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IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (seeing a picture and playing a game): Show a picture of a child praying, and explain that the child is showing love and respect for God.  Tell the children that you are thinking of a nine-letter word that means love and respect for God.  Draw nine blanks on the board, one for each letter in the word reverence, and invite the children to guess letters.  As they guess correct letters, write them in the appropriate blanks.  You may want to have an older child help you.  For younger children, show the picture and ask they how they know the child is being reverent.  Have the children say together, "Reverence is love and respect for God."

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (reading a scripture and singing a song): Ask the children to open their scriptures and read John 14:15.  (If the children memorized this verse last year, you may want to ask them to recite it.)  Ask the children how we show our love for Jesus Christ.  Sing "Reverence is Love" (CS, 31).  Ask the children to put their hand on their heart each time they hear the word "reverence" or "reverent".

ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (discussing reverence): Divide the children into small groups, and have them discuss ways they can show reverence for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in one of the following situations: when they are at church, when they pray, and when they are at home or with friends.  Younger children could draw pictures of what they could do.  Have some of the children share their ideas with the whole group.  Encourage them to share their ideas with their families at home.



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:



 
Comments (13)
  • Valerie Reeves

    I am going to use the Reverence Is Love activity from Tiffany that was posted under the reverence helps section, I only knew how to copy and paste the link here to reference it, but it is really good and will help get the kids ready to learn reverence is love :) http://www.sugardoodle.net/joomla/index.php? option=com_content&view=article&id=7138

  • Sherry McCabe

    I think I am going to figure out a way make a reverent child! When I was a teacher in the CTR 4, I did a lesson on Reverence and I parts of the body cut out the kids put together thier "reverent child". but if they were not being reverent I took away a brad, the body is incomplete with all the brads to hold together....The spirit is incomplete without reverence!

  • Miriam Conners

    We are trying to help the children recognize the difference between being just quiet and being reverent. I'll start by explaining the root word revere. You can be quiet and not be reverent. You can participate in a basketball game and still be reverent. A little abstract... we'll keep it simple.

  • Shauna Hiram

    After explaining that reverence is love and respect for God, I am planning on doing a reverent sort--having children take strips of paper and decide if what it says is reverent or not. Then they can draw pictures of how they're going to be reverent. My ideas for examples and non-examples are from:
    • 1976 Friend to Friend: Reverence by Vaughn J. Featherstone
    • 1992 Sharing Time: Reverence in Holy Places by Virginia Pearce
    • “Reverence is Love and Respect for God” By Jennifer Maddy, Nov. 2011 Friend
    (all available on lds.org)

  • Jen T

    The Friend has a wonderful lesson and activity using a Reverence Jar with examples of how to show reverence. http://lds.org/friend/2011/11/reverence-is-love- and-respect-for-god?lang=eng& query=reverence+love+respect+god

  • Krista Baer

    The Family Home Evening Resource book has excellent lessons on Reverence. Borrowing from that, I am going to talk to the kids about the Savior's appearance to the Nephites in Bountiful, specifically pointing out the following verses: 3 Nephi 11:5, 12 - 17. I will ask the kids how they would feel and how they would act if the Savior were to come to our primary that day. Then explain that when we show respect and love for God, we are being reverent, which invites His Spirit to be with us always. Then I will have the kids choose potato head parts out of brown paper sacks that spell the word REVERENCE. I will ask them to explain how we can use that body part to show reverence. Then they will put the parts on a pumpkin (since it's November)

  • kristina Calkins

    I am going to put up pictures of eyes, hands, feet, brain, hands, and ears in the middle of the chalk board. Then I will put up LOVE on one half of the board. We will talk about how we can show love to others with these body parts.
    REVERENCE will be posted on the other half of the chalkboard and we will talk about how we can show reverence to God using the body parts.

  • Julie Nelson

    Thanks for this idea; I'm going to use it! I've also added a heart to my list of pictures.

    Quote:
    I am going to put up pictures of eyes, hands, feet, brain, hands, and ears in the middle of the chalk board. Then I will put up LOVE on one half of the board. We will talk about how we can show love to others with these body parts.
    REVERENCE will be posted on the other half of the chalkboard and we will talk about how we can show reverence to God using the body parts.
  • B. McMullin

    For our sharing time I am going to have several different scenarios on pieces of paper and let the children come pick one and act them out. In each scenario we'll have someone being irreverent and the other being reverent. For example: during a prayer... One child will fold arms, bow head, close eyes, while the other child is looking around, twirling hair, poking neighbor, etc. We'll have the other children watch and then tell us who is being reverent and how.

  • Sandy Hayes

    I am going to start off with this object lesson. I am using a strand of Christmas lights, you know the kind that the whole strand goes out if you unplug one light. I will talk to them about how if one person is not reverent, many others can not feel the spirit (or light) from our Heavenly Father. If we are not reverent we can not be plugged in to the spirit and neither can other children. I am going to hang the strand of lights and leave them there all year as a reminder.

  • Khourt

    Thanks for all the ideas shared here. I was able to create my own lesson plan using some of these ideas.

    http://lifeasaconvert.blogspot.com/2011/11/ november-primary-sharing-time-week-1.html

  • Jaimee Short

    This was my first sharing time I've taught and I used most of these ideas. The children were quite noisy and fidgety beforehand but because of these great ideas they became reverent and it was a huge success. Thanks eveyone for sharing :lol:

  • Heidi M.

    Jaime, this is my first time teaching sharing time too! What a blessing to have such a wonderful sounding board to share ideas! I am gong to use the praying child picture and play the guess the word game, coupled with afterwards asking the children ideas for how they can be reverent while at and outside of church. I really like the idea of helping the kids to identify the difference between quiet and reverent.

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