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IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (memorizing): Write the following on the board: "Families are central to Heavenly Father's plan."  Discuss what this sentence means.  Erase the sentence.  Say the first two words, and ask the children to repeat them.  Continue until the children can repeat the entire sentence.  

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (asking and answering questions): Ask several children in advance to represent families from the scriptures.  Provide several clues about each family (for example, Adam and Eve: "Our family was the first family on earth"; Abraham and Sarah: "We were very old before we had a child"; and Lehi and Sariah: "We crossed the ocean to get to the promised land"), and give the clues to the children.  Provide simple costumes, if possible.  Ask the children who are representing the scriptural families to come to the front of the room, one group at a time.  Have them read their clues and ask the other Primary children to guess who they are representing.  After each family is identified, show the children where they can learn about this family in the scriptures.  Tell the children how each family followed Heavenly Father's plan for them. 

ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (discussing families): Ask the children to think of good qualities their families possess.  Invite them to share these qualities with each other in groups or with the entire 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:

 3 clues, Can you guess who? by Desiree Crosby 

 Little LDS Ideas

 Family BINGO Boards by Noelle Skaff 

 K.C.'s Kreations writes, "I'm going to take in four life sized paper dolls of Mom/ Dad/ Brother/ Sister and give the children four different colored paper hearts.  Then as they share their ideas about what makes a good mom/dad... or what their job is, they can fill them up with hearts.  Then we can discuss why families are important and how our different abilities, jobs, characteristics help us to be happy and make it back to our Heavenly Father." (ga02162011)

 Sofia's Primary Ideas

 My Sharing Time Ideas

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