{Sharing Time} I Can Share the Gospel With my Family & Friends

Sharing Time Idea from the Primary Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (hearing a story): Before Primary, read Elder Robert C. Oaks’s October 2000 conference talk, “Sharing the Gospel” (see Ensign, Nov. 2000, 81–82). Tell the children the story of the orange juice. Explain that the gospel is far sweeter than orange juice and that we should share it with others. Have the children say, “I can share the gospel with my family and friends.”

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (listening to a guest speaker): Invite a missionary or a returned missionary to speak about ways children can share the gospel with others (such as by being good examples, inviting friends to Primary, and sharing their testimonies) and how their efforts to share the gospel help Heavenly Father and the missionaries.

ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (hearing a story and sharing ideas): Remind the children they can be missionaries now. Share a time when you or someone you know has shared the gospel. Have the children stand one at a time and each say one word of the sentence “I can share the gospel.” Invite the child who says “gospel” to think of a way he or she can share the gospel with family or friends. Repeat as time allows.
Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas
You could use this activity to begin your Sharing Time, it is very similar to Elder Oaks’s story, but with cookies instead of O.J.:
Come into the Primary room with a plate of cookies. Sit down and begin eating the cookies. Be sure to really enjoy your cookies. 🙂
Hopefully, the children will ask you if they can have one {or ask an adult to ask you after a little while}.
Like in Elder Oaks’s talk look at the children and say something like this:
“’Oh, I am sorry. I was afraid you might not like [cookies], and I didn’t want to offend you by offering you something you didn’t desire.’
Now, that sounds absurd, but it is not too different from the way we hesitate to offer up something far sweeter than orange juice. I have often worried how I would answer some friend about my hesitancy when I meet him beyond the veil.”
Explain that the gospel is far sweeter than orange juice and that we should share it with others. Have the children say, “I can share the gospel with my family and friends.”

Image from Melonheadz
Sharing Time Activity
Pack the Missionary
At the front of the room have a picture of a missionary and a picture of a boy/girl. Ask the children what they think of when they hear the word ‘missionary’. 
They probably think of full-time missionaries in their black suit and ties and name badge. 
Then ask the children, ‘Who else can be a missionary?
Some missionaries may wear Sunday clothes and name tags every day, but we too can be missionaries right now!
Today we are going to help a missionary pack his/her suitcase and learn how we can be a missionary now. 
Have a picture of a missionary or pick one of the children to be your helper. Introduce the ‘missionary’ to the children:
‘This is Elder/Sister _______ and he/she needs help packing his/her suitcase for her mission. He/she has been called to serve in ________
{pick a place}.
Have an open/empty suitcase at the front of the room where the children can see it.
On a table beside the suitcase have several items that a missionary might need on his/her mission: Clothes (shirt, tie, shoes, etc.), name tag, Scriptures, Preach My Gospel manual, Passport, etc.
The object of this game/activity is to get the missionary packed!

Here is what you need to do:
In a bag or bucket have pieces of paper with each item that will be going in the suitcase written on it, you could also have a small picture of each item.
For each item that goes in the suitcase have a scenario or a way that the children can be a missionary to their friends & family.

“You are at school and your friend starts asking you questions about the church. How can you be a missionary now?”

“You are invited to a birthday party on Sunday. When your friend asks if you are coming you tell her no. Your friend asks why you can’t come. How can you be a missionary now?”

“You are asked to read 20 minutes a day and write down what you read. You decide to write down that you read the Book of Mormon. You turn in your paper and after class your teacher asks you about the Book of Mormon.
How can you be a missionary now?”

There’s just a few ideas for you. 🙂 Now just attach the scenarios to each of the items.

To play the game:
Invite a child to come to the front and pick a piece of paper out of the bucket and show everyone what item he/she got. Have the child go find the item on the table and then have them read the scenario aloud. Have them tell you how they can be a missionary now. Once they’ve answered the question have them place the item in the suitcase.
Then continue on to the next child and item.
*Another way you could do this is pass the bucket around the room as you sing “I Want to Be a Missionary Now.” When the music stops whoever is holding the bucket, gets to choose an item.
When the suitcase is packed the game is done and the missionary is ready to serve!
Another Way to Play!
Dress the Missionary
For this activity I think it would be fun to choose a child as your helper, but you can also invite someone in to be your helper. 
The object of this game is to dress the person like a missionary to show that we too can be missionaries.

Have the person stand at the front of the room and have a basket of clothes beside them. On each article of clothing have a scenario or a way that we can be a missionary now.
Serving others
Share a Book of Mormon
Invite a friend to church or an activity
You invite a friend over for Family Home Evening
You could also use the scenarios above

Have a child come to the front and have them pick an article of clothing. Read the scenario or way we can be a missionary and discuss it. Then add it to your person.
After all the clothes are put on and the scenarios are discussed show the children that the person is dressed just like a missionary would be.
Tell the children that we may not dress in Sunday clothes every day and wear name tags, but we can share the gospel with our friends and family just like missionaries do. 

I hope you enjoy my Missionary Sharing Time idea.
I would love to hear how it goes if you use it, so come back and leave me a comment.

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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