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Display a picture of missionaries. Ask the children what missionaries do. Share the following story or one from the Friend or Liahona: “One day two missionaries knocked on the door of a home. A woman named Mrs. James opened the door. The missionaries told her they were from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mrs. James invited the missionaries in and told them she would like to learn more about the Church. . . . Mrs. James told the missionaries that she used to live next door to a family that belonged to the Church. She said the children in that family were always very polite and kind. They played fairly with everyone and treated other people’s property with respect. Mrs. James said she would like to learn about a church that taught those children to be such nice neighbors” (Primary 2, 52). Ask: “How were the children who lived next to Mrs. James missionaries?” Explain that whenever we live the gospel we are being missionaries. Invite the children to say with you “Living the gospel helps me to be a missionary now,” emphasizing the word now.

 (singing a song and discussing gospel standards): Make 13 cards, each with one of “My Gospel Standards” written on it (see “Sharing Time: Keep the Commandments,” Friend, June 2006, 36). Hand out some of the cards to the children, and have them pass the cards to one another while everyone sings “I Want to Be a Missionary Now” (CS, 168). When the song ends, have each child holding a card read the standard aloud and then share how living that standard will help him or her be a missionary now. Repeat, using different cards each time.

ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (setting goals): Ask each child to choose one gospel standard they will try to live better in the coming week. Have them write or draw a picture of the standard on a piece of paper and look at it each day as a reminder. Invite them to report their experiences next week in Primary.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO ADD YOUR IDEAS FOR THIS WEEK'S SHARING TIME, use the comment section below and add your thoughts.  If your comments are too long, have trouble posting your comments or you have files you'd like to share, please e-mail them to me at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and I'll post them below.

- Pergler's Primary Place

Sofia's Primary Helps 

- I only have Junior Primary age children in my Primary right now, so to make the story more age appropriate and entertaining, I chose to make Popsicle stick puppets to act out the stories. I crouched behind a small table covered in a tablecloth for my puppet theatre.  I decided to start with the story of Ammon serving King Lamoni. The church website has popsicle stick/flannel board figures on their website. Here is the link to the Ammon ones.  (Shared by Christa Cook)

- Missionary Paper Bag Puppets by Lexie Borg

- Sharing Time Idea by Courtney Aitken

- October Sharing Time Ideas by Jill

- I can be a missionary now (bookmark) by Megan Good

- Missionary Sharing Time Ideas from "Bean Burrito No Onions"

- Latter-Day Chatter



Comments (5)
  • Megan  - Links I found helpful

    I will be using these cards from the church website for Junior primary september-2012/2012-09-08-be-a-missionary-now- eng.pdf and the my gospel standards cards Archive/fr2006lp.nfo:o:f5.jpg for Senior then passing out bookmarks to the Sr primary with a list of things they can do to be a missionary now and letting Jr primary pick one of the "Be a Missionary Now" cards (they have pictures that would appeal more to Jr Primary) to take and work on for the month.

  • Stefanie

    Thanks Megan!

    In case, the link to the Gospel Standards Cards didn't work for anyone else, here is the link that worked for me... keep-the-commandments?lang=eng

    And to get the cards for Junior Primary, once I was in the table of contents for September 2012 then I clicked on download for Be a Missionary Now and then the pdf for the cards popped up.

  • Alison  - Gospel Standars Card link

    Neither of your gospel standards links worked for me, but I think this is what you are talking about. practices?lang=eng#my-gospel-standards-183289

  • Alison  - Ali

    We have our primary program the week after this lesson so I am going to show the video "I'll go where you want me to go" that shows a family being missionaries now in different ways.
    I am going to have the kids make invitations to invite friends or family members to come to our Primary program the next sunday.

  • Leah Mae  - Sharing Time Ideas

    I have some simple ideas that go along with the theme (as well as some encouragement) and a printable to make it super simple for you. october-sharing-time-weeks-1-2.html

    Have a wonderful week!

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