Sharing Time: Come unto Christ

“Sharing Time: Come unto Christ,” Friend, Dec. 1989, 8

Sharing Time:

Come unto Christ

For if you will that I give unto you a place in the celestial world, you must prepare yourselves by doing the things which I have commanded you and required of you (D&C 78:7).

As you celebrate Christmas, this program will help you and your family remember Jesus and His love for you. Before you begin, have family members draw pictures of scenes to use during the program, or use pictures from your ward/branch library. Costumes and props also could be used to dramatize the scenes described. Combine or divide the speaking parts, depending on how many people participate.

Song: “He Sent His Son” (Children’s Songbook, page 34, or Friend, December 1984, page 10)

First Reader: Come unto Christ this Christmas. Come to the Savior of all. Come, do the things He has asked you. Come, follow Him; hear His call.

Second Reader: When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the shepherds came to worship the Babe that the prophets testified should come into the world.

Third Reader: “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10–11.)

Fourth Reader: “And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us” (Luke 2:15).

Everyone: And they came unto Christ.

Third Reader: “Behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him” (Matt. 2:1–2).

Fourth Reader: “And, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.” (Matt. 2:9–10.)

Everyone: And they came unto Christ.

Song: “Away in a Manger” (Children’s Songbook, page 42, or Hymns, no. 206)

Second Reader: During Jesus’ earthly ministry, many people came to hear Him preach the gospel and see Him perform miracles.

Third Reader: “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching … and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. … And there followed him great multitudes of people.” (Matt. 4:23, 25.)

Fourth Reader: Jesus said: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).

Everyone: And they came unto Christ.

Song: “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” (Children’s Songbook, page 57)

Second Reader: The resurrected Christ showed Himself to the Nephites on the American continent and asked them to come unto Him.

Third Reader: “Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world” (3 Ne. 11:14).

Fourth Reader: “And when they had all gone forth and had witnessed for themselves, they did cry out with one accord, saying: Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God! And they did fall down at the feet of Jesus, and did worship him.” (3 Ne. 11:16–17.)

Everyone: And they came unto Christ.

Song: “Easter Hosanna” (Children’s Songbook, page 68, verse 2, or Friend, April 1982, page 44)

First Reader: Jesus suffered for our sins, gave His life, and was resurrected so that all men everywhere could have eternal life if they would but come unto Him.

Third Reader: “For, behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him” (D&C 18:11).

Second Reader: Jesus Christ lives today, and He loves us. He wants all of us to come unto Him so that we can return to heaven and live with Him again.

First Reader: I can come unto Christ by reading the scriptures and praying to Heavenly Father.

Second Reader: I can come unto Christ by following His example and by keeping His commandments.

Third Reader: I can come unto Christ by repenting, by being baptized, and by receiving the Holy Ghost.

Fourth Reader: I can come unto Christ by partaking of the sacrament.

First Reader: I can come unto Christ by living worthily so that I can receive the blessings of the temple.

Song: “I Feel My Savior’s Love” (Children’s Songbook, page 74)

Fourth Reader: In the Book of Mormon we read: “Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him” (Moro. 10:32).

First Reader: Yes, come unto Christ this Christmas.

Come, learn of Him and His love.

Come and learn to be like Him.

Come honor Him above.

Song: “Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful” (Hymns, page 202)

Sharing Time Ideas

  1. Divide children into groups and have them draw pictures of scenes in program. Join pictures together and make roller-box picture show. (See Primary Sharing Time Resource Manual, page 29.)

  2. Have each child write on narrow pieces of paper things he/she can do to follow Jesus’ example and come unto Him. Link papers together in chain for tree decoration, or make into advent calendar.

  3. Each child could tell his favorite story of Jesus and draw picture to accompany it.

  4. Make copies of picture of Christ and mount on poster board. Let children decorate poster board frame and display it at home.

  5. Have children write Christmas card or letter to someone they love, expressing why they love Jesus.

Painting by Greg K. Olsen