying:

Mosiah 16:13

Abinadi: And now, ought ye not to tremble and repent of your sins, and remember that only in and through Christ ye can be saved?

Mosiah 17:11-14

Narrator: And now king Noah was about to release him, for he feared his word; for he feared that the judgments of God would come upon him But the priests lifted up their voices against him, and began to accuse him, saying:

Priests (in unison): He has reviled the king.

Narrator: Therefore the king was stirred up in anger against him, and he delivered him up that he might be slain. And it came to pass that they took him and bound him, and scourged his skin with faggots, yea, even unto death. And now when the flames began to scorch him, he cried unto them, saying:

Mosiah 17: 19-20

Abinadi: Thus God executeth vengeance upon those that destroy his people. O God, receive my soul.

Narrator: And now, when Abinadi had said these words, he fell, having suffered death by fire; yea, having been put to death because he would not deny the commandments of God, having sealed the truth of his words by his death.

~Marci

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Families in the Scriptures: Musical Clues (February Sharing Time or Family Night Lesson)

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The Sharing Time manual for February, week 3, has this theme: “Families are central to Heavenly Father’s plan.” Featuring families in the scriptures, here is a lesson plan built on the good ideas in the Sharing Time manual. Download the one-page lesson plan here:  Families in the Scriptures lesson outline.

Adam and Eve: Ask a child or teacher to read this clue: “Our family was the first family on earth.” Then give this musical clue: sing verse 1 of “Follow the Prophet,” Children’s Songbook, 110 — but hum the words “Adam” and “Eden” and let the children guess. Discuss the important role his wife Eve played as their family followed Heavenly Father’s plan for them. Read more (particularly Senior Primary children) in Moses 5:4-12, 58-59.

Abraham and Sarah: Ask a child or teacher to read this clue: “We were very old before we had a child.” Then give this musical clue: sing verse 4 of “Follow the Prophet,” Children’s Songbook, 110 — but hum the words “Abraham” and “Isaac” and let the children guess. Discuss the important role wife and mother Sarah played in having faith that God would keep his promises to send them a child, as their family followed Heavenly Father’s plan for them. Read more (particularly Senior Primary children) in Genesis 21:1-3.

Lehi and Sariah and sons: Ask a child or teacher to read these clues: “We crossed the ocean to get to the promised land” and “Our sons went back to Jerusalem to get sacred records to bring with us.” Then give this musical clue: sing “Nephi’s Courage,” Children’s Songbook, 120 — but hum the words “Nephi,” “Laman” and “Lemuel” and let the children guess. Discuss the important role the mother Sariah played as their family followed Heavenly Father’s plan for them. Read more (particularly Senior Primary children) about how happy Lehi and Sariah were when their sons brought back the plates: 1 Nephi 5:1, 7.

Joseph Smith Sr., Lucy Mack Smith, and Joseph Smith Jr.: Ask a child or teacher to read this clue: “Our son was the first person to ever see God the Father and Jesus Christ together.” Then give this musical clue: “Joseph Smith’s First Prayer” Hymns, 26, or “On a Golden Springtime,” Children’s Songbook, 88. Their family followed Heavenly Father’s plan for them. Read more (particularly Senior Primary children) about all the people in the Smith family and Joseph’s remarkable experience in Joseph Smith History 1:3-4, 14-17.

Pioneer families: Ask a child or teacher to read this clue: “We crossed the plains to get to the promised land.” Then give this musical clue: “Pioneer Children Sang as they Walked,” Children’s Songbook, 214, or “Pioneer Children were Quick to Obey,” 215. Pioneer families followed Heavenly Father’s plan for them. Read more (particularly Senior Primary children) in Doctrine & Covenants 136:1-2, 20-21.

APPLICATION: Whatever your family looks like — whether a mom and dad, or just one parent, or grandparents, or whatever — your family can follow Heavenly Father’s plan for your family. You can pray to find out what Heavenly Father’s plan is for you. You can read the scriptures to find out how these families and other families followed Heavenly Father’s plan. Children can be leaders in holding family prayer, scripture study, and Family Home Evening. Remind your parents, and be as helpful as you can be!

TESTIMONY: Testify that the Heavenly Father has a plan for each child and each family, and He will help us accomplish it.

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Helping children accept others with special needs

Today’s guest author Carolyn joins regulars Marjorie, Marci and Michelle for our first four-author post! Carolyn, mother of two children, both with special needs, has worked in the field of special education for over thirteen years. She loves reading and crocheting. She’s attending BYU-I (online) studying Marriage and Family Studies.

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How can we help children be empathetic, loving and kind when the behavior of a child with special needs frightens them?

Recently in response to one of our blog posts, we received this superb question: “Samuel is a new boy in our church who has cerebral palsy.  He is in a wheelchair and doesn’t speak.  He often yells out loudly.  My 5 year old can be particularly sensitive to sensory things, and when Samuel yells or cries, it upsets her.  Yesterday as we were leaving church, he yelled out and it scared all of us because it was unexpected.  My daughter’s first response was, ‘I don’t like him.’  We’ve talked about him before, and loving him, but I’m not sure what steps to take next.  Any suggestions?”  

Carolyn: You can’t force a child (or anyone) to be understanding and loving.  And it takes time to teach love and understanding, especially around special needs because it’s just so different from your own reality. This is multi-layered process. You must honor the feelings of ALL the children in Primary. Don’t band aid the situation with the “they are a child of God and we should love them” explanation. While true, that is a really big concept. And it doesn’t honor the fact that the other kids are scared by the screaming, or intimidated by the wheelchair.  So back up a step. 

The ultimate goal is love for this little child, and for them to be included in Primary fellowship as much as possible. But the first step is acceptance.  You can’t move toward understanding and then toward love until you accept the disability and the child with the disability. To teach acceptance, you just have to let people talk about what they feel. The little girl is scared.  That’s okay.  She doesn’t like it when Samuel screams.  Neither do I. She feels angry when he screams?  That’s okay.  She doesn’t want to sit with him?  That’s okay. Behaviors can be good or bad. But ALL feelings are okay. 

But quickly point out that the ACT is scary–not the child.  Screaming is scary.  Samuel is not.  His is a little boy.  As you reinforce this concept, use the same phrasing over and over so that they can remember the sentence.  You might say, “The screaming is scary, but Samuel is our friend” or “The screaming is scary, but Samuel is just a little boy, like other little boys.”  Use that same phrasing each time, and kids will learn through repetition.

Next, remember that even kids with special needs have needs.  They just struggle to communicate.  And when they can’t communicate, sometimes they get frustrated and scream.  Just like we all do!  You might ask “do you sometimes scream when you get frustrated? Samuel does too.”

Ask the parents what they recommend.  How have they taught other kids to understand Samuel’s special needs? Many parents of children with special needs are very open. They want to talk about their child. They are your best resource because they are the experts on their children. Take the time to really get to know the family, visit them in their home, and let them know you are there to support them and their child.

Finally, children take their cues from adults. They are more intuitive, resilient, compassionate, and aware than we think. When the adults around them are comfortable, the children will be comfortable.

Marjorie: One Sunday I took a few minutes to tell the kids about my son who has autism. I made a poster about him with things he liked, such as his iPad and his favorite movies. I talked about things that he had in common with the other kids. I explained about autism and some of his autistic behaviors by asking if any of them twirled their hair, chewed on their pencils, etc. I explained that that was the same thing. Focus on similarities, explain differences, explain what the disability is and why the kids have certain behaviors or have physical needs. Demystifying and normalizing behavior leads to acceptance.

Marci: As I thought about this, I thought of the saying,  “If you don’t love someone, you haven’t served them enough.” Kids CAN serve other kids:

  • Give them a kind note.
  • Draw them a picture.
  • Find out their favorite color, and wear something with that color one day.
  • Pick some wildflowers for them.
  • Or even just make it a point to always say hello and smile.

Michelle: There is always someone who needs a friend.  Perhaps it is someone who is new or lonely or being bullied. And at one time or another that person may be you. The truth is that we are all “poor and needy” in one way or another at different times in our lives. Service is not a one-way linear sort of process. I  see it more as a circular give-and-take sort of cycle.  We need to serve others just as much as we need to receive service.  This ebb and flow of service creates a community of love, mutual respect and empathy for one another.

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Video Workshop: Teaching Kids to Feel Empathy for All God’s Children Through Service

Primary leaders: feel free to share this post with parents, or adapt these ideas for use in Primary. 

How many of us have a New Year’s resolution to serve others more?  So often we hear a lesson about service and immediately feel guilty for what we aren’t doing yet all the while feeling overwhelmed with all the things we are doing.  This post is for you!

How and when do I fit in service to others in my already busy family life?  How do I add one more thing to my already-too-long to-do list, even when I want to fulfill the Savior’s call to “do unto others as you would have done unto you?” (Matthew 7:12) How do I sit through one more lesson on service without feeling guilty?

Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions?  They rolled off my mind with ease since I’ve asked them myself more times than I’d like to admit.  When Marci and I were asked to present a workshop on the topic, “Teaching Kids to Feel Empathy for All God’s Children Through Service,” at first we were stumped. The one thing we were sure of was that we would only teach something that would be attainable for your typical busy and overwhelmed woman.  I have felt too much guilt over the years because I just can’t see how to add one more good thing to my day where I already can’t get half of the things done that I need to and want to.  Rather than be another one of those good things that you wished you could accomplish, we hoped to offer realistic strategies and resources that you could implement in your family and community immediately.

Creating a culture of service in our families: that is the goal.  We think we’ve come up with some ideas, resources and strategies to do that and not add to your already-too-long to-do list.  So, after two months of prayer, brainstorming and study this is what we came up with.  We were surprised when the Lord guided us in unexpected directions and led us to go deeper.  So much of what we share in this workshop came from above.  We hope you feel inspired too.  We’d love your feedback.  We’d love to hear about your application of these principles, ideas, and strategies.  If you like what you see please share it!  This video workshop is a live presentation from May of 2015 with 150 women in attendance.

These are the documents we reference during the workshop:

Download and print and get ready to begin your plan for “Creating a Culture of Service” in your family in as few as zero minutes! (You read that right – creating a culture of service in no time at all. It IS possible!Watch and see what we mean.)

~Michelle

 

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A Celebration of Epiphany / Three Kings Day: Family Night Lesson or Sharing Time Supplement

Our guest author Daniel offers a Family-Night-style lesson celebrating an ancient Christian holiday that might have escaped our notice.  Daniel is a teacher and father who loves bird-watching and studying religion.

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Star of Bethlehem, Edward Burne-Jones (1890)

Every year on January 6th, millions of Christians around the world celebrate a holiday called Epiphany.  In Spain and Latin America, they call it El Día de los Reyes (“Three Kings Day”), in Sweden it is Trettondedag Jul (“Thirteenth Day Yule”), and in Ethiopia they call it Timkat (though their different calendar puts it on January 19th).  Disneyland even hosts a 5-day celebration!  It is officially “The 12th Day of Christmas,” and is the day on which people of many cultures exchange their Christmas gifts.

The reason for this holiday is contained in the word Epiphany, from the Greek, which means “to make manifest,” “to reveal,” or “to appear.”  First celebrated in the 4th century AD, it traditionally commemorates three New Testament events during which Jesus Christ was “revealed” to the world:

  1. the visit of the wise men (usually called The Magi) shortly after his birth, when baby Jesus was heralded as a king for all people;
  2. Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River, when the Spirit of God descended and a voice spoke from heaven, “This is my beloved Son;”
  3. and the wedding at Cana, at which Jesus’ first public miracle took place when he revealed his divine powers by changing the water into wine.

Each culture has developed rich traditions as a part of their celebration of Epiphany, ranging from the leaving of children’s shoes outside their doors in hopes that the Three Kings will fill them with gifts during the nighttime, to the baking and eating of a “King Cake,” to putting on massive and glorious parades that culminate in ritual re-enactments of the baptism of Jesus.  Christians the world over have developed an impressive variety of religious feasts, blessings, sacred processions, fasts, and musical celebrations in honor of Epiphany.  It is the climax of the ancient “Twelve Days of Christmas.”  It is the merry-making “Twelfth Night.”  It is a world-wide communal celebration of the revelation of Jesus Christ to all mankind.

 

Study and Discussion (choose anything that interests you)

 Read and discuss the scriptures associated with the three traditional “Epiphany” events.  What does each “reveal” about Jesus?

  • The visit of the Magi (Matthew 2)
  • The Baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3: 13-17 plus JST; Mark 1: 9-11; Luke 3: 21-22; John 1: 32-34)
  • The Wedding Feast at Cana (John 2: 1-11)

Brainstorm, Talk, and Write:

  1. If we were to celebrate three latter-day events for a new kind of Epiphany, which would you choose?  Which events in the history of our church “revealed” Jesus to us in essential ways?
  2. What about you and your personal experience with JesusCan you recall some of the events in your life in which Christ was “revealed” to you in any particular way?
    • Share your memories and experiences with the members of your group if you feel like it.
    • Write them in a journal or elsewhere and revisit these memories each January 6th with a prayer of gratitude and celebration for those events in which Christ “revealed” himself to you.

Expand Your Knowledge:

  1. Search your library of books, the internet, or “The LDS Scripture Citation Index” (scriptures.byu.edu) for more information and insights about the visit of the Magi, the baptism of Jesus, and the wedding feast at Cana.  Work together and make it fun for your group!  Share what you have learned with the others in your group (this can be as structured or as informal and free-wheeling as you’d like).  If you keep a scripture study journal, this might be a good time to write down any new insights.

Activities: Baking, Service, Art, and Video (choose any that interest you)

  1. Bake and eat a King Cake!  Search the internet for ideas and recipes that look good to you.  There are several yummy varieties out there – be sure to look up recipes for La Galette des Rois (a French pastry cake), Rosca de Reyes (the Spanish or Latin American variety), Dreikönigskuchen (a Swiss recipe), and Gâteau des Rois (another French variety).  Before you eat it, say a prayer in which you all take turns thanking God for events in your life in which Jesus Christ was “made manifest” to you in some way.  Watch out for the toy hidden inside!
  2. Take three gifts to a family in need.  Do it in grateful remembrance of the gifts of the Magi to baby Jesus and his humble little family.
  3. Search the vast “art museum” that is the internet for artwork depicting the three Epiphany events from the life of Jesus (for the visit of the wise men, the precise terms “Adoration of the Magi” and “Journey of the Magi” will be useful).  Try to find images from a variety of cultures and eras and using a variety of mediums (Christianity has a rich artistic heritage in painting, stained glass, tile murals, and stone carving to name a few).  Look closely at and ponder your favorite images and discuss the message or feeling each image conveys to you about Jesus.  Which images speak the most directly to your heart?  Which most closely reflect your personal experience of Jesus Christ?  Which inspire your devotion?
  4. Try your hand at religious art or musical expression, whether you’re a professional artist or a complete beginner.  Choose an “Epiphany” theme and depict it in an artistic way: draw a picture, make a play-doh sculpture, write a song, paint with watercolors, use markers on aluminum foil, make Epiphany-themed pancakes – use your imagination!  Try to pour your heart into the project, regardless of your skill level, offering your devotion to Christ through artistic expression.
  5. Explore the internet for videos of people from a variety of religious cultures celebrating Epiphany and Three Kings Day (and don’t forget “Timkat” or “Timket”).  What do people do?  Why do they do it?  As a group, think up some ways you might want to incorporate any of these religious traditions into your own celebration of Epiphany with your family and friends.  Now, let’s celebrate!

~Daniel

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Protecting Children from Life’s Currents

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Guest author Heidi is a mother, former ward Primary president and current stake Primary president. She writes:

I’ve been thinking of something that occurred with my children that was a powerful lesson for me regarding repentance, redemption, safety, and coming to Christ.

While visiting my parents in the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina, my children and I set off on a day trip to visit friends on one of the bank islands, with a dock on the sound side.  As we packed our gear for the day, my father told me that there was a “small craft warning” on the waters today, which meant that the weather would pose a danger for smaller boats.  I told my father we had no intention of going out on boats and that we would be careful, and it really didn’t look like storms were in the sky.  We were excited to spend time with friends we hadn’t seen in a while and I wanted some time to relax with my friend.

When we got to their home, the kids excitedly went out on the dock and asked if they could play in the water at the base of the dock.  This water is fairly shallow and all of the children could touch the ground.  They all put on life jackets and began swimming and floating around.  Because of the small craft warning, there were no boats in the water, where normally there would have been many boats out enjoying the summer day.  My friend and I were enjoying each other’s company and didn’t think to tell the children to stay close enough to touch the dock, or to keep their feet planted near shore, so they began to enjoy floating the drifting currents.

Within a few short minutes the weather and water conditions changed quite quickly. Although the water on the surface seemed rather calm, a strong current had come around the children’s legs and they were being carried down the shore and away from our dock.  When we started to yell to the children to call them in, we realized they were too far to hear our calls and it didn’t seem possible for them to swim against the current back to our dock.

The other mother and I began to panic. Right at that moment, a small dilapidated boat with two fisherman came into view (there were no other boats on the water), motored past the children and saw the worried looks on our faces.  They asked if they should go pick up the children and we immediately accepted their help.  I also tried to run to a nearby dock to try to wave the children into shore there, but about the time I got to the new dock, the fishermen were picking up the children.  We all returned to our friend’s dock about the same time.  The children were scared and a bit shaken, but safely back at our home dock.

Luckily everyone was safe and we continued our visit, but the magnitude of the tragedy that could have taken place was imprinted on my mind.  In fact I felt the Spirit confirm to me that I needed to learn things from this experience that could help me better guide these dear spirits and help them see other hidden dangers in their lives.

Physical and Spiritual Life jackets – My children on this day were literally saved by the life jackets that they instinctively put on before getting in the water.  They did this automatically, after years of safe water practice.  I think we put spiritual life jackets on our children every day as we do the “automatic” practices of prayer, reading scriptures, holding family home evening, attending church, temple worship, and acts of service.  Every morning we sing a Primary song as a family before they leave, and I like to think of this song as a life jacket for their thoughts through the day.  These songs carry a spirit and can testify to our hearts like almost no other songs can.

Powerful Hidden Currents – The danger in the water was one we could not see.  There can be currents in life that unbeknownst to us will carry us away from shore and safety of the gospel.  We should help our children recognize these currents, and follow the promptings of the Spirit to move them out of these waters.

Accept Help – When we find ourselves in trouble, we should take help from the first and closest person in a safe position to offer us help. On this day it was two fishermen in an old, crumbling boat who, no doubt, were sent out to help our children.

Keep Our Feet Grounded – We didn’t explicitly tell our children to stay by the dock and keep their feet touching solid ground, and the exhilaration of floating was too appealing to them.  In life, we need to find ways to keep our spiritual feet grounded in activities that will allow us to stay near the Holy Ghost.  Following the commandments, even very small and mundane commitments, help us build the rock we are standing on (Helaman 5:12).

Heed Warnings – On this day my father had warned me of the dangers he knew about on the waters.  He knew better than me, was more experienced and cared about my safety.  We need to look to our prophet and heed his warnings, regardless if they make sense or fit into our lifestyles.

Find Closest Solid Ground – After the children were saved from this water incident, we discussed what to do if they found themselves in that situation again.  I told them next time to go to ANY solid ground, and we could more easily get them home.  My children said they had no idea that was an option as they drifted away.  I felt this was the strongest message I needed to teach my children as they meander the waters of life.  If they ever find themselves in need of repentance, or farther spiritually from the gospel as they want to be, they need to seek the closest solid ground.  This could be asking help from a friend, relative, church leader, neighbor, or sibling, if they are unable to talk to their parents at the time.  They will, from time to time, find themselves in situations where they look around and what to get out, and I want them to know all the options they have to find their symbolic solid ground.

In the minutes I was watching my children drift away and felt the panic boil up inside me, I had NO other desire in the world than to get them back to me.  I would have done ANYTHING in that moment for them.  I believe our Heavenly Father feels the exact same way about us now and wants us to return safely to Him.  He has given us a Savior who atoned for our sins, along with so many life jackets and warnings, as well as the rock of the gospel for us to stand on.  Our divine responsibility as parents and Primary leaders is to help our children recognize these signs and safe guards so they can safely return Home.

~Heidi

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January 2016 Sharing Time: “The Scriptures Are the Word of God”

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I love that the new year begins with getting the children into the scriptures! The scriptures truly are the iron rod that can lead us to Christ. Children learn to recognize the Lord’s voice through His words in the scriptures, as they become acquainted with Him.

Children can also discover the wonderful truth that the scriptures have answers to real life situations, like this: Do Pets Go to Heaven? Finding comfort through scripture and Primary songs

Here are our favorite scripture ideas:

-Marci

 

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Songs and Scriptures for 2016: Memorization Challenge!

2016-primary-sharingtime-cover“I Know the Scriptures are True” is the Primary theme for 2016.  To complement the Sharing Time outline, guest author Jen has once again shared her song and scripture chart with us.  This is a great resource to help children work toward memorizing the scriptures each month and learning the songs.  You can also send this home with families for personal use.

In past years my family has used this outline to help guide our morning devotional before our kids go to school.  We dedicate a few minutes to recite together the month’s scripture and sing the song.  Repetition throughout the month helps young minds retain these powerful words in their memories. Taking the Primary themes into your home is a great way to build on the gospel learning children receive at church.  Often, with limited lesson time at church, individual questions go unanswered and discussion are cut short.  Home is a perfect environment to discuss and answer gospel questions and inquiries.

Download the Song and Scripture chart here!

~Michelle

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Preparing for Christmas through Scripture: A fun family activity!

Where do you find Santa in the original story of Jesus’ birth?  No, I don’t have anything against Santa.  But I do like to try and balance out my kids’ excitement over Santa and the presents with the understanding of our Savior and His birth and the real reason we celebrate this Christmas season.  Here’s one fun and simple way to include more scriptures in your family routine as you zip through the month of December:

The 12 Day’s of Christmas through Scripture–in this blog post archive I’ll walk you through a fun DIY where you can create your own 12 Day’s of Christmas with cute downloadables and scriptures for each day tucked into fun little pockets for your kids’ little fingers to pull out in anticipation!  Begin your countdown on December 13th! Enjoy!

12 Days of Christmas File Folder

~Michelle

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