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Thursday, September 4, 2014

{Sharing Time} I show my gratitude by offering thanks for all my blessings

Materials Needed:
Ace Bandages or white material cut into strips
Sticker dots
Picture of the Ten Lepers









Begin by sharing the story of the ten lepers in Luke or use this video about Ten Lepers (Go download it here).


After the video/story, ask the kids what lesson did the Savior want us to learn from this parable. Gratitude...

Lepers would cover their sores with bandages and a lot of the time their bandages would cover their whole bodies.  Today we are going to think of ways that we can be grateful for the blessings that we have and we have a visitor to help us. (invite a bishopric member, member from the Elders' or Relief Society)
Begin with no bandages, and start saying things that kids can say negative. And for each, put a sticker dot (for easy reference number the stickers so you know what is what) onto your volunteer
" I hate my homework"
"Why can't I have a phone"
"I hate my sister"

Now we have all these negative sayings, how can we turn them around and make them positive? (cover each sticker dot as the kids say something that we are blessed with for each negative thing with the bandages.

We are learning from our homework.
You can play more with friends instead of on a phone.
I have a family who loves me even though we may not agree.

Etc.....


Explain that when we show our gratitude we are showing to Heavenly Father that we are grateful for even the smallest things that we are given. At the end of the story of the lepers, only the one that went back to say thank you was healed from leprosy. The other 9 became lepers again. Why do you think that is?

Another idea:

An idea from last year's Sharing Time is this game, is 12 things that we have to be grateful for. You can put a few into bags and separate the Primary and have each group write how we can show our gratitude for each.
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