July 2018 Week 1 Sharing Time Idea: Heavenly Father Planned For Me to Come To a Family

Sharing Time Idea from the 2018 Outline

Identify the doctrine: Show the children “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” and explain that it teaches that Heavenly Father’s plan is for His children to come to earth in families.

Encourage understanding (looking at pictures): Divide the children into groups and give each group a picture of a family (for example, Adam and Eve teaching their children [GAB, no. 5], Christ raising Jairus’s daughter [GAB, no. 41], Lehi’s family arriving in the promised land [GAB, no. 71], and a family praying [GAB, no. 112]). Invite each group to find the family members in their picture. Have each group show their picture to the rest of the children and point out the father, mother, and children. Ask the children to show with their fingers how many people are in their own families. Tell them that their families are part of Heavenly Father’s plan.

Encourage application: Ask the boys to stand. Explain that they can each be the father of a righteous family someday. Invite a few of the boys to say something they might do to be a good father. Ask the girls to stand, and explain that they can each be the mother of a righteous family. Ask a few of them to say something they might do to be a good mother. Invite all the children to share something they can do to bring happiness to the families they have now.


Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

This week’s idea is simple, but I think the children will enjoy the activity and will learn the principles that will be taught. In the outline the idea is to have different pictures of different families found in the scriptures. Instead of breaking into groups and discussing the families, I thought it might be fun to play a little “Family Guess Who” type game. I have included an idea for Sr. Primary as well as an easier game for Jr. Primary.

July 2018 Week 1 Family Sharing Time Idea

Before Primary you will need to find each of the pictures listed in the outline. I have included links to each of the pictures that can be found on the church’s website. The pictures are: GAK 119: Adam and Eve’s Family; GAK 215:Christ Raising Jairus’s Daughter; GAK 304: Lehi’s Family Arrive in the Promised Land; GAK 606: Family Prayer (here is another family prayer picture from LDS.org).

You will also need to print some 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 each of the pictures. On each of the cover photos is a small circle that you will need to cut out. This activity is a little bit of a “Guess Who” and “I Spy” in one. The children will be guessing what families they are learning about using clues and the small portion of the picture that they see. I hope that makes sense. 🙂

Family Guess Who Activity

There are several ways you could play this activity, here is a Sr. Primary idea that I thought of. At the front of the room have your covered photos posted onto a chalkboard or bulletin board. Explain to the children that today they are going to discuss some families in the scriptures. Tell them that you are going to read some clues aloud. When they think they know who it is have them raise their hand, stand up, hold a thumbs up, etc. Some clues could include:

Adam and Eve

 This family was sent out of their home to live in the dreary world.

This family worked hard to to provide for the needs of their children.

They had many children and taught them the gospel and the ways of the Lord.

This was the first family on earth.


You can wait and ask a child which family it is after you have read all the clues OR you could ask as soon as they stand up. As soon as a child answers correctly, invite them up to the front and see if they can find the picture of the family you just talked about. If correct, have the child reveal the picture of the family. You can continue by sharing more information about that particular family. Then continue by reading the next clues for the next family. To make it a little easier you could have two sets of pictures. One set with the cover sheet and one set uncovered.

July 2018 Week 1 Sharing Time Idea

To close, review each of the families. Than ask a few of them to say something they might do to be a good mother/father. Invite all the children to share something they can do to bring happiness to the families they have now.


Jr. Primary Activity

The Jr. Primary activity is pretty much the same, but I thought instead of reading clues to the children it might be fun to have items in a bag that represent each family/story.

Have your bags with items, at the front of the room. Invite a child up to the front and have a child choose one bag. Have the child retrieve an item out of the bag and show it to the primary. You could let the child choose another child up to pick the next item out of the bag or you could just have the same child retrieve all of the items out of the bag one by one.

The rest of the Primary children could stand up or hold their hand once they think they know which family the items are representing. Once a child has answered correctly, invite them up to guess which covered picture is the correct family picture.



I have created some cover sheets that you are welcome to use, but it would also be very easy to create your own. The cover sheets I created fit the Gospel Art Kit pictures listed in the outline. If you use the same pictures, but print them offline they might be a different size.

If you would like to discuss some other scripture families find some pictures and add more pictures to your activity. To print my cover sheets, just click the link below.


Click HERE to print my July 2018 Week 1 Sharing Time Idea Printables!


I hope you enjoy my July 2018 Week 1 Sharing Time Idea. I would love to hear if you use this idea and how it goes, so be sure to leave me a comment letting me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and 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. Diana Olivieri-García

    You are angel sent! Thank you for your sharing heart

    1. Thank you. 🙂 *hugs*

  2. Kellie Garcia

    I don’t understand how the covers work. Can you give me more details? The circle shows a small part of the picture? Is that the idea? Sorry! I really want to understand how this works. Thanks for your help. I love all of your tips and ideas you have for sharing time activities. You really help me on a regular basis!

    1. Hi Kellie! Sorry, I meant to explain this a little more, but must have missed that part. I have used this idea in a previous Sharing Time, and thought it would work for this week as well. The idea of the hole in the cover sheet is to give the children a little “peek” at each of the pictures. They will be guessing what family they are learning about based on the clues and the small little piece that they see. To make it a little easier you could have a set of pictures with the cover sheets and then another set (of the same pictures) without the cover sheet. I hope this makes a little more sense. 🙂 Feel free to comment or email me with any questions: sheena(at)littleldsideas(dot)net

  3. Hilaree

    Thank you so much for your ideas, Sheena! I have been so blessed by them & they have helped me with Sharing Time many times. Thank you for being willing to share your creativity…you are wonderful!:)

    1. Thank you, Hilaree! I am so happy that you enjoy the ideas. *hugs*

  4. Dorothea

    Hi Sheena, I have been serving as Primary president for about four years now, and I just wanted to thank you! I have used your ideas so many times over the past few years, and they really have made my life easier and I’m pretty sure given us a more enjoyable/meaningful Sharing time! Sounds like you have a very busy life, so I am very grateful to you for your time and your great ideas!!

    1. Thank you so much, Dorothea. Your comment just made my day. I am so happy to hear that the ideas/printables that are shared help make your life a little easier. I love sharing ideas and printables with others, but it makes it all worth it when I hear how much people enjoy them. Thank you! *hugs*

  5. Lauren

    Can I just say “thank you” – I have noooo idea how you have time for all of this. But thank you for helping make my life a little easier.

    1. Thank you for your sweet comment, Lauren. Sometimes I don’t have time, which explains why I miss some weeks, but I try my hardest to share ideas each week. I am so glad you enjoy the ideas. Thank you!

  6. Thanks for the inspiration! Gonna adapt this. Gonna cut up the pictures into puzzles, and give out a clue related to the family for each piece I have, and have them guess who it is.

  7. Suzie

    Wondering when you might have weeks 2 and 3 for July 2018?

    1. Hi Suzie! Sorry I didn’t post anything last week and got my week 3 idea up really late. I have taken a little bit of a break this month. 🙂 If you look at my archives you’ll be able to find ideas from 2013 (which was the same theme) and other great ideas for the same topic. I will try to get week 4 up soon. Thanks so much!

  8. R

    This worked so well for our sharing time. the kids had a lot of fun trying to guess the picture/family! It kept them focused and listening.

    1. Thanks so much for coming back and letting me know how your lesson went. Glad it went well. 🙂

  9. Brianne

    Any chance you have July week 3? You have such great ideas. Thanks. 😊

    1. I just shared some ideas. Sorry! I’ve been taking a little bit of a break. 🙂