April 2018 Week 3 Sharing Time Idea: Priesthood Authority Was Restored by Heavenly Messengers

Sharing Time Ideas from the 2018 Outline

Identify the doctrine (singing a song): Ask the children how they might announce something very important. Explain that long ago trumpets would be played when something important was announced. Ask the children to close their eyes and imagine that they hear trumpets as the pianist plays “The Priesthood Is Restored” (CS,89). Then ask the children to sing the song and discover what important message this song is announcing. Invite a few children to explain what the song means.

Encourage understanding (listening to guest speakers): Show the children pictures of the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood and the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood. Invite an Aaronic Priesthood holder to briefly share the story of the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood (see D&C 13; Joseph Smith—History 1:68–72). Then invite a Melchizedek Priesthood holder tell the children about the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood (see D&C 27:12–13; Joseph Smith—History 1:72). Show the pictures again, and ask the children to name the people in the pictures.

Encourage application (sharing testimonies): Have each class write on a piece of paper one thing that we have today because the Aaronic Priesthood was restored (for example, baptism and the sacrament) and one thing we have because the Melchizedek Priesthood was restored (for example, confirmation and blessings for the sick). Ask some of the children to share what they wrote. Express your gratitude for the blessings that come from our Heavenly Father because of the restoration of the priesthood.


Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

I almost shared my April 2018 Week 3 Sharing Time Idea last night, but I’m glad I didn’t because I came up with another great idea that you could use this week. Yay! This week I am recycling some old ideas, my “Priesthood Spin” idea and my “Priesthood Punch” idea. Both ideas are sure to be a hit with the children and can be customized to work for both Jr. and Sr. Primary. I have included printables to help preparing even easier. Enjoy!


Priesthood Punch

Back in 2016 one of the weekly Sharing Time topics was “The Priesthood Has Been Restored“. While thinking of ideas for this week I decided to take a look back and see what ideas I have shared in the past. I came across this idea, and thought it was great, so I decided to re-share it.

April 2018 Week 3 Sharing Time Idea

Begin your Sharing Time using the ‘Introduce the Doctrine’ idea from the 2016 outline. I really think the children will enjoy the electricity object lesson, and it helps them to understand a little easier. Here is what it says:

“Introduce the doctrine: Show the children something that is powered by electricity. Then show that it cannot work without the proper power. Have a child hold up a picture of Christ ordaining His Apostles. Explain that Christ’s Church cannot work without the power of the priesthood. Have the child hide the picture behind his or her back. Explain that after Christ’s Apostles died, the priesthood authority was lost. Have another child show a picture of the restoration of the priesthood. Testify that God restored the priesthood through Joseph Smith.”

I loved that idea and thought it was perfect for this week’s topic. After the object lesson, Show the children pictures of the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood and the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood. Briefly share the story of the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood and the Melchizedek Priesthood, or invite some visitors to come in and share the story.

On the board create two columns: one column write ‘Aaronic’ and the other one write ‘Melchizedek’. Place the pictures in the appropriate columns, and then discuss who restored, or brought back, each of these priesthoods to Joseph Smith (see Joseph Smith—History 1:72).

For the next part, I thought it would be fun to play ‘Priesthood Punch’. If you’re new to my blog, you may have never heard of a Punch-A-Box game, but if you’ve been around, then you know that I really like this game. It’s always fun and the Primary children love it! The children will be ‘punching’ through tissue paper to reveal an ordinance. They will then need to choose which column that ordinance goes in.

I don’t want this post to be super long, so if you want to take a closer look at my Priesthood Punch idea, you can read all about it HERE! You will find instructions and how to play in that post.


Priesthood Spin Sharing Time Idea

For this idea you will be creating a human spinner using an office chair. This idea is a favorite, but if you’re worried about things getting out of hand you could also use the Decide Now spinner app. There is a free version, but I think if you want to customize you will have to purchase the app ($1.99), which I highly recommend.

Priesthood Spin Sharing Time Idea

At the front of the Primary room you will have your spinning office chair (either from home or from the church if you can borrow one).
Just like a game spinner, you will need to mark off sections for your human spinner.
I have provided 6 different labels that you can use for your spinner. You can use them all or only use a few. The sections that I came up with are:
Priesthood Ordinances
Priesthood Questions
*You could split the above section into Aaronic Priesthood Questions and Mechizidek Questions
Priesthood Blessings
Name that Tune
Each section represents a different type of question the children will need to answer.
For the Priesthood Ordinances section you can show pictures of different ordinances and have the children guess what it is (this would be great for Jr. primary). You could do a Priesthood Ordinance Grab Bag and have an item that represents the different ordinances and see if they can guess which ordinance it is. You could also just have some clues that you read aloud that the children would listen to and then guess what ordinance it is.
Once they have guessed the ordinance, you could have them place the picture or a word strip for the ordinance under the appropriate Priesthood Heading (Aaronic or Melchizedek).
The Priesthood Questions are questions about the restoration of the priesthood. For this you will need to share the story of each with the children before by having someone come in or by showing them the picture from the Gospel Art Kit and reading it to them. You could also have the children look up the scripture reference to find the answer. I used the Gospel Art Kit picture summary, (Aaronic here and Melchizedek Here) to come up with the questions on my instruction sheet. Just click the “Gospel Art Story PDF” button to view the summary, I use these all the time!
The Priesthood Blessings, could be for the children to share a time when they were blessed by the Priesthood. The Name That Tune section is exactly like it sounds. Choose a few Priesthood songs or songs about ordinances and have the children name the tune.

How To Play:

Set up your chair and tape off the 3 different sections needed for the game. Place the section signs on the floor inside the appropriate section.
To get started…invite a child up to the front and have them take a seat in the chair. Have the child stick their legs out straight in front of them (that will be the pointer/arrow). Next is the fun part…SPIN!
When the chair stops, whichever section their feet is pointing at is the question they will have to answer. Once they have answered the question, pick a new child to come up and ‘Spin’.
You could do this as a whole primary or split them into teams and award points. You could also do Teachers Vs. Children. You could come up with some more challenging questions for the teachers if you wanted to.
Continue playing until all the questions have been answered or until time runs out.

Priesthood Spin Sharing Time Idea Downloads

If you’d like to play my “Priesthood Spin” Sharing Time activity be sure to click the link below for the instructions, questions, and printables I created.

Click HERE to print my Priesthood Spin Sharing Time Idea Printables!


I hope you enjoy my April 2018 Week 3 Sharing Time Idea and use them for your lesson this Sunday. I would love to hear if you do, so leave me a comment letting me know. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!

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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. Catherine Wayment

    Always love your ideas!

    I cannot click on the Priesthood Spin Sharing Time printables.

    1. Oops…I totally forgot to add the link. It is fixed now so you should be good to go. 🙂 Thanks for letting me know.

  2. Catherine

    This looks so fun. Thank you for the great ideas!

    1. You are very welcome. 🙂

  3. Linda

    I love it! I’m going to have them spin on a giant lazy susan. Thanks for sharing your ideas

  4. Lindsey

    Thank you for sharing your creativity and talents so freely with all of us! All of your ideas are so wonderful and have helped me many times when I have felt a little stumped as to how I can best teach the lesson for my primary. I appreciate all you do!

    1. Thank you, Lindsey. I am so happy to hear that you like the ideas. Sometimes it just take a little idea to get us going. 🙂 Thank you again for the sweet comment. *HUGS*