{Sharing Time} March 2016: There is Safety in Following the Prophet

Sharing Time Idea from the 2016 Outline

Encourage understanding: Prepare simple road signs that read “Stop,” “Slow,” and “Go.” Choose three children to hold the signs, and tell them to lift the signs up when the music leader taps them on the shoulder. Tell the children that the Go sign means to start singing; the Stop sign means to stop singing; and the Slow sign means to sing slowly. Have the music leader lead the children in singing “Stand for the Right” (CS, 159).

Explain that road signs keep us safe and warn us of danger ahead. Then explain that the prophet’s directions are like these road signs because Heavenly Father protects and blesses us when we follow them. Divide the children into three groups. In each group, have a leader or older child share a short story about a time when he or she (or someone from the scriptures) was protected by following the prophet. Then have the groups move to another leader to hear another story. Invite them to sing the chorus to “Follow the Prophet” as they travel between leaders. Testify of the blessings that come as we follow the prophet.

Encourage application: Let the children draw their own road signs and write on them how they will follow the teachings of the living prophets. Have them take the signs home to help them remember to follow the prophet.


Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

I have another great idea from last year that would be perfect for this week’s Sharing Time, but when I looked for it I realized that it never got moved over to my new site! So I am posting it today. I hope you like it!

For this week’s Sharing Time I thought Elder Packer’s 1976 Conference talk, “Spiritual Crocodiles,” would be perfect and a lot of fun for the Primary children.

As well as sharing Elder Packer’s talk I thought it would be fun to play a ‘Prophet Match

Game (for Jr. Primary).

Prophet Match

For this fun Prophet Match game, I have created 3 pages of prophet cards plus one ‘Spiritual Crocodile’ page (link below).

There is Safety in Following the Prophet

(Clipart is from Susan Fitch & Prettiful Designs)


First you will need to print my Prophet card files (the first 3 pages need to be printed twice), and then cut them. There is a front and a back to each card.

I printed mine on paper and then laminated each card.


Before primary attach the cards onto a bulletin board or a chalkboard. Check out this cute ‘Matching Board’ that I LOVE from Sofia’s Primary Ideas.

Begin your Sharing Time by sharing details from Elder Packer’s talk.

After you have shared the story, explain to the children how we are just like Elder Packer and the Prophet is our guide. He can see things that we can’t and if we follow his counsel we will be safe.

Tell the children that today they are going to learn about teachings from past prophets by playing a matching game. Show the children the cards and explain that there are pictures of prophets on the back. They will take turns flipping 2 cards over trying to find a match.

BUT be careful for the Spiritual Crocodiles!


When a child flips over a spiritual crocodile you could share a scenario where they didn’t listen/follow the prophet. Discuss why following the prophet keeps us safe.

You could also mix up the cards whenever a crocodile is turned over or you could have the children make crocodile mouths with their hands and have them ‘bite’ the child beside them (but this could get a little crazy).

When a match is found share a story about that prophet and then discuss what the prophet taught and how we could follow their teachings.

After all the cards have been found or time runs out, show a picture of President Monson. Ask the children what will be happening in a few weeks….General Conference!

Tell the children that if they will listen during General Conference we can hear the apostles and prophet share important teachings that will help us avoid the spiritual crocodiles in life.

You could also hand out a paper crocodile and have the children write something that they can do to follow the prophet.


Senior Primary Idea

When I did this last year I decided to do something a little different than a matching game. I went with a ‘Who am I’ type game using my trusty buzzer/bell.

At the front of the room have several cards numbered 1-10 (you can also choose different point amounts instead of 1-10) and 2-3 crocodile cards posted on a bulletin/chalk board. The numbers will represent a question or a ‘who am I’ about a prophet.

When I did this, I had a table with a bell in the center of the table, and split the primary into two teams, but you can also keep them as one team.

Invite a child up to the front and have them pick a card.

If a number card is chosen invite another child up to the front (from the other team if using teams) and have each child stand on either side of the table with the bell in the middle. Explain that you will ask a question and if they know the answer they must ring the bell.

If they answer correctly the number on the card will be the amount of points they will be rewarded (if using teams).

If a crocodile is chosen, share a scenario about not following the prophet. If using teams you can deduct a certain amount of points.

Have both children sit down and then choose another child to come up and pick a card.

Continue until all cards have been chosen or until time runs out.

Bear testimony of the importance of following the teachings of our prophet.

Tell the children that if they will listen during General Conference we can hear the apostles and prophet share important teachings that will help us avoid the spiritual crocodiles in life.


Another Way to Play

Since I just shared a ‘buzzer’ game idea a few weeks ago, here’s another option. Just like Jr. Primary, play a matching game, but when they find a match you could ask the children if THEY know a teaching from that particular prophet,  you could have them act out a teaching from that prophet, or have them show the children a picture of that prophet and read a short scripture about that prophet. There are a lot of different ways you could use these cards to create a great Sharing Time for your Primary.


Click HERE to print my Prophet Match Cards!


I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time Idea, as well as my ‘Prophet Match’ game idea. I would love to hear if you use my ‘Prophet Match’ cards, and how you used them, 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. Yvonne

    Wow! This is awesome! Thank you for sharing your ideas, it sure inspires one to think out the Box! I am the Stake Primary Sharing time leader in the Hillcrest Stake in SA. We have a lot of less fortunate wards and branches here in SAfrica and this is so easy to get a great Sharing time which would cost one next to nothing but teach the children a great lesson!
    Thank you once again for the love you have for teaching children principals of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
    Warm regards
    Yvonne Roberts

    1. Yvonne, thank you for your kind comment. I love sharing my ideas, and know that some wards don’t have a lot of money to spend, so I gladly share my ideas for free. 🙂 I am so grateful that the ideas that I am inspired to share are helpful to people everywhere. Thank you.

  2. Kimberly

    How do I get this matching game to open? I am wanting to use it tomorrow for sharing time.

  3. Joanna Little

    Hi! Is there a link for the prophet matching game? I’d like to use it for FHE.

    1. Hi Joanna, yes there is a link at the end of the post. You might have to click on the title or the ‘read more’ to see the whole post. 🙂

  4. Ky

    This is great! I love how fun and interactive it is for the kids. Do you have the questions you used for senior primary?

  5. Lara

    Did you share specific examples of these?:
    “When a match is found share a story about that prophet and then discuss what the prophet taught and how we could follow their teachings.”
    Just checking to see before I go start to research 🙂

    1. Hi Lara! Unfortunately, I didn’t share any examples. Sorry. 🙂