{Sharing Time} Joseph Smith is the prophet of the Restoration: May 2016

Sharing Time Idea from the 2016 Outline

Encourage understanding: Gather pictures of events from the Restoration of the Church. Divide the sentence “Joseph Smith is the prophet of the Restoration” into as many sections as you have pictures, and prepare a wordstrip for each word or phrase (print the wordstrips HERE from LDS.org). Divide the children into groups, and give each group one of the wordstrips, a picture, and a scripture reference that describes what is happening in the picture. Ask the children to read the scriptures and discuss what is happening in the picture. Then have each group share their story with the rest of the Primary. Discuss Joseph Smith’s role in each event, and have the children think about how the event has affected or can affect their lives. Place each picture and wordstrip on the board in order. After all of the wordstrips are on the board, read the sentence together.


Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas

This week’s Sharing Time idea that I am sharing is easy to prepare, but will be fun and keep the children engaged (at least I think). You will be discussing the different events of the restoration as well as the order that they happened.


I really like the idea in the outline, but I thought it might be a little too old for the younger children. Instead of splitting into groups, you will have the pictures of the restoration displayed at the front of the room, but only a piece of the picture will be visible. The children will be looking for the matching picture, and then placing in a timeline. Here is what you’ll need for this Sharing Time:

• Gospel Art Kit Pictures: you will need 2 of each picture (examples given in outline)

My Gospel Art Kit picture covers (6 sheets total)

• Scripture References (see outline)

• Wordstrips (print them HERE)


Joseph Smith is the Prophet of the Restoration

Here’s a peek at what my picture covers look like to help you get an idea of what I’m talking about. 🙂  You will print these picture cover sheets out or create your own, (I would recommend using a thicker paper to make sure you can’t see through them) and then cover up all of the pictures. You can chose to have the pictures in order as they happened OR you could mix them up and have the children guess which order they happened.

Joseph Smith Restoration

Before Primary you will need to draw a timeline onto a chalkboard or you could also have a rope across the room with clothespins attached. Figure out what information you’d like on your timeline, you could have a date, a place, or just have the spaces numbered.

Beside the timeline have your covered pictures. On the back of the picture you could attach one of the wordstrips from the outline. On another board or around the Primary room, have the actual picture (uncovered).


How To Play:

Show the children the timeline and the pictures. Invite a child up to the front and have them choose a ‘covered’ picture OR have them look at the #1 picture. Then have them look at the other pictures and figure out which one it is. When the child has picked the correct picture, uncover it, and show the rest of the Primary children. Read the scripture or tell it in your own words. Discuss Joseph Smith’s role in each event, and have the children think about how the event has affected or can affect their lives. Then have them place it on the timeline. If you are using the wordstrips, have the child place the wordstrip somewhere on the chalkboard.

Invite another child up to the front and repeat by choosing a new picture. Continue until all the pictures have been matched and they are in the correct order. You can quickly review the events, and unscramble the sentence (wordstrips). Repeat the phrase together. Bear testimony of Joseph Smith and the restoration.

Click HERE to print my Gospel Art Kit Picture Cover Sheets.

And that’s it! I hope you enjoy my idea for this week’s Sharing Time, and are able to use it for your lesson. I would love to hear if you do, so leave me a comment. 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day & 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. Sara

    Do you have the specific dates for each event?

  2. Chris

    Thank so very much for help. It’s always wonderful to find inspired, creative ideas.
    Our children love them as much as we appreciate them.

  3. Pam

    Thank you again for your nice supplement to the sharing time manual. I was concerned about teaching this lesson to the younger children, but this looks like it will be perfect.

  4. Janice Faggioli

    Sheena, Thank you for sharing your talents with so many of us who are lacking or just need that extra bit of inspiration to help us make sharing time a fun learning experience. You help make my calling so much less stressful. I love that the ideas are so close to the outline given us through the primary and that they are simple and adaptable to our own primary needs. You are Amazing!

    1. Thank you, Janice, for your kind words. I am so glad that the ideas I feel inspired to share help you and make things less stressful. That is my goal, and the reason I share. 🙂

  5. Shauna Swinyard

    I love your ideas for each week! They are so fun and I love that they follow the outline for sharing time and add a little creativity for the kids. Well done!

    1. Thank you so much, Shauna. 🙂 I try my hardest to stick to the outline, but add a little something to add to it. I’m so glad you like the ideas.

  6. Erika Alquicira

    thank you so so much. your ideas are wonderful. they are so fun. my primary kids love the sharing time.

    1. Thank you, Erika! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoy the ideas as well as the primary kids in your ward. 🙂

  7. Rachelle

    Thank you for your help with Jr. primary! I feel like so much reading is hard for the little ones. The idea of matching pictures is perfect.

    1. Thanks, Rachelle. I feel the same way, especially for those that can’t read. I’m glad you like the matching idea. 🙂

  8. Gina

    Perfect for Jr Primary! We are a week behind so I will be using this in a couple days. Thanks for all the work your put into providing these ideas! You are my go to site for sharing time.

    1. Thanks, Gina! I’m so glad that you like the idea, and that it will work for Jr. Primary. I will be teaching this idea as well, but not until next week. When I read the idea from the outline I knew I might lose Jr. Primary, so I came up with a different idea. 🙂