December: I Know That My Redeemer Lives

"December: I Know That My Redeemer Lives," 2010 Outline for Sharing Time and the Children’s Sacrament Meeting Presentation, (2009)

Week 1: Jesus Christ came to earth as promised by the prophets.

Identify the doctrine (discussing birthdays): Ask the children: “Think of a time you celebrated your birthday in a special way. What did you do?” Allow a few children to talk about their birthdays. Explain that Heavenly Father had His prophets tell the world, from the beginning of time, about the most important birth in the history of the world—the birth of His Son, Jesus Christ. Explain that this message was so important that prophets were willing to give their lives to testify that Christ would come. Have the children repeat the phrase “Jesus Christ came to earth as promised by the prophets.”

Encourage understanding (acting out scripture stories): Display pictures of a few prophets who taught that Jesus Christ would come. Divide the children into groups and give each group a scripture reference that describes an account of one of the prophet’s teachings. Have the groups take turns dramatizing the accounts (see TNGC, 165–66) while the rest of the Primary identifies which prophet they are portraying. Prophets could include King Benjamin (Mosiah 2:1, 5–7; 3:5–8), Abinadi (Mosiah 12:1, 9; 15:1–2; 17:1, 8–10), and Samuel the Lamanite (Helaman 14:1–5; 16:1–2). Testify that Jesus Christ did come to the earth and the prophecies concerning Him were fulfilled.

Week 2: Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.

Encourage understanding and application (discussing pictures and objects): Bring four boxes wrapped as gifts. Each box should contain a picture or object representing one of the following events and a piece of paper with an explanation of the blessing or gift it portrays:

  • Event: Jesus’s birth; gift: “Heavenly Father gave His Only Begotten Son to be our Savior.”

  • Event: the Sermon on the Mount; gift: “Jesus Christ taught us how to live righteously.”

  • Event: Jesus praying in Gethsemane; gift: “Jesus Christ made it possible for us to be saved from sin.”

  • Event: the Resurrection; gift: “Jesus Christ made it possible for us to be resurrected.”

Have a different child unwrap each box, and discuss how we are blessed by each of the gifts.

Encourage application (writing or drawing): Discuss ways to give gifts to the Savior by serving others and showing love to them (see Matthew 25:40). Give each child a piece of paper and invite them to write or draw one gift they will give the Savior. Then have them fold the paper in half and decorate the outside like a gift.

Week 3: Jesus Christ will return to the earth someday.

Encourage understanding (reading scriptures and role-playing): Tell the children that they will be reporting on the great news that Jesus Christ will return to the earth someday. Choose two children to pretend to be TV or newspaper reporters who will ask each class some questions. Give each class one or two of the following questions and scripture references and a few minutes to prepare: What are some signs of Jesus’s Second Coming? (Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:28–29); How will He come? (Matthew 24:29–31); When will He come? (Matthew 24:36, 42, 44); What will happen to the righteous people when He comes? (D&C 88:96–97); What will the government be like after He comes? (Articles of Faith 1:10; D&C 29:11; 45:58–59); What will animals be like after He comes? (Isaiah 11:6–9; Hosea 2:18). Have the two children who are acting as reporters take turns asking the questions, and have each group respond.

Encourage application (discussing and singing): Discuss with the children ways that we can be prepared for Jesus to come again. Emphasize that if we live righteously, we have no need to fear. Invite them to discuss this with their parents at home. Sing “When He Comes Again” (CS, 82–83).

Week 4: I can live with Jesus Christ again.

Encourage understanding (participating in a physical activity): Before Primary begins, attach to the bottom of chairs some paper stepping-stones with one of the following written on each stone: baptism, confirmation, prayer, family home evening, partaking of the sacrament, attending church, and temple marriage. Place a picture of the world at one end of the room and a picture of Jesus Christ at the other end of the room. Ask a child to try to jump from one picture to the other. Explain that there are steps we must take to live with Jesus and Heavenly Father again. Have the children look to see if they have a stepping-stone attached to the bottom of their chair. Invite those with stepping-stones to come to the front one at a time and tell how doing the action on their stone will bring them closer to Christ. Place the stepping-stone on the floor between the two pictures. Continue until the stepping-stones make a path across the room. Invite a child to walk from the picture of the world to the picture of the Savior, touching only the stepping-stones. Encourage the children to always do what is right so they can stay on the path to return to live with Jesus Christ again.

Encourage application (drawing and coloring): Have the children trace their feet on separate pieces of paper and write or draw on each tracing one step they could take to live with Jesus Christ again. Have the pianist softly play “I Will Follow God’s Plan” (CS, 164–65) while they color. Encourage the children to take their drawings home and share them with their families.