Using Time WiselySong:

by | Jul. 05, 2005


Song: "I will follow God's Plan" (Children' s Songbook, p. 164.)

Scripture: Doctrine and Covenants 88:124


I am suggesting that we spend a little less time in idleness, in the fruitless pursuit of watching inane and empty television programs. Time so utilized can be put to better advantage, and the consequences will be wonderful.

-- Gordon B. Hinckley

(Gordon B. Hinckley, Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1997], p. 621.)

Object Lesson:

Wrap a box in wrapping paper. Show the family the wrapped box and tell them there is a very special treasure inside. What do you think the treasure might be? (Encourage them to respond.) What would you do with this treasure if it were yours? Explain that this treasure can be used in many different ways. We can use the treasure wisely, or we can throw it away. We choose how we will use the treasure.

Tell them that the treasure you have represented in the box cannot be seen or felt but is very important. Explain that it is a gift from Heavenly Father and that he wants us to use it wisely. Tell them that our treasure is time. Discuss what happens when we use this gift or treasure? (It is gone and cannot be replaced.) Discuss what things are good use of time and what things waste time.

(Beth Lefgren and Jennifer Jackson, Sharing Time, Family Time, Anytime, Book Two, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1994], p. 97.)


Play "Time Bomb." Form everyone into a circle (seated or standing). Divide into two teams by counting off "1, 2, 1, 2 . . ." Set a timer (for a minute or less). When the signal is given, the players toss a bean bag around the circle from one person to the next. When the timer rings, the person holding the bean bag has a point scored against their team (no wild throws or deliberate dropping of the bean bag allowed). Keep playing for a pre-determined number of rounds. At the end of the game, the team with the lower score is the winner.

(George and Jeane Chipman, Games! Games! Games!, [ Salt Lake City : Shadow Mountain , 1983], p. 54.)

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