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ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (dramatizing a scripture story): Tell the children that Jesus often taught with parables, using familiar objects and situations to teach spiritual truths.  Briefly tell the story of the ten virgins (see Matthew 25:1-13; see also "The Parable of the Ten Virgins,"  Ensign, March 2009, 48-49).  Explain that this parable compares the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to a wedding.  Ask the children who play the parts of the wise virgins how it feels to know they were prepared, and discuss the importance of preparing for the Savior to come again. 

ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (discussing and drawing pictures): Draw a lamp on the chalkboard.  Discuss how following Jesus Christ by doing good things each day is like putting oil in our lamps.  Have the children name some ways they can follow Jesus Christ, such as serving others, paying tithing, and praying.  Explain that these are things they need to do individually; other people cannot do these things for them.  Give each child a piece of paper cut into the shape of a large drop of oil.  Ask them (or their teachers) to write, "To prepare for the Second Coming, I will follow Jesus Christ by _______________" on their papers.  Ask the children to fill in the blank or draw a picture of something they can do to prepare for the Second Coming.  Encourage the children to take their papers home and share what they learned with their families.



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:

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Comments (12)
  • Lisa Buchmiller

    We changed the order of our Sharing Times this month so that the topics would correspond to the Christmas holiday. I'm covering week 4 on the Second Coming this week, so that next week we'll do weeks 2-3 to match up with Christmas. Anyway, since there weren't any suggestions to use, I'm following the outline presented in the handbook. However, I copied the images available at sharingtime.lds.org and shrunk them down so that the lamp and the oil drop fit on a half page for each of the children to fill out and color. I'm also going to play the Kenneth Cope song from Women at the Well "Foolish or Wise" while the children are coloring to keep it reverent, not to mention it's a beautiful song that emphasizes the topic well.

  • julbeutler

    There is a video, #21, on the Doctrine and Covenants and Church History video presentations that shows a good video of the the 10 virgins. I have it on DVD, but it should be available in most church libraries. I am going to show this at the beginning of my sharing time.

  • julbeutler

    I am going to print out pictures of gifts, and on the back write things that would help fill an oil lamp and things that wouldn't. I'll tape these around the room and have children go pick a gift off the wall they will either fill up their lamp with oil, or will throw their gift in the trash. I am going to have the "wise" gift children stand on the right side, and the "foolish" gift children stand on the left, and then ask the right and left sides how they would feel if they were the wise or the foolish ones when the Lord came. I may fill a jar or the oil lamp picture with a bag stapled to the back with pennies or M&Ms. Not quite sure yet. Good luck!

  • HollyL

    Where did you find the lamp & droplet? I can't find it on sharingtime.lds.org

    Quote:
    We changed the order of our Sharing Times this month so that the topics would correspond to the Christmas holiday. I'm covering week 4 on the Second Coming this week, so that next week we'll do weeks 2-3 to match up with Christmas. Anyway, since there weren't any suggestions to use, I'm following the outline presented in the handbook. However, I copied the images available at sharingtime.lds.org and shrunk them down so that the lamp and the oil drop fit on a half page for each of the children to fill out and color. I'm also going to play the Kenneth Cope song from Women at the Well "Foolish or Wise" while the children are coloring to keep it reverent, not to mention it's a beautiful song that emphasizes the topic well.
  • Holly Richey

    I am thinking of letting each child make their own lamp out of play dough. I will just have them shape their dough into a bowl form. I will give each child like 5 beads, to represent the oil. During the next week, each time they do something to follow Jesus,they can put a bead in their lamp. We have a small primary, so I'm hoping it will work well.

  • HeatherRN

    I am going to have a birthday party for Jesus and have them play a game. For the game I am going to use flashlights without batteries and have "wise" and "foolish" choices. If they pick a wise choice, they get a battery. I am not going to tell them which is which and try to have "fun" things like a game or ipod and of course scriptures and pictures for prayer and such. I will set a time lime and then at the end talk about the parable of the 10 virgins. And then have Birthday cake or something like that.

  • Laurel Fischback

    I'm bringing a small kerosene lantern in with oil. I will explain how the lantern works, how the flame is a representation of the spirit of the Lord. Prior to the second coming, we will need the spirit to guide us in tumultuous times. The oil is our righteousness and faith that gives fuel for the flame. Then I will do the drop of oil idea with good and bad ideas so they can learn to differentiate between helpful, indifferent and harmful behaviors.

  • Laurel Fischback

    "The Parable of the Ten Virgins," Ensign, March 2009, 48-49). is a great explanation of the parable of the ten virgins. I especially like the description of the oil, "The oil in the parable represents our faith and testimony, our purity and dedication, our good works, and our keeping of covenants—all of the ways in which we have “taken the Holy Spirit for [our] guide” (D&C 45:57). Spencer W. Kimball

  • julbeutler

    I left #2 and #3 above but I've decided to take a dish, or kettle or something to symbolize an oil lamp. With every "wise" gift that they open that will fill an oil lamp they will get to drop one drop of water into the dish and watch it fill up. Then mention how the virgins knew the wedding was that night, but we do not know when Christ will come therefore we constantly have to be filling our lamps up. When someone picks a "foolish" gift they will have to miss the lamp and drop their water on the washcloth under the "Lamp" (dish)Showing how bad choices do not help us prepare, but also mention how we do learn through our mistakes and we are not perfect.

  • Jamie Joyal

    The January 2003 Friend has a story of the Ten Virgins that is perfect for younger children.
    http://lds.org/friend/2003/01/the-ten-virgins? lang=eng

  • Jackie K

    Found this on lds.org http://lds.org/friend/1995/09/sharing-time-i- believe-that-jesus-will-come-again?lang=eng& query=ten+virgins+lamp+drop

    is a coloring picture of lamp and vessel and drops to write on.

  • Briana Johnson

    HollyL, I couldn't click on the link to pull up the lamp & droplet on the outline either. I found this link with the same pictures: http://www.mormonshare.com/sites/default/files/ LampDroplet.pdf
    Hope that helps:)

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