August 2010 Sharing Time: Sharing the Miracles of Jesus

Preparation: Obtain several Gospel Art Kit or Gospel Art Book pictures depicting the life and miracles of Jesus Christ (suggested images: Birth of Christ, Announcement of Christ's Birth to the Shepherds, Flight into Egypt, Jesus and the Fishermen, Christ Walking on Water, Jesus Raising Lazarus, The Ten Lepers, Jesus Blessing Jairus's Daughter, Stilling the Storm, Healing the Blind, Praying in Gethsemane, The Empty Tomb, Mary and the Resurrected Lord, Resurrected Lord with the Eleven Apostles). These pictures can be printed from lds.org. Post the pictures around the room.

Obtain chalk or markers to write on the board.

Presentation: Tell the children that you need their help to remember some of the miracles that Jesus Christ performed. Tell them that you are going to make a list on the board as they think about and remember the things that he did. Ask them to raise their hand if they can think of a miracle. (Point out the pictures you have posted, in case they need some reminders.) When a miracle is mentioned, have the children help you briefly retell the story, prompt them for more details if needed.

Possible miracle/story ideas: Birth of Christ: Jesus' birth was a miracle, since he was the child of Mary and Heavenly Father.

Announcement of Christ's Birth to the Shepherds: Angels told shepherds that Jesus had been born.

Flight into Egypt: The Lord warned Joseph in a dream that Jesus' life was in danger and to leave and go to Egypt. After Herod died an angel told Joseph that they could return to Israel.

Jesus and the Fishermen: The fishermen had worked all night without catching any fish. When Jesus came he told them to lower their nets again and the nets were filled with fish.

Christ Walking on Water: Christ walked across the water to a boat where the apostles were. Peter tried walking on the water too. He was able to walk a few steps, but began to sink when his faith wavered. Jesus saved him.

Jesus Raising Lazarus: After Lazarus had died and had been placed in a tomb, Jesus called him forth and he returned to life.

The Ten Lepers: Ten lepers came to Jesus and asked to be healed. He told them to show themselves to the priest. When they did, they were cleansed. One returned to thank Jesus.

Blessing Jairus's Daughter: A ruler named Jairus had a very sick daughter. He asked Jesus to come and heal her. The daughter died before they could arrive, but Jesus blessed her and she returned to life.

Stilling the Storm: Jesus and the apostles were on a ship. Jesus fell asleep. A terrible storm came up and the apostles were afraid that the boat would sink and they would be killed. They awoke Jesus and he commanded the storm to stop. Immediately the rain and wind stopped and the sea was calm.

Healing the Blind Man: Jesus saw a man who had been blind all his life. Jesus spat on the ground and made mud from the dirt. He put the mud on the man's eyes. After washing the mud off, the man was able to see.

Praying in Gethsemane: As Jesus prayed in Gethsemane he performed the greatest miracle of all. He suffered for all our sins so we can return to live with Heavenly Father again.

The Empty Tomb: An angel appeared to the soldiers that were guarding Jesus' tomb, the soldiers fell down in fear and the angel rolled the stone away from the door of the tomb.

Mary and the Resurrected Lord: After Jesus died, he was resurrected and appeared to Mary. Jesus made it possible for each of us to be resurrected and live again after we die.

Resurrected Lord with the Eleven Apostles: After Jesus was resurrected, he appeared to his apostles. He taught them to become the new leaders in the church. Then Jesus ascended into heaven.

As appropriate, sing Primary songs to reinforce the concepts taught, such as "He Sent His Son," (Children's Songbook, p. 34); "Tell Me the Stories of Jesus," (CS, p. 57); "Did Jesus Really Live Again?" (CS, p. 64); and "When He Comes Again," (CS, p. 82).

Point to the list you have made, tell the children that these were some of the miracles that Jesus did when He lived on earth. Explain that Jesus Christ's power is again on the earth (the priesthood) and miracles can still happen today. Bear your testimony of Jesus and help the children feel Christ's love for them.

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