Living the gospel standards helps me be a missionary now.
PREPARATION - Before sharing time starts, write the name of each Primary child, whether they attend Primary or not, on a sheep (click here for sheep clipart). Post them all around the room...on the wall, piano, doors, etc. before Primary beings. (You may want to print a few extra sheep in case there are visitors).
INTRODUCTION - Sing “I Hope They Call Me on a Mission” with the children and ask them to listen to the words:
I hope they call me on a mission
When I have grown a foot or two.
I hope by then I will be ready
To teach and preach and work as missionaries do.
I hope that I can share the gospel
With those who want to know the truth.
I want to be a missionary
And serve and help the Lord while I am in my youth.
• Do you know any missionaries?
Let the children talk about missionaries they know, such as family members serving missions or the missionaries in your area.
• What do missionaries do?
STORY - Show the picture of Ammon Defending the Flocks of King Lamoni. Have the children gather all around you and tell them the following story of Ammon in your own words:
Ammon was a Nephite prince. He was one of the sons of a righteous king named Mosiah. Ammon chose to teach the Lamanites about the gospel of Jesus Christ instead of becoming king.
Ammon loved Jesus Christ and wanted to serve him well. He prayed and fasted that the Spirit would be with him and help him.
When Ammon went to the Lamanites, they tied him up and took him to their king because they thought he was an enemy. Ammon asked to be a servant to the king. King Lamoni liked Ammon and let him live.
One day as Ammon and some of the other servants were taking the king’s sheep to water, some of the king’s enemies came and scattered the sheep. The king’s servants were frightened. They knew the king would have them killed if the sheep were stolen or lost.
When Ammon heard this, he told the servants that he would help. He told them to gather the flocks and he would take care of the robbers. He knew the Spirit would help him.
When the robbers saw Ammon coming toward them, they were not afraid, because there were many of them and Ammon was alone. The robbers did not know that the Spirit was helping Ammon. Ammon began throwing stones at them with his sling with such great power and strength that it surprised them. They soon found that although Ammon could hit them, they could not hit Ammon with their stones. The Spirit was protecting him.
The robbers attacked Ammon with their clubs. But Ammon received such great strength from the Lord that he cut off the arm of every robber who lifted his club to kill him. The robbers became so frightened that they ran away. Ammon was able to protect the king’s sheep because the Lord helped him.
Ammon received great strength to protect King Lamoni's sheep. Just as Ammon took good care of these sheep, we too are all like sheep. Who is our Shephard? Jesus Christ. He loves us a lot and each one of us are important to Him. He doesn't want even ONE of His sheep to be lost.
Tell the children that they are going to gather the flock. Ask them to quietly go and find the sheep that has their name on it and to post it on the board. (On the chalkboard, have a picture of the Savior posted. Ask the children to post their sheep around the picture.) After they have posted their sheep, have them sit back in their chair and wait quietly until everyone is finished.
Once they all return back to their seats, have them look around. Are there any sheep left on the wall? Does Jesus Christ love them too? For some reason they aren't here today. Would it be okay if we gather them and put them with our flock over here? (Have everyone help post the remaining sheep.)
Ask the children, "How can YOU be a missionary? Do you have to wear a name tag like the full-time missionaries to do missionary work?" Tell the children that there are many ways to be good missionaries. By living the gospel standards, they are setting an example for others.
Let them know you are going to see if they know some of these ways. Ask them to listen closely to some statements. If the statement is a good way to be a missionary, they should stand up. If it is not a good way to be a missionary, they should sit down. (Read as many as time allows)
• You won’t let a classmate play with you at school.
• You invite a friend to Primary.
• You tell a nonmember friend about Jesus Christ’s Church.
• You are rude to your neighbor.
• You save some money for your missionary bank.
• You are reverent during sacrament meeting.
• You cheat on a test in school.
• Without asking, you take something that doesn’t belong to you.
• You don’t obey your parents and then brag about it to your friends.
• You invite a friend to your home for family home evening.
• You invite someone new in your neighborhood to play with you.
• You tease a classmate until she cries.
• You pray for the missionaries.
HANDOUT - Give each child a missionary boy or girl handout, and have each child draw a face on his or her handout. Help them put their names on the name tags and write or draw one thing they'll do to be a missionary now.
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SUMMARY - Help each child think of one way he or she can be a missionary in the coming week. These ideas do not have to be complicated or extensive. Remind the children that they can be missionaries by being friendly and helping others as well as by inviting people to learn about the Church. Share your testimony.
PORTUGUESE - Michele Paiva has graciously translated this sharing time into Portuguese and shared it with all of us. If you would like to open her file, click here.
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