August Sharing Time: Blessings in the Scriptures

This sharing time will help the children think about some of the blessings they receive that have been promised to them in the scriptures.

Preparation: For older children, prepare ten slips of paper with one of the following scripture references on each piece: Job 22:27 (Prayer); 2 Nephi 2:20 (Family); Doctrine and Covenants 33:11 (Baptism); Mark 6:5 (Healing the sick); Genesis 41:35 (Food); Acts 21:6 (Home); Luke 24:53 (Temple); 2 Timothy 3:16 (Scriptures); Genesis 1:1 (Earth); Genesis 1:24 (Animals). You may wish to have the references already tagged in your scriptures to make them easier to find, or you can print the entire scripture on the slip with the keyword highlighted. For younger children, prepare ten slips of paper with just the keyword from the scripture.

Obtain a large pad of paper and markers, or chalkboard and chalk.

Presentation: Explain to the children that Heavenly Father has promised them many blessings. We know this because they are recorded in the scriptures. Tell them you are going to play a game to help them remember some of the blessings they receive.

Have a child come up and select a slip of paper. For the older children, have them read the scripture reference to determine what blessing is mentioned there. For younger children, whisper in their ear what word they have selected. Let the child choose to act out (charades style) or draw (on the pad or chalkboard) clues so the rest of the Primary children can guess which blessing they have selected.

After the children guess the blessing, briefly review why we should be grateful for that blessing. Occasionally, sing a song that will help reinforce the blessings, such as: "Don't Ever Forget to Pray," Friend, Apr. 2006, 11; "Families Can Be Together Forever," Children's Songbook, 188;"When I Am Baptized," CS 103; "I Love to See the Temple," CS, 95; and "Search, Ponder, and Pray," CS, 109.

Testify that Heavenly Father loves us very much. He has provided many blessings for us and we understand these blessing better when we read about them in the scriptures.

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