March Sharing Time: Boy Prophets This sharing time will teach the children about prophets who were called at a very young age and some of the truths they taught. Preparation: Make six large paper circles. Write 3, 10, 13, 14, 15, and YOUNG on them. Gather a bean bag and the pictures of each prophet mentioned below. Post the pictures on the board. Place the numbered circles on the floor at the front of the room. Familiarize yourself with the scriptures or stories associated with each of prophets. Presentation: Tell the children that they are going to learn about some of the prophets. Help them understand that prophets lived in ancient, scriptural times as well as in modern times. Today they are going to learn about a few prophets from the Old Testament, the Book of Mormon, and Church History. There is something unique about the prophet they'll learn about--they all were called to serve the Lord when they were very young. Show the numbers on the floor. Explain that these numbers represent the age that some prophets were first called to serve the Lord. Invite a child to come to the front and toss a bean bag toward the numbered circles. Have them pick up the circle the bean bag lands on. Post it below the corresponding prophet's picture and tell the children the story that goes along with the picture. (For those with scriptural references, the older children could look up the scripture (s) and read them aloud if desired.) Teach the children something that prophet has asked us to do. Help them understand that we should follow their words and examples. Age 3. Samuel. (Picture: Gospel Art Kit, 111. Scriptures: 1 Samuel 1:24; 3:4.) Hannah desired to have a son. She promised the Lord that she would give her son to His service. Hannah gave birth to Samuel, and when he was old enough (approx. 3-years-old), she took him to the house of the Lord where he was taught by the Prophet Eli. (see 1 Samuel 1.) When Samuel was a child he heard the Lord call his name and answered "here am I." (see 1 Samuel 3.) When Samuel was grown, he taught the suffering Israelites to repent and serve God. (see 1 Samuel 7: 3-4.) Age 10. Mormon. (Picture: GAK, 306. Scriptures: Mormon 1:2-4,15; 2:2.) When Mormon was 10-years-old, Ammoron (the current record keeper) told him to observe the doings of the people, so when he was older he could finish writing the record which became the Book of Mormon. When he was 15-years-old he was visited of the Lord. Later that same year he was appointed to lead the armies of the Nephites. Mormon taught that we need to read the Book of Mormon so we may believe in Christ and be baptized. (see Mormon 7:8-10.) Age 13. Anthon H. Lund. (Picture: ldsces.org/inst_manuals/dc-in/dc-in- 021.htm, scroll down about two-thirds of the document.) When Anthon H. Lund was a young boy in Denmark, he did very well in school. He had read the Bible and learned three languages besides Danish (French, German, and English). When he was 10-years-old the missionaries taught his family the gospel. Anthon knew what the missionaries taught was true, but most of the people in his town did not like the Mormons. It took him two years to make up his mind to be baptized, which he did on his twelfth birthday. One year later, when he was 13-years-old, he was called to serve as a missionary and to teach English to the members who were emigrating to America. Anthon later became an Apostle and a member of the First Presidency. He was the First Counselor to Joseph F. Smith and Heber J. Grant. (see Lawrence R. Flake, Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, [Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University, 2001], p. 191-193.) He taught that we should hold Family Home Evening. (see "Did You Know?" Liahona, June 2003, 47.) Age 14. Joseph Smith. (Picture: GAK, 403. Scripture: Joseph Smith- - History 1:7.) When Joseph Smith was 14-years-old he had a great desire to know which church to join. He studied and thought about this very often. He went into the woods and prayed to get an answer. He was visited by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, who told him not to join any of the churches and taught him many other things. (see JS-H 1: 7-20.) When Joseph was 17-years-old he was visited by Moroni who told him of the gold plates and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. (see JS-H 1:27-54.) Joseph wrote the Articles of Faith, we should learn them to help us understand the gospel more fully. Age 15. Joseph F. Smith. (Picture: GAK, 511.) Joseph F. Smith was 5-years-old when his father, Hyrum Smith, and his uncle, Joseph Smith, were murdered. He helped his mother drive the ox team as they crossed the plains to the Salt Lake valley when he was 9-years-old. His mother died three years later, leaving Joseph an orphan. When he was 15-years-old he was called on a mission to the Sandwich Islands (later known as Hawaii) where he was put in charge of the island of Maui. He later became the Prophet and President of the Church. (see Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith, p. xi- xvii.) He taught the importance of doing genealogy and temple work for our loved one who have died. (see Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith, p. 407 and Doctrine and Covenants 138.) Young. Nephi. (Picture. GAK, 310. Scripture: 1 Nephi 2: 16.) When Nephi was "exceedingly young," the Lord told his father, Lehi, to take his family into the wilderness. Nephi wanted to know if what his father taught was right, so he prayed unto the Lord. The Lord visited Nephi and he did believe all the words of his father. Nephi later became the Prophet of all the people. They became a great nation. Nephi taught that we should always "go and do" the things the Lord commands. (1 Nephi 3:7.) Testify to the children the truths of the teachings of these prophets. Sing songs to reinforce the messages such as "Follow the Prophet," Children's Songbook, 110; "Book of Mormon Stories," CS, 118; "Nephi's Courage," CS, 120; and "Families Can Be Together Forever," CS, 188.
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