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(memorizing a scripture): Help the children memorize the last part of Mosiah 2:17 by writing 

on the chalkboard, “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.” Invite the children to repeat the phrase two or three times. Ask a child to erase one or two words, and have the children repeat the phrase again. Repeat until no words are left on the chalkboard.

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (hearing case studies): In preparation, prayerfully study President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s April 2010 conference talk, “You Are My Hands” (see Ensign or Liahona, May 2010, 68–70, 75). Ask the children how we serve God when we serve those around us (we are doing what He would do if He were here). Share a story or a personal experience of service, and explain how it blessed both the giver and the receiver. (You can find stories about service in the Friend or Liahona.) Prepare some case studies (see TNGC, 161–62) that show how children can serve others. For example: “Annie tripped and fell on the way home from school, and her books and papers were scattered on the ground. David stopped to help her up and picked up her books.” “Mary’s neighbor was struggling to carry groceries into her house while her baby was crying. Mary helped her carry her groceries.” Ask the children to act out the case studies and tell who was served (both the recipient of the service and God).

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION (playing a matching game): Find or draw pictures of people children can serve, such as a parent, a sibling, a grandparent, a friend, and a neighbor. Make a second copy of these pictures and play a matching game with them (see TNGC, 169). When a child makes a match, invite him or her to tell one way to serve the person in the pictures. List the children’s ideas on the chalkboard. For some ideas about how to serve, see Primary 4, 166.

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Comments (13)
  • Sariah  - loving service calendar

    I modified a 'give loving service calendar' from the primary lesson manual that gives ideas of services children could do each day. I made it a dry erase they can update each month. Might be useful to someone:

  • Anonymous  - love it!

    I'm so excited to use this in my family and with the primary kids. Thanks for sharing!

  • Danielle

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Kristin  - Secret Service handout

    I found inspiration for this secret service idea from a suggestion on week one, and decided to make a handout for primary children to leave with service they do. I am giving this to them on week 1, but will follow up on it next week. It also fits great with weeks 3 and 4.

    It is posted on my blog (CdotLove Design, HERE

  • Melanie Volz  - Service Tree

    So we actually started this at the beginning of the month but you can start it after week 3 or 4.

    For the first week give the children the challenge to do an act of service the following week. Then the next week when they come to church they will get to put a leaf on the service tree.
    You can give them time to share what types of service they did and the let them write their name on a leaf and put it on the tree.
    You can keep it going as long as you want. If you are doing it into October, you can use different colored leaves to represent fall. (We used green leaves because we are in Arizona.)

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  • Leah Mae  - Sharing Time Ideas

    I've posted ideas for both weeks 3 & 4 on my blog along with free printables to go along with the activities. september-sharing-time-weeks-3-4.html

    Have a great week!

  • Stephanie M  - Thanks!

    Your printables were just what I needed. Thanks!





  • Jill Morris  - Faith in god programme

    I didn't know where to put my question so if anyone can advise. But my question is does anyone have any great ideas for a faith in god party for our New baptised children to introduce the faith in god award.

  • Patricia Zamora  - Spanish

    Can I found the same information in Spanish? I'm teaching in Spanish Ward, Thanks.

  • Anna B  - First Observe, Then Serve

    I know this is last minute, but if anyone is still looking for an idea for tomorrow, this is what I will be doing. I am using the talk "First Observe, Then Serve" given by Sister Burton in Oct. 2012. I will share some stories that she talks about. Then, I have made pipe cleaner glasses for the kids. These will be there "observation glasses." We will put them on and try to observe someone to serve. I will have different adults from the ward come in and be in need of service, and the kids will get to serve them. I want to talk with the kids about being aware of others- (something that is hard for all of us) and use our spiritual eyes to observe. Then I will challenge them to take off their glasses and use their spiritual eyes to find someone in the primary to serve during the week. Hope this helps someone! :)

  • Diana J  - idea for week 4

    I am going to start out the lesson showing part of the video made about mormon helping hands after hurricane Sandy (Youtube). Then Ill take part of an idea from Sofia's blog, reading this quote: We are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness. … We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us.” President Monson and then having the children cut out paper hands and write what they can do to serve others on each hand.

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