Monday, February 6, 2012

I am Blessed when I choose to Follow the Prophet Sharing time

Prophets and anchors sharing time-

Taken from Diane Nichols, “Sharing Time: Obedience Brings Blessings,” Friend, May 2001, 35

Use Storyboard (show picture of boat anchored in water)

“Have you ever been by a lake or an ocean during a bad storm? One night a family watched a terrible storm from the window of their home near a beach. Huge waves crashed against the shore. They battered the family’s wooden boat dock, breaking it apart. The next morning they found pieces of the dock all over. But their boat was floating peacefully and unharmed in the water. It was held in place by the strong anchor they had tied it to the night before. The anchor had held the boat and kept it from crashing into the shore and being destroyed.

“Just as the boat was safe in the storm because it was held by an anchor, we can be kept safe when we listen to and follow the prophet. Listening to and obeying his counsel is like an anchor in our lives.

Taken from Sharing time Outline, Choose the Right, p. 7  (Show picture of widow and prophet Elijah, Ensign Sept 2006)

 For example, Do you remember the story of the Prophet Elijah and the widow. “He asked for a drink and a piece of bread. The woman told him that she only had a little flour and oil to make bread for her son. Elijah told her to make some bread for him first and God would give her more flour and oil. She followed the prophet and she had enough flour and oil for many days.”

(Show picture Of President Monson)

 Just as prophets of old helped people anchor themsleves to God, Our prophet today, President Monson also helps keep us(boats) safe by following him. 

So today we have this ship that is missing its anchor. (ship was enlarged from

It might float right off to the Relief Society room if we don’t anchor it quick! So we are going to use this boat with anchor to help retrieve the links that will build our anchor.

On each link is a number

that matches an anchor on the board

Source: Thomas S. Monson, “In Harm’s Way”, Ensign, May 1998(For the chain linksand pictures, I incorporated his 6 suggestions to keep you safe and out of harm’s way- 1. Choose good friends, 2. Study gospel, 3. Obey Parents, 4. Obey the Commandments, 5. Serve with Love, 6. Pray

 On the back of the anchor is a picture. This picture helps us discover one way that we can follow the prophet and help us anchor ourselves to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. There are even special clue quotes from the prophet on some of the pictures. Then we will link the chain to the ship and help anchor ourselves to Heavenly Father and Jesus.

Chain links and matching pictures- numbers on wrapped tin foil strips with paper clips attached to them. Numbers 1-8 written on each. Numbers match numbers on the anchors with pictures taped on back.
I cut out the anchor and inserted tinfoil to make it shiny. Anytime you can add shiny stuff to a sharing time adds Sunbeam focus!!haha!
Scriptures- (Scriptures picture in life preserver) from Ensign May 1993, p. 10.
Our Heavenly Father did not launch us on our eternal journey without providing the means whereby we could receive from Him God-given guidance to assist in our safe return at the end of mortal life…. I do not overlook the holy scriptures, written by mariners who successfully sailed the seas we too must cross. Thomas S. MonsonThe Three R’s of Choice”, October 2010 General Conference

Prayer- Primary 1-9 (girl saying morning prayer)
-…communication with our Father in Heaven—including our prayers to Him and His inspiration to us—is necessary in order for us to weather the storms and trials of life. Thomas S. Monson. “Stand in Holy Places”, General Conference Oct 2011

Obey Parents-(picture of Parents with child)- Example Ensign October 2008, p. 33
"Our mothers and our fathers bestowed this marvelous gift(of birth) on us. Ours is the responsibility to show our gratitude by the actions of our lives.” Thomas S. Monson, “Gifts” General Conference April 1993

Church attendance/Sabbath Day Holy-(picture of family taking sacrament) Primary 3-59
Years ago, a father asked Elder ElRay L. Christiansen what name he could suggest for his newly acquired boat. Brother Christiansen suggested, “Why not call it The Sabbath Breaker?” I’m confident the would-be sailor pondered whether his pride and joy would be a Sabbath breaker or a Sabbath keeper.” Thomas S. Monson, “Becoming your Best Selves”, General Conference, October 1999- Does your boat drift off to a birthday party on Sunday? By going to church and thinking of Jesus , you help your boat stay safe and you too.

General Conference-(picture of family watching General Conference) Ensign April 2008, p.24
We can watch General Conference to help us learn new ways(commandments) to keep our boats better anchored. We should keep those commandments that we hear from the prophet to stay safe.

Good friends and heroes-picture from cover of  Friend, September 2009 (boy dressed as Captain Moroni)or Friend July 2010, p. 27 (Boy with CTR shield dress up)
For Senior Primary-“At times television and movies portray worldly and immoral heroes and heroines and attempt to hold up as role models some actors and actresses whose lives are anything but exemplary.” Thomas S. Monson, Constant Truths for Changing Times, General Conference, April, 2005  President Monson speaking about the scriptures…“What makes of these men{in the scriptures} heroes and these women heroines?” I answer, unwavering trust in an all-wise Heavenly Father and an abiding testimony concerning the mission of a divine Savior.” President Monson, “My Personal Hall of Fame” October General Conference 1974 So we need to choose friends and people that we admire that help strengthen our testimonies and bring us closer to God, and keep us good.

Love Others- Picture of Jesus with heart taped on it-  Jesus the Christ,Gospel Art Kit, 240 or any Primary picture packet!

“May our families and homes be filled with love: love of each other, love of the gospel, love of our fellowman, and love of our Savior. As a result, heaven will be a little closer here on earth.” Thomas S. Monson, Love at Home- Counsel from our Prophet, August 2011 First Presidency message

Prepare/Remember Baptism and Keep commandments- picture of Baptism with small commandments in the corner. 
We should be preparing to enter into the waters of baptism worthily and stay worthy and then keep those promises and commandments throughout our life journey.

(I may eliminate some quotes on certain pictures depending on time, I will have to work out the timing)

“Listen to the prophet. He speaks for Heavenly Father. If we are obedient, we will feel peace. And like the boat tied to the anchor, even though there are storms all around us, we will be safe.”
 if time- He taught in the last General Conference from “Stand in Holy Places, President Thomas Monson, October 2011 General ConferenceIn this world where nearly everything seems to be changing, His constancy is something on which we can rely, an anchor to which we can hold fast and be safe, lest we be swept away into uncharted waters.”
 I hope we all will work on anchoring ourselves to Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father and that our boats will stay strong and safe. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen.


  1. Do you get the pictures you are mentioning from your own copies of manuals and the Ensign? I can't seen to find them online

  2. Another question, Could you share your clue quotes that you put on the back of some of the pictures?

  3. Yes, I will get the quotes, still researching!! This sharing time is still a work in progress, it decided to post itself, haha! I do get my pictures from a HUGE stack of church magazines that I keep just to cut them up. I will try and find the ones I used online, but I am not always successful:)

  4. You are amazing! I have been pondering and wondering how to give this sharing time and here you have down what will work exactly for my primary! Words are not enough, but THANK YOU!!! All of you wonderful people who have the ability to help inspire others how amazing you are!!!

  5. This is exactly what I was looking for for sharing time on sunday. Thank you!!!

  6. I love the shiny comment! That cracked me up! Wonderful sharing time. I am so excited!

  7. Great Job, Thank you for this idea!!

  8. I just got called last night as Primary President to a reorganized ward. This will help me so much on Sunday! Thank you so much!

  9. I'm being released on Sunday and it's also my turn for sharing time. I wasn't sure what I was going to do for this week's lesson, but after reading your post I felt like this was exactly what I needed to teach. Thanks for posting a great lesson!

  10. thank you, thank you, thank you!

  11. wow! There are certain people that are blessed with creativity. Thanks for being willing to share your talents to help benefit so many!

  12. thank you for posting your great ideas! I love the anchor idea. This really helped me pull together my ideas for sharing time this week. I appreciate you sharing your creativity with others!

  13. Thank you for posting your ideas. Helps me out a lot.

  14. Thank you for this post! I have been stumped on what to do, and I just LOVE these ideas. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  15. if you go to the classic under gospel library, you can click on media in other formats, such as pdf. Then click on magazines and you can print off the picture of the family watching general conference, because we know the exact page number and the issue. It is so great!

  16. I tried to put a link directly to the PDF issue that some pictures are in, maybe that doesn't work because I keep seeing people trying to search for the pictures that I used. Sorry if this is frustrating if you can't find the pictures. I do site as much as I can:)

  17. i adapted your idea for our sharing time today, and it was a hit! i used the boat and anchor metaphor, and handed out various copies of the Friend to each class, then had THEM look through the first couple of articles to find something to put on their link to the anchor. They loved trying to find the messages from Heavenly father that the prophets were passing on through the church magazines. I did 2 anchors with 2 chains for the senior primary, split them into 2 teams and let them race to get enough chain links to their anchor. They really scoured through the Friend magazines and came up with some AMAZING answers. I got a little choked up at all the instructions our Heavenly Father has for our children, and how He sends them in a way that these kids can understand! Thank you SO much for the inspiration!!

  18. Great adaptation! This lesson WAS a hit in our primary, the kids were glued! Hope you guys had a great experience:)

  19. You are the best!!!!! thank you so much!!!!!
    Love it!!!!
    I am so exited!!!!
    Thank you!!!!

  20. Thank you so much! This is wonderful!! Just curious as to how you had the children come up, did you just choose a child for each one and had them choose a photo to discuss it? Did you go in number order? Then they attached the link after talking about each photo? Thank you!

  21. Ok had to think about thi- it's been a long time since I taught it. I had the child "fish" for the anchor link first. The numbers were written on the links. If the child picked, "8" then I had another child find the anchor number that matched and discussed the picture. I didn't go in any order because I didn't know which chain link the magnet was going to attach to. Hope that helps!!! Sorry if it doesn't, good luck though!

    1. I totally get it now, that you so much for the quick response, your awesome:)! It could have been my pregnancy brain haha, and you probably explained that part, I just didn't see it. Thank you so much again!

  22. I attached the link after discussing the picture by just taping it together. I had tape precut and I believe that I created two sets of chain links(one for junior and one for senior) so that I could quickly rip them off and reset the next set easily.

  23. I am trying to make my anchors out of tinfoil like you did, but mine are so wrinkly and ugly after cutting them out. How did you get them to looks so smooth? They look great! I'm feeling a bit deflated.