Saturday, March 19, 2016

Scripture Hero Guess Who - Learning and Living the Gospel

I really had to dive into my scriptures making this activity, and I learned so much! With conference coming up, I thought this would be a good activity to relate how what we learn from scripture heroes, isn't very different from what we learn from today's prophets :). This activity would be great for Learning and Living the Gospel, but would also work well for Sharing Time and Family Home Evening!

This "Guess Who" activity has the following steps: 
1. Choose a letter from the "Clue Mailbox" 
2. Read the "Scripture Clue" from the letter
3. Guess who the scripture clue is from and choose their name from the "Board Cards"
4. Turn over "Board Cards" and find out what that prophet taught us
5. Show President Monson's quote

So I made a pretty simple mailbox with just two and a half pieces of card stock, tape and some scissors. I also made envelopes to put the scripture clues in:

Ask a reverent helper to come to the front and choose an envelope out of the mailbox. In the envelopes, put a "Guess Who Scripture Clue". These have scriptures that the kids can read out loud to everyone, and then try to guess who the scripture is talking about/who said it. If they don't know, they can ask if someone else knows. I made twelve: Nephi, Enos, Abinadi, Samuel the Lamanite, Brother of Jared, Moroni, Moses, Noah, Abraham, David, Daniel and Joseph Smith. For example: My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. Answer: Daniel

Then on the chalkboard or wall, have the "Guess Who Board Cards" up, with the name of the scripture hero facing up. Once the participant has read the scripture clue and guessed who said it, they can choose their name from the board cards and turn it over to find out what we can learn from that scripture hero. Also put the President Monson quote on the board, with his picture but facing the chalkboard so no one can see.

Then once all of the scripture heroes have been turned over, turn over the quote from President Monson and ask everyone who they think said it. Once they are done guessing, you can turn over President Monson's picture, and explain to everyone that we are very fortunate to have modern day prophets who teach us just like our heroes in the scriptures. 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Getting to Know - Learning and Living the Gospel

In the Faith In God Book, it reads: "Read a recent conference address given by the prophet. Decide what you can do to follow the prophet, and do it".

I thought this would be a great activity before General Conference for the girls to get to know the brethren a little better. I made a PowerPoint using facts from their biography's on just a few bullet points so they can get to know them just a bit without being too overwhelmed. 

Depending on how many participants you have, assign them each brethren to look up BEFORE you look at the "Getting to know the first presidency & quorum of the twelve apostles" PowerPoint. Have them use their devices (phone, kindle, iPad) to fill in the blanks on the worksheet for their assigned brother. Once everyone is done, allow the participants to present the brethren that they researched to the group... in which they could also add anything they would like that's not listed on the PowerPoint but they learned during their research. Hook your laptop up to a TV so that everyone can see. Have the girls fill in the blanks in the worksheet while others are presenting so their worksheet is complete. 

Once they have completed the worksheet, you can pass out the quote handout. This has a famous quote from each of the brethren.  I would recommend they fold this and put it in their scriptures. Now that they are more familiar with who these brethren are, you can instruct them to go home and read a conference address, choose something they can do to follow the prophet, and do it. 

Then once everyone is brushed up on their apostle facts, you can split everyone into two groups. Have these trivia cards cut up and choose one at a time. Have one person from each team come to the front and face each other with a small table in between them. Place a spoon on the table. The first person who thinks they know the answer grabs the spoon. If neither of them know, they can get help from their team. Each correct answer is a point :).