2nd Week Sharing Time Idea for April 2010

Update: I don’t know if the link to the reformed egyptian symbols is working on my PDF document. So here is the link to the Sharing Time lesson that has a sample of Reformed Egyptian. It is from the November 1983 Friend.
Click Here to view the Reformed Egyptian
In my Sharing Time idea, I have a game idea that you can use for Jr. and/or Sr. Primary. It’s called ‘Search for the Gold Plates’. As I was looking for ideas, the thought came to me, what if the children had to search for the Gold Plates. So, I thought of how to do that and came up with this. You’ll need to print out a picture of a stone/rock (I give you the link to find the rock that I used on the PDF file). You’ll also need a few file folders or boxes.

Print out your rock {just find a picture online} and cut it out. Attach the rock to the front of the file folder. That’s easy enough, right?

Then, inside place a picture of the Gold Plates. You’ll only need one picture of the Gold Plates. Underneath the other rocks you could put silly pictures. I.E- Snakes, bugs, a shoe, etc.

Here is my picture using a box instead of a file folder. You’ll want to cover the box with brown or green paper. Then attach the picture to the top of the box. You could use any type of box.

Inside, place the Gold Plates. If you are feeling very craftsy, you could always make some gold plates.
I know at our church, in the library, we have some gold plates that someone made using wood. They’re really neat, the children loved them. And the same as above, you’ll only need one set of Gold Plates, you could put other things in the other boxes.
And that’s it!

 Let me know what you think and if you change it at all. Also let me know if you have any questions, like if I forgot to explain something or didn’t explain it well enough. I hope you like it!


Hi! I’m Sheena, the blogger behind Little LDS Ideas. I love sharing LDS Ideas and printables to help make your life and calling a little bit easier. I am a mother to 4 and a wife to one amazing guy. In addition to being busy with blogging and being a wife/mother, I am also in school. Studying and homework keeps me busy, but I love it. Thanks so much for stopping by! ♥


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  1. I would just like to take the opportunity to express my gratitude to you for the time and effort that you put into creating this blog. I was using another site, but find that yours is full of fun and fresh ideas and to me it is a gift and a blessing. I am Primary president; I do Sharing time every week for the Junior Primary as we are understaffed and I cannot tell you how much I use your ideas and games. I see that there are few comments And I think this is my first one as well. Maybe conference just put me in a grateful mood, but I think that other sisters are doing what I have done. They come, look, take an idea or all of them, and in their excitment and relief move on to print and then plan their course, not stopping to thank you for your hard work and effort. I hope that you do not get discouraged and give up, because you are doing good works here for the Lord. Thank you.

  2. Katie…That was the nicest comment, thanks so much. I do love to read everyone’s comments, but totally understand if you don’t leave one, because I too am horrible at leaving comments. I won’t get discouraged, I love doing this blog and sharing my ideas. I love helping others, and hope that I am helping some of you. Thanks again, Katie, for your wonderful comment, I really appreciate the kind words.

    I love reading comments, I read every single one. I would love to hear how your Sharing Times go, if you used my idea, how you changed it. If you want to share an idea, please let me know, leave a comment or email me. We are all in this together. Have a wonderful week!!

  3. Anonymous

    I am a new Primary President and just came across this website! It is wonderful, thank you! I am curious on how you will have them ‘search’ for these items? We have a very large Primary. I assume you want them to find the Golden Plates last? How can we make sure that happens too? I’m new and trying to figure things out. Thanks!

  4. Thanks for the comment.
    So, in my sharing time file I have ideas how to begin your sharing time. I think you would have enough time to do the ‘Book of Mormon’ written in different languages and telling the story of Moroni visiting Joseph Smith, etc. I usually plan out my sharing time and then time it (roughly) to see how much time I have for a game or if I need to shorten something. I like to always have some kind of game for the kids. I think the most important to introduce this topic is telling the children about Moroni visiting Joseph Smith and Joseph Smith receiving the Gold Plates.
    I think I would play the ‘Search for the Gold Plates’ after explaining Moroni’s visits and Joseph getting the plates. After the game is done, then explain to the children how Joseph Smith was able to translate the Gold Plates.
    For the game, you will have your ‘stones’ (either attached to a file or to a box) all over the primary room. If you make these using a file folder, you could tape them to the wall or just have them on the floor. You don’t need alot. And if you don’t have time, just do one. Once they have found the gold plates, that is when you will show the children the ‘Power of God’ code puzzle and ask them what it says. Explain to them that they are going to have to translate this message. Once they’ve translated the message, explain to the children how Joseph Smith translated the Gold Plates: by the Power of God.
    I hope this helps. Please let me know if there’s anything else you need. And if you’d like to email me, please do. My email is sheena_perron@hotmail.com

  5. Jen

    I am so excited I found your blog!! I am totally stealing this idea for my sharing time this week…you couldn’t have made it more easy for me and I love that, but especially needed the help this week. Keep the ideas comin’ sister…you really are appreciated for all your time and efforts and I know you will be blessed for them. Thanks

  6. Thanks so much for all the time and effort that you put in. I just found your blog via sugardoddle. This is what I was looking for for my sharing time! It will really help since now that I have a time crunch. I look forward to deeing what else you come uo with. WE can all use a little jumping off place at times.

  7. I am so grateful that you share your ideas with me! I have used several of your ideas and often come here before I look at the sharing time manual. I didn’t like doing sharing time until I came across your blog, and now I LOVE IT…so thank you, you truly are a saving grace! 🙂

  8. Thank you!! I am totally using this for my sharing time next week! I am a new primary president & completely overwhelmed with all the responsibilites that go along with it. I have been so stressed about what to do for sharing time next week & you just took a huge load off of my shoulders:) So glad I found your blog! Keep up the good work & thanks for sharing:)

  9. Anonymous

    All your ideas are amazing. Hope you are never released from Primary. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Just wanted to say THANK YOU! for sharing your ideas and hard work! I am a new primary president (in good company it looks like) and I need all the help I can find! I hadn’t been in Primary since I was twelve before I got called and am still overwhelmed, your blog is a great help. Many Thanks!

  11. Anonymous

    I used your ideas in my Jr and Sr Sharing times today and they worked out great. It was fun for me to prepare and also such a nice activity but not too overwhelming. I am so happy to have found your blog and already have plans to steal your ideas for next week as well. Don’t worry – I do give you credit if anyone asks me where I find my ideas. 🙂 Thanks so much for taking the time to share your creative inspirations. I plan to use your blog from now on when it’s my turn for Sharing Time…so please don’t plan on getting released anytime soon! haha

  12. Anonymous

    Just wanted to add my thanks to you for all your hard work on this blog. Love your ideas, you are awesome!

  13. Anonymous

    Just found your site and I am so impressed. We will be doing this fun sharing time next week. Thank you for making this available to all. I’m so excited for this activity. KP

  14. Anonymous

    I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to post your ideas. I am in Switzerland and used many of your ideas for sharing time this week. Thank you.

  15. Anonymous

    I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to post your ideas. I am in Switzerland and will be using many of your ideas for sharing time this week. Thank you.

  16. Anonymous

    Thank you for posting such wonderful ideas! It really helps to have a fun,creative resource to go to when I teach the ST in our primary. Thanks a billion!

  17. thank you for sharing your talent! I had been wanting to do something like this, but couldn’t figure it out- then I happened onto your site! This was perfect! Our Primary here in Oregon thanks you! The find the rock game was fun!

  18. Thanks for your help! I just realized our Week 2 got skipped this month because of conference and we had a teacher training during primary so our Stake Primary Presidency taught sharing time. So I’ll be using this lesson this week! It looks like a lot of fun, and so well thought out! I also appreciate how you used the church resources so much.

    By the way, my brother’s family lived in Bellevue and just moved to Hailey. We’ve attended church there a couple of times. He’s a baptized member, but other than coming to my children’s baby blessings, I doubt he’s been to church since he was in primary. His wife didn’t grow up with any religion. They now have 2 little boys, one who would be in CTR 4 this year, the other in nursery. I don’t know their new address yet, but if you want to notify your bishop and primary pres (are you the primary pres?) to go welcome them into the ward (or the other ward, aren’t there 2 in the area?), I think that would be awesome! Who knows – maybe I ran across your blog for a reason more important than helping me with my sharing time preparation! Email me at jmlwilliams @ yahoo. com