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Changing interests and focuses in our lives make life more interesting and FUN. With that in mind I have added a couple more blogs: Preschool Learning Adventure and Mama's Reading Nook both are linked to Primarily A Mama blog. This will stay as my main page, but the others you can access through the tabs above. I will make excerpt posts here for each post written on the other blogs and link them so you can just click and go. I hope this will help keep things better organized and clean looking for myself and all of you.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I Am Thankful To Know That We All Children of God. November 2008 week3

For this lesson I used the "Making Friends" articles in past issues of the Friend. I was trying to get a wide variety of children from all over the world, there are many children featured in the "Making Friends" section. I know there are many more articles but when you only have 15 minutes or less....

Get a large world map and display it, as you talk about each child or family show the children on the map where they live.
I did take things out of the articles for time purposes, if you want the whole article you can find them at LDS.org under Gospel Library, Magazines, Friend.

Making Friends: The Honda Family of Tokyo, Japan Friend, Jun 2001, 27

How many children nowadays live anywhere near a palace where a real live emperor lives? Satoru (11), Masashi (10),Tacumi (9), Motoi (6), Izumi (5), and Megumi (2) Honda do. They live in Tokyo, Japan’s capital and largest city.
The Hondas are a large family by Japanese standards, and a happy one by any standard. They look out for one another. Each child takes responsibility for all those who are younger. This is a great help to their mother, Mihato, and father, Takaharu.
The children all have talents that make family life go more smoothly.
Satoru is an excellent cook. Chinese food is his favorite, but he can also cook Japanese, Italian, American—you name it.
He enjoys crossword puzzles and anything else that gives his brain a good workout.
He will become a deacon soon, and Brother Honda has been giving him lessons about the Aaronic Priesthood. As part of these lessons, they went to a cemetery to do family history research. Satoru, who is a quick learner, had to master an old form of writing to read the names and dates. He plans to be baptized in the Tokyo Japan Temple for his ancestors when he turns twelve.
Masashi enjoys sports. He plays forward on a soccer team that took second place in its league. He refuses to play in Sunday matches. He is also good at skiing and baseball. He is the first one in the family to start playing any game and the last one to stop.
Masashi is kind to his little brothers and sisters. He likes giving them piggyback rides, too. At school he is a peacemaker who sees the good in others.
Tacumi is a natural handyman and likes to build things. An enthusiastic recycler, he uses worn-out or discarded items to make toys for his young sisters. He concentrates intensely on the task at hand and doesn’t give up until he has mastered it.
Being a loyal friend is another of Tacumi’s talents
Motoi has one of the world’s cutest smiles. He smiled earlier than anyone else in the family, and he’s smiled often ever since. Although he is a little cautious, he’s always willing to follow his big brothers’ examples and grow stronger.
Motoi is looking forward to his baptism, and he studies the scriptures to prepare himself. He has a strong spirit.
Izumi is energetic. She’s not afraid to tell her four big brothers what to do and what not to do, and they actually listen to her! She likes to help her mother. Whatever she sees Sister Honda doing, she must do, too.
Once Izumi wanted to plant flowers. When the flowers bloomed, Izumi gave a bouquet to her kindergarten teacher.
Megumi loves animals. She goes right up to even the biggest dogs, which makes her mother nervous. “Megumi is the mood-maker in the family and a great talker,” Sister Honda adds.
On the kitchen wall is a paper wheel showing each child’s family home evening assignment. Commuting takes a long time in Tokyo, and like most men, Dad gets home late from his job in downtown Tokyo. So Sister Honda usually starts family home evening until he arrives. The children do their parts eagerly.
Each summer, the family goes camping in the mountains or by a river. In wintertime, they enjoy skiing trips. They love one another’s company. In spite of their very busy lives, they can always be found together for Church meetings, prayer, scripture study, dinner, and fun.

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Making Friends: Ashley, Rebecca, and Daniel Petterle of Lowell, Indiana
Friend, Apr 2001, 40

Lowell, Indiana, is a small town on the edge of a great metropolitan area that goes around Lake Michigan from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, through Chicago, Illinois, and Gary, Indiana, to Detroit, Michigan. The Petterles live on the outskirts of Lowell.
Their ward is in another small town, Hebron, Indiana.

Daniel (8) and Rebecca (9) think that the hardest part about being a Latter-day Saint is having to go so far every Sunday to church. But the ward is comfortable and family-like. Daniel especially likes its Cub Scout program; Rebecca likes Primary and other activities.

Ashley (11) said, “I knew inside that the Church was true right before I got baptized. That is why I wanted to be baptized.” Though she is struggling right now in earning her Gospel in Action award, she loves learning both at church and at home about Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father, and she especially likes being part of the Children’s Sacrament Meeting Presentation each year with her Primary class.
Rebecca has a strong testimony, and would like to tell children everywhere to “always believe in Jesus.”

Daniel said that he felt really happy when he was baptized by his dad. He also said, “I want to tell the children in the Church that I like them.”

All three children feel that family home evenings help them learn important things. Daniel said that one of the things he learned was “to be nice to everyone, even if they are not nice to me.” Rebecca: “The steps we need to take to become a member of the Church.” Ashley: “How you can return to Heavenly Father after you are baptized.”

Dancing, including making up dances, is also something the three children like to do together, especially in the basement on rainy days.

Ashley likes to draw and to write scary stories.

Rebecca likes to play the piano, and she wrote the lyrics and some music for this song, which she calls “Christmas”:
She writes other things, too. In fact, she won first place in a contest at school for her poem about a leprechaun. She also won a book and a pizza for reading over six hundred pages of books. Another time, she won a book and chose one on sign language so she can speak at least a little bit with her Aunt Cindy, who is deaf.

Ashley is on the Lowell swim team, the Dolphins. She won this first-place medal in the freestyle race. She likes gymnastics, too, and singing, bike riding, and playing with her friends.

Rebecca and Jenna Berkey love to get together and play with their dolls. Sometimes they play dress-up, with fancy dresses, high heels, hats, and jewelry.

Daniel likes to make breadsticks, Caesar salad, macaroni and cheese, and other things—like chocolate chip cookies with candies on top! He isn’t the only one who likes cookies—Rebecca and Ashley like them, too.

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A Missionary in the Making— John Kay of Glenrothes, Fife, Scotland
Friend, Jan 2008, 36–38

One bleak January morning, Alison Kay opened the door to find two missionaries standing in the rain. She invited them in. Later she found out they had been working in cold weather even though it was their preparation day. She was soon baptized and confirmed a member of the Church.
John was four years old when his mother, Alison, joined the Church. He has wanted to be like the missionaries ever since.
Tithes and Savings
John began paying tithing when his mother did. When he heard about the Humanitarian Aid Fund and the Perpetual Education Fund, he started contributing to those too.
John likes to ask missionaries where they are from, what their families are like, and how many people they are teaching and baptizing. But one day he asked them how they paid for their missions. Parents and family members often give support, the missionaries explained. “I want to pay for my own mission,” John said. At 10 years old, he’s well on his way to being ready for his mission in more ways than one.
Working Hard
Besides living the gospel and saving his money, John knows that learning to work hard will help him be a great missionary. “John is very easy to teach,” his mum says. He has learned to knit, iron, wash clothes, sew on a button, weed the garden, wash the car, and cook meals. His usual chores are tidying his room and putting the washing in.
What Does John Like?
1. Mum’s meatloaf
2. Judo
3. Horseback riding
4. His pet guinea pig, Saturn
5. The story of Daniel in the lions’ den
6. Playing with friends
7. Climbing with Dad
8. Art (his favorite subject in school)
9. Pizza
10. Climbing the big tree in his back garden, where he goes to think
Spreading Smiles
John says he tries to have a happy home by talking nicely with his family, especially with his older sister, Phoebe. “We try to listen to each other,” he says.
John’s mum says, “It’s not like John if he’s not whistling or singing ’round our house.” She is grateful for John’s caring personality because she suffers from depression. “John knows just how to treat me,” she says. “He is most loyal and responsible and has a heart filled with love.”
John looks forward to holding the Melchizedek Priesthood, not only so he can serve as a missionary but also so he can give blessings to his family. For now, he prays for them and cheers them up with his sunny personality.
John helps create a happy home. He loves his sister, Phoebe, and his mum, Alison.
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Making Friends: Lee, Chan Ok of Seoul, Republic of Korea
Friend, Aug 2001, 46

Lee, Chan Ok (7) lives in the sky—twenty-three stories high in one of hundreds of apartment buildings that rise in clusters above her immense city. Seoul is the capital of the Republic of Korea and home to some twelve million people. From her balcony, Chan Ok has a wide view but still sees only a small part of the city she loves.
Most people here wear western clothing, but they also own the traditional and beautiful hanbok and gladly don it for wedding celebrations, festivals, and other special occasions. Food can be bought in modern stores, or it can be purchased in sprawling outdoor markets where the aroma of fish, spices, fruit, and a thousand other delights mingle in the air.
Koreans love good food and are wonderful cooks. Rice is served at most meals, with a great variety of tasty side dishes, including fish, noodles, dumplings, soup, and barbecued beef. Many of these dishes feature seasonal vegetables and are flavored with pepper. Perhaps the favorite food is kimchee, a spicy pickled cabbage that is beloved of Koreans.

The evening meal is an important family time for the Lees. They usually eat at a low table while sitting on the floor, each with a bowl of rice. They use metal chopsticks and add side dishes to their rice from serving bowls in the middle of the table.
Chan Ok has no assigned chores, but she eagerly helps her mother prepare meals and do other tasks.
Though Seoul is crowded, it has saved space for many beautiful parks as well as museums, gardens, and shrines. The Seoul South Korea Temple spans the gap between heaven and earth, and Chan Ok loves to see it.
Seoul’s twelve million residents are largely unknown to each other except as a sea of nameless faces. But Chan Ok knows something that brings the cold numbers to life—every one of this vast throng is a child of Heavenly Father, well known and deeply loved by Him.
She is certain that Heavenly Father knows her, too. She can believe that, knowing everything, He knows that she likes to sing along with her favorite artists on the radio and television, and dance in front of the mirror. That she won an award for a dance she performed at a stake talent night. That she likes to help her mother cook and enjoys setting the table with chopsticks and spoons. That her favorite snack is ta po ke, a spicy concoction of rice cake with vegetables and hot pepper sauce.
She can believe that He knows that she wants to be a singer or a nurse when she grows up and that her mother doesn’t want her to be a singer because she would face bad influences and have to work on Sunday. That her very favorite song isn’t one of the popular tunes she enjoys but “I Am Like a Star Shining Brightly.” That her favorite subject in school is Korean and that her least favorite is maths. That she is a good listener who senses when her brother, Chan Joon (11), or one of her sisters, Mesun (15) or Jin Sook (12), is lonely.
Knowing that everyone is known by Heavenly Father, Chan Ok goes about her life, confident of her own worth and the worth of others. She has many friends at school, she attends school six days a week and studies two or three hours at home each evening. Her teachers like her because she volunteers to run errands or do other tasks for them. In Korean schools, the students themselves clean the classrooms and bathrooms at the end of the day. Some do this grudgingly, but Chan Ok pitches in enthusiastically and does not stop till the room is spotless.
When asked if there was anything she would like to say to the children of the world, Chan Ok replied, “I’d like to meet them all in person and tell them that God lives. I want to give them my love and introduce them to my family.”
She shares a room with her sisters, and they sometimes help her style her hair and choose clothes. They are good friends, and she looks up to them and admires their achievements. Mesun, for example, is a gifted diver who has won international recognition in her age group.
Jin Sook speaks English and is a talented singer and a very eager reader of books. She has stayed in close touch with all her teachers.
Chan Joon is a computer whiz and Chan Ok’s personal computer tutor. He also likes baseball and soccer and has many friends. Sometimes he and Chan Ok have wrestling contests.
Chan Ok feels great love for her grandparents. When her grandfather was seriously ill, it was she who suggested a family prayer. She also loves her parents. She likes to give her mom hugs and sit on her dad’s lap in the evening. She often writes notes to her parents expressing love or appreciation. One said simply, “Mom, Dad, thank you.”
They return the love. “Her very existence makes our family happier,” Brother Lee explains.
Sister Lee agrees. “I’m so grateful to the Lord for giving her to us. My love for her grows every year.”

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Making Friends: Andrew Gibson of Fairview, Pennsylvania—I Want to Be a Missionary Now
Friend, Jun 2006, 20–22
“I want to be a missionary now. I don’t want to wait until I’m grown. …”* Andrew Gibson understands the meaning of this Primary song—in fact, he lives it! Andrew, a nine-year-old who lives just outside of Erie, Pennsylvania, is an outgoing boy who likes to share the gospel with people he meets. Right now he is the only member of the Church in his school, so he has many missionary opportunities. He says, “I talk about the Church with my friends. If you tell people about the gospel, or invite your friends to church, you’re being a missionary.”
Andrew is preparing now to serve a mission when he is older. “I am trying to obey the commandments,” he says. “And I’m also trying to save money.” He knows that setting and working toward goals is important. In addition to serving a mission, he wants to attend college and earn a Ph.D. For now, he is working on some short-term goals. In the past year, he has learned the multiplication tables, and he is still working to improve his handwriting.
Andrew faces challenges in life, like a life-threatening peanut allergy. He has to be very careful to not eat any peanuts. “The hard part is that you have to read the labels for everything you eat,” he says. “I can’t eat things like birthday cake at parties, just to be safe. My mom brings another treat for me.” He has to carry medicine with him at all times in case he accidentally eats peanuts. But the challenge has helped to strengthen his faith. “Every year before school starts I receive a priesthood blessing, and we pray that I will be safe. I feel like the priesthood blessings have protected me.”
Andrew knows that being a good example is one of the best ways to be a missionary to others. He tries to be an example to his dad, who is not a member of the Church. Andrew and his dad have a lot of fun playing sports and spending time together. Dad, who is also Andrew’s den leader, is helping Andrew work toward his Bear badge in Scouting. One of Andrew’s favorite Scouting activities was going fishing in a parking lot! First the leaders made a “fishing hole” out of boxes and duct tape, then they taught the boys how to cast fishing poles with bait into the “hole.”
Andrew likes to spend time with his entire family, including his mom and his sisters Rachel and Sarah. The family enjoys outdoor activities like swimming. They also like traveling. One place they like to visit is Presque Isle State Park, located on a nearby peninsula that juts out into Lake Erie. The family likes to rollerblade and bike on the paths that wind along the beaches there.
Living in Pennsylvania puts Andrew’s family close to many of the Church history sites. A few years ago, the family visited the Palmyra New York Temple. While there, the family also visited the Sacred Grove. Andrew says, “I remember walking around and looking at the trees. I wondered where Joseph was praying when he saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.” His family has also visited the Nauvoo area where he saw Carthage Jail and learned about how the Prophet Joseph was martyred. “It was sad,” he says softly.
Andrew’s testimony has grown in many ways. He says, “I know the Church is true, and that the Book of Mormon is true.” How does he know? “Our family reads the Book of Mormon together every night. I prayed about the Book of Mormon, and I got a happy feeling.” With this strong foundation, Andrew is working hard to be a good missionary now to prepare to serve a mission when he is older.

Place the childs picture on th map as you read little about them.
After all the children discritions have been read. Ask the primary children (or family members) to see if they can find any similarties between them and these children. Are there any differences?
No matter where we live in the world, we are all Children of God, Who Loves Us.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much. This is my first Sharing time and you made it so easy. Thank you! Thank you!

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  2. I hope your sharing time went great for you. Did the children enjoy it?
    I love doing Sharing Times, it can be hard comign up with ideas sometimes, but when you have one that allthe children seem to love it is so worth the effort.
    Have fun

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