{Sharing Time} By Giving Service to Others, I Give Service to God.


Sharing Time Ideas from the 2014 Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (reading a scripture): Write the following phrase on the board: By giving _________ to others, I give _________ to God. Read Mosiah 2:17together, and ask the children what word goes in the blanks (service). Invite the children to repeat the phrase together. 

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (listening to a story): Share the following story: “President Heber J. Grant’s father died when he was just nine days old. His mother was very poor and earned money by sewing for other people. Sometimes she sewed for so many hours without resting that she could hardly push the pedal of her sewing machine. Heber would often crawl under the sewing machine and push the pedal for her. The winters were very cold, and Heber had only a thin, worn coat to keep him warm. He longed to have a warm coat but knew that they barely had enough money for food. He was delighted on his birthday when his mother gave him a warm coat that she had sewn. It was his most prized possession. A few weeks later, Heber saw a boy shivering with cold and he remembered how it felt. He took off his new coat and gave it to the boy.” You may also want to consider showing the video “The Coat.”  Discuss how Heber served others, and invite a few children and teachers to share experiences they have had with service. Discuss that when we serve others we are serving God. (See TNGC, 68–70 for ideas on how to ask questions that will facilitate good discussions.)

Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

For this week’s Sharing Time Idea I am using some help from THIS idea from an issue of ‘The Friend’. I thought it was a great idea and an activity that the children might enjoy.
Join the Secret Service
For your Sharing Time you will need to dress up like a detective {hat, magnifying glass, coat, briefcase, etc.}
Walk into the Primary room holding your magnifying glass up to your eye and quietly look around the room.
I’m sure you will get a few giggles, but just keep looking through that magnifying glass. 🙂
Once you’re at the front of the room get everyone to quiet down, and then quietly say:
I’m part of a special group…..a group called the ‘Secret Service’.
You can then go on to explain this special group:
You could say something like:
This is a group for people that go around serving others. But part of being in the secret service is that it’s…..Secret.
After you have explained all about the ‘Secret Service’ ask the children who would like to join the Secret Service.
To join the Secret Service the children will have to do some ‘training’ activities.
First Training Activity:
{Reading a Scripture}
Write the following phrase on the board:
By giving _________ to others, I give _________ to God.
Read Mosiah 2:17 together, and ask the children what word goes in the blanks (service). Invite the children to repeat the phrase together. 

Secret Service Training Video
Explain to the children that there have been many prophets in the ‘Secret Service’. One of them was a prophet named Heber J. Grant. Discuss President Grant with the children and then show them the video, ‘The Coat’ {I love this video…it always gets me all teary-eyed}.

After the video you can discuss what happened in the video and how President Heber J. Grant served the little boy.
Third Training Activity:
{Searching for Service}
Before Primary you will need to cut out several hearts. On the back of each heart have scenarios, scriptures, names of people (Father, Neighbor, etc.).
Post the hearts all around the Primary Room.
Have the children look around at all the hearts. Explain that on each of the hearts is a question, a person, a scripture, etc. They are going to have to ‘search’ for service so that they can better understand what it means to serve others.
Invite the first child up and hand him/her a magnifying glass, you could have them dress up in a coat and hat also.
Have them walk around the room and pick a heart and bring it to the front of the room.
Read what is on the back of the heart and have the child answer the question or if it’s a name of a person have the child tell you how they could serve that person.
You could also include some ‘Service Charade’ words on the back of the hearts and have the children act out that act of service:
mowing the lawn, picking up toys, washing dishes, etc.
Have a picture of Christ on a chalkboard or poster-board at the front of the room and have the children place their heart around the picture of Christ once they have finished the task on the back of each heart.
At the end of Sharing Time you can show the children the picture of Christ and all the hearts and repeat the scripture, Mosiah 2:17, once again.
To encourage the children to serve others you could give each child a bag of their very own ‘Secret Service Hearts’ and encourage them to do random acts of kindness during the week. When they have completed an act of service have them leave one of their hearts.
I created some ‘Secret Service’ notes that you could give to each of the children instead of hearts {pictured above}. Just print & cut and place them in little baggies with instructions.
I think the children will really enjoy these activities. I hope you like my ‘Secret Service’ idea and use it for your Primary.
If you use my idea or change it up a bit please let me know, I would love to hear how it went or what you did.
Thanks 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. Anonymous

    Such a cute idea, I plan to use it this Sunday! Paula R.

  2. Anonymous

    Thank you, thank you Sheena! I love this Sharing Time idea! Suzanne

  3. Anonymous

    What a fun idea! I used this for sharing time today. Turned out great!

  4. Kathy

    Sheena, Thank you for this awesome post! I am planning on using the ideas this week. Do you still have the “Secret Service Notes”? They did not show up. I know this is an older post —