Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Articles of Faith Sharing time

Articles of Faith Sharing time
November 2012 Week 3

President Spencer W. Kimball told about a Primary boy who was a good missionary.  A man on a train asked the boy about the Mormon Church. The boy recited all of the Articles of Faith. The man was so impressed that this young boy knew what he believed that he went to Salt Lake City to learn more about the Church” (taken from http://www.lds.org/manual/2012-outline-for-sharing-time/november?lang=eng&query="articles+of+faith"  So today we are going to learn the meanings behind “these thirteen brief statements known as the Articles of Faith, which summarize some of the basic doctrines of the Church.” http://www.lds.org/friend/1996/10/honesty?lang=eng&query="articles+of+faith I have a bag filled with train cars that have numbers that match a train around the Primary wall. We will pull a picture or more from the cargo of the train that matches and learn about the Article of Faith. Let’s see how many trains we can get before time runs out!
This is the back of the train with the picture. I cut a slit in the train car the size of the picture and then taped a gallon bag on the back. Then I taped the end of the bag half way up so the bag wouldn't show and the picture would stick out of the train car.

First Article of Faith- Picture of the First Vision from Gospel Art Kit 403 inside the train car http://mormonchannel.org/sites/default/files/PI-02-first-vision-01_0.jpg "There are three separate persons in the Godhead: God, the Eternal Father; his Son, Jesus Christ; and the Holy Ghost. We believe in each of them (A of F 1:1). From latter-day revelation we learn that the Father and the Son have tangible bodies of flesh and bone and that the Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit, without flesh and bone (D&C 130:22–23). These three persons are one in perfect unity and harmony of purpose and doctrine" (taken from  John 17:21–23; 2 Ne. 31:21; 3 Ne. 11:27, 36). and http://www.lds.org/scriptures/gs/god-godhead?lang=eng&query="there+are+three+separate+persons+in+the+godhead%3a+god+the+eternal+father+his+son+jesus+christ+and+the+holy+ghost.+we+believe+in+each+of+them+(a+of"

Second Article of Faith- picture of Adam and Eve in the Garden. From Gospel Art Kit 101 inside the train car http://www.lds.org/images/Manuals/tchg-pix.nfo:o:10c.jpg "To transgress means to break a law or a rule. When we do something wrong, we transgress. When Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden, Heavenly Father commanded them to not eat fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam and Eve were tempted by Satan and ate the fruit. Heavenly Father cast Adam and Eve out of the garden because they transgressed. All of Heavenly Father’s children are given the agency to choose right or wrong.” We should choose the right but are able to repent if we make a mistake. “But Heavenly Father does not make us repent for the bad choices that others make. We are responsible for our own actions.” http://www.lds.org/friend/2011/02/article-of-faith-2?lang=eng&query="adam+and+eve"

Third Article of Faith- picture of Christ’s Atonement from Primary picture packet 2-52 inside the train car http://mormonchannel.org/sites/default/files/QA-18-christ.jpg “Jesus Christ came to earth to live as a mortal man. He suffered and died for us. His suffering is called the Atonement. Jesus was resurrected and came to life again. Because of what Jesus did for us, we all can live forever with Heavenly Father.” http://www.lds.org/friend/2011/03/article-of-faith-3?lang=eng&query="article+of+faith+3"

Fourth Article of Faith- pictures of Jesus Christ http://www.whymormonism.org/files/2009/09/jesus-mormon.jpg , Praying child from Primary picture  packet 1-9, Baptism from Primary picture packet 3-13, Confirmation from Primary picture packet 1-12 (all inside train car) “Faith is hope for things that we cannot see but are true. We believe that Jesus Christ is our Savior, and we trust Him to help and guide us.” http://www.lds.org/friend/2011/04/article-of-faith-4?lang=eng&query="article+of+faith+4 “Repentance frees us of our mistakes and sins and lets us progress to return to Heavenly Father.” http://www.lds.org/friend/2009/06/foundation-for-happiness?lang=eng&query="repentance"  “Baptism is the first step in becoming a member of Jesus Christ’s Church. We can be baptized when we are eight years old. At age eight, we are old enough to know the difference between right and wrong” The gift of the Holy Ghost is given to us by a priesthood holder after we are baptized. The Holy Ghost prompts us to choose the right, comforts us, and helps us understand eternal truths.” http://www.lds.org/friend/2011/04/article-of-faith-4?lang=eng&query="article+of+faith+4"

Fifth Article of Faith- picture of Bishop and Young woman from Gospel Art Kit 119 inside the train car  “Heavenly Father has given men the authority to do His work on earth. This authority is called the priesthood…. Members of the Church can be called to serve in their ward or branch. When a bishop needs to fill a calling in his ward, he ponders and prays about who should be called. When he receives confirmation from Heavenly Father that the person is the right one for the calling, that person is called and set apart by priesthood authority.” http://www.lds.org/friend/2011/05/article-of-faith-5?lang=eng&query="article+of+faith+5"

Sixth Article of Faith- picture of meetinghouse inside the train car http://lifebeforelife.org/files/2011/05/chapel.jpg   “Apostles and prophets who lived long ago led the Church and taught people about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Today prophets and apostles also lead Jesus Christ’s Church. The Church today is organized the same way Jesus organized His Church when He was on the earth.” http://www.lds.org/friend/2011/06/article-of-faith-6?lang=eng&query="article+of+faith+6"

Seventh Article of Faith- Missionaries picture from Primary picture packet 3-69 inside the train car http://www.meetmormonmissionaries.org/files/2009/04/missionary-visit.jpg  “Some of the blessings we receive from Heavenly Father are spiritual gifts. These gifts are given to those who are obedient and worthy to receive them.” Missionaries have the gift to speak tongues or other languages and the prophet receive revelation for us to follow and we can even our own personal revelation or guidance. Taken from http://www.lds.org/friend/2011/07/article-of-faith-7?lang=eng&query="article+of+faith+7"

Eighth Article of Faith- picture of scriptures inside the train car. http://www.lds.org/topic/book-of-mormon/images/mormons-books.jpg  “The scriptures are a record of the teachings of the prophets.. We believe and follow the teachings in four books of scripture: the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.” http://www.lds.org/friend/2011/08/article-of-faith-8?lang=eng&query="article+of+faith+8"

Ninth Article of Faith- picture of prophet President Monson inside the train car http://www.lds.org/images/Magazines/global/MonsonTS_96_rgb.jpg   “Reveal means to tell or show something. Heavenly Father reveals important truths to His prophets on the earth… Prophets who lived long ago wrote down the things that God revealed. These records are our scriptures. Today we have a living prophet—President Thomas S. Monson.” http://www.lds.org/friend/2011/09/article-of-faith-9?lang=eng&query="article+of+faith+9"

Tenth Article of Faith- picture of the earth Primary packet picture 1- inside the train car http://lifebeforelife.org/files/2011/05/chapel.jpg  inside the train car “A tribe is a big family of people. The Ten Tribes are families who descended from Jacob in the Old Testament, who was also called Israel. Missionaries go all over the world to help teach people about the gospel of Jesus Christ. When people accept the gospel, they are gathered into Jesus Christ’s Church. Jesus will come to live with us again and be our King. He will bring peace to the earth, and the earth will be more beautiful than it is now.” http://www.lds.org/friend/2011/09/article-of-faith-10?lang=eng&query="article+of+faith+10"

Eleventh Article of Faith- picture of children Primary packet 2-70  inside the train car
 “People worship God in many different ways. Not everyone is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But we are all children of Heavenly Father and He loves each one of us. He wants us to love one another… and show respect for others’ beliefs.”  http://www.lds.org/friend/2011/10/article-of-faith-11?lang=eng&query="article+of+faith+11"

Twelfth Article of Faith- Small flag from home country(America!!!) and/or small paper crown inside train car
“We believe it is right to follow the leaders and obey the laws of the country and city where we live. It is important to Heavenly Father that we are good citizens.” http://www.lds.org/friend/2011/11/article-of-faith-12?lang=eng&query="article+of+faith+12"

Thirteenth Article of Faith- picture of Jesus Christ with children inside train car http://www.jollyjenn.com/IKnowMySaviorLives.jpg or http://mormonyouth.org/files/2008/07/jesus-christ-children-mormon.jpg  “Everything that is good in this world is part of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We should follow the teachings of Jesus and try to be better and more like Him. When we keep our promises, tell the truth, and help others, we are following the teachings of Jesus.” http://www.lds.org/friend/2011/12/article-of-faith-13?lang=eng&query="article+of+faith+13"

I hope we will learn the articles of Faith so we may have a similar experience as the boy in the story. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

Train engine from: http://www.clker.com/cliparts/V/p/U/k/3/Y/loco-train-md.png

You can find a copy of the file named "Sharing time- Articles of Faith train" at my Skydrive: https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=976904c8bfc9a79e&sc=documents&id=976904C8BFC9A79E%21105)


  1. This looks so incredible! I really wish I was teaching the 3rd week now instead of this coming Sunday! LOVE your ideas always! Thanks for all the hard work!

  2. Thanks, can't wait to do this for sharing time this month!

  3. I just found you on Sugardoodle. I love your suggestions. You make me look good, lol. Thanks for all you do.

  4. This is a fantastic idea! Thank you!

  5. You are amazing! Thank you so much for all of your ideas!

  6. Thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into this. It is just what I needed!!!

  7. WOW! This is such a creative and beautiful way to teach the lesson to both Junior and Senior Primary! Thank you very much for sharing your creative talents!

  8. Thank you - this is one of the best AOF lessons I have ever seen. I was looking for something like this a while ago, and now I will be able to use it again! THANK YOU!

  9. I cherish your ideas, thank you so much.

    Anne Bell - Western Australia

  10. I love this idea but cant find the cars at the site listed. It pulls up the engine and the caboose but none of the cars.If you have a minute would you see if you have another link for those?
    Thanks for all your time spent!

    1. Here is a link to the clip art index. Scroll down to "train car" and you will find several cars.


  11. You should be able to click on the Skydrive link and all the trains with the Articles of Faith already on them. Sorry if you are having trouble. It worked when I did it, but it is my Skydrive and I may have better access to it. I am not computerly talented so adding files for me has been challenging!

  12. Thank you so much for all your hard work! What a wonderful sharing time, I can't wait to give it today! It will also be something I can keep in the closet to review the Articles of Faith through out the year. Again, thank you so very much for blessing our Primary!

  13. These are awesome! Thank you! and the sky drive link worked great for me!

  14. You have saved me once more. I love this idea and plan to use it Sunday. THANK YOU!!!!

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