Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Activity: "The Family: A Proclamation to the World"

The Sharing Time theme for the first week of October is "'The Family: A Proclamation to the World' came from God to help my family."  Because of General Conference and other scheduling considerations, your primary may or may not be covering this lesson.  The Outline for Sharing Time suggests giving a sentence from the Proclamation to each class and asking them to think of a song which relates to that sentence.  If your Primary Presidency is teaching this lesson, consider working with them.  If the lesson is being skipped, you can use the activity on your own for Singing Time.  

-If your primary is familiar with the pictures in the Matching Game, you might print a picture to go with each of the chosen songs.  Post them all on the board at the front of the room.  As you read each quote, ask the children to decide which song they feel fits.  

-In larger Primaries, or those which are split between Junior and Senior, this activity might be too difficult for the younger kids.  Along with the quote from "The Proclamation," you might give the children three song suggestions and ask which they believe fits best.  

Below, find my suggestions for quotes and songs.

"We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children."

Latter-Day Prophets - 134

"All human beings -male and female-are created in the image of God.  Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny."

"In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life."

I Lived in Heaven -4

"The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally."

Truth From Elijah - 90
The Hearts of the Children - 92
Family History, I am Doing It - 94
I Love to See the Temple - 95

"Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live." 

The Twelfth Article of Faith - 131
Love One Another - 136
Love is Spoken Here - 190

"Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ." 

How Firm a Foundation - H85 (Senior Primary should remember this from several years ago)
A Happy Family - 198
The Wise Man and the Foolish Man - 281

"Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities." 

I Pray in Faith - 14
Faith - 96
The Fourth Article of Faith - 124
Family Night - 195

"By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families."

The Family is of God, verse 2 - 2014 Outline for Sharing Time
Daddy's Homecoming - 210
My Dad - 211

"Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children."

The Family is of God, verse 3 - 2014 Outline for Sharing Time
Mother, Dear - 206
Mother, I Love You - 207

"...we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets."

Keep the Commandments - 146

"We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society."

Dare to do Right - 158
Stand for the Right - 159

Monday, September 1, 2014

2015 Songs Have Been Announced

If you have the mobile LDS Library app, you can see the new 2015 Outline for Sharing Time and Sacrament Meeting Presentation.  I haven't seen it on yet, but I would assume that it will be available there soon.

(2010 Outline Cover)

The theme for the year is "I KnowMy Savior Lives" and the songs are as follows

January:  I Know that My Savior Loves Me
February:  He Sent His Son
March:  Follow the Prophet
April:  The Church of Jesus Christ
May:  Song of your choice
June:  The Holy Ghost
July:  Come, Follow Me (Hymns)
August:  Song of your choice

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lesson Plans: September 2014

In September of 2014, most of us will be focussed on Primary Program review.  Try the activities on my page Review Links for the 2014 Primary Program.  There you'll find a list of activities, games, tips and tools for your upcoming performance.  You might even consider trying one of these fun arrangements of the 2014 songs.

Since September 21 is the first day of fall (or spring in the Southern Hemisphere), you could work the program songs into a game of Autumn Opposite Day (or this Spring activity).

Don't forget, though, that the program is not meant to be the the focus of Primary.  Spend some time reinforcing the weekly themes.

On week 1, the subject is "I show my gratitude by offering thanks for all my blessings.  You might want to teach the cute song, Can a Little Child Like Me.  Or, try the gift option of the Gratitude Activity and discuss the blessings we've been given in our lives.  Bring it all together with a short review of My Heavenly Father Loves Me.

On week 3, try teaching one of my favorite old primary songs, "I Believe in Being Honest."  If you want to keep the lesson short, just teach the first three pages.

The week 4 subject is "By living the gospel I set a good example for others to follow."  Start out with a couple of rounds of "Do as I'm Doing" with the help of these adorable cards by Susan Fitch Design.  ?Then teach one of my favorite missionary songs, "The Things I Do."

Alternate Arrangements of 2014 Primary Program Songs

Here are a list of my favorite alternate arrangements of this year's songs.  I've only included those which I think could reasonably be adjusted for a primary choir.  Most of the arrangements below are free for church use, but please double check for copyright issues and clear your decisions with your Primary Presidency.  If you know of other arrangements, please let me know and I will add them!

He Sent His Son,
Sally DeFord with flute/violin
Michael Moody with violin/flute
Betsy Lee Bailey with violin/flute

I WIll Follow God's Plan

I Stand All Amazed
Hamilton and Son Music with options including violin/flute
Ward Choir

The Family Is Of God
Ben Chan with flute/violin

Baptism simplified sheet music (for a child to play?)

Seek the Lord Early

Love at Home