Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon and restored gospel truths.
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE AND ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (discussing): Before Primary, write “Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon and restored gospel truths” on a sheet of paper, and cut the paper into puzzle pieces. On the back of each piece, write the name of a person or thing related to the translation of the Book of Mormon (for example, Joseph Smith, Urim and Thummim, angel Moroni, golden plates, power of God, and Oliver Cowdery). Give each class one of the puzzle pieces, and ask them to discuss how the item or person on the back of the piece is related to the translation of the Book of Mormon. Invite each class to come to the front of the room, share what they discussed, and put their puzzle piece on the board. When the puzzle is complete, read the sentence together.
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (listening to a guest speaker): Invite a priesthood holder to portray Joseph Smith and tell the story of how he translated the Book of Mormon. Give him several of the pictures the children drew in week 1 and ask him to share how the gospel principles were restored through Joseph Smith. He could wear a simple costume, such as a black ribbon bow tie. Invite him to take off the costume and bear his testimony of Joseph Smith.
ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (sharing ideas): Ask the children to stand if they can name a gospel truth that had been lost and was restored through Joseph Smith. Invite a few of the children to share their thoughts. Share your testimony of the restored gospel and the Book of Mormon.
* Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon and restored gospel truths by Kari Johnson
* April 2013 Sharing Time Ideas by Jill
* Sofia's Primary Ideas
* Little LDS Ideas
* Katie Poland writes, "Since we have General Conference and Ward Conference in April, we are combining Weeks 3 and 4 sharing time into one lesson. Here is my lesson outline and Hebrew sign used in the lesson." [lesson outline - pdf or Word] [Hebrew signs]