I will be focusing on how we can be missionaries now and how the children can prepare to share the gospel. You'll need: printable pitcher, blessings wordstrips, orange juice word strips, missionary coloring pages and crayons.
Click here to download the 4 page pdf file with printables. If you have any troubles, email me.
I'm going to use one of my favorite talks about sharing the gospel from Oct. 2000 conference. Read the entire talk here by Robert C. Oaks of the seventy. I loooove his orange juice analogy when it comes to sharing the gospel. I will read portions of the talk w/ the senior primary, but for junior I will summarize with something simple like this:
I had the most delicious orange juice this morning for breakfast. It was so good, I mean it was so sweet and a little tangy and it was sooooo good. I enjoyed it so much, I could drink it all day. This orange juice was so good that everybody should be able to taste it, it's the best. I was going to bring the pitcher and some cups and share with everyone, but then I got thinking. What if some of you don't like orange juice? Would you be mad at me if I brought it? What if it hurt your feelings if I offered you a cup? What if you didn't want to come to primary anymore and be friends if you didn't like the orange juice? I just got so nervous thinking about it that I decided not to bring the orange juice to share. It's the best orange juice that I've ever tasted, but I'm keeping it to myself.
I will discuss how sometimes we treat the gospel like orange juice. The gospel is wonderful and brings us so much happiness, but we are too afraid to share it. Isn't it silly to think that someone wouldn't want to be our friend if we offered them orange juice? We should be excited to share the wonderful things we know about the gospel with all of our friends, just like we would want to share the most delicious orange juice with everybody.
The blessing wordstrips outline some gifts and wonderful pieces of knowledge we have because of the gospel. I will hide them under the chairs and we will discuss each one and put them on the board.
Then, we will talk about how we can be missionaries and how we can share the gospel. Cut out the pitcher and put it on the board. One by one add the orange juice strips until the pitcher is full and discuss each point.
Copy a boy or girl missionary for each child to color w/ remaining time. I found this clipart years ago when I was a CTR 5 teacher. I can't find it again and I apologize about the quality. I have a clearer image in a Microsoft Word Doc, email me if you'd like me to forward it on. I love this art, I wish I new the artist and the link, but I've searched all over the internet and can't find it! Anybody know where it's from? It's fun to color the clothes and draw in the face, kids love it. It's included in the pdf download, but kind of poor quality. Leave a comment if you find it or know the artist, thanks!
Update: Thanks Pam and BSF for finding the link for the artwork! Click here to print the picture. Thanks ladies!
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