September 2011 Sharing Time: Finding Those Who Want to Know the Truth
This sharing time will engage the children in a game to help them want to be missionaries.Preparation: Obtain seven or eight small objects from other countries (if necessary, borrow some from other people so you get a wide variety of countries represented). Get a world map or globe. Make a poster with the scripture “This gospel will be preached unto every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people” (D&C 133:37).
Presentation: Show the poster to the children and have everyone read it aloud together. Ask them what the words nation, kindred, tongue, and people mean. Help them understand that this means people living in different parts of the world, speaking many different languages, and having many different cultures.
Tell the children that the Lord needs missionaries for the gospel to be preached to the whole world. The missionaries need to “seek out” or find those who want to know the truth. Explain that they are going to play a game of hide and seek.
Show the children one of the objects from another country. Briefly explain what it is and show them on the map which country it comes from. Ask one child to leave the room. Ask another child to hide the object somewhere in the room. Have the first child return and look for the object. Have the other children sing “Called to Serve” (Children’s Songbook, p. 174) as he looks. Sing louder when he gets closer and softer when he gets farther away until he finds the object.
Repeat with other objects as time permits, singing other missionary songs or songs you want the children to review. Possible songs could be “I Hope They Call Me on a Mission” ( Children’s Songbook, p. 169), “We’ll Bring the World His Truth” (CS p. 172), and “I Want to Be a Missionary Now” (CS, p. 168).
Conclude by showing the children the map and pointing out where you live. Explain that there are people here that need to learn about the gospel as well.
Help them know that they can be missionaries now by seeking out people to share the gospel with. They can also prepare to be full-time missionaries in the future. Bear your testimony of missionary work. Tell the children how it has blessed you and your family.