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 (playing a game): Before Primary, write on the board, “Answers to prayers come from Heavenly Father in many ways,” and cover each word with a separate piece of paper. Have a child remove one piece of paper, and ask the children to guess what the sentence is. Repeat until the children discover the sentence, and ask them to read it together.

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (reading scriptures): Tell the children that Joseph Smith prayed to know which church to join. Read together Joseph Smith—History 1:17 to find how his prayer was answered (through a visit from Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ). Tell the children that Alma prayed that his son, Alma the Younger, would learn the truth. Read together Mosiah 27:11 to find how Alma’s prayer was answered (an angel appeared to Alma the Younger). Explain that most answers to prayers come in other ways. On separate pieces of paper write the following scriptures that describe ways prayers may be answered: D&C 6:22–23 (through peaceful feelings); D&C 8:2 (through thoughts in our minds and feelings in our hearts); Mosiah 27:36 (through the actions of other people); and 2 Nephi 32:3 (through the scriptures). Place the pieces of paper in a container. Have a child draw one and read it. Look up the scripture reference, read it together, and ask the children what each scripture teaches about how Heavenly Father answers prayers.

ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (hearing stories): Invite four guests to share a story illustrating one of the ways that prayers are answered. The examples may come from personal experiences, Church magazines, or the scriptures. Invite the children to ask their families at home about times when their prayers have been answered.

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Comments (13)
  • Teri

    I was looking ahead a little and came across this Sharing time idea from the friend. can-receive-answers-to-prayer?lang=eng

  • Maryann  - Sharing Time

    Yes! This is the one I stumbled upon too! It will make a GREAT sharing time!

  • Leah Mae  - Week 3 Ideas

    I've got some ideas here for week 3 using the outline and some printables. I'll be posting an idea for the 4th week next Sunday (the 18th) and I'll link it when I get it finished.

    Here's my 3rd week idea: sharing-time-august-week-3.html

    Good luck with your week!


  • Shauna  - week 3

    We are going to start by explaining how there are different ways that prayers are answered. Then I will introduce a member dressed up as Esther and she will share her experience of her prayer being answered.

    And another member is dressing up as Joseph Smith and Sharing his experience of his prayer being answered.

    Then we will ask the children how their prayers have been answered.

  • Janel  - Pergler's Primary image

    Here is an additional idea for the cereal box guy who eats the pretzels in Pergler's Primary Palace's idea for this week. She has an image of a boy eating spaghetti, in which you have to use the clip art to cover up the spaghetti. I found and edited an image of just a mouth and thought I'd share for any "last minuter's" me! :)

  • Wendy  - Ice Cream Scoop Matching

    I'm using ice cream cones (ice cream with the name of the scripture person - cone with the way the prayer was answered). For each match, I have both a scripture story and a personal story. I'm using pictures to help the jr. primary make the matches. After the ice cream scoops with the cones and telling the stories, each child will be given a ice cream scoop to color and label with their name. After they tell other members of their class a story of when a prayer was answered, they then put the ice-cream on top of a smaller cone that matches the way their prayer was answered.
    Google "ice cream cone" (choose line drawing and black & white) for templates!

  • Leah Mae  - Week 4 Idea

    I thought it would be fun to use an idea from this month's Friend and match pictures of people with a prayer they gave and the answer they received. If you'd like to check out the game or download it, here's the link. august-sharing-time-week-4.html

    Have a great week!

  • LadyD  - Augest week 3 or 4 sharing-time-answered-prayers

    I also printed out a copy of each picture and made it into a puzzle for each group to put together to show to the rest of the primary.

  • Erin Youngstrom  - Primary 135th Anniversary

    Hello All,

    It has come to our presidencies attention that August 25th is the 135th anniversary of the first Primary meeting. Since week 4 is a repeat of week 3, we are planning to have a "birthday celebration". Wanted to pass along the idea, in case anyone else is looking for something fun and different for this week!

  • Jackie K  - August week 4

    For week 4 I am asking our 4 cub scouts to share stories as this can go towards a couple faith in God requirements for the religious knot patch. Could do with activity days girls too if you wanted. The requirements are in the Learning and Living the gospel section.
    •Give a family home evening lesson on Joseph Smith’s First Vision (see Joseph Smith—History 1:1–20). Discuss how Heavenly Father answers our sincere prayers.
    •Give an opening and a closing prayer in family home evening or at Primary. Share your feelings about how prayer protects us and helps us to stay close to Heavenly Father and the Savior.

  • Megan  - Week 4

    I've been struggling to come up with something different from the past two weeks lessons and found this on the church website and thought it might be helpful for others. I will modify this with questions about prayer in some of the spaces and split the Primary into 2-3 groups to play against each other to spell the word prayer. We have had some great discussions on prayer this month already but hate to do the same thing every week, I think this will keep their attention and help them remember the things we have talked about the other weeks. hideNav=1&locale=0&sourceId=88b18b707a312210VgnVCM 100000176f620a____&vgnextoid=21bc9fbee98db010VgnVC M1000004d82620aRCRD

  • Wendy can-receive-answers-to-prayer?lang=eng

    I'm using this sharing time (linked above) with a few variations. Differences between senior primary and junior primary are noted in italics.

    Jr Primary - Start with a quarter on my head. Can anyone take it off without touching my head? Let a few try. If you had asked, I would have helped you. Sometimes Heavenly Father just wants us to ask. Talk about D&C - formula for answering prayers for a specific question. What are some questions we might want to ask Heavenly Father? Talk about each step using pictures included in 1989 sharing time. Then verbally tell them "mixed" up stories using 1989 sharing time. Start with Sammy, then Amanda, then Brother of Jared. Use the four steps pictures and help jr primary put the story back in order. Then tell the corrected stories.

    Sr Primary Variation - Put word-strip stories (using prompts from 1989 sharing time) on the board in in...

  • Kelsie

    Thanks so much for the quarter idea. I love it and just what I need for jr.

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