October: The Mission of the Church Is to Invite All to Come unto Christ

"October: The Mission of the Church Is to Invite All to Come unto Christ," 2010 Outline for Sharing Time and the Children’s Sacrament Meeting Presentation, (2009)

Week 1: Following the prophet will help us come unto Christ.

Identify the doctrine (reading a scripture and seeing pictures): Have the children stand and read Doctrine and Covenants 1:38 out loud together. Explain that prophets are servants of Jesus Christ. Show pictures of the Savior and the current prophet, and tell the children that when we follow the prophet we follow Jesus Christ.

Encourage application (singing a song): Sing verse 9 of “Follow the Prophet” (CS, 110–11). Divide the children into groups and have them choose one or two things they learned from the living prophets and apostles during general conference. Have one group act out what they learned. Have the other children guess what they are doing. Repeat with each group, singing the chorus of “Follow the Prophet” between each group’s turn.

Week 2: Sharing the gospel helps others come unto Christ.

Identify the doctrine (reading scriptures): Place a picture of a full-time missionary on the board. Tell the children that they will read some scriptures about missionary work. Assign half of the children to read Matthew 28:19–20 and the other half to read Doctrine and Covenants 133:37. Invite them to identify what they learn about missionary work from the scriptures, and discuss it with the whole Primary. Ask children who have a family member currently serving a mission to share their feelings about missionary work.

Encourage understanding and application (discussing missionary work): Have the children stand and sing “I Hope They Call Me on a Mission” (CS, 169). Tell the children that Heavenly Father wants the gospel to be preached in all the world and they can prepare now to be missionaries. In a container, place objects that will remind the children of ways they can prepare to serve a mission, such as scriptures, Sunday shoes, a tithing slip, and a paper heart. Have a child choose an object from the container and share how doing what it represents can help them prepare to be missionaries.

Week 3: We come unto Christ by repenting when we make a mistake.

Identify the doctrine (reading a scripture): Display a picture of Jesus Christ on the board. Help the children memorize “Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him” (Moroni 10:32). Write each word of the scripture on a separate piece of paper. Post the pieces of paper in random order on the board. Invite the children to look up the scripture and read it with you. Have a child find the first word of the scripture and put it in order on the board. Read the scripture again, and invite another child to find the next word. Repeat until the words are in order. Explain to the children that to come unto Christ means to have faith in Him, to keep His commandments, to make covenants, and to repent when we make mistakes.

Encourage understanding and application (discussing case studies): Explain that because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can repent when we make a mistake. Cut four footsteps out of paper, and on each footstep write one of the parts of repentance: (1) feel sorry, (2) ask forgiveness, (3) right the wrong, and (4) don’t repeat the wrong. Place the footsteps on the floor leading to a picture of Jesus Christ, and let a few children follow them. Divide the children into groups and give each group a case study describing something a child might need to repent of. For example, “Someone disobeys her parents by kicking a ball in the house, and she breaks something.” Ask them to discuss how they should apply each of the steps of repentance.

Week 4: Temple work helps me and my family come unto Christ.

Encourage understanding (singing a song): Teach the second verse of “I Love to See the Temple” (CS, 95). Display a picture of a temple hidden behind eight pieces of paper. On each piece of paper, write or draw one of the following: a heart, an open door, the word covenant, the word obey, the words holy place, the word sealed, a picture of a child, and a picture of a family. Tell the children that these are clues to a song. Invite them to listen carefully as you sing one line of the song. Ask them which clue goes with that line, and invite a child to remove that piece of paper. Sing the line again with the children, and explain what it means. You may invite them to do an action related to the line. Repeat with each line of the song. When you have uncovered the picture, sing the entire song with the actions. Tell the children that they can prepare now to be worthy to go to the temple when they are older and that doing so will bring them closer to Jesus Christ.