May: Families Are Blessed When They Follow the Prophet

2014 Outline for Sharing Time: Families Are Forever, (2013), 10–11

Supplement the ideas provided here with some of your own. Plan ways to identify the doctrine for the children and help them understand it and apply it in their lives. Ask yourself, “What will the children do to learn, and how can I help them feel the Spirit?”

“Be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets” (2 Peter 3:2).

Week 1: God speaks to us through prophets.

Identify the doctrine (whispering a message): Whisper “God speaks to us through prophets” into a child’s ear. Ask him or her to whisper it to another child, and continue until every child has heard the message. (In larger Primaries, consider doing this activity in small groups.) Ask the last child to stand and repeat the message out loud. Point out that just as the children delivered a message to each other, God asks prophets to speak (or deliver messages) for Him.

Allowing the children to participate will give them the opportunity to play an active part in the learning experience.

Encourage understanding (reading scriptures and teaching others): Show the children a picture of Noah. Divide the children into four groups. Give each group one of the following scripture references: Moses 8:20–26; Genesis 6:13–17; Genesis 6:18–22; Genesis 7:7–12. Ask each group to read their assigned scriptures and then take turns telling the other children what they learned. Ask the children what they think happened to the people who followed Noah’s message and to those who did not (see Genesis 7:23). Testify that God speaks to us through His prophets and if we follow them we will be safe.

Week 2: The prophets in the scriptures are examples to my family.

Identify the doctrine (following an example): Clap a simple rhythm and invite the children to repeat it, following your example. Discuss what an example is. Explain that prophets in the scriptures are examples for us to follow.

Encourage understanding and application (reading scriptures): Divide the children into groups. Give an adult in each group one of the following wordstrips, and ask them to read the scriptures listed on their wordstrip to the children in their group:

Ask the children to listen for what the prophet did to be an example. Ask each group to make up a verse about their prophet to sing to the tune of “Follow the Prophet” (CS, 110–11), and invite them to share their verse with the other children.

Week 3: My family will be blessed as we follow the prophet.

Identify the doctrine (following directions): Prepare a wordstrip that says, “My family will be blessed as we follow the prophet,” and hide it in the room before Primary begins. Invite a child to follow your directions to find the wordstrip. Explain that just as the child followed your directions, our families can follow the directions of the prophet. Ask the children to read the wordstrip together.

Encourage understanding (listening to speakers): Contact a few families ahead of time and invite them to come to Primary and share how obeying the prophet has blessed their family.

Encourage application (singing and discussing): Show a picture of the current prophet and explain that we are led by a prophet today and will be blessed as we listen to and follow him. Sing “Quickly I’ll Obey” (CS, 197), changing the first line to “When the prophet tells me.” Identify direction and counsel the prophet gave at the most recent general conference. Ask some of the children to share how following this counsel will bless their families.

Week 4: The prophet speaks to us at general conference.

Identify the doctrine (looking at pictures): Ask the children to stand if they know who leads the Church. Display a picture of the prophet, and ask the children what his name is. Explain that God speaks to us through him. Display a picture of the Conference Center. Tell the children that during general conference the prophet speaks to us from this building.

Encourage understanding (discussing a scripture story): Tell the children that God has always spoken to His people through prophets. Display a picture of King Benjamin and tell the story from Mosiah 2:1–8. Invite the children to reenact the story. Remind the children that King Benjamin spoke from a tower and then his talk was written down so everyone could read it. Ask the children to compare the story of King Benjamin to what happens at general conference today.

The use of simple props or costumes can enhance Primary lessons and capture the children’s attention.

Repeating the doctrine: This month the children will learn different scriptural illustrations of the doctrine that families are blessed when they follow the prophet. Consider inviting the children to say the doctrine each week.

Show love: “As we show love for those we teach, they become more receptive to the Spirit” (TNGC, 31). You can increase your love for the children as you pray for each of them, get to know their interests and concerns, call them by name, and listen attentively to them.