December 2009 Sharing Time: Remembering Christ

This sharing time will engage the children in an activity to help them remember some stories of Jesus' life.

Preparation: Obtain two copies of the following pictures (make photo copies or print from lds.org): Gospel Art Kit 200 or 201, The Nativity; GAK 242, Jesus and His Mother; GAK 208, Baptism of Jesus; GAK 214, Stilling the Storm; GAK 213, Healing the Blind Man; GAK 225, The Last Supper; GAK 227, Jesus Praying; GAK 233, The Resurrected Lord.

Mount each picture on colored paper. Using magnets or push pins post them, in random order, picture side down, on the chalkboard or bulletin board at the front of the room.

Presentation: Have the children take turns trying to find two matching pictures. When a pair is found, leave them turned to the picture side and have a child briefly retell the story depicted in the picture (help them as needed). Sing songs to reinforce the messages.

Suggested story summaries and songs:

200 or 201: When it was nearly time for Jesus to be born, Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem to pay taxes. Bethlehem was crowded with people, and the inns were full. Joseph and Mary found a place to stay in a stable. There the baby Jesus was born. Mary wrapped the babe in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger. "Away in a Manger," Children's Songbook, p. 42

242: When Jesus was 12 years old, He went with His family to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. On the way home, Joseph and Mary realized that Jesus was not with their group. They went back to Jerusalem to look for Him. After three days of searching, they found Jesus teaching the wise men in the temple.

  • 208: Jesus came to John the Baptist to be baptized in the Jordan River. John knew that Jesus was without sin, and so he thought Jesus did not need baptism. When Jesus explained that even the Savior must be baptized, John went down into the water and baptized Him. "Baptism," CS, p. 100

  • 214: Jesus fell asleep as He and His disciples were sailing across the Sea of Galilee. A great storm arose. The wind blew and waves covered the ship. The disciples, afraid for their lives, woke Jesus. He stood and told the winds and the sea to be still. The storm stopped, and the sea was calm. "Tell Me the Stories of Jesus," CS, p. 57

  • 213: Jesus saw a man who had been born blind. Jesus spat in the dirt and made clay, then put the clay on the blind man's eyes and sent him to wash in the pool of Siloam. After doing as Jesus said, the man came away from the pool able to see. The man's neighbors were amazed, and he explained to them how Jesus had healed him.

  • 225: Jesus had assembled His Apostles in the Upper Room for the Last Supper. He knew that He was going to die and that He wanted His friends to remember Him, do the things He had taught them, and remember the promises they made when they were baptized, so He gave them the sacrament. "To Think About Jesus," CS, p. 71

  • 227: Jesus and His Apostles went to the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus went off by Himself to pray. He knew that the time had come for Him to suffer for the sins of the world. He prayed that He might not have to experience such suffering but told Heavenly Father that He would do the Father's will.

  • 233: After Jesus had died and was placed in the tomb, Mary was weeping because his body was no longer there. As she was in the garden, Mary noticed someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she did not recognize Him until He spoke her name. "Did Jesus Really Live Again," CS, p. 64
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