October 2009 Sharing Time: Modern-day Revelation

This sharing time will help the children learn about "The Family: A Proclamation to the World."

Preparation: On six separate sheets of paper write the following letters F-A-M-I-L-Y. Gather a bean bag and the following pictures: Young Couple Going to the Temple, Gospel Art Kit 609; Adam and Eve, GAK 101; Christ and Children, GAK 608; Salt Lake Temple, GAK 502; Family Togetherness, GAK 616; The World, GAK 600.

Put the pictures and the letter sheets back to back and place them into sheet protectors. Spread out the sheet protectors on the floor at the front of the room with the picture side facing up.

Presentation: Explain to the children that the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles issued "The Family: A Proclamation to the World." It contains principles that are important to the happiness and well-being of every family. Today they are going to learn about some of the important things the proclamation tells us.

Invite a child to come and toss the bean bag onto one of the pictures. Show the picture and discuss the principle it represents. Have the child post the letter on the board. Repeat with all of the pictures.

1. Young Couple. "Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and the family is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children."

2. Adam and Eve. "All human beings - male and female - are created in the image of God."

3. Christ and Children. "In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshiped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan . . . to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize his or her divine destiny as an heir of eternal life."

4. Temple. "The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally."

5. Family. "Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. . . . Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another."

6. Earth. "We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society."

Have the children unscramble the letters on the board and decipher the word FAMILY. Bear your testimony of the importance of families.

Sing songs to reinforce the lesson such as, "I Am a Child of God," Children's Songbook 2; "Families Can Be Together Forever," CS 188; "I Love to See the Temple," CS 95; and "I Lived in Heaven," CS 4.

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