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IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (reading scriptures): Have the children look up 3 Nephi 14:7 and James 1:5.  Invite them to look for what the scriptures teach about prayer.  Read the scriptures out loud together, and let the children share what they learn.  Invite the children to say, "Heavenly Father hears and answers my prayers" with you.

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION (listening to stories): Divide the children into groups, and have them take turns visiting the following stations (see TNGC, 179).  At each station, have a teacher explain one way Heavenly Father answers our prayers and allow the children to share how their prayers have been answered.  You may want to plan two of the stations for one week and the other two stations for the next week.

 Station 1: Sometimes prayers are answered by thoughts or ideas that can come to our minds and hearts (see D&C 8:2).  Share an experience when this happened in your life, or tell the story of Enos (see Enos 1:4-5, 10; see also Behold your little ones, 17).

 Station 2: Heavenly Father can use others to answer prayers.  Share an experience when someone else has answered your prayers, or tell the story of President Thomas S. Monson answering Ben and Emily Fullmer's prayer (see Conference Report, Oct. 2003, 63; or Ensign, November 2003, 58-59).

 Station 3: Answers to prayer can come from the words of Christ, which are found in the scriptures (see 2 Nephi 32:3).  Share an experience when you have had a prayer answered as you read your scriptures.

 Station 4: Answers to prayer can come from the teachings of the latter-day prophets (see D&C 1:38).  Show the children an issue of the Ensign or the Friend, and tell them that they can find the teachings of the prophets in the Church magazines.  Share an experience when you have had a prayer answered as you have listened to general conference or read the words of latter-day prophets.

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 Helps


Family Prayer Strengthens My Family by Mary McDonald
Heavenly Father Hears and Answers Prayers by Darcee Pergler
My love for Jesus Christ grows when I pray by Lisa Romero
Prayer Strengthens My Family by Rebekah

Comments (10)
  • Andrea B

    I am going to make prayer rocks for all of the children and write their names on the rocks. I am going to remind them that God knows them personally and wants to hear from them. prayer-rocks.html

  • Eleanor G.


    I'm going to take a picture of Joseph Smith in the sacred grove and cover it with 12 squares that I cut from an A4 piece of paper. Each piece with have a question on it, taken from: lesson/my-prayers-will-be-answered.

    Then I'm going to let the chilren come up and pick a square and answer the question to reveal the picture.

    We can then talk about how Joseph Smith's prayer was answered and that Heavenly Father will answer the children's prayers as well.

  • tjs

    Andrea B, I love your Idea! That is awesome :)

  • Paula Pond

    We invited the children to board the "Primary Prayer Train" with us. I made train tickets for each child and handed out as they entered primary. My counselors collected the tickets as we began sharing time. I explained we were taking a special train ride to learn more about how Heavenly Father answers our prayers. Music was our "fuel", so I called up a few helpers to be the engine (pumping their arms back and forth as the children sang). At the first station we learned the story of Enos. After singing another song, we got to station number 2 where I had a couple guest speakers talk about how their prayers had been answered by others or how they were an answer to someone else's prayer. Next week we are reusing the same tickets to finish stations 3&4. The kids get to take them home at the end. Here's a link to edit and print your own: management/editable-rail-tickets/
    We laminated ours.

  • tjs

    We just completed our Primary Program so we wanted to do something fun and still teach our children about prayer. One of the counselors suggested using the Cranium Board game. We took the Cranium board game and changed the activities. It turned out to be lots of fun. We took colored index cards to correspond to the colors on the board. For Blue we used "name that tune" for Senior Primary and sing that song for Junior Primary. We used the songs in the index under Prayer as well as some fun activity songs. For Green we had "word Play" The children would have to unscramble a phrase or answer questions such as what pronouns do we use in Prayer to refer to Heavenly Father? For Yellow we had Scripture Chase which was looking up the scriptures in the outline. And for Purple we had creative play where they would draw, act out or mold something from clay. I had a couple of scripture stories to act out and several that had them think of things they would pray for or be thankfu...

  • Kiersten

    I can't get the web address to work? Is it right, or just me?

  • Robyn Marchant
    I can't get the web address to work? Is it right, or just me?

    Take the period off at the end and it will work.

  • Eleanor G.


    I can't get the web address to work? Is it right, or just me?

    Take the period off at the end and it will work.

    Thank you! I didn't see that. Sorry for the confusion.

  • thumbelina

    Oh my goodness Ladys you are all so inspiring. I only got called to Primary president a few weeks ago and dont really have a clue what i am doing. I want to do all your idea they are so good. Thanks you x

  • Kara K

    The bishopric did our sharing time on the 3rd Sunday (while we got to go to RS, Yay!) and used the whole thing, which left me with nothing for the last sunday. So we're going to do a review game using the Chutes and Ladders game board. I'm going to use some of the spaces off of this game board: option=com_content&view=article&id=8229& Itemid=200097

    and use some of my own doing a review of what they learned on weeks 1 & 2. Should be fun!

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