I can prepare now to serve a full-time mission.
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (seeing objects related to missionary work): Prepare a small bag or suitcase containing items that full-time missionaries use, such as Sunday shoes, a tie, and scriptures. Invite a few children to pull the items out of the bag and show them to the rest of the children. Ask the children why just having these items does not make someone prepared to be a missionary. Read Doctrine and Covenants 84:62, and invite the children to listen for another thing every missionary needs (testimony). Testify of the importance of gaining a personal testimony.
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (seeing pictures and answering questions): Help the children understand the essential parts of a testimony. Display pictures representing some of those parts (for example, that Heavenly Father loves us, that Jesus Christ is our Savior, that Joseph Smith is a prophet, that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the Lord's true Church, and that we are led by a living prophet). Ask several questions about each picture, such as: What or who is this? What do you know about this? Ask the children to name people with whom they can share their testimony. Testify that as the children share what they know with others, their testimonies will grow and they will be preparing to serve missions.
1. November Sharing Time Ideas by Jill
2. Pergler's Primary Place
3. Sofia's Primary Ideas
4. Latter-Day Chatter
5. Missionary Cube Game
6. You could review with the Primary some of the big changes in missionary qualifications. President Monson announced in the October 2012 General Conference the change in ages for Missionary Service. You could download this video clip (there's a download link below the video) and introduce your sharing time with this clip. Further explain the need and importance to prepare now.
7. Discuss the parallel between gardening and missionary work. Use package of seeds, soil, water, small gardening tools, etc. (Idea taken from the September 1986 Friend Magazine)
8. Set up a row of dominoes. Place them on end just far enough apart so that if one is knocked down, it will knock down the next one. As you knock the first domino down, ask them to observe the chain reaction. Call attention to the effect of one domino upon all the others. Explain that we too may affect the lives of others (family and friends) in a chain reaction. By sharing the gospel with even one person, we sometimes touch the lives of many others.
9. Musical Missionary
10. When teaching the parts of a testimony, you could use the October 2008 Friend magazine article.
11. Rachael Skelton writes, "I made stationary for missionary letters to our ward missionaries. I just felt prompted to do this for our missionaries so they know that they are loved." [pdf] [Word] / ga11242012
12. Leslee writes, "I would like to share a file I made for this lesson, it's from the November 2012 Friend. I made the Speech bubbles big enough to play a game on a white board or a matching game with the children(depending on their ages)." [pdf]