October Sharing Time: Come Listen to a Prophet's Voice

This sharing time will help the children learn about the messages latter-day prophets have for them.

Preparation: Make the following signs: PRAY on a stop sign shape, SAFETY on an arrow shape, FOLLOW THE PROPHET on a rectangle, SERVE on a heart shape, and TESTIMONY on a diamond shape. Obtain pictures of President Gordon B. Hinckley, President Thomas S. Monson, and President James E. Faust.

If you have room in your Primary, post the signs around the room and have the children walk to each one as you discuss it. It there isn't enough space to move around the room, post them on the front board and have the children walk in place between reading and discussing each one.

Presentation: Show the pictures of the members of the First Presidency and explain to the children that we have a living prophet and his two counselors to help us know what is right. Every year during conference they talk to us. Every month in the Friend magazine some of their words are written down just for children! Show them pages 2 and 3 of the January 2006 Friend. Explain that this is a message just for them from President Gordon B. Hinckley. Tell them that they are going to pretend to go for a hike in the mountains, just like the picture in the magazine. To help them know where to go and what to do, they need to look for the signs. As you come to each sign, discuss who the message is from and what they have to teach us.

PRAY. In the January 2006 Friend President Hinckley tells us "Never assume you can make it alone. You need the help of the Lord. Never hesitate to get on your knees in some private place and speak with Him. What a marvelous and wonderful thing is prayer. Think of it. We can actually speak with our Father in Heaven." Again, show the picture on page 3 and discuss how stopping to pray can help them on their journey. Sing "Don't Ever Forget to Pray," (Friend, April 2006, page 11).

SAFETY. In the February 2006 Friend President Thomas S. Monson tells us "You have access to the lighthouse of the Lord. There is no fog so dense, no night so dark, no mariner so lost, no gale so strong as to render useless the lighthouse of the Lord. It seems to call to you and me: `This way to safety; this way to home.'" Show the picture of the lighthouse on page 3 of the February issue and explain how a lighthouse shows us the way to safety. If we listen to the inspiration of God, we will be able to safely find our way to live with Him again.

FOLLOW THE PROPHET. In the March 2006 Friend President James E. Faust teaches us "If we do not follow the living prophet, . . . we are in danger." Discuss how following the prophet will help us always do what is right. Sing "Follow the Prophet," (Children's Songbook, page 110).

SERVE. In the May 2006 Friend, President Monson tells us that we should "Serve with love. Jesus was the epitome of service. It was said of Him that He `went about doing good.' Do we do likewise?" Discuss ways we can serve others and how giving service brings us closer to Jesus Christ.

TESTIMONY. In the June 2006 Friend President Hinckley tells us "I had a rich and wonderful mission experience, for which I shall ever be grateful. . . . May we remember that each of us has the privilege and opportunity to make our own declaration of faith, courage, and truth that will help bring to fulfillment the . . . [command] to take the gospel to the world." Discuss how bearing our testimony to others is a form of missionary work. When we tell them what we believe we help them know the truth too. Sing, "I Know My Father Lives," (Children's Songbook, page 5).

Have the children return to their seats. Bear testimony that through the words of these wonderful men we are hearing the word of the Lord for us. Read D&C 1:38: "What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, . . . whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same."

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