July 2018 Week 3 Sharing Time Idea: The Priesthood Can Bless and Strengthen My Family

Identify the doctrine (playing a guessing game): Tell the children that you are going to give them some clues about something that blesses and strengthens families. Ask them to raise their hands when they know the answer. Give some clues about the priesthood, such as “Fathers with this can bless their families” and “Boys who are 12 can receive this.” After the children have guessed correctly, say together, “The priesthood can bless and strengthen my family.”

Encourage understanding (discussing the priesthood): Ask the children to name some things priesthood holders can do (for example, baptize, give the gift of the Holy Ghost, bless the sick, and pass the sacrament). Show pictures of these ordinances and blessings as you discuss them, and help the children understand how they bless and strengthen families. Show a picture of a temple. Explain that one of the greatest blessings of the priesthood is that it makes it possible to go to the temple and be sealed together as a family forever.

Encourage application (sharing ideas): Invite several children to stand and share one or two ways the priesthood has blessed and strengthened their families. Encourage them to share these ideas with their families at home.

Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
Today I am sharing several great Sharing Time ideas that are sure to be a hit, but also quick to put together. These are all old ideas that I have shared previously.
July 2018 Priesthood Sharing Time Idea

Priesthood Hands Sharing Time Idea

The first idea that I am sharing today is one that I shared last year. It would work great for this week’s lesson, so I decided to share it.
To begin your Sharing Time, “ask the children to hold up their hands and look at them. Ask them how their hands help them play, work, and get ready for church. You could invite a few children to come up and pantomime their answer. Then ask them how people can use their hands to help others. Explain that priesthood holders can use their hands to give blessings that help and strengthen us.”
For this activity the children will be searching for matching hands. On the hands are words that the children will be using as clues to decide which picture the hands match.
Priesthood Hands Sharing Time Activity
 Once they have found 2 of the same Priesthood Hands, have them read the words and then match them to the appropriate picture. When they have figured out which picture it is, have them place them by the picture. Discuss the Priesthood Blessing with the children. Continue by inviting another child up to search for a Priesthood Hand.

Sr. Primary Option

I decided to create another option that would be a little more challenging for Sr. Primary. For these Priesthood Hands I have included scripture references on the hands. One hand has the book where you can find the scripture, and the other hand has the chapter and verse(s).
Priesthood Hands Sharing Time Idea
To read the original post, and to print the free printables, click the link below.

Click HERE to print my Priesthood Hands Sharing Time Printables.


Priesthood Grab Bag

In a bag or other container have several different objects that represent things that priesthood holders can do.
Examples: Baptism– a number 8 or water;  Gift of the Holy Ghost– picture of a gift, hands (laying on of hands), etc.; Sacrament: Bread & Water

At the front of the room you will display a matching picture to represent each of your objects (use pictures from the Gospel Art Kit/Book). Have the pictures posted on a chalkboard where everyone can see them.

Invite a child up to the front and have them pick an item from the grab bag. Have them look at the item and then try to match it to the picture it goes to.
For example, if they pick the number eight they will need to match it to the picture of baptism. After the child has matched the item to the correct picture, discuss the ordinance and blessings and help the children understand how it blesses and strengthens families.


Priesthood Puzzle

I saw this great idea in ‘The Friend’ {May 2004} and thought it would be a great activity for this week’s Sharing Time. Even though boys in Primary aren’t old enough to hold the Priesthood, they can prepare now to receive it. Both boys & girls can learn more about the Priesthood and how it blesses & strengthens families. Today we’re going to learn more about the Priesthood by helping out this boy.

Priesthood Puzzle

For today’s sharing time, the children are going to be helping this boy (pictured above) get ready for church by answering questions about the priesthood.
In the above picture the boy is separated into 8 squares. In each square you will see a word. The word in each square is an answer to 8 questions.

If you decide to use this as your sharing time, I would make up a new set of questions and answers. You could make up questions about different ordinances like baptism, Gift of the Holy Ghost, the Sacrament, etc. You could also have stories about people that received a priesthood blessing. Read the story and then ask a question. As the children answer the questions have them place a piece of the puzzle over the boy in the pajamas.

Click Here to view the original activity from ‘The Friend’.

More Ideas

I have several other Priesthood Sharing Time ideas. You can find them, here.


I hope you enjoy my Priesthood Sharing Time Ideas that I have shared and are able to use them for your lesson this week. If you do, I’d love to hear what you plan on doing and how it goes, so leave me a comment.

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. Melanie

    Thank you as always! Love these ideas. <3

    1. You are so very welcome, Melanie. Thank you for the comment. *hugs

  2. Liz

    Thank you so much for these. Usually I love coming up with my own Sharing Time ideas. But the past few weeks have been a difficult time for my family and me. These printables and your ideas have saved me! Thank you again!

    1. Thanks, Liz. I completely understand needing a little help every now and then. 😉 This summer has been crazy for us!

  3. judith

    Your creativity makes my calling so much sweeter, and easier. Thank you.

    1. Thank you, Judith. 🙂 *hugs

  4. Lori

    Thanks for these great ideas. You must spend hours preparing these. Love them!

    1. Thank you, Lori. I am so glad you like the ideas. Sometimes the ideas are a little easier than others, but I enjoy coming up with fun ideas and creating printables for them. 🙂

  5. Christine

    The idea with the cut-outs of hands was so fun! I made a lot of extras (I just cut them out of construction paper since I ran out of one of my printer’s color cartridges) and stuck them along the walls. I had each class go around and find a couple of matching pairs and then come up front to decide which picture they went with. Thanks for sharing your good ideas!

    1. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment and share what you did with the idea. I love it! I hope the children enjoyed the lesson. Thanks!