Sharing Time:

Do What Is Right

By Vicki F. Matsumori

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    “Thou shalt do that which is right … in the sight of the Lord” (Deut. 6:18).

    How do you remember to choose the right? Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles tells a story about a young boy and his friends who found a package of cigarettes: “They decided to go down on the cliff alongside some large boulders and smoke. … They lit up, and the young man said that as he was looking down at the smoldering cigarette that he held between his fingers, he saw his CTR ring. He quickly put the cigarette out. … He chose to choose the right, as he remembered what the emblem stood for” (“‘Choose the Right,’” Ensign, Nov. 1993, 66).

    Sometimes we find ourselves in the same type of situation. We must choose what to do. Fortunately, we can listen to the whisperings of the Holy Ghost.

    More than 30 years ago, Primary leaders thought of a way to help children remember to choose what is right so the Spirit could be with them. A ring shaped like a shield and with the letters CTR on it reminded the children to make right choices. Children today are also reminded to choose the right when they see this symbol.

    Great blessings come when we listen to the Holy Ghost and do what is right. Elder Perry said, “I promise you that you will receive everlasting happiness if you consistently choose to do what is right” (Ensign, Nov. 1993, 68).

    CTR Rings

    To make a CTR ring, cut out the rectangular piece of paper and fold it on the broken line. Form a circle that fits your finger, and glue the ends together. Color the CTR shields, and cut out the one in your language and glue it to your ring. Then match each translation of the words Choose the Right to the correct language.

    Choose the Right

    Choose the Right

    1. English


    a. Choisis le bien

    2. Danish


    b. Piliin ang Tama

    3. Dutch


    c. Filifili Mea Tonu

    4. French


    d. Kies de goede weg

    5. German


    e. Korean characters

    6. Italian


    f. Velg det rette

    7. Russian


    g. Conserve a Tua Rota

    8. Ukrainian


    h. Choose the Right

    9. Japanese


    i. Wähle das Rechte

    10. Tagalog


    j. Vælg det rette

    11. Tongan


    k. Fili ki he Totonú

    12. Finnish


    l. Japanese characters

    13. Spanish


    m. Haz lo justo

    14. Norwegian


    n. Scegli il giusto

    15. Korean


    o. Chinese characters

    16. Swedish


    p. Välj det rätta

    17. Samoan


    q. Russian characters

    18. Portuguese


    r. Ukrainian characters

    19. Chinese


    s. Valitse oikein


    Sharing Time Ideas

    1. To help the children understand how the Holy Ghost can help them, post the following wordstrips: ABIDE WITH YOU, TEACH YOU ALL THINGS, GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH, WITNESS TO YOU, SHOW YOU WHAT YOU SHOULD DO, BEAR RECORD OF THE FATHER AND JESUS CHRIST, and HELP YOU KNOW THE TRUTH OF ALL THINGS. Have the children locate and read aloud these scriptures: John 14:16–17; John 14:26; John 16:13; Heb. 10:15; 2 Ne. 32:5; 3 Ne. 28:11; Moro. 10:5. Ask them to match the scriptures with the wordstrips. Have one child leave the room and another child hide a wordstrip. Sing a song about choosing the right, and have the first child locate the wordstrip by the others singing more loudly as he or she gets closer to, and more softly as he or she gets farther from, the wordstrip. Repeat the process with the other wordstrips and references. Read 1 Cor. 3:16–17. Challenge the children to choose the right and keep their bodies clean so they will be worthy to have the influence of the Holy Ghost.

    2. Review My Gospel Standards (see Liahona, Apr. 1999, F8–9) by dividing the Primary into groups and having each group choose one of the standards, write it on a piece of paper, and then think of a case study for it (see Teaching, No Greater Call [1999], 161–62). Place the papers facedown on the floor. Have the children take turns choosing a standard by tossing a beanbag or other small marker onto the papers. Have the appropriate group present the case study for that standard, and invite the other children to discuss the best way to live it. Sing songs and hymns about choosing the right.

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