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IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (discussing scriptures): Show a picture of Jesus Christ in Gethsemane, and briefly review the Atonement (see Luke 22:39–44). Invite someone to read Doctrine and Covenants 19:16, and ask the children to listen for what they must do to enjoy the blessings of the Atonement.

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (listening to a scripture story): Tell the story of Alma the Younger, and invite the children to do actions with you that go along with the story. The following is an example: “Alma the Younger was making bad choices (make a mean face). He and his friends tried to destroy the Church. One day an angel came to stop them; Alma was afraid (act afraid). He was so afraid that he fell over as if he were dead (act dead). He felt so sorry for his sins that for three days he could not move (hold still). Finally, he remembered that Jesus Christ had paid the price, or atoned, for his sins. When he thought about what Jesus had done, he felt great joy (jump for joy). Alma  repented and became a great prophet who taught the people about Jesus Christ” (see Alma 36). Encourage application (discussing): Briefly discuss the following principles of repentance:

(1) realize I did something wrong
(2) feel sorrow for sin
(3) confess to Heavenly Father
(4) right the wrong
(5) don’t do it again

(Clipart/pictures for telling the story of Alma the Younger)

 Alma (Finger Puppet)
 Alma the Younger Repents
 Flannel Board Story of Alma the Younger's Father and Abinadi
 The conversion of Alma the Younger (Gospel Art Kit)

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:

* Clean Again (March 2004 Friend Magazine)

* Sofia's Primary Ideas

* Because of the Atonement, I can repent and return to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ

* Don't take the bait by Jeanette Binns

* Repentance and the Atonement, March 2004 Friend

* Repentance helps me return to Heavenly Father by Alana Lee

* Repentance Sharing Time by Monica Diaz

* Repentance Sharing Time by Pergler's Primary Place

* The scriptures teach me that Jesus Christ forgave those who repented

* What are those spots? by Janelle Heath

* Jill's Sharing Time Ideas

* There is a Mormon Message titled "Reclaimed" about the Atonement. I am going to show it and then create our own 'landfill of sin' that we make beautiful again through the Atonement. I am going to bring in some trash(empty water bottles, crumpled paper, plastic bags, etc.) that will be labeled with sins and we will push the trash into our 'landfill' using a toy bulldozer...applying that to the Atonement. We are learning the 3rd article of faith this month which ties in beautifully with the weekly theme. I may create a handout using a quote from the video...maybe attach it to a fake flower....still developing this idea.  (Idea shared by Mary Kate Villamor / ga03032014)

* Life's Journey to Perfection

* Shawna writes, "This week I'm planning to use the story, "Sweeter than Ice Cream" from this month's Friend, then transition to the story of Alma the Younger, using the acting prompts from Jill's Sharing Time Ideas (above) to make what's in the Outline more of a "Charades" game. At the end of Senior Primary, we'll actually read Alma's words from Alma 36:11-20 or so. I'll read them so they can catch the flow of what he's saying--one of the most beautiful testimonies of repentance ever! I'm not planning to focus much on "steps" of repentance because I think it's more important for them to know repentance comes from the heart and Jesus helps make things right again." (ga03072014)

* Janet Williams writes, "Here is something to share for this week's sharing time. [pdf]

In the boxes we'll draw the following:

Box 1:  exclamation mark
Box 2:  sad face
Box 3:  cartoon style speech bubble
Box 4:  hammer/tools or "Fix it!"
Box 5:  the "do not" symbol - circle with a diagonal line through it.

Thanks to linuxmama for the clip art. (ga03082014)

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