April Sharing Time

*Preparation:* Gather a copy of the Friend magazine, a copy of the Ensign magazine, and a bean bag. Read the magazine stories mentioned below and make copies of the pictures that accompany them. Mount these pictures on colored sheets of paper. Obtain photos of James E. Faust, Thomas S. Monson, and Gordon B. Hinckley. Post the photos of President Hinckley, President Monson, and President Faust on the front board. Place the mounted pictures face down on the floor at the front of the room. *Presentation:* Show the children the Friend and Ensign magazines. Ask if they know what they are. Briefly discuss the magazines. Open both magazines to the first article ("First Presidency Message" and "Come Listen to a Prophet's Voice") and show them to the children. Explain that every month there is an article by one of the First Presidency. The one in the Ensign is for their parents to read, and the one in the Friend is for them. It is what the prophet wants them to learn. Explain that you are going to review some of the stories the First Presidency has taught. Invite a child to come forward and toss a bean bag at the colored sheets of paper on the floor. Pick up the sheet it lands on and show the picture. Retell the story that goes with the picture. Ask the children if they know who told that story. Place the picture under the correct First Presidency photo. Repeat with the remaining pictures. Thomas S. Monson, "Do Your Duty," Friend, Feb 2008, 2-3 (Shepherd picture). Retell the story of Rupert who needed to stay home and take care of the sheep. Tell the children that President Monson wants us to learn to do our duty. Discuss what some of our duties are and what blessings we will receive for doing them. Gordon B. Hinckley, "Following a Prophet," Friend, Aug 2007, 2-3 (Family Home Evening picture). Review the story of President Hinckley's family having Family Home Evening because the prophet asked them to. Discuss the blessings the Hinckleys received from following the prophet's counsel and the blessings our families can receive from following the prophet today. Sing verse 9 of "Follow the Prophet," Children's Songbook, p. 110. James E. Faust, "The Empty Cart," Friend, Oct 2007, 2-3 (Picture of boy with an empty cart). Retell the story of Jim who gave the food he gathered to a woman in need. Discuss what made Jim feel "warm all over" and how we can apply this to our lives. Gordon B. Hinckley, "Five Little Fish," Friend, Nov 2007, 2-3 (Picture of couple being given fish). Review the story of Rene and his wife paying their tithing instead of buying food. Discuss how blessed they were for doing what was right. What blessings can we receive when we obey the commandments? James E. Faust, "Courage in a Cornfield," Friend, Jul 2007, 2-3 (Picture of Mary Elizabeth Rollins). Retell the story of Mary and Caroline who saved many pages of Joseph Smith's revelations. Discuss how Heavenly Father kept them safe even though they were afraid. How can our testimonies help give us courage? Sing "Dare to Do Right," Children's Songbook, p. 158 or "Nephi's Courage," Children's Songbook, p. 120. Thomas S. Monson, "Deadly Maka-fekes," Friend, Jun 2007, 2-3 (Picture of teacher and an octopus). Review the story of how the Tongans catch octopus by dangling a lure in front of them. Explain that President Monson wants us to beware of the dangerous things that Satan tries to tempt us with. We need to pray and listen to the Holy Ghost to avoid temptation. Sing "Listen, Listen," Children's Songbook, p. 107. Point out the photographs you have on the board. Note that two of these prophets have died, but we now have new leaders to guide and direct us. President Monson will still help us know what is right, and now President Eyring and President Uchtdorf will teach us too. Bear your testimony that these men are true prophets. The things they teach are important and we should listen and follow what they say. Challenge the children to look for their message each month in the Friend magazine.
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