Wednesday, May 30, 2012

When I Pay my Tithing, Heavenly Father will Bless me Sharing time

When I pay my tithing, Heavenly Father will Bless me Sharing time

June 2012 Week 2
Boy picture of paying tithing is from
Girl picture of paying tithing tithing is from Primary packet 3-26 The board is a school project board that I have covered with contact paper so it can be reused. With a roll of painter's tape!
The game spaces are just text boxes with "Windows of Heaven", "Move to the next wallet" and "Move to the next bill" printed on green construction paper. The point is to get as many questions answered, so these make the game go quicker. 

 Father in Heaven loves you and has given you many blessings. He asks you to return to Him one tenth of all you earn. The one tenth you give to the Lord is called tithing. Tithing is used to build up Heavenly Father’s kingdom on the earth. President Hinckley learned this helpful poem as a boy,
What is tithing? I will tell you every time. Ten cents from a dollar, and a penny from a dime. (The Sacred Law of Tithing, Gordon B. Hinckley Dec. 1989)
So if you have 10 dollars, you give a dollar, if you have a dollar, you give ten cents. If you have a dime, you give the Lord one penny.

Has anyone seen one of these?(Show tithing envelope) When you pay your tithing, you should fill out the slip, place the money in the envelope, seal it, print your name on the front of the envelope, and give it to the bishop or one of his counselors. Taken from Primary 3 Manual “Tithing” p. 208-12 or Sharing Time 2012 June theme

(Opening taken from Friend November 1996 Karen Ashton
If we pay our tithing faithfully, we will be blessed. In Malachi 3:10  it reads, Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

We are going to play a game about tithing to discover how tithing is used to bless others, and learn what some of the great blessings are that we can receive from paying tithing.  We will roll a die and if we land on a bill from another country we will answer a question about tithing. If we land on a wallet, we will discover one way tithing is used to bless others and figure out how much tithing should be given, and if we roll a “Window of Heaven” we will pick a window of heaven and discover a way that we are blessed when we pay our tithing.

BILLS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES, (Any countries will do. Here are some examples, I used some from various husband business trips!):

Questions on the back of each foreign bill-
How much tithing do we pay to the Lord?
Who is pleased when we pay our tithing?
Who do we give our tithing to?
Do we need to pay our tithing to be able to go to the temple?
What kind of attitude should we have when we pay tithing?
What will we receive from paying tithing?

What do we show Heavenly Father when we pay our tithing?

WINDOWS OF HEAVEN- (When a child rolls a “Windows of Heaven” on the die or lands on game space, a window will be opened to reveal a blessing that comes from paying tithing. The blessing is written on the back of "Blessing" strip)

Window for windows of heaven-

Feeling of Peace
(Source/Optional quote for SR Primary)- “A feeling of peace is one of the great blessings of paying a full tithe. Those who have kept the commandment of tithing can testify that the blessing of peace is real and precious.” Henry B. Eyring, The Blessings of Tithing
More love for God and others
(Source/Optional quote for SR Primary) “..those who pay tithing feel an increase in their love of God and of all God’s children. That increase of love comes from understanding how the Father uses the tithes we offer to bless people in this world and for eternity.” Henry B. Eyring, The Blessings of Tithing
Privilege of going to temple
(Source/Optional quote for SR Primary): “Keeping the commandments, which includes paying our tithing, will qualify us to enter those temples, be sealed to our families, and receive eternal blessings. Quote from Lorenzo Snow Tithing: A Test of Faith with Eternal Blessings October 2002
Safe from enemies
(Source/Optional quote for SR Primary)- President Lorenzo Snow-“ If we observe this law, no matter what our enemies may do, the Lord will preserve us.” Tithing: A Test of Faith with Eternal Blessings October 2002
 Strong testimony

Enough money for our needs
(Source/Optional quote for SR Primary)  In October of 1998 Hurricane Mitch devastated many parts of Central America. President Gordon B. Hinckley was very concerned for the victims of this disaster, many of whom lost everything—food, clothing, and household goods. He visited these Saints. The prophet wanted to help them unlock the windows of heaven as promised by the Lord in the book of Malachi “President Hinckley taught them that if they would pay their tithing, they would always have food on their tables, they would always have clothing on their backs, and they would always have a roof over their heads. (April 2005- Tithing- A commandment Even for the Destitute Lynn G. Robbins)
 Understanding of the gospel and spiritual light
(Source/Optional quote for SR Primary) “We receive spiritual light when we pay our tithing, as the windows of heaven can then open up.” ( “Put Light in your Life”, President James E. Faust. June 2007)
Strength to obey other commandments
(Source/Optional quote for SR Primary) "The honest payment of tithing provides a person the inner strength and commitment to comply with the other commandments." (“Be Thou an Example” Thomas S. Monson)
Be more honest and thankful
(Source/Optional quote for SR Primary) He allows us to use everything on this earth. He only asks us to return one-tenth. Tithing is a token of gratitude, obedience, and thanksgiving— Paying tithing, willingly, develops an honest and pure heart. (May 2007 Ensign, “Will a Man Rob God?” Yoshihiko Kikuchi)
Eternal life-
(Source/Optional quote for SR Primary)  “Tithing, then, is one of the bedrock foundation principles of exaltation…. It is a principle of great promise and brings eternal joy and happiness.” (Elder Hartman Rector, Jr. “That Ye May Have Roots and Branches, Ensign, May 1983 p.25)$f=templates$3.0

LEFTOVER-One place on the board when the marker passes is a “leftover” (a small piece of tin foil wrapped around a half eaten piece of pizza with the below quote in the tin foil.)

 “When serving a meal, it is much easier to set one more plate at the beginning of the meal than it is to find food for a latecomer once the meal is over and the food has been served. Likewise, isn’t it actually easier to give the Lord the firstlings or the firstfruits than it is to hope that there are sufficient “leftovers” for Him? As the founder of our feast, shouldn’t He be the guest of honor, the first to be served?” So we pay tithing first before any spending!
(April 2005- Tithing- A Commandment Even for the Destitute Lynn G. Robbins)

If landed on a WALLET the children will choose a wallet with play money in it, filled out tithing slip with envelope and a picture of how that tithing can be used to bless others.

(Wallets are made from folding a rectangular piece of cut brown construction paper and stapling the folded bottom up to create a pocket for play money. Play money printed on green construction paper from )

Pictures that are inside the tithing envelopes that represent how tithing blesses others- In each wallet is either $10(10 ones in play money), $20(a ten and five in play money and five ones), or $30(two tens and a five and five ones in play money. The tithing slip is already filled out- The name is Full Tithe Payer, addresss is 2000 Faithful St, etc. One child can put the money in the envelope as you talk about the picture of where that tithing may be going to help.)

 I challenge you to pay your tithing. Even if the amount doesn't seem like much it will bring blessings to you and members and nonmembers of this true church. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

(You can find a copy of this file named "Sharing time- Tithing.doc" at my Skydrive:

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I Pray to Heavenly Father for Strength to do What is Right Sharing time

(You can find a copy of the Phone picture at my Skydrive:
cell phone taken from

I Pray for Strength to do What is Right Sharing Time

August 2013 Week 4 theme

What is this? (hold cell phone or a picture of one) A cell phone. What does it do? It helps us talk to someone that is far away and communicate with them. It helps us solve problems, feel comfort, get answers, and direction for where we need to go.

Elder Joseph W. Sitati of the Seventy shares a story about a cell phone. While traveling in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with other church leaders their truck broke down and they needed to call for help, but couldn’t get any cell phone reception. They walked to the nearby village. The villagers told them that sometimes it was possible to make a call on a cell phone by climbing one of the tall anthills nearby. So the church leaders walked up a nearby anthill, but didn’t get a cell phone signal and couldn’t make the call. They walked up a second anthill, no signal. 3rd anthill-nothing. Finally, the ninth anthill they climbed and were able to get a signal and call for help on the cell phone.  Friend November 2011, p.27
Unlike communication on a cell phone that can sometimes have a bad connection or signal (like the story), a busy signal or even extra roaming charges, communication through prayer with our Heavenly Father is always available and always free. Heavenly Father’s line is always clear, open and ready to hear our problems and give us help.

We are going to discover some ways we can communicate with Heavenly Father through prayer through a matching game. We will pick a picture on the chalkboard that will have a prophet that needed an answer to a prayer from Heavenly Father. Then we will match on the rolling chalkboard an answer from Heavenly Father that helped the prophet make the right decision. (The pictures and matching phones have color clues to help match them.

Praying to Understand truth
(On back of picture of Joseph Smith reading James,  Joseph Smith was confused about which church to join and didn’t know which was correct and true. What kind of prayer was offered to Heavenly Father? (Understanding truth prayer) Match with “Understanding truth” cell phone

Answer-(On “Understanding Truth” phone with First vision picture, Gospel in Art 403 or
on the cell phone) He had faith and prayed to ask God to understand truth. In answer to his prayer, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared and told Joseph that none of the churches were true. The Lord called Joseph to restore His true Church to the earth. When you have questions or problems, you can also pray to Heavenly Father. He blesses His children when we ask in faith and helps us understand true things. Taken from Friend December 2011 picture on page

Praying for Reverence-

 (On back of picture of President Monson, Ensign July 2008, p. 4) President Monson spoke about a time when he was 11 and in primary. “One Sunday, the Primary President asked me to stay behind and visit with her. The two sat alone in the empty chapel and the President put her arm around me and began to cry. Surprised, I asked her why she was crying. She replied, “I don’t seem to be able to encourage the 11 year old boys to be reverent during the opening exercises of Primary. Would you help me, Tommy? I promised he would.” What kind of prayer do you think President Monson could have offered? (A Reverence Prayer) Match cell phone that is labeled, “Reverence”

Answer- (On “Reverence” cell phone with picture of reverent class Primary packet,3-66 or
President Monson could have prayed how to help the class be more reverent.
"Strangely to him, but not to the Primary President, that ended the reverence problem. She had gone to the source of the problem—me. So President Monson needed help from the Lord to be reverent in Primary, haha! From “Primary Days,” Ensign, Apr. 1994, 65–68.

Praying for Safety-

(On back of Daniel in Lion’s den picture- Primary packet 1-14 or was ordered not to do something that was right—he was told not to pray! Wicked men tricked the king into making a law that required anyone who prayed to be thrown into the lions’ den. Daniel still prayed three times a day. When the men caught Daniel praying, Daniel was cast into the lions’ den. Did the lions kill Daniel? What kind of prayer do you think Daniel offered in the den with the lions? (Safety prayer) Match with cell phone labeled, “Safety”

Answer- (On back of “safety” cell phone with picture of boy stuck on railroad, Primary packet 3-53). “Daniel prayed to Heavenly Father was protected by an angel sent from God. God blessed Daniel for keeping His commandment to pray.” We can pray when we are in danger, or need to be safe like Daniel did.

Praying for forgiveness-

(On back of picture of Enos praying in forest, Primary packet 3-49 or  One day while hunting in the forest, Enos remembered what he had often heard his father, Jacob, say about eternal life and the joy of the Saints. He felt like he had done many things wrong in his life. What kind of prayer did Enos offer to Heavenly Father? (Forgiveness prayer) Match phone that is labeled “Forgiveness”, (recall the previous pebble sharing time)

Answer- (On “ Forgiveness” cell phone with picture or pebble in shoe, Friend, February 2003 p.43 or “Kneeling in humble prayer, Enos confessed his sins. All day Enos lifted his voice unto the Lord, praying for forgiveness. When night came, he continued to plead with the Lord.  As he continued to cry unto the Lord in prayer, he heard a voice say to him, “Enos, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed.” We can pray to Heavenly and say sorry for our wrongdoings and ask Him to forgive us.

Praying for direction-

(On back of picture of Lehi’s family and Liahona)   Lehi obeyed God’s commandment to take his family into the wilderness. One morning, the Lord provided a ball of curious workmanship, which Lehi found at the door of his tent One day as Nephi went to hunt for food, his bow broke. Without his bow, he was unable to get any food for the family. Hungry and unhappy, his brothers and even his father complained. Nephi made a new bow of wood. Then he asked his father where to look for food. What kind of prayer do you think Lehi offered to Heavenly Father? (Match with “Direction” cell phone)
Answer- (On back of “Direction” cell phone with direction picture, Friend Mar. 2003, p.3 Lehi prayed for direction and which way would lead to food. Lehi prayed about it, and the Lord told him to look at the ball. The ball showed them the way. Nephi now followed its directions and found food for the family. We can pray for help to know which way to go in our lives like where should we go to college, who to marry, who to be friends with, etc

Prayer for comfort

 (On the back of picture of Spencer W. Kimball)  This story is about Spencer W. Kimball before he became a prophet. He told the story, “I had had many phone calls from Salt Lake City. They hadn’t ever worried me like this one. “Spencer, this is Brother Clark speaking. The Brethren have just called you to fill one of the vacancies in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.” Like a bolt of lightning it came. My mind seemed to be traveling many paths all at once—I was dazed, almost numb with the shock; a picture of my life spread out before me. “Not me, Brother Clark! You can’t mean that!” I was virtually speechless. My heart pounded fiercely. What kind of prayer do you think Spencer W. Kimball offered to Heavenly Father? (Match with “Comfort” cell phone)
Answer-(On back of “Comfort” cell phone with picture of father/son embrace, Prodical son, Primary packet 2-46) He prayed and received comfort from Heavenly Father that things would be okay and found comfort in the scriptures. Ensign February 2004 The Breaking of the Day Has Found me on My Knees by Spencer W. Kimball

Praying for courage to share truth-

 (On back of Abinidi picture  God sent a prophet named Abinadi to Noah’s people. King Noah was wicked and Abinadi told his people to repent. When he heard what Abinadi said, King Noah was angry. He sent men to bring Abinadi to him so that he could kill him. Abinadi was taken to the king. King Noah and his priests asked him many questions. They tried to trick him into saying something wrong and say that Jesus wasn’t the Savior. What kind of prayer did Abinadi offer? (Match with “Courage to share truth” cell phone)

Answer- (On back of cell phone “Courage to share truth” with picture of girl sharing the Book of Mormon to friend Friend February 2003, p.3

 Abinadi could pray for strength to tell the truth. In fact, Abinadi was not afraid to answer their questions. He knew that God would help him. Abinadi was filled with the Holy Ghost and was able to tell his message of truth and no one could touch him until he was finished. We can pray for Heavenly Father to help us tell the truth/stand up for what we believe in, and share our truth with those around us. Even if it is hard sometimes. 

Praying for Thankfulness-

(On back of Jaradite boats picture, Primary picture packet 1-69)- The Lord told the brother of Jared to build barges to take his people to the promised land. The Jaredites went into the barges with their animals and food. The Lord made a furious wind blow the barges toward the promised land. The Lord protected them in the rough sea. After 344 days on the water, the barges landed on the shore of the promised land. What kind of prayer do you think the Jaredites could offer after arriving safely to the Promised land? (Match with “Thankfulness” cell phone)
Answer- (On back of “Thankfulness” cell phone with picture of pilgrim praying next to girl praying Friend November 1999 cover or Ensign January 2012, p. 17) They thanked the Lord and when the Jaredites came out of the barges, they knelt down before the Lord and cried tears of joy. We can thank Heavenly Father for the good things that happen to us. We can thank Him that these prophets took the time to engrave these stories(which wasn’t easy) on plates so we can read them and learn about Jesus. Taken from:

M. Russell Ballard said “Through prayer, we can show our love for God. And He has made it so easy. We may pray to Him any time. No special equipment is needed. We don’t even need to charge batteries or pay a monthly service fee.” I believe that we CAN communicate with Heavenly Father through a celestial cell phone. He always has time to talk to us and will answer our questions and problems. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen.