Honesty is telling the truth regardless of the consequences.: 4th Sunday Sharing Time Idea for July 2012

Sharing Time Idea from the 2012 Primary Outline
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (discussing consequences): Prepare several case studies (see TNGC, 161-62) in which children are faced with a choice to be honest or dishonest.  For example, “You hit your brother, and your mother asks why he’s crying.”  Ask, “What would the consequences be of being honest?”  Then ask, “What would the consequences be of being dishonest?”  Help the children discover that immediate consequences of honesty might be difficult but long-term consequences lead to peace and happiness.
ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (creating a rhyme): Invite each class (with the help of their teachers) to create a one-line phrase or a rhyme about honesty.  For example, “If the truth is what I tell, I will never, never fail!”  Invite each class to share their phrase with the other children.  Encourage them to repeat the phrase whenever they are tempted to be dishonest.

Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
So I have seen a lot of people using the 4th Sunday to do a special Pioneer Sunday, and doing the 4th Sunday lesson on the 5th Sunday.
But I have also seen a lot of people just planning on sharing stories of pioneers who were honest.
One reader on Sugardoodle had a great idea that I wanted to pass along to all of you. This idea came from Camille S. Here is what she said:
In our primary, for pioneer Sunday, we decorate the room, let the kids sit on quilts on the floor and have “pioneers” come in and tell the stories. It’s more of a program than a sharing time. We also let them make butter and sing a lot of pioneer songs.
I LOVE the idea of decorating the room and having the children sit on the floor. What a great way to celebrate the pioneers and teach the children about the pioneers.
Here are some stories that you could use:

Here’s another idea!
Pioneer Trek
After reading the great pioneer ideas from other readers an idea came to me. At first I thought of a board game, and then thought ‘no’. And then I remembered something I saw online, a balloon and straw rocket. 🙂
For my game today you are going to be using a balloon rocket to help the pioneers reach their destination.
Here’s what you’ll need:
A long string (I used the gift curling ribbon)
A straw
A balloon
A picture of pioneers
And some scenarios, questions and/or stories
Figure out how long your string needs to be. Then place your straw on the string. Tape or tie your string across the Primary room. Taping it will do just fine, as long as no one hangs on it, but if they do, just tape it back up again. 
Don’t attach the balloon yet, you’ll do that at the end.
On one end you could have a picture of pioneers and at the end of the string you could have ‘Salt Lake Valley’.

OK, so you’ll have your straw on the string with the string strung across the Primary room. At one end, a picture of pioneers and at the other end ‘Salt Lake Valley’.
Is everyone good? I want to make sure I’m making sense here. 🙂

Explain to the children the importance of being honest, and discuss honesty for a little bit. 
Show the children your string and tell them that today they are going to help the pioneers on their trek, the string being the trail. Show them the empty balloon. Tell them that they are going to hear different stories about lots of different children today. Some of the stories we will hear are about children being honest. And every time we hear about a child being honest, we will add a little air to our balloon. But when we read a story about someone being dishonest, guess what…..we lose a little air!
 We need to make sure we have enough air in our balloon, so when it’s time for the pioneers to leave they will be able to make it to Salt Lake Valley (show them the string and where the end is).
Do you think we can do it? OK let’s get started!

To Begin:
Have your stories/scenarios/questions in a bucket and have the children take turns picking a story to be read. Or have all the stories/scenarios numbered and just put numbers in the bucket.
As you read the stories add air for the honest and let a little air out for the dishonest.

At the end of your sharing time show the children the balloon. Is it going to be enough to get the pioneers to where they need to go? I hope so!
Tape your balloon to your straw (Just put a piece of tape on top of the straw, then put the balloon under the straw and press down the tape onto the balloon).
Then you can countdown if you want. 🙂
Let go of the balloon and send the pioneers on their way!
and hopefully they make it….

We made one ourselves this morning, here is ours:

I found this cute Handcart on LDS.org
One thing I will say about our handcart….it was a little too heavy for the balloon. 
Although it is really cute, if I were doing this for Primary I would just find a picture and tape it to the front when I was about to send the ‘rocket’ off.

If you really want to use the above handcart, just make sure your string is about 10 feet long or less. Then you’ll be fine. 🙂
I also would air up our balloon and then secure the end with a clothespin. If you do this just make sure that the mouth piece doesn’t get all stuck together. Because if it’s all stuck then the balloon won’t go very far.

Another Way To Play!
The pioneers didn’t make it to the Salt Lake valley in one night, they stopped along the way. So I was thinking of having ‘stops’ along the string.
Have some clothespins spread out across your string every so many feet. On each clothespin have a small picture or note attached. 
You could have a small pioneer boy or girl and have it say ‘Pioneer Story’.
In a bucket have scenarios, scriptures, etc. to choose from and fill the balloon when an honest one is read and lose air when it’s dishonest. Have 3-4 children come up and pick a scenario/question. After 3-4 questions/scenarios have been read send the pioneers (balloon) on their way and see if it makes it to the first stop.
When the balloon reaches their ‘stop’ (clothespin) you could have someone come in dressed as a pioneer and share one of the pioneer stories.

Here’s some great scenarios you could use:

I hope you all like my fun little Pioneer Sharing Time idea. I know my kids loved the balloon rocket. If you try it let me know how it goes!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone & a great Sharing Time!


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. What a great idea, I can’t wait to try this! Thank you so much for all of your ideas, they are so fun and fantastic. I will let you know how it went.

    1. Thanks! Can’t wait to hear how it went. Thanks again for the kind words.

  2. Kim

    GREAT idea. I loved the ideas on Sugardoodle incorporating Pioneer Day with this lesson, but I try not to just stand up in front and read the whole time, especially for Jr. primary. This is a great way to keep them interested in what is being said. Thanks!

    1. Thanks Kim for the kind comment. And this should work great for Jr. primary.

    1. Thanks for noticing that error Mauri. I changed the link, so it should be okay now. Thanks again!

  3. Thank you for the links to Pioneer stories and the honesty scenarios. I got online to search out and collect those very things. What a time saver! Thank you for sharing with us. And I hope to try the balloon idea after a trial run at home. Thanks for something new the kids will love.

  4. Anonymous

    Thank you for always having great ideas. This is fantastic.