Week 1: The sacrament is a time to remember Jesus Christ.
Encourage understanding (matching scriptures with pictures): Write the following scripture references on the board: Luke 2:7; Mark 10:13, 16; Matthew 26:36, 39; John 19:17–18; John 20:11–16. Around the room, place pictures depicting the events described in the scriptures (GAB 30, 47, 56, 57, and 59). Tell the children that the sacrament is a time to remember how much Jesus Christ loves us and all that He did for us. Ask a child to read one of the scriptures. Ask another child to choose a related picture and bring it to the front of the room. Repeat with the other scriptures.
Encourage application (playing a memory game): Place on a table items such as a picture of Christ in Gethsemane, a picture of the Last Supper, a piece of bread, a sacrament cup, sacrament trays, scriptures, and a hymnbook. Invite the children to briefly look at the items, and then cover them. Ask the children to work in groups to write down the items they remember seeing. Let the children explain how each item can help them remember Jesus Christ during the sacrament.
Week 2: Remembering Jesus Christ helps me choose the right.
Identify the doctrine (listening to scriptures): Invite the children to close their eyes and imagine what life would be like if everyone made right choices. Ask a few of them to share what they imagined. Tell them that there was a time in the Book of Mormon when this happened, and ask them to listen for how this time is described as a child reads 4 Nephi 1:15, 17. Explain that the people were able to choose the right because they remembered something very special. Retell the events from 3 Nephi 17:20–25. Invite the children to say together, “Remembering Jesus Christ helps me choose the right.”
Encourage understanding and application (singing songs): Cover a picture of Christ blessing the Nephite children with some blank pieces of paper. Invite the children to think of songs that help them remember Jesus Christ. Sing a few of these songs together. Following each song, have a child remove a piece of paper from the picture. Repeat until all the pieces are removed. Discuss how the children in the picture may have made right choices following their experience with Jesus. Remind the children that when they remember Jesus they will want to choose the right. Ask them to name some things they can do to remember Jesus in their daily activities.
Week 3: The Son of God was born on earth.
Identify the doctrine: Ask the children: “Have you ever waited for something special to happen? Did it seem like a long time to wait? How did you feel when it finally happened?” Give the children an opportunity to share the feelings they had. Explain that since the time of Adam and Eve, our Father in Heaven promised that a very important event would take place. Righteous people looked forward anxiously to this event. Softly whisper to a small group of children, “The Son of God was born on earth.” Have them whisper the sentence to the other children, and then ask all of the children to whisper it together.
Encourage understanding (sharing a story and singing a song): Ask the children to share what they know about Jesus’s birth (see Luke 2:1–20). Fill in the story with details the children don’t mention. Sing “Stars Were Gleaming” (CS, 37), and invite the children to imagine what the shepherds felt when they heard the angels sing.
Encourage application (making a Christmas card): Give each child a piece of paper and a pencil or crayons. Help them fold the paper like a greeting card. Invite them to make a Christmas card for their family by drawing pictures of the birth of Jesus Christ. On the front, have them write “The Son of God Was Born on Earth.”
Week 4: Jesus Christ will come again.
Encourage understanding (reading scriptures): Prepare the following wordstrips (available online at sharingtime.lds.org):
Only Heavenly Father knows the exact _______ when Jesus will come again (see Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:40).
Jesus will come down from __________ (see Acts 1:11).
Jesus will be dressed in _________ clothes (see D&C 133:48).
False Christs will __________ many (see Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:22).
The wicked will be _______________ (see D&C 29:9).
The sun will be ________________ (see D&C 45:42).
When Jesus comes, He will look brighter than the ___________ (see D&C 133:49).
Jesus Christ will live with the righteous for __________ years after His Second Coming (see D&C 29:11).
Divide the children into groups, and give each group one or two wordstrips. Invite them to find the words that fill in the blanks by reading the scriptures. Ask each group to share what they have learned with the other children.
Encourage application (singing and sharing): Explain that we need to remember and worship Jesus Christ every day so we will be prepared for His Second Coming. Ask the children to name some things they and their families can do to be prepared. Sing “I Wonder When He Comes Again” (CS, 82).
Share understanding: The children will feel the Spirit as they share their understanding of gospel principles. They can share what they have learned through their words, art, and songs.
Testify: A brief testimony can invite the Spirit at any time during the lesson. Formal testimony language such as “I want to bear my testimony” is not needed to share a witness of truth. A testimony can be as simple as saying, “I know that Jesus Christ lives.”
The Son of God Was Born on Earth