Since the theme for May is "Families Are Blessed When They Follow the Prophet" and we get to pick our own song, I decided to pick "Follow the Prophet" (CS 110) because I feel like it's one of those songs that the older kids already know really well and enjoy, and the younger kids pick it up pretty fast.
We're not going to sing all the verses though, we're just going to be singing the ones that have to do with how families can be blessed by following the prophet.
To introduce the song this Sunday, I'm going to bring in some simple dress-up clothes that the kids can wear. This really isn't necessary, but I know the kids will like it and it will get them more involved. :) For each kid that I pick (four total because we're learning four verses) I will also give them a slip of paper with clues on them, or if the child is younger and doesn't read yet, I'll read the slip of paper for them. The other kids will then be able to guess which prophet we're talking about based on the clue, then we'll sing that verse!
Here are the four that we are learning:
- I was the first prophet. I lived in a place called Eden. Everyone who has ever lived is my descendant. Who am I? (Adam)
- I was chosen to become a prophet when I was a boy. My mother's name was Hannah. I heard God call my name in the tabernacle. Who am I? (Samuel)
- I prayed to have a son. His name was Issac, and his son's name was Jacob, also known as Israel. Jacob had 12 sons who formed 12 tribes. Who am I? (Abraham)
- I lead God's church today. Who am I? (President Monson; there are a lot of President Monson verses out there, but this is the one that the original song writer wrote and was in the March 2010 issue of the Friend.)
Yes, the clues are pretty obvious (especially for Adam and President Monson) and are mostly direct quotes form the song lyrics, but that's the way I wanted it to reinforce the words to the song, you could obviously come up with different clues or read scriptures that correspond to each prophet.
The Monson verse is the only one that doesn't in some way talk about families, but I thought it would be nice for the kids to learn a new verse that they wouldn't be familiar with, and since latter-day prophets is one of the things that sets The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints apart from other churches, I thought it was an important verse to include.
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