January Sharing Time: In His Image

h3. Preparation: Cut out a large basic paper doll shape. Cut it into parts (a body, a head, arms, and legs). Cut out some eyes, a mouth, and a heart that can be added to the paper doll. Write the corresponding song or scripture (see below) to the back of each piece. Place the pieces on a table at the front of the room. Have magnets or tape available to post these pieces on the board.

h3. Presentation: Ask all the children with a certain characteristic (such as brown hair or blue eyes) to stand up. Tell them that this characteristic is something we inherit from our parents. Have the children sit down and choose a different characteristic (tall, or curly hair, etc.). Have these children stand up. Again, briefly explain that this is something we inherit from our parents. Choose one more characteristic (has a funny laugh, or a good sense of humor, or is good at art or sports, etc.) and have these children stand up. Explain that we are often like our parents, that we have inherited their characteristics. Tell the children that we also have inherited traits from our Heavenly Father. Show the children the paper doll pieces on the table. Ask them to help you put the paper doll together as you learn about some of the things we have inherited from God. Ask a child to come select a piece of the paper doll, read what is on the back, and post it on the board. If it is a scripture, have the children look it up and read it together (or have the younger children repeat it after you). If it is a song, have everyone sing it. Briefly discuss what trait that piece represents. *Body:* Scripture--Moses 2:27 "And I, God, created man in mine own image." Heavenly Father made us look like Him. We don't look like elephants or dogs or fish, we look like Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. *Head:* Song--"I Am a Child of God," Children's Songbook, 2. We are literal children of God. He created our spirit before we lived on earth. The knowledge that we are children of God provides us with strength, comfort, and hope. (See True to the Faith, p. 74.) *Eyes:* Scripture--Matthew 13:16 "But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear." Heavenly Father blessed us with eyes, ears, and other senses. We can use these senses to study the scriptures and learn more about Him. When we learn more about our Father in Heaven, we can become more like Him. (See True to the Faith, p. 76.) *Mouth:* Song--"Love Is Spoken Here," Children's Songbook, 190. Our Father in Heaven has blessed us with a wonderful family, who can teach us more about Him. We can feel closer to Heavenly Father when we pray, obey our parents, and speak kindly to one another. *Legs:* Scripture--Psalms 82:6 "Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High." Our Heavenly Father is a God of strength and knowledge and power. He has given us a plan so that we can return and live with Him eternally. (See True to the Faith, p. 74-5.) *Arms:* Song--"I Have Two Little Hands," Children's Songbook, 272 or "My Hands," Children's Songbook, 273. God gave us our hands. We know that Jesus used his hands to help and heal others, we can also use our hands to do kind things for one another. *Heart:* Scripture--John 13:34 "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you." Our Heavenly Father loves us very much. He has given us the ability to love others and to love Him. After you have completed putting together the paper doll, bear your testimony that we truly are children of our Father in Heaven, that we have inherited from him divine qualities, and that we can return to live with Him again.
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