The November 2018 Sharing Time is the next-to-last month before the big changes in 2019! The theme is thanking God in all things. Week 1 has this theme: “I am thankful for my body, and I know that it is a temple.” For a game to apply this idea, try our #1 Most Viewed Post of All Time (with five times as many views as any other post!): Word of Wisdom: sharing time lesson and family night idea
For Weeks 2,3 and 4 (gratitude for temporal, spiritual and all blessings), consider the classic blessings tree. Here is a lesson plan with scriptures and songs, and downloadable patterns for leaves and tree: Thank God in All Things: November Sharing Time or Family Night with visuals
Listing blessings is one way to think of gratitude. Another is the reverse: “Imagine a world without _____.” Make a blessing tree with leaves listing blessings such as bodies, homes, food, water, clothing, health, the sun, the moon, stars, the earth, animals, plants, family, friends, toys, and books (list from the Sharing Time lesson). As a child pulls out each blessing, help the children imagine a world without that blessing, to consider how much we appreciate God giving us that blessing.
Of course, it’s more than just gratitude for having those things that we like. It’s looking up — thanking God for giving us that blessing. It’s also thinking of ways we can show our gratitude through the things we do.
If you feel inclined to put all that gratitude into action, try making cards to show gratitude to firefighers and police officers, hospital or nursing home staff, or any other organization in your community. Here are more pint-sized service project ideas.
And I can’t resist saying that I am grateful for YOU, dear reader! I’m grateful to be on this covenant path with you and the children we all love.