I had so much fun planning sharing time for Primary this past week. Our annual theme is "I Know the Scriptures are True." When I was called (back) into primary I was a little less than thrilled. I had just recently had this same calling and thought a little reprieve sounded nice. But when I heard the theme for this year, I was so excited! This is one of my favorite topics of all and so I became eager to be a part of helping these young children learn the importance, value and love for the scriptures.
My first sharing time topic came from 2 Nephi 32:3 "Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what you should do (italics added)." In my search for learning and teaching this particular phrase I came across this idea...and then adapted it! In my studies I learned that just as the world gives us street signs to know where we are and where we are going, the Lord gives us "street signs" in the scriptures helping us to know how best to navigate our lives. I had so much fun searching for the verses to match the signs. This could make a great family home evening activity...
RIGHT TURN ONLY
"Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil."
Joseph Smith-History 1:18-19
"I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right (for at this time it had never entered into my heart that all were wrong)—and which I should join. I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong..."
Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants...and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people."
And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:"
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.
Doctrine & Covenants 9:13
Do this thing which I have commanded you, and you shall prosper. Be faithful, and yield to no temptation.
3 Nephi 8:32
Turn, all ye Gentiles, from your wicked ways; and repent of your evil doings, of your lyings and deceivings, and of your whoredoms, and of your secret abominations, and your idolatries, and of your murders, and your priestcrafts, and your envyings, and your strifes, and from all your wickedness and abominations, and come unto me, and be baptized in my name, that ye may receive a remission of your sins, and be filled with the Holy Ghost, that ye may be numbered with my people who are of the house of Israel.
CURVY ROAD AHEAD
1 Nephi 8:32 - The Story of the Iron Rod
And it came to pass that many were drowned in the depths of the fountain; and many were lost from his view, wandering in strange roads.
Alma 36:6; 38:7 - The Story of Alma the Younger
For I went about with the sons of Mosiah, seeking to destroy the church of God; but behold, God sent his holy angel to stop us by the way....But behold, the Lord in his great mercy sent his angel to declare unto me that I must stop the work of destruction among his people; yea, and I have seen an angel face to face, and he spake with me, and his voice was as thunder, and it shook the whole earth.
Doctrine & Covenants 5:33-34
And there are many that lie in wait to destroy thee from off the face of the earth; and for this cause, that thy days may be prolonged, I have given unto thee these commandments. Yea, for this cause I have said: Stop, and stand still until I command thee, and I will provide means whereby thou mayest accomplish the thing which I have commanded thee.
NEXT EXIT IN # MILES
And behold, he said unto them: Behold, I give unto you a sign; for five years more cometh, and behold, then cometh the Son of God to redeem all those who shall believe on his name.
FOOD NEXT EXIT
2 Nephi 32:3
Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what you should do.
DO NOT ENTER
And now, my brethren, behold I say unto you, that if ye will harden your hearts ye shall not enter into the rest of the Lord; therefore your iniquity provoketh him that he sendeth down his wrath upon you as in the first provocation, yea, according to his word in the last provocation as well as the first, to the everlasting destruction of your souls; therefore, according to his word, unto the last death, as well as the first.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.
Doctrine & Covenants 136:35
And now cometh the day of their calamity, even the days of sorrow, like a woman that is taken in travail; and their sorrow shall be great unless they speedily repent, yea, very speedily.
And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt.
2 Nephi 5:5-6
And it came to pass that the Lord did warn me, that I, Nephi, should depart from them and flee into the wilderness, and all those who would go with me. Wherefore, it came to pass that I, Nephi, did take my family, and also Zoram and his family, and Sam, mine elder brother and his family, and Jacob and Joseph, my younger brethren, and also my sisters, and all those who would go with me.
Wherefore, we search the prophets, and we have many revelations and the spirit of prophecy; and having all these witnesses we obtain a hope, and our faith becometh unshaken, insomuch that we truly can command in the name of Jesus and the very trees obey us, or the mountains, or the waves of the sea. Nevertheless, the Lord God showeth us our weakness that we may know that it is by his grace, and his great condescensions unto the children of men, that we have power to do these things.
And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.
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"We will all face trials and have questions, but remember that we must be 'continually holidng fast to the rod of iron.' 'The words of Christ will tell [us] all things what [we] should do.' We must make scripture study a daily part of our lives, as this will open doors of revelation."
- - Elder James B. Martino, Ensign, Nov. 2015 - -