Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Choose and Review - CTR Shields

Some time ago, for a Choose and Review, I selected several of the personal experiences shared by children in the “I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus” feature of the Friend magazine. I typed them up and mounted these on simple green CTR shields. During singing time, I invited the children to choose a situation and read it. The rest of the children listened to discover what the child did to choose the right, then we sang an appropriate review song. This was so simple and the children enjoyed it. Many wanted to share good choices they have been making as well. I love it when such a simple idea works so well! ;o)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Choose and Review - People in the Scriptures Made Good Choices

For a Choose and Review some time ago, I used figures from the Primary Visual Aids Cutouts, to illustrate examples of people in the scriptures and church history who were examples to us in making good choices. I wrote out a simple “Who Am I” kind of clue for each of these figures, indicating what choice that person made. After the children guessed who they were, we discussed their choice and sang a review song that reinforced the principle taught by that choice. Here are the brief story clues I used.

“One day, as I was walking down the road, I saw a man who had been beaten. I felt sorry and stopped to help him. I took him to an inn and even paid for his care before countinuing my journey. Who Am I?” (Good Samaritan) -Love One Another / Kindness Begins With Me

“I was instructed to build a boat. My brothers laughed at me because I didn’t know how. I prayed and God blessed me and helped me build the boat. When it was finished my family and I sailed to the promised land. Who Am I?” (Nephi) -Nephi’s Courage

“I had been taught that I should always pray, but in my country there was a law that said you could not pray. I obeyed the Lord and prayed anyway. I was put into a den of lions, but the Lord protected me and blessed me for being valiant. Who Am I?” (Daniel) -I Will Be Valiant

“The Lord asked me to go on a mission to the Lamanites. I was put to work tending sheep. I was able to defend the sheep against robbers, and the king listened to my message about the gospel. Who Am I?” (Ammon) -I Hope They Call Me on a Mission

“When the prophet Joseph Smith needed money to print the Book of Mormon, I mortaged my farm and took the money to the prophet. It was a lot of money, and put my farm at risk, but I wanted to help build the kingdom of God. Who Am I?” (Martin Harris) -Stand for the Right

“I lived at the time of the restoration of the gospel. I loved and supported my husband as he organized the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I also collected the first book of hymns for the church to use. Who Am I?” (Emma Smith) - I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me

“I was a faithful mother in the days of the Book of Mormon. Just like many other mothers, I taught my son the gospel and often shared my testimony with him. When he became a soldier, I assured him that if he didn’t doubt, God would care for him in danger and deliver him. Who Am I?” (Faithful Lamanite Mother) - Faith and/or We’ll Bring the World His Truth.

“I lived during the time of the New Testament. An angel appeared to me and told me that I would be the mother of a very special baby. The Holy Ghost whispered to me that this was a extraordinary responsibility. I wanted to do what God asked me to do. Who Am I?” (Mary) - Listen, Listen and/or Once Within a Lowly Stable

“I was a beautiful queen in ancient Persia. When I found out that all the Jews in my country would be killed, I knew I had to go before the king and ask him to spare my people. I fasted and prayed and then risked my life to ask this favor. Who Am I?” (Esther) - Dare to Do Right
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