The Pioneers worked hard and sacrificed to build temples: 3rd Week Sharing Time for July

Sharing Time Idea from the Primary 2011 Sharing Time Outline

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (listening to guest speakers): Gather information about the building of the Kirtland and Salt Lake Temples and, if possible, the temple nearest to where you live. (See Primary 5, lesson 25 and 44 or for information on the Kirtland and Salt Lake Temples.) Ask some adults to come to Primary and share the information with the children. Divide the children into groups and have the groups take turns meeting with each of the adults. Invite the children to sing “I love to see the temple” as they move from one guest speaker to another.

NOTE – You may need to adapt activities to the needs of your Primary. For example, if your Primary is large, you may have the guest speakers move from group to group instead of moving the children from one speaker to another. (See TNGC, 179).


Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas
My husband is at scout camp this week, so I am actually in Utah visiting my Sister and her family. My kids love their cousins, so we’ve been having a great time. A little exhausting, but it’s always fun. 🙂
I had a couple easy ideas that I thought you could use for this week’s sharing time. Nothing spectacular, but I think they’ll work great.
First Idea: My first idea is the idea from the outline, but with a small change. I thought it might be kind of fun to ask 2 adults to help out with this sharing time. Have them each act like a pioneer and talk about a temple (Kirtland & Salt Lake). Tell the children that for Sharing Time they are going to have 2 very special visitors: Pioneers. Introduce your first guest. Have the pioneer come in with a picture of the temple and have him/her show the children the picture. You could also have them read a few facts and have the children guess which temple they’re talking about. After the first guest has finished excuse them and then invite the second guest to come in. Finish by talking about the temple nearest you.
Second Idea: Temple Guess: Find several facts about each temple and type/write them up onto pieces of paper. Place each clue inside of a balloon (keeping each temple’s clues seperate from the other temple). Blow up the balloons and place in large bags.
Have a picture for each temple posted in the front of the primary room. Show the children the pictures and tell them/ask them which temples these are. Show them the balloons and tell them that inside each balloon are clues about each of these temples. They are going to have to pop each balloon and read the clue aloud. Have them read each clue until they know which temple it is.
**Instead of balloons have all the clues seperated into 3-5 buckets. On each bucket have a points value (10, 25, 50, 75, 100).
Have the pictures of the 3 temples at the front of the rooms. Tell the children that inside each of the buckets are clues about each of these temples. They are going to take turns tossing a bean bag into a bucket. Whatever bucket it lands in they will choose a ‘temple fact’ out of the bucket. Read the ‘fact’ aloud and then have the child guess which temple it goes to. If guessed correctly they get to keep the points. Then have them attach the ‘fact’ onto the temple picture.
Have the children play children against teachers or have them try to reach a certain number of points (500, 800, etc.)
I did this for Sharing time before and the children LOVED it. They loved trying to reach 800 (or whatever it was) points. They cheered whenever anyone made it in a bucket. It was alot of fun.
Third Idea: I thought it would be kind of interesting/fun to have different stations that had to do with ‘building’, to show the children that it was alot of work to build a temple. I’m not sure what exactly you could do, but some ideas I thought of were:
 Picking up a large brick/stones/etcc.: Tell the children that back in the pioneer days they didn’t have big construction vehicles to build the temples. Alot of work was manual labor. You could do another station that has to do with the women sacrificing their dishes to use as the walls of the temple. Ask the children how hard it would be to give up something of theirs. Then let them know that even though they had to give up something of theirs it was for something they wanted even more and they would be greatly blessed.
You could even have a puzzle station. Have the children put together a puzzle of a temple and have questions/facts on the back. Then ask the children if the puzzle was easy or hard to put together. If you can find a story about the construction of one of the temples you could share it and tell the children that temples aren’t easy to build. Alot of time and hard work goes into building a temple. You could also have them build a temple. Instead of a puzzle have them build a temple using blocks or lego’s, etc.
Alright, so this isn’t much, but here are a few ideas. I hope they help. Have a great week 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. Thanks for the ideas! I was struggling with this week because I don’t know about your primary–but I have a hard time finding adults willing to help. Thanks for alternative ideas! Keep them coming–I check your blog weekly and love the ideas!!

  2. Anonymous

    now, i have the idea on how to teach the primary about the temple…thank you..

    sister pitang…

  3. Abish

    I am a new Primary teacher and it excites me to find a site that shares great ideas for the lessons. Thank you so much for the wonderful ideas. Keep up the good work.

  4. I did the smashing plate idea from the third idea. It was a HUGE hit! I also brought my building blocks and built the Salt Lake temple while they sang “I Love to See the Temple.” Your ideas really helped, thanks!

  5. Wendy

    Nice ideas, but please don’t perpetuate the old wives tale about women breaking their china to put into the temple. It is not true, and church officials have said it’s not. Little children gathered broken dishes to put in the mortar, which was a common practice in those days.