April 2010 Sharing Time: Finding the Truth

Preparation: Get a shallow box that has a lid (a plastic box with a snap on lid would be ideal). Fill it with sand or clean kitty litter. Obtain a tiny garden trowel or rake, or a plastic spoon and fork.

Find a number of small rocks (2 to 3 inches). Print the scripture references below on small strips of paper and tape one to each rock. Bury the rocks in the sand. Gather pictures to represent each scripture. Notify the pianist and music leader of any songs you'd like to sing.

Presentation: Explain to the children that when Christ was on the earth the people had a fullness of the gospel. After Jesus and the Apostles died many of the truths of the gospel were lost. Joseph Smith restored (or brought back) the fullness of the gospel that they had during the time of Christ.

Tell the children that an archeologist is someone who digs in the ground to find evidence of people or animals that lived a long time ago. Tell them that you are going to pretend to be archeologists and try to discover some gospel blessings, principles, or ordinances that have been restored.

Invite a child come dig in your box with the trowel or utensils. When they find a rock, have them dig it up and find the scripture reference on the rock. Look up the scripture and have a child read it or repeat it after you (Note: some scriptures only require a portion of the verse to be read--see below). Have all the children listen carefully so they can discover what part of the gospel the scripture is about. Show the picture(s) that illustrate that topic. Occasionally sing a song that reinforces the gospel principle.

Scriptures. Doctrine and Covenants 42:12. (And again, the elders, priests and teachers of this church shall teach the principles of my gospel, which are in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, in the which is the fulness of the gospel.) Possible picture: GAK 617.

Priesthood. Joseph Smith--History 1:69. (Upon you my fellow servants, in the name of Messiah, I confer the Priesthood of Aaron.) Possible pictures: GAK 407; GAK 408; GAK 613; GAB 93; GAB 94; GAB 106. Possible song: "The Priesthood is Restored," Children's Songbook, p. 89.

Baptism. Mark 1:9. (And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.) Possible pictures: GAK 208; GAK 601; GAB 35; GAB 104. Possible song: "Baptism," Children's Songbook, p. 100

Gift of the Holy Ghost. Doctrine and Covenants 33:15. (And whoso having faith you shall confirm in my church, by the laying on of the hands, and I will bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost upon them.) Possible pictures: GAK 602; GAB 105.

Apostles. Luke 6:13. (And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles.) Possible pictures: GAK 211; GAK 506; GAB 38; GAB 122–137.

Temples. John 8:2. (And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him.) Possible pictures: GAK 118; GAK 502; GAB 52; GAB 119. Possible song: "I Love to See the Temple," Children's Songbook, p. 95.

Sacrament. Matthew 26:26. (And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.) Possible pictures: GAK 225; GAK 603; GAB 54; GAB 107.

Missionaries. Mark 16:15. (And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.) Possible pictures: GAK 209; GAK 612; GAB 37; GAB 109–110.

Revelation. Galatians 1:12. (For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.) Possible pictures: GAK 107; GAK 113; GAB 13; GAB 14; GAB 22. Possible song: "The Ninth Article of Faith," Children's Songbook, p. 128.

Testify that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith, and that Joseph did translate the Book of Mormon and restore the fullness of the gospel. Sing "The Church of Jesus Christ," Children's Songbook, p. 77.

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