{Sharing Time} July 2016: Week 3 – The Pioneers Worked Hard and Sacrificed to Build Temples

Sharing Time Ideas from the 2016 Outline

Encourage understanding: 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, lessons 25 and 44 or LDS.org 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.


Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

What a great Sharing time to have the week before Pioneer day! Some of you may actually be teaching this lesson on Pioneer Sunday, so here are a few ideas that you could incorporate into your lesson. Enjoy!

July 2016 Sharing Time Idea

Pioneer Sharing Time Ideas

• I thought it would fun if ‘pioneers’ came and visited the Primary children. Ask 2 adults to dress up and come in and share stories and information about the building of the Kirkland and Salt Lake temples. After the ‘pioneers’ have shared their information, you could show the children a picture of the temple nearest you and talk about it.


• Another idea that I had includes building a Pioneer covered wagon! You can create your own or use THIS covered wagon from The Friend OR This Handcart from The Friend. Have your covered wagon pieces, and have a fact written on the back. Hide the pieces around the Primary room, and have the children search for them. After each piece is found, read the fact or story that is on the back. Once all the pieces are found have a child(ren) put the covered wagon together.

You could also have a covered wagon for each group (3: one for each temple in the outline). Have the pieces in a bag or container or just have the group leader pass out the pieces. Have the children share their fact or story with the other children, and then have them put the wagon together as a group. Once everyone has completed their wagon, invite them to come the front and share a picture of their temple, their covered wagon, and any information that they learned about the temple.



Balloon Rocket Idea: I know the picture says ‘Singing Time’, but I have used the same idea for a fun Pioneer themed Sharing Time, HERE. I also have THIS POST with instructions on creating a balloon rocket. All you really need is a long string, straw, tape, and a balloon. 🙂

When I did this years ago, I told the children that we had to help the pioneers reach the Salt Lake Valley. I had them answer questions to fill the balloon with air. At the end of the lesson, I attached the balloon to the straw and string, and let go of the balloon. You could have ‘SALT LAKE VALLEY’ at the end of the string, or a picture of the Salt Lake Temple.

For the first 5 minutes or so, you could share different facts about the temples and pioneers.  Then you could use the Balloon Rocket idea as a review game. Have the string across the primary room, and have a picture of pioneers pulling a handcart (like THIS one). The picture will go on the balloon once it is blown up.  Have several questions written or typed onto pieces of paper. For every right answer, you will add breaths of air to the balloon. But if they answer incorrectly, you will let air out.

At the end of the lesson, attach the balloon to the straw and string, and add your picture of the pioneers. Will the pioneers make it? Then let go and let the balloon shoot across the room. 🙂


• Pioneer Dress-Up: Have a bucket of pioneer clothes and ask a teacher or member of the Primary Presidency to be your pioneer. Have the children answer questions and read facts about the temples. For every question or fact they read, the ‘pioneer’ gets another piece of clothing. At the end, have your pioneer helper share a story about the pioneers.


Videos and Stories about the Pioneers

 • A great video that you could show to the children is the ‘Only a Stonecutter’ video found on LDS.org, HERE! What a great story about hard work and sacrifice. It’s about 15 minutes long, so that would be your whole Sharing Time, but I think the children would enjoy it.


• Here is a great list of Pioneer stories, videos, and activities!


I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time ideas that I have shared. I would love to hear what you decide to do for your lesson.

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. Rebecca Gridley

    Hi! Since we are actually switching this week and next week’s sharing time due to pioneer day, would you mind posting week 4’s sharing time sooner than you normally would have? I’d sure appreciate it. I love your ideas!! Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Hi Rebecca! Sorry I didn’t get my ideas up sooner. We have had some crazy weeks this summer. Last week we were in Utah, so I didn’t get much time on the computer. 🙂

  2. Lea

    I love the idea of the rocket balloon. That would make it fun and interesting for the kids, especially my few squirmy worms lol. Thank you!!

  3. Kathy burns

    Thank you. I love pioneers and my family was in the vanguard company. I’m proud and blessed to have 8 family ancestors in the Mormon Battalion. These are fun ideas. I’m sick and couldn’t think today. So you saved the day. Have you ever done anything with Nashville Tribune the Trek? It would be great with your ideas. If you haven’t heard Nashville Tribute. Their music is fantastic. Testimony builders. Bye bye.kathy

    1. Thanks Kathy! Sorry to hear that you’re sick. I will be sure to check out Nashville Tribute. 🙂

      1. Kathy burns

        Heyi, hey… all good now. My sharing times went well. Thank you. So it goes like this. Nashville Tribute to Joseph
        Nashville Tribune the Trek
        Nashville Tribute the Work
        Nashville Tribute the Testiment.
        I know you will be inspired as you listen to the cds. The first two are my fave, I’ve been lucky enough to hear them perform all of them. I’m in Provo. They come here often, if your in the area, they’ll be here aug. 27. I’ve told them that every missionary needs these to help strengthen testimonies. On the Trek #2 cd. I had the children March to one of the songs “hold on” most al music is wrirren by Jason deere. And it coencides with the real pioneers and scripture. Any ???ask away. Ps can’t spell. Oxoxox kathy