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January 2011 Sharing Time: Feasting on the Scriptures

by | Dec. 29, 2010

Lesson Helps

Preparation: Write the following scripture references on small strips of paper: 2 Nephi 4:15; Doctrine and Covenants 1:37; John 5:39; Doctrine and Covenants 33:16; 1 Nephi 5:21; and Articles of Faith 1:8. Collect a basket and six food items (such as a box of macaroni, an apple, a piece of bread in a baggie, a can of soup, a package of fruit snacks, and a package of crackers). Attach a scripture strip to each food item. 

Presentation: Divide the primary into six groups (make sure there is at least one leader or teacher with each group). Give each group one of the food items. Ask each group to read their scripture together and to talk about what it means. Give the groups five minutes to read and discuss.

Ask the first group to bring up their food item and place it in the basket. Have them share what they learned from their scripture with the rest of the children. Repeat with the remaining groups.

Between some of the groups, you may want to sing songs about the scriptures to help reinforce the concepts, such as “If I Listen with My Heart,” 2011 Outline for Sharing Time, p. 28; “Search, Ponder, and Pray,” Children’s Songbook, p. 109; “Scripture Power,” 2006 Outline for Sharing Time, p. 10; and “Book of Mormon Stories,” Children’s Songbook, p. 118.

Show the children the filled basket. Ask them if they have ever had a feast (tell them a feast is large or elaborate meal). Explain that you can also feast in another way. Have a child read aloud 2 Nephi 32:3. Help them understand the scriptures can fill your mind and spirit, rather than your body, with nourishment. Discuss ways the children can feast on the words of Christ. Bear your testimony of the scriptures. 

You may wish to share a small food treat with the children, such as the fruit snacks or crackers.
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