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Pray Light Switch Covers

Wanna know what I made today?  14 light switch plates for a customer!  These glow in the dark and are great reminders for youth (and adults) to remember to pray!  Turn off the lights, and the word “Pray” is illuminated!  Get the Pray Light Switch Cover here!

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Did you think to pray light switch covers available at http://www.mormonshare.com/lds-bookstore/lds-accessories/pray-light-switch-cover

 

{Sharing Time} Prayer is Reverent Communication With Heavenly Father

By noreply@blogger.com (Sheena Perron)

IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE(identifying objects and pictures): Before Primary, gather or draw pictures of things people use to communicate (such as a letter, a telephone, or a computer), and hide the pictures beneath a few of the chairs in the Primary room. Ask the children to imagine they are far from home and need to communicate with their family. Have them look under their chairs for the hidden pictures, and discuss how they help us communicate with others. Explain that when we came to earth, we left our heavenly home, but we can still communicate with our Heavenly Father. Ask the children, “How can we communicate with Heavenly Father?” Show the children several pictures of children and families praying. Explain that each picture shows reverent communication— praying with love and respect—to Heavenly Father. Ask the children to say, “Prayer is reverent communication with Heavenly Father.”

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION (chalkboard activity): List the four parts of prayer on the board. Ask the children to name things we might thank Heavenly Father for and what we might ask Him for. List their responses on the board. Ask the children to demonstrate how we show reverence when we pray.

Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

I love the ‘Identify the Doctrine’ idea given in the outline. I also thought it might be fun to have the actual objects there hidden in a bag or underneath boxes.

Invite some children up to the front and ask them to imagine they are far from home and need to communicate with their family. Have them look at the hidden items, and discuss how they help us communicate with others. Talk about the different ways we communicate with each other.

Explain that when we came to earth, we left our heavenly home, but we can still communicate with our Heavenly Father. Ask the children, “How can we communicate with Heavenly Father?” Show the children several pictures of children and families praying. Explain that each picture shows reverent communication— praying with love and respect—to Heavenly Father. Ask the children to say, “Prayer is reverent communication with Heavenly Father.”

Today we are going to talk about prayer. Did you know there are certain words that we should use when we pray?

Today we are going to learn all about them.

PB&J Prayer Sandwich

Today I have a great Prayer Sharing Time that the children will enjoy. You will be making a PB & J while talking about prayer. Enjoy!


Tell the children that today you are going to be making a PB&J Prayer Sandwich.
Show the children the first piece of bread. Ask them ‘How do we begin our prayers? The first piece of bread is for ‘Dear Heavenly Father’.

Lay the piece of bread on a plate and have everyone repeat ‘Dear Heavenly Father’.

Now, ask if anyone knows what comes next.

The Jelly! Use the jelly to represent: ‘We Thank Thee.’

But instead of putting on a lot of jelly just put on a tiny little glob.

Ask the children if that is enough. They’ll obviously say NO!

Explain that when we pray we need to remember to thank Heavenly Father for ALL of our many blessings. We want Heavenly Father to know that we appreciate all that He has given to us, so we need to remember to Thank Him.

To help the children know some things that they can be thankful for I decided to do a little activity.

I found pictures of several different things that we might be thankful for and printed them out.

{Thanks Nikki from Melonheadz for your great clipart! I just google searched for the others and there’s a few that aren’t in the picture.}

I am going to attach them to a poster-board with ‘We Thank Thee’ at the top. I am going to cover up the pictures and tell the children that underneath are pictures of things that we can be thankful for.

I am going to reveal the pictures for 2-3 seconds and then cover them up again.

I will then call on a child to see if he/she remembers what one of the pictures was.

If they name one, I will take it off the poster-board and show it to the children and discuss why we are thankful for that particular item.

Then I will repeat for a few more pictures. As we talk about each picture I will add more jelly to the sandwich.

The next step in our PB&J Sandwich is the PB!

The peanut butter represents: ‘We Ask Thee’. I will do the same activity that I did with the Jelly.

And the last part of our PB&J Prayer sandwich is the piece of bread which represents: ‘In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen’.

You could then close with a song about prayer or a short story from ‘The Friend’. Encourage the children to think about what they will say before they pray each day and then bear your testimony.

I am excited for this Sharing Time. I think it’s going to be alot of fun AND it will help the children to learn how to pray.


Are you ready to create your very own Prayer PB&J’s for your Primary? Then click the link below to print out my PB&J labels.


I’m sorry I don’t have a printable of the pictures I used for the ‘Thank Thee’ or ‘Ask Thee’ section, but just click on the Melonheadz link above and you will find some great clipart to use. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!

sheena

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{Sharing Time} “pray In Your Families Unto The Father…that Your [Families] May Be Blessed.”

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Sharing Time Ideas from the 2014 OutlineIDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE(seeing pictures and reciting a scripture): Show a picture of Jesus Christ, and tell the children that He taught, “Pray in your families unto the Father . . . that your [families] may be blessed” (3 Nephi 18:21). Repeat this scripture with the children a few times. Show a picture of a family praying, and discuss the picture with the children. Explain that in family prayer, we thank Heavenly Father for our blessings and ask Him to help and bless our families.
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION (singing and sharing ideas): Ask the children to form one or more circles. Sing “Family Prayer” (CS, 189). Invite each child to share something he or she might thank or ask Heavenly Father for in family prayer and then link arms with another child in the circle. When all the children are linked, emphasize how families are held together, blessed, and strengthened through family prayer.

Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
For this week I am sharing different ways of playing the ‘Encourage Understanding and Application” idea found in the outline. There are several different ways you could play, so take a look and pick which one fits best.
Prayer Punch:I thought it would be fun to create a Punch-A-Box and call it ‘Prayer Punch’. Inside each of your cups place a picture of a family member {ex: Mom, Father, Brother, Sister, Grandmother, etc.} with either ‘Ask Thee’ or ‘Thank Thee’ written on the back. Invite a child up to the front and have them ‘Punch’ and then have them retrieve the picture from the cup. Have them think of something that particular person could pray for.Example: Let’s say inside the cup that was punched was a picture of a ‘Mother’ and ‘Thank Thee’ was written on the picture.The child could say that a Mother could Thank Heavenly Father for her family.If the picture had ‘Ask Thee’ the child could say that a Mother might ‘ask’ Heavenly Father to bless a sick family member, or to watch over her family.Family Prayer Link: I really like the idea of demonstrating how families are linked together. So for this idea you could create a ‘Family’ paper chain.On rectangle pieces of paper have a name or picture of a family member. On each piece of paper you could also write “Ask Thee” or “Thank Thee”.Place the papers inside of a ‘Punch-A-Box’, inside of balloons, underneath primary chairs or have them hidden around the room.Once a piece of the chain is found have the child think of something that that particular family member could pray for.Once he/she gives an answer attach it to the rest of your family paper chain.Once all pieces have been found attach each end to each other. Show the chain to the children and emphasize how families are held together, blessed, and strengthened through family prayer.
If you decide to use the ‘Punch-A-Box idea’ you could label 6 cups with each of the letters from P-R-A-Y-E-R. Inside the cups place your pieces of paper. Just punch the cups and have the child retrieve the paper from inside and answer the question.
I also created some Family Prayer Slips that you can use for your game (whichever you decide to use). Here is what they look like:

I made them long enough for those that may use the paper chain idea. Just click on the link and print them out!
Click HERE to print page 1 of my Family Prayer cards.
Click HERE to print page 2 of my Family Prayer cards.
Click HERE to print page 3 of my Family Prayer cards.

Thanks so much for stopping by. If you have any questions or problems don’t hesitate to send me an email {littleldsideas(at)hotmail(dot)com}. Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!sheena

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Alma 31

Today’s lesson went well despite a minor snafu — I nearly slept in!

I woke up rested, which as all you Seminary teachers know is an unusual and unfamiliar state in your life during winter.  It took a few moments to register that I was probably feeling good because somehow I had slept in.  It took another few minutes for Jared to find a clock and check the time — 5:36.  First Kid arrives about 5:50.  So, I put my clothes on, grabbed my lesson stuff, and pretended I was alert.  First Kid was late this morning, but I had plenty of time to write my opening phrase on the board: “True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior.” by Elder Packer.  That really ought to be SI’s mission statement since they use it so much.  The song I chose sucked: “Prayer is the Soul’s Sincere Desire”.  We ended up playing the music and reading the lyrics aloud.

The students were really silly today, but I was able to bring them back down by degrees. There’s a pep rally today and every kid has to explain their nutty clothes or lack thereof and the Olympics have started, and so I spent a minute on international relations.  Those idiot reporters tweeting about the terrible conditions in Sochi hotels are making us all look like morons. They’ve obviously not been out of the US if they think they’ve entered the seventh ring of hell when they are asked to put toilet tissue in the waste basket instead of in the sewer system and when a hotel room has only a single bed and chair that most resembles dorm room furniture.  Come on.  Not every nation in the world has American plumbing.  And cheap/tourist hotels in most of Europe are like county jail accomodations here. Tells you what the homes are like, peeps, so leave the judgment home and enjoy yourself, recognizing that we are so spoiled and rich in this country that it’s mind-blowing.

Nah, didn’t rant all that, so don’t worry.  But I do feel the tiniest bit guilty about not watching the opening ceremonies.  Russia has a lot on the line and an army of liberal haters (the press, sadly) has descended on them looking to pick a fight.  I’m not sure I want to watch.

For the lesson proper I used a couple of questions from the manual to guide discussion and interjected an idea from the Seminary Teachers’ Facebook group to have the kids assess their personal prayers.  I think it went well.  The highlight for me was when one of my home school students, who happened to be wearing a Thor hoodie complete with horns, did a dramatic reading of the Zoramite prayer for us while standing on a chair.  It was pretty great, and the class erupted in applause when she was finished. I love it when the kids applaud each other.  That was our second incident of spontaneous applause — the first being when a group of male students went upstairs to wake my tardy son and he finally staggered down the stairs.  Somehow, when Salt Lake envisions how Seminary works in the rest of the world, I think this isn’t it.  And yet, it works.

For the last few minutes I used the idea I mentioned before about the kids comparing their prayers to a Zoramite prayer.  I wasn’t really prepared to have a full on comparison like the handout, so I had the kids jot down what they could remember of their morning prayer on a sheet of paper in their notebooks, noting I wasn’t going to look at it.  Every kid wrote something, which surprised me.  Come to find out, most wrote down that they hadn’t prayed but wanted to look good :). After a few moments of scribbling, I told them I wasn’t trying to make them feel bad and confessed that I hadn’t prayed due to waking up so late.  We can all improve.  Then I had them respond to these questions from a file shared in the group by Abish Deter:

* Is there a “repetitive phrase” that you can remove and replace with more significant words?

* Did you pray AT Him or WITH Him?

* Did you give him praise and express gratitude for the tender mercies in your life?

* Did you ask him for a list of items? Or did you ask for help and strength to do HIS will?

* Were you falling asleep? Or did you allocate sufficient time to actually speak with Him?

* Did your body language show respect?

* Did you listen and wait for instruction/a response from Him?

* Did you share your questions and concerns with Him?

* Did you pray for the needs of others?

I shared a couple of things I could do better, and I could tell the kids ended up thoughtfully considering their own prayers.  I was kicking myself for not remembering the penny in the shoe thing to help you remember to pray meaningfully later, but this worked out fine.  Ended with a encouragement to improve our prayers.

At the end of class one student asked me if we were going to take a few days at the end of class to go back over stuff like we did in Old Testament.  I had not planned to, but if asked by a student, yes, I will rearrange my entire schedule for you, even though it took me about 40 hours to make.  I’m not sure what he’s looking to cover, but I think I can squish some up.  It wouldn’t hurt my feelings to skip through some of Ether.

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Two Cent Prayers?

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When we studied Enos, I asked the students:
Are you offering Two Cent Prayersand expectingTen Thousand Dollar Prayers?
What type of prayer do you think Enos offered?How can you increase the quality of your own prayers?As a reminder to give more than Two Cent prayers, I gave each student 2 pennies to keep in their pockets as a reminder to have meaningful prayers and/or to improve the quality of their prayers.
This can be applied to any lesson on prayer, faith, commitment, goal-setting, and more.

LDS Handout

2 Nephi 32-33 Feast Snack Starve

Imagine waking up and realizing you forgot to make the handout for the day’s lesson.  That’s what happened here. I made and printed this doc in less than 15 minutes.  This handout is super ugly, but it did the job.

 

FEAST ON THE WORD / PRAY ALWAYS

Feasting on the Word: Self Evaluation

  1. Personal scripture study Feast Snack Starve

  2. Sacrament meeting Feast Snack Starve

  3. General conference Feast Snack Starve

  4. Family scripture study Feast Snack Starve
     

  5. Seminary Feast Snack Starve

  6. Family home evening Feast Snack Starve

  7. Priesthood.Young Women class Feast Snack Starve

  8. Personal prayer Feast Snack Starve

 

Elder David A. Bednar on 2 Nephi 33:1:

“Please notice how the power of the Spirit carries the message unto but not necessarily into the heart. A teacher can explain, demonstrate, persuade, and testify, and do so with great spiritual power and effectiveness. Ultimately, however, the content of a message and the witness of the Holy Ghost penetrate into the heart only if a receiver allows them to enter” (“Seek Learning by Faith” [address to CES religious educators, Feb. 3, 2006], 1, si.lds.org).

Invite a student to read aloud the following statement by Elder Gerald N. Lund of the Seventy:

“Why just unto the heart? Individual agency is so sacred that Heavenly Father will never force the human heart, even with all His infinite power. … God allows us to be the guardians, or the gatekeepers, of our own hearts. We must, of our own free will, open our hearts to the Spirit” (“Opening Our Hearts,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2008, 33).

 

 

Elder Bednar’s counsel on how to “pray always:”

“There may be things in our character, in our behavior, or concerning our spiritual growth about which we need to counsel with Heavenly Father in morning prayer. …

“During the course of the day, we keep a prayer in our heart for continued assistance and guidance. …

“We notice during this particular day that there are occasions where normally we would have a tendency to speak harshly, and we do not; or we might be inclined to anger, but we are not. We discern heavenly help and strength and humbly recognize answers to our prayer. Even in that moment of recognition, we offer a silent prayer of gratitude

“At the end of our day, we kneel again and report back to our Father. We review the events of the day and express heartfelt thanks for the blessings and the help we received. We repent and, with the assistance of the Spirit of the Lord, identify ways we can do and become better tomorrow. Thus our evening prayer builds upon and is a continuation of our morning prayer. And our evening prayer also is a preparation for meaningful morning prayer.

“Morning and evening prayers—and all of the prayers in between—are not unrelated, discrete events; rather, they are linked together each day and across days, weeks, months, and even years. This is in part how we fulfill the scriptural admonition to ‘pray always’ (Luke 21:363 Nephi 18:15, 18;D&C 31:12). Such meaningful prayers are instrumental in obtaining the highest blessings God holds in store for His faithful children” (“Pray Always,” 42).

 

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{Sharing Time} Answers To Prayers Come From Heavenly Father In Many Ways.

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Sharing Time Idea from 2013 Primary Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (playing a game): Before Primary, write on the board, “Answers to prayers come from Heavenly Father in many ways,”and cover each word with a separate piece of paper. Have a child remove one piece of paper, and ask the children to guess what the sentence is. Repeat until the children discover the sentence, and ask them to read it together.
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (reading scriptures): Tell the children that Joseph Smith prayed to know which church to join. Read together Joseph Smith—History 1:17 to find how his prayer was answered (through a visit from Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ). Tell the children that Alma prayed that his son, Alma the Younger, would learn the truth. Read together Mosiah 27:11 to find how Alma’s prayer was answered (an angel appeared to Alma the Younger). Explain that most answers to prayers come in other ways. On separate pieces of paper write the following scriptures that describe ways prayers may be answered: D&C 6:22–23 (through peaceful feelings); D&C 8:2 (through thoughts in our minds and feelings in our hearts); Mosiah 27:36 (through the actions of other people); and 2 Nephi 32:3 (through the scriptures). Place the pieces of paper in a container. Have a child draw one and read it. Look up the scripture reference, read it together, and ask the children what each scripture teaches about how Heavenly Father answers prayers.

ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (hearing stories): Invite four guests to share a story illustrating one of the ways that prayers are answered. The examples may come from personal experiences, Church magazines, or the scriptures. Invite the children to ask their families at home about times when their prayers have been answered.

Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas Before I share my idea I just wanted to say Thank you to all of you who have remembered my family and our community in your prayers. Thank you for all of your kind comments & emails, I truly appreciate them.As of yesterday, we are allowed to return home, but are still on ‘Pre-Evacuation’. The fire is now close to 50% contained.
The fire crews did such an amazing job working so hard to save our town & many homes. A few days ago we were still not allowed to return to our home, so I decided to drive down to Utah and visit my sister.So until next Wednesday I’ll be in Utah hangin’ out with my sister.
Sharing Time IdeaShow the children a telephone or another form of communication. Discuss how it is used. Ask the children how we can communicate with Heavenly Father. Explain that just as we dial a number to talk to someone on the phone, we can pray to communicate with Heavenly Father. Explain to the children that as we pray and ask our Heavenly Father for help or for guidance He will answer our prayers. But Heavenly Father doesn’t always answer our prayers the same way. There are different ways that we can receive answers to our prayers.
At the front of the room, on a poster-board, have 4 large pictures of telephones. At the top of your Poster-board you could have the title, “Answers to Prayers Come from Heavenly Father in Many Ways.” On the back of each telephone, have one of the following phrases written on the back:Through peaceful feelings.
Through thoughts in our minds and feelings in our hearts.  Through the actions of other peopleThrough the scriptures.
Invite a child up to the front and have them pick a telephone.Have the child read the phrase on the back of the telephone (do not read out loud).Once they have read the phrase and understand it they will have to either act it out or draw clues for the other Primary children.
Give the child so many seconds to either act it out or draw and have the other children try to guess how we can receive answers to our prayers.
Once the children have guessed correctly, read the scripture that goes with that phrase:D&C 6:22–23 (through peaceful feelings);D&C 8:2 (through thoughts in our minds and feelings in our hearts);Mosiah 27:36 (through the actions of other people);and 2 Nephi 32:3 (through the scriptures).
After you have read the scripture you could share a story from ‘The Friend’, a scripture story, or invite a parent to share a time when their prayer was answered in that particular way.

Another Idea:Telephone MazeFor this Sharing Time I thought it would be fun to do a life-size cord maze. This is what I’m talking about:Maze from Netplaces.comDo you recognize these ‘Follow the Line’ type puzzles/mazes?That’s what I was thinking, but Life-Size.
For this idea you will have 4 telephones with 4 different scriptures on each telephone. Attached to each telephone will be a long string, and at the end of that string will be a ‘word bubble’ with the phrase of how our prayers are answered.

Click Here to Print my telephone Clip art.
You will place the 4 phones on one side of the room (you could have them attached to a foam board/bulletin board). On the other side of the room you will have the word bubbles, and in between you will have a mess of string or yarn.
To begin the game, invite a child up to the front and have them pick a phone. Then have them guess which word bubble goes with that scripture (I was thinking of having them guess before you read the scripture).Next, read the scripture aloud. Ask the children if they picked the correct word bubble. If not have everyone find the correct word bubble and then ‘un-tangle’ the phone cord. Place the phone and word bubble off to the side where everyone can see it. Continue until all of the scriptures have been read and the phones have been untangled.
Review the different ways our prayers are answered. Bear your testimony.
Alright, that’s my idea for this week. I hope you like it and I hope it makes sense. :)Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for stopping by.Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!sheena

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{Sharing Time} Heavenly Father Wants Me To Pray To Him Often- Anytime, Anywhere!

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  Sharing Time Idea from 2013 Primary OutlineIDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE AND ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (reading scriptures): Tell the children that they can pray to Heavenly Father anytime, anywhere. Have them look up Alma 33:3–9. Read the verses together and have the children raise their hands each time they hear a place where Zenos prayed. Write these places on the board. Help the children understand what these places would mean to them today by creating word strips for the modern-day equivalents of them (for example, a place where you have felt lost or alone for “wilderness”; yard, playground, or park for “field”; and our classes and meetings at church for “congregations”). Ask the children to match the word strips to the corresponding words on the board.
ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (discussing prayer): Divide the children into groups and ask them to share experiences when they have prayed in the places Zenos mentioned.

Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS IdeasHere’s an idea that you could use to introduce your Sharing Time:Stand at the front of the room and say ‘Can you hear me?’ Then move to the back of the room and repeat the question. Move out into the hall, keeping the door open, and repeat the question again.Do this several times changing your location.Explain to the children that no matter where you stood in the room they were all able to hear you. Explain to the children that prayer is like that.Our Heavenly Father always hears our prayers not matter where or when we pray.
Prayer Punch Activity:Tell the children that you are going to share some scriptures with them. Invite the children to listen for the different places where Zenos prayed. You could have the children fold their arms, raise their hands, stand up, etc. when they hear a place where Zenos prayed. Once you have read the verses {Alma 33:3–9}, ask the children to share the different places that were discussed in the scriptures. WildernessFieldHouseClosetCongregationsWrite the places on a chalkboard or have them typed onto word strips (have them large enough for everyone to read). Post the word strips on a chalkboard, a poster-board or a bulletin board.Explain to the children that just like Zenos, there are many places that we can pray too.To discuss the places where we can pray, create a ‘Punch Board’.
I found a great idea for a punch board on Inka Blinka.If you already have created a Punch-A-Box, then great. If not here is the easy tutorial from Inka Blinka:Click Here to view the Punch Board from Inka Blinka.
For this Sharing Time idea you will need to create a punch board. You will need a strong piece of cardboard or foam board. Attach 5 plastic/paper cups to the board. Create word strips or pictures for the modern-day equivalents of the places where Zenos prayed (for example, a place where you have felt lost or alone for “wilderness”; yard, playground, or park for “field”; and our classes and meetings at church for “congregations”).Inside each cup place a picture and/or word for each place where the children can pray:Your BedroomChurchA Place Where You Have Felt Lost or Alone.Playground or ParkYour Home{Jill from Hatch Patch has some great word strips created for this Sharing Time. Click here to see them!}
Place each picture/word inside one of the cups. Cover each cup with tissue paper and place a rubber band around the mouth of the cup.
To Play: Invite a child up to the front to pick a cup and punch it.Have them get the paper/picture and read it aloud.
Have the child match the picture/word with one of the words from the scripture (the places where Zenos prayed). You could then discuss that particular place or share a story from The Friend of when a child prayed to Heavenly Father.Continue to do this until you have matched all the places where we can pray.
Once they have matched all the places where we can pray continue to discuss where we can pray.Explain that we can pray anywhere and anytime.
Prayer SpinnerHere is another great idea that you could use for your Sharing Time.
Create a game spinner that resembles a clock.Label the sections of the spinner like a clock {12, 1, 2, 3, etc.}There are different game spinners that you could create for this sharing time. You could create a simple spinner {like the ones you use for board games}ORYou could get really fancy and do a prize wheel spinner.Here’s a great tutorial from Doodle Craft to make one of your own.The kids LOVE the prize spinners.
Explain to the children that our Heavenly Father wants us to pray to him often: anytime & anywhere. Share a short story in the friend, a scripture or a quote about praying anytime and anywhere. Our Heavenly Father doesn’t care if we pray to Him at 9:00 in the morning or at 9:00 at night. No matter when we pray He always hears our prayers.Show the children the spinner. Explain that this is a clock, and like a clock there are different numbers to represent the different hours of the day.
For the Spinner:For each ‘hour’ of the wheel/spinner have a story, a scripture, a question, a song, etc. For example:At 9:00 (this one would be PM) you could share a story of a child praying in their room at night because they were scared. Discuss the story with the children and ask several questions.
Or you could share a scenario:“You are at a slumber party. Your friends begin watching a movie that you know you shouldn’t be watching. Could you pray to Heavenly Father? What would you pray for?”
For a time during the day you could share an experience that happens at school.Have a scenario of a child taking a test and ask ‘Could you pray to Heavenly Father? What would you pray for?’
Continue having children spin the wheel until time runs out. Remind the children that our Heavenly Father will always hear our prayers no matter where we are or what time it is. Bear your testimony of the power of prayer.
Another Way To Play:If you don’t have time to create a spinner then write different times (5:00 pm; 10:00 pm; 11:00 am; etc.) on slips of paper.Place the papers underneath chairs, posted around the room or inside a Punch Board (idea above).
If you create a Punch Board you could use this idea:Create a punch board with 6 cups. Label the cups with each of the letters from P-R-A-Y-E-R. Inside the cups place a different time of the day. Have a question, scenario, song, etc. for each cup. Just punch the cups and have the child retrieve the paper from inside and answer the question.
 And that’s it! Thanks for stopping by today to read my ideas. I hope you like them.Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time! sheena

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Prayer

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August Week 1: The scriptures teach me how to pray.

The song for this month is “A Child’s Prayer”.  Most of your primary children should be familiar with this song…you may just need to review it.  The Friend magazine provides an activity that lends itself well to this week’s theme.  See here.

Assign a song for practice to each person who prayed (be sure to have “A Child’s Prayer” as one of the songs).  The Friend only provides 4 people so I will be adding a few additional ones.  Place cards with these people & the scripture reference in a container to draw from.  Place large visuals of the “why he/she prayed” and “what happened” cards on the chalkboard.  I will be printing mine out on 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of paper.  Be sure to mix them up!  Choose a child to pick a card & read it out loud…the person and the scripture reference.  Have the rest of the children match the “who” and “what” that go with the person.  Sing a song for practice.

*I am going to add the following scriptural figures:
Alma – Prayed for help in teaching the Zoramites.  Asked Heavenly Father to comfort him and his companions and give them strength in their missionary work.  See chapter 31.
Ammon – See Alma 27:4–5, 10–12
King Mosiah – See Mosiah 28:6–7
The Primary Children – See Moroni 10:3–5

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{Sharing Time} The Scriptures Teach Me How To Pray.

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IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE: Hold up the scriptures and ask the children to tell you some of the things we learn about in the scriptures. Tell the children that one of the things we can learn about in the scriptures is how to pray.

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION (hearing a scripture story): Tell the story of Alma and Amulek teaching the Zoramites (see Alma 31; 33–34). Invite the children to pantomime the correct way to pray. Ask the children what the story teaches about prayer. Make a list on the board of the children’s answers. Invite the children to discuss how the story applies to them.
Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS IdeasThis week I get to teach Sharing Time because the Primary President will be gone. I’m excited to be able to visit Primary & teach the children again. :) When I first read the outline I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, but then I looked at some of my older posts and saw an idea. I changed it up a little bit…this is what I came up with:
When I was still in Primary the first counselor did a Sharing Time where she compared prayer to making a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich (she read the idea on Sugardoodle). I am using this same idea for my Sharing Time idea this week, but I’m changing it up a little bit.
Begin your Sharing Time by sharing the story of Alma & Amulek teaching the Zoramites (3 Nephi 31; 33-34).You could use the illustrated Book of Mormon stories to do this.During/after the story you could discuss with the children what things the Zoramites were doing that were wrong.One of the things could be that they all repeated the same prayer.Tell them that you are going to need a helper to help explain why we don’t want to always repeat the same prayer.
Invite a child up to the front or ask an adult. Tell the children that your helper is your Mom/Friend/etc.Hand your helper a phone and have them sit on one side of the room and you sit on the other with another phone.Once you are ready you will ‘call’ your helper on the phone. Here is an example script:You: Hi ______, how are you?Helper: GoodYou: I’m doing good too. Bye!
Then tell the children that it’s the next day & you decide to ‘call’ your friend again:You: Hi ______, how are you?Helper: GoodYou: I’m doing good too. Bye!
Wouldn’t it be boring if your Mom or Friend always said the same thing every time you talked to them?Well, that is kind of like prayer. When we pray we are communicating with our Heavenly Father. That is a special time that we can talk with our Heavenly Father and tell him about our day or ask him for things that we might need help with or need.We don’t want to get in the habit of saying the same thing every time.Today we are going to talk about prayer. Did you know there are certain words that we should use when we pray?Today we are going to learn all about them.
PB&J Prayer SandwichTell the children that today you are going to be making a PB&J Prayer Sandwich.
Show the children the first piece of bread. Ask them ‘How do we begin our prayers? The first piece of bread is for ‘Dear Heavenly Father’.Lay the piece of bread on a plate and have everyone repeat ‘Dear Heavenly Father’.Now, ask if anyone knows what comes next.
The Jelly! Use the jelly to represent: ‘We Thank Thee.’But instead of putting on a lot of jelly just put on a tiny little glob.Ask the children if that is enough. They’ll obviously say NO!Explain that when we pray we need to remember to thank Heavenly Father for ALL of our many blessings. We want Heavenly Father to know that we appreciate all that He has given to us, so we need to remember to Thank Him.To help the children know some things that they can be thankful for I decided to do a little activity.I found pictures of several different things that we might be thankful for and printed them out. {Thanks again Nikki from Melonheadzfor your great clipart! I just google searched for the others and there’s a few that aren’t in the picture.}
I am going to attach them to a poster-board with ‘We Thank Thee’ at the top. I am going to cover up the pictures and tell the children that underneath are pictures of things that we can be thankful for.I am going to reveal the pictures for 2-3 seconds and then cover them up again.I will then call on a child to see if he/she remembers what one of the pictures was.If they name one, I will take it off the poster-board and show it to the children and discuss why we are thankful for that particular item.Then I will repeat for a few more pictures. As we talk about each picture I will add more jelly to the sandwich.
The next step in our PB&J Sandwich is the PB! The peanut butter represents: ‘We Ask Thee’. I will do the same activity that I did with the Jelly.
And the last part of our PB&J Prayer sandwich is the piece of bread which represents: ‘In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen’.You could then close with a song about prayer or a short story from ‘The Friend’. Encourage the children to think about what they will say before they pray each day and then bear your testimony.
I am excited for this Sharing Time. I think it’s going to be alot of fun AND it will help the children to learn how to pray.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!
sheena

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James 1-2, “Doers” Just Do!

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This lesson goes really well this April’s Come Follow Me curriculum on the Restoration. We started off with some background on who James was (see Bible Dictionary, third entry under James and James, Epistle of) so that we could establish some “street cred” and determine the importance his writings may have. How does knowing that he was Christ’s brother (half-brother) […]

Come Follow Me Reading Assignment Sheet – Young Women – Prophets and Revelation – May

Here are some Come Follow Me Weekly Reading Assignment cards for the Young Women.  These are for May CFM lessons on Prophets and Revelation.  There is a page of cards for each of the weekly lesson topics.  Print enough copies of the page so that each member of your class can have a card to take home. What you’ll find on each card:

  • color thumbnail image that corresponds with the ones on the website to help you keep track of the cards
  • topic question
  • topic introduction
  • scripture references
  • additional reading from True to the Faith or For the Strength of Youth where applicable
  • 3 cards per page (new formatting saves on paper)
  • pullout with focus questions for the next lesson (new)

Be sure that you adjust your printer settings so that you only print the page that contains the weekly reminder card that you want to use, or you’ll be printing a lot of extra stuff! :-)

How to use these cards:

You might:

  • Hand them out at the end of class with a reading assignment.  You can assign all or part of the reading.  Do you want students to work on their Duty to God or Personal Progress?  Do you want them to focus on the True to the Faith reading?  Should they read only one or two scriptures?  Instruct your students to circle the assigned reading for next week’s lesson. 
  • Give a copy to a YW/AP/SS teacher to let him or her know what you are teaching or have already taught.
  • Offer a reward for anyone who can answer one of the bolded questions at the beginning of the next class.
  • Use the bolded questions for a journaling assignment.