Children as missionaries? Of course! “You don’t have to travel to a different country, dress in church clothes, or wear a name tag to be a missionary. One of the best ways to be a great missionary is to be a good example and a good friend,” reads the Sept 2012 FRIEND magazine, page 10.
You might want to make the following point from Elder Bednar in kid-friendly language: “We do not share the gospel merely to increase the numerical size and strength of the latter-day Church. Rather, we seek to fulfill the divinely appointed responsibility to proclaim the reality of the Father’s plan of happiness, the divinity of His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and the efficacy of the Savior’s atoning sacrifice.” —Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve in the Church News.
Here are 10 ways children can be a missionary now from that Friend article, colorfully illustrated: Sept 2012: Be-a-missionary-now. Here are two possible activities using the pictures in that article:
SHORT SKITS: Print one set of the pictures from the article, cut apart, and give to a pair of children to act out, with one playing the nonmember friend and one playing the child missionary. For Junior Primary, you may need a teacher to play the part of the member missionary. Then discuss each skit, pointing out how each might become an opportunity to tell others about Jesus.
MATCHING GAME: Print two sets of the pictures from the article, cut apart, and mount on same-sized paper, numbering the back. Place on board with magnets or tape. Children choose two (or three, to speed it up) and remove them if they match.Then discuss each match, pointing out how each might become an opportunity to tell others about Jesus.