Preparation: Obtain a large world map or globe or enlarge the one included here. Trace each major continent onto colored paper and cut them out. Divide the paper continents into 8 pieces and number them 1 through 8. Post the map at the front of the room. Place the cut outs on a table at the front of the room. Have tape available to attach the cut outs to the map.
Familiarize yourself with Mark 16:15 and Doctrine and Covenants 65:2. Make a poster of each of them.
Note: This sharing time was inspired by the following LDS Church News YouTube video. You may want to personally watch this video and possibly play it as your prelude music before Primary:
Presentation: Tell the children you are going to read two scriptures. Have them listen closely to decide what is similar about them. Read (or have two children read) the following scriptures:
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)
The keys of the kingdom of God are committed unto man on the earth, and from thence shall the gospel roll forth unto the ends of the earth . . . (D&C 65:2)
Hang the posters at the front of the room while the children discuss and determine what is the same (they both say the gospel will go into all the world).
Point out the world map. Tell the children that the Church started out in one tiny little area, but it is now spreading throughout much of the world. We need even more missionaries to help fill the entire earth. Show them the cut out pieces on the table and explain that they are going to “fill the world” as they learn ways to be a missionary.
Ask a child to come choose one of the cut outs. Read the corresponding question and have them answer (they can get help from the other children if they desire). Have the child attach the cut out to the corresponding area on the map. Repeat until all eight cut outs have been placed on the map.
1. One of your friends heard something on the news that made them think members of the Church do bad things. What can you do to help them know what we really believe?
2. Missionaries need to teach people about the scriptures. What can you do now to help you be ready teach the gospel when you are a missionary?
3. Sing “Called to Serve,” Children’s Songbook, p. 174–75.
4. One of your friends is not a member of the church. He/she doesn’t want to come to church with you on Sunday. What other activities can you invite them to? (Cub Scouts, Activity Days, ward dinners, service projects, Family Home Evening, etc.)
5. One of your friends asks you where you go every Sunday. He says he doesn’t have a church to go to. What could you do?
6. How is using good language and treating others kindly being a missionary? (They will see your example and judge the Church by how you act.)
7. Sing “We’ll Bring the World His Truth,” Children’s Songbook, p. 172.
8. Missionaries often have to walk or ride bicycles to do their work. What can you do now to help you be physically fit?
Bear your testimony about missionary work. Help the children understand that they can be full-time missionaries when they get older and that they should prepare to serve a mission. Also, remind them that they can be good missionaries now.