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Joseph Smith Singing Story:FHE

We know, we know:  FHE isn't what we usually post.  But since we had done this SINGING STORY the "last week of church" ....you know, before the social distancing ;), we thought it could easily be adapted to a fun FHE Lesson, and work well with the special Spring 2020 General Conference commemorating Joseph Smith's First Vision coming up!




Okay so here it goes!!!!



***Before you start, you'll need to print out a small gold plate visual , and our hieroglyphics pages HERE and HERE.

Also, if you want a short video of these pages and instruction as it goes along, CLICK HERE.  Read along with your family and pause to sing and do the activity :)



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Let's get started!

Tell you family: Today we're going to READ and SING a story about Joseph Smith.  It's only 3 short chapters.  After each chapter, there will be an activity and/or song.






Ahem, CHAPTER 1:


After Jesus Christ and all His Apostles died, His true church and Priesthood were not on the earth anymore.  (So there was no Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when Joseph Smith was a boy.)  Joseph wanted to go to church and desired to know which church was true and which to join, so he went into a field near his home and prayed to God.  Heavenly Father and Jesus appeared to him and told him to join none of the churches, but to restore Jesus's true gospel: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.




We too can PRAY to Heavenly Father about anything we need, or questions, or just when we want to say thanks or tell Him we had a good or bad day.








*****Have every family member get on their knees and sing A Child's Prayer. The Sing-Along App is great to play from and shows the words.

 Ask them to listen for the QUESTIONS in the song, and the ANSWERS. Discuss after you sing. 

(The Sacred Grove, Can a Little Child Like Me, I Pray in Faith and If with all your Hearts are other great options to sing).







CHAPTER 2:




Angel Moroni appeared to Joseph many times and told him where to find the gold plates that the ancient prophets had written on.  They had been buried by Moroni on a Hill named Cumorah.




Do you think YOU would be a good FINDER of the Gold Plates???






***Tell your family, We are going to see if WE can find the "Gold Plates"!


Play 'Hot and Cold' while singing a selected Primary Song.  An Angel Came to Joseph Smith or The Golden Plates, and Books in the Book of Mormon would be a fitting songs, but ANY song you'd like would be great too :)

So for this activity, send a family member to another room, they are the "finder".  Have another member hide the plates somewhere in the room.  These could be the paper print out provided a the beginning of our post or another version of them.  Call the "finder" back in the room and have your family start singing.  When the finder is far from where the plates are hidden, sing SOFTLY, when they are warmer, sing more LOUD.  You get the idea :)  Let every family take a turn that would like to.






CHAPTER 3:


Through the power of God and using special tools, Joseph Smith translated the ancient writings on the Gold Plates into English.  One of the special tools he used was called the Urim and Thummim.  His translations are what we know as the Book of Mormon.



***Today we get to use our "Urim and THUMB-ims"!



Tell them that you're going to tell them some choices, and using their THUMB-ims they're going to indicate if it's a good choice or bad choice.



For example:
You choose to wake up and say your prayers (thumbs up).
You choose to eat cookies for breakfast (thumbs down).
You choose to help mom clean up after lunch (thumbs up).
You choose to help your little brother tie his shoes (thumbs up).
You choose to play with a classmate at recess that was sitting alone (thumbs up).
You choose to obey dad when he asked you to come inside for dinner (thumbs up).
You choose to not to read your scriptures before bed (thumbs down).








LASTLY, you get to TRANSLATE your closing FHE song number!!!



Decide which Primary song you'd like to sing (we chose, When I am Baptized).  Display the hieroglyphics key, and one-by-one, show the individual hieroglyphics symbol for the matching song number and translate. 

So for instance, if you chose When I am Baptized, you would show these:




Let them TRANSLATE the hieroglyphics to the corresponding number, then look the song up in the Primary Children's Songbook!


In the end, bare your testimony of Joseph Smith and how each member of your family can pray to Heavenly Father just as he did.  Encourage them to bear their testimony of Joseph Smith as well.






Did you know the Book of Mormon has now been translated into 97 different languages?????   For an activity after, you could print these mazes:









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We hope this can help some families in their FHE and in bringing the Spirit in their home and testify of the Prophet Joseph Smith.  Thanks for visiting out site!



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Moroni's Trumpet

Since this next General Conference will be a special commemoration in celebration of Joseph Smith's first vision, we thought it would be important to learn a little bit about...

MORONI!!!



Because isn't he a big part of how the Gospel was restored???


***This lesson is tailored for FHE since the church is on a world wide gathering suspension due to Covid-19.





Show a picture of an Angel Moroni on top of a temple nearest you.  Ask if anyone knows why he has a trumpet? (In the scriptures, trumpets are used to sound warnings, proclaim news, and herald visitors. Moroni holds a horn to his lips with his right hand, symbolizing both the spreading of the gospel throughout the world and the long-anticipated Second Coming of the Savior, which will be announced by trumpet-blowing angels (see Matthew 24:31))

Ask: How can WE spread the Gospel??





Next, tell your family about the recent earthquake in SLC, Utah (March 18, 2020) and that Moroni's Trumpet was lost from his hand.  And that you all will help get it back!







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Each member of the family will get a turn placing a trumpet onto the SLC Temple/Angel Moroni by playing "Pin the Tail on the Donkey".





(Print out THIS picture of the SLC Temple and THIS picture of Angel Moroni and the trumpets on yellow paper).  Laminate if you're an overachiever.




Here are the instructions:



Decide who will go first, have them read a fact about Moroni (or help them read), then blindfold and spin that family member and tape the trumpet on the temple.






Here are some facts about Moroni that can be read per trumpet:


-Moroni was the son of Mormon.

-He was the last Nephite prophet to write in the Gold Plates.

-In chapters 4-5 of Moroni, is written the mode of administering the Sacrament that we use on Sunday's.

-Moroni's final message written, is on how to know the truth of the Book of Mormon.

-Moroni sealed up the plates and hid them in the hill Cumorah.

-In 1823 Moroni was sent as a resurrected being to reveal the Book of Mormon to Joseph Smith.




And of course, there HASSSS to be some Primary Music during this FHE!!!!

The perfect song is An Angel From on High.  Play this song on the Sing-Along App (or play on the piano/guitar, if you're talented ;)), after the children make a "gold trumpet" and let them hum the tune in their trumpet!!!  It's number 328.







Orrrrrrrrrrrr you could play it in your car as you go to your nearest temple and LOOK for Angel Moroni at the top of the temple.  Sound your trumpet when you see him!!!



For some interesting facts about Moroni from lds.org, CLICK HERE.

And if you're still looking for more ideas, you can have your kiddos complete this maze.

In the end, bear your testimony that Moroni was a true prophet who wrote in and buried the Gold Plates, and later gave them to Joseph Smith.  Joseph Smith translated the words on the Gold Plates into what we know as the Book of Mormon.  

Just as Moroni's TRUMPET is a symbol of spreading the Gospel, we TOO can spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We don't need a trumpet, but we can share our testimonies with our friends, neighbors, families, and those around us.  And through our words, the Spirit can be felt and will bring others to Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father.


p.s. and be sure to ensure your kiddos that they found where Moroni's trumpet landed and will restore it to its proper place!



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The Prophet Joseph Smith - Singing Story: Primary Singing Time Idea

With the upcoming 2020 General Conference next month, celebrating the mark of 200 years since Joseph Smith's first vision, the Prophet Joseph Smith and his dedicated life has been on my mind.


And I've specifically been pondering on how I can be a tool in teaching the Primary children through music and Singing Time to help them feel the Spirit about this special person and the importance and significance of his life and service.


As with most my prayers and spiritual thoughts; answers come slowly and step by step.  And then when the timing is right, things seem to fall into place.  I believe I have been led in a good direction in presenting a meaningful Singing Time for Primary to prepare the sweet children for April's 2020 General Conference.  Hopefully these plans and songs will direct their minds towards thinking about our Latter-Day Prophet, the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and bear testimony to them of Jesus Christ's Gospel.




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At the start of Singing Time, tell the children you're going to have a Picture Singing Story today about the Prophet Joseph Smith and THEY just might be in it!!!!!


It's only 3 chapters so listen close and we'll sing along!

Turn off the lights and read the words with a flashlight.  You can shine the light at the kids to make sure they're ready and still.




Ahem, CHAPTER ONE:



Show the children this picture and read:

After Jesus Christ and all His Apostles died, His true church and Priesthood were not on the earth anymore.  (So there was no Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when Joseph Smith was a boy.)  Joseph wanted to go to church and desired to know which church was true and which to join, so he went into a field near his home and prayed to God.  Heavenly Father and Jesus appeared to him and told him to join none of the churches, but to restore Jesus's true gospel: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.



Next page: We too can pray to Heavenly Father about anything we need, or questions, or just when we want to say thanks or tell Him we had a good or bad day.




Today we're going to sing a song about PRAYER.  Just as Joseph prayed to God, WE CAN TOO!!!  and He will answer our prayers TOO!!!


Turn the lights back on and sing: A CHILD'S PRAYER (The Sacred Grove, Can a Little Child Like Me, I Pray in Faith and If with all your Hearts are other great options to sing).







Ok shhhhhhh, turn off lights and continue on with the special story:

CHAPTER TWO:


Read to the children:  Angel Moroni appeared to Joseph many times and told him where to find the gold plates that the ancient prophets had written on.  They had been buried by Moroni on a Hill named Cumorah.



Next page: Do you think YOU would be a good FINDER of the Gold Plates???






Turn on lights and say today in Primary, we are going to see if we can find the "Gold Plates"!

Play 'Hot and Cold' while singing a selected Primary Song.  An Angel Came to Joseph Smith or The Golden Plates would be a fitting songs, but any song you're working on would work too :)

So for this activity, send a child out in the hall, they are the "finder".  Have another child hide the plates somewhere in the Primary room.  These could be a paper print out or another version of them.  Call the "finder" back in the room and have the children start singing.  When the finder is far from where the plates are hidden, sing SOFTLY, when they are warmer, sing more LOUD.  You get the idea :)






CHAPTER THREE: (turn off lights)


Read to the children:  Through the power of God and using special tools, Joseph Smith translated the ancient writings on the Gold Plates into English.  One of the special tools he used was called the Urim and Thummim.  His translations are what we know as the Book of Mormon.



Next page: Today, we get to translate the song number for our closing song using our Urim and "THUMB"mims.







Next, I plan to use our translation activity FOUND HERE  on one of our earlier posts this year (listed under idea number 5).

I'd like the children to sing, When I Am Baptized (one of this month's suggested songs), so I'll put up the corresponding hieroglyphics and let them TRANSLATE to the real number. (giving a thumbs up when I point to the right number translation).  Then, look up 103 in the Primary Children's Songbook and sing the song.





(Other songs that would work great for this activity are Search Ponder and Pray, or Faith.)










At the end, make sure to bear your testimony of Joseph Smith.  This story really happened 200 years ago!!!!  And they too can pray, have faith and read the Book of Mormon :)


(If there was more time, I would go into Joseph restoring the Priesthood/Baptism/Temples/Modern Revelation and Prophets, etc.  But since I really only seem to get 10-15 minutes of singing, maybe we could save that for another week.)






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Did you know the Book of Mormon has now been translated into 97 different languages?????  To send them home, hand them all this paper and give them a challenge to find the right language for each child from different countries.




For Senior, you may want to pass out one that is a little more advanced:








I bear my testimony of Joseph Smith.  He was a true Prophet, who saw God and Jesus.  He translated the Book of Mormon and restored Christ's church.  I am so grateful for him, and studying his life makes me want to improve each day.  I know that we can pray to Heavenly Father, that He hears us, and will answer our prayers.

The children love you and your efforts in Primary will last with their sweet memories and minds throughout their lives.  Keep up your efforts!!!!!
  ...when church resumes ;)



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UnSHAKEable like Jacob




In this weeks Come, Follow Me Lesson, it talks about Jacob's faith.  His faith was so strong that it could not be shaken (Jacob chapter 4).

Image result for jacob lds


At the beginning of Primary, hold up a picture of Jacob (Nephi's younger brother) and tell them that Jacob's faith was so strong it could not be SHAKEN.  When others around him were not choosing the right, Jacob continued to obey the Lord and he invited/pleaded for others to as well.  But no matter what, he was firm in his testimony.


To help the children understand what this means we thought this Primary Singing Time activity would be fitting:



PRIMARY YOGA!!!!  This idea was found HERE on Camille's Primary Ideas website (a fabulous resource for Primary Music Leaders!)

Choose a song to sing and as the song is being sung, hold up one of the position cards.  Have the children hold the pose without falling  =  UNSHAKEN!!!!!

Tell them to try to hold the positions without falling as you switch out cards during the song.


At the end of Singing Time, ask the children what we can do to make sure our faith is strong and unshakeable like Jacob's (ie: read scriptures everyday, choose good friends, come to church, stand for the right at school, pray, etc.).

Just like we work our bodies in yoga to become strong and unshakeable, we also need to work our Spirit's by doing these things (listed above).  As we do these things, we can be unshakeable like Jacob and return to our Heavenly Father.



Now let's get going on some YOGA!!!!!!



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Lucky Scripture Scratch

LUCKY SCRIPTURE SCRATCH

We thought this activity would work on its own anytime of year, so we thought we'd post it seperate from our St. Patrick's Day Singing Time Activity List :)  Stay tuned to the end of the post for BLANK scratch cards (no Primary Singing Time on them).



This Singing Time Activity is carried out similar to the Clover Lucky Scratch posted in our St. Patrick's Day post.  Before Primary print out THESE Scripture Scratch cards (there are 2 to a page, so print out as many as you think you'll need to fill your time).  




There are TWO WAYS we thought of that could work for this Singing Time:  

First, print out the scratch cards, then write a SONG TITLE on one gold plateTRY AGAIN on another - and then leave the last one BLANKDo this to all cards, but mix up the order of sequence.  Laminate (or use packing tape) and paint.  For the "paint", mix a ratio of two parts paint to one part dish soap.  I used craft paint from good ole' Walmart.  

During Singing Time, call up a reverent child who gets 2 chances on their scratch card.  If they scratch the try again, have them scratch another one, if they get a blank, have them say something they have been blessed with in their life.  If they scratch the song, sing that song.  The winning scratch is the song.  Because of their chances/odds and having 2 tries, they should be able to get the song every time ;)





(the picture above shows the 2 different ways you could carry out this Singing Time)


Second, print out the scratch cards, write a SONG title on one scripture, TRY AGAIN on another, and lastly write PICK A SONG on the third.  Again, write these on all cards, but mix up the order of sequence. Laminate and paint.  

Before singing time, write a list of songs you are working on, or would like to sing that Sunday, on the chalkboard.

Call up a reverent child and they get ONE scratch.  If they scratch the SONG: sing it, TRY AGAIN: scratch another one, PICK A SONG: they get to choose a song on the board that you wrote before Primary started.


Make sense?  Hope so :)  Good LUCK!!!!

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For a Google Doc of BLANK cards, CLICK HERE!!!!

These would be great for anytime of year when learning about the Gold Plates and also with incorporating for a CFM-FHE lesson in your home!


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***Looking for more St.Patrick's Day Singing Time Ideas?  Check out our Post of over 10 ideas HERE.

Primary Singing Time Idea: St. Patrick's Day

It's always fun to incorporate the upcoming holiday with the children in Primary.  So since it's March, we compiled a list of St. Patrick's Day Ideas that can go along with Singing Time.  There's a ton to choose from, so read through and see which one might work for you - or combine some together!



Before we start with those ideas, we wanted to suggest some songs that would go great along with these Singing Time activities.  Tell the children we are not LUCKY but BLESSED to have the things of the Gospel in our life.  After singing each song, ask them what was something that was sung about in the song that we are, not LUCKY, but BLESSED to have.  This will get them thinking about the many wonderful BLESSINGS our Heavenly Father has given us and restored to the earth.



Here are some examples of songs to sing and what to look for as a blessing in the song:

I Belong to the Church of Jesus Christ (church membership)
Follow the Prophet (a living Prophet)
Families Can Be Together Forever (Eternal Families)
I Love to See the Temple (Temples and the Priesthood)
Book of Mormon Stories (Scriptures)
Choose the Right (Agency)
When I am Baptized (Baptism)
etc.





Ok so now you have some examples of songs to sing, let's get on to the possible activities to go along!!!!!





LUCKY SCRATCH  (keep scrolling down if you're here for the LUCKY SCRIPTURE SCRATCH)

At home,  print out our LUCKY SCRATCH cards HERE, write a song title on only ONE clover each card, laminate (or put packing tape over the clovers), paint, let dry.



(For the "paint", mix a ratio of two parts paint to one part dish soap.  I used craft paint from good old Walmart).

During Primary, call up a child being reverent, let them choose one clover to scratch off with a penny.  If they get the song title, sing it.  If they get the blank clover, have them say something they feel LUCKY to have (for example: their family, church, temples, repentance, Prophet, ...maybe their Primary Music Leader ;))




(We chose a 3 leaf clover instead of a 4 leaf clover because it gave more room on the clover to write a song title).


50% chance is pretty good odds!!!!



FEELING LUCKY
Before Primary starts, secretly stick a paper 4 leaf clover under one of the children's seats.  During Singing Time, have the children look under their seats and whichever has the clover, gets to choose the next song to sing!



I LIKE TO LOOK FOR RAINBOWS
Display paper rainbows around the room; each having a Primary song to sing written on the back.  Call up a reverent child to come look through binoculars (made from 2 TP tubes) and "look" for a rainbow to choose.




POT O' GOLD
Bring a black pot and put song titles written on strips of paper inside.  Call up a reverent child to come and pick a song, then sing!

Another idea with this is to put yellow balloons in the black pot with a song title written on each with black marker.  Let a child come pick one!


PRIMARY RAINBOW
Pass out a colorful scarf to each child in the room.  During the next song you sing, make movements with your scarf and have the children follow.  Some examples of movements could be: big circles, up and down, across, sway above head, around shoulders, throw up in the air, etc.  See the colors move as you create this colorful Primary Rainbow!!!

A great place to get scarves if you don't have any yet are HERE from Amazon.


LUCKY CHARM
In a large bowl or pot, pour out the cereal Lucky Charms.  Add song titles written on small strips of paper and mix in.  Call up a reverent child to some dig through and find a song!  (make sure to use gloves, as some children may be allergic to wheat).

You could also add the song titles directly to the cereal box before hand and tell the children the Lucky Charm box was made special for Primary and has songs inside the box!!!




PINCH ME
Tell the children to look around and see if anyone is wearing the color green.  Whoever is, gets to come up and lead the next song!  Fun songs to sing with a group of kids at the front are, Book of Mormon Stories, Once There Was a Snowman, Hinges, etc :)


BAGPIPES
Pass out to each child one plastic straw and let the children make humming noises as you run through a song you all are learning.  Next, let them lead with the straw while you sing it!!!



WHO'S THE LEPRECHAUN?
Leprechauns are known for being tricksters.  Here's how this Singing Activity is played: One child goes out in the hall.  Another child is chosen to be the “Leprechaun” (aka Silent Singer), and this child will "lip sing" the next song while all other children sing normal.  Have the child in the hall come back in and all children sing – except for the Leprechaun who is lip singing.  See if the child that was in the hall can guess who the “Leprechaun” is by moving around the room and listening.  Finish singing the song even if they guess before it’s over!





TREASURE PASS
Pass around a plastic GOLD COIN (or penny) as the children sing a song you're working on.  Whoever ends up with the coin at the end of the song gets to pick the next sing to sing (or lead the next song to sing).  You could also let them keep the coin/penny.

Another way to do this activity is to pass the coin around the room, having some of the children "pretend to pass" the coin. Call up a child to stand at the front of the room and watch throughout the song, and at the end, try to guess who really has the coin.






CATCH THE LEPRECHAUN
Bring a small leprechaun to Primary.  This could be a stuffed one, plastic, or just printed off your computer.  Call up a child to hide it someone in the room while another child goes out in the hall.  Start singing a song as the child in hall comes back into the room and tries to find it - having the Primary children sing SOFT when they are far away from it and LOUD when they are getting closer.


TASTE THE RAINBOW
Call up a child who is up for a challenge.  Tell them you have different color skittles and you're going to let them eat one.  If they can guess the right color/flavor they get to pick the next song.  If they guess the wrong color, you get to pick the next song!






LUCKY SCRIPTURE SCRATCH
This Singing Time Activity is carried out similar to the Clover Lucky Scratch at the beginning of this post.  Before Primary print out THESE Scripture Scratch cards (there are 2 to a page, so print out as many as you think you'll need to fill your time).  




There are TWO WAYS we thought of that could work for this Singing Time:  

First, print out the scratch cards, then write a SONG TITLE on one scripture- TRY AGAIN on another - and then leave the last one BLANKDo this to all cards, but mix up the order of sequence.  Laminate (or use packing tape) and paint.  For the "paint", mix a ratio of two parts paint to one part dish soap.  I used craft paint from good ole' Walmart.  

During Singing Time, call up a reverent child who gets 2 chances on their scratch card.  If they scratch the try again, have them scratch another one, if they get a blank, have them say something they have been blessed with in their life.  If they scratch the song, sing that song.  The winning scratch is the song.  Because of their chances/odds and having 2 tries, they should be able to get the song every time ;)





(the picture above shows the 2 different ways you could carry out this Singing Time)


Second, print out the scratch cards, write a SONG title on one scripture, TRY AGAIN on another, and lastly write PICK A SONG on the third.  Again, write these on all cards, but mix up the order of sequence. Laminate and paint.  

Before singing time, write a list of songs you are working on, or would like to sing that Sunday, on the chalkboard.

Call up a reverent child and they get ONE scratch.  If they scratch the SONG: sing it, TRY AGAIN: scratch another one, PICK A SONG: they get to choose a song on the board that you wrote before Primary started.


Make sense?  Hope so :)









And if that's not enough inspiration for your St. Patrick's Day Singing Time, here are a few of our previous year's posts (click on the post title below to go to the original post).  Oldies but goodies ;)



LUCKY SHOT 
SING A RAINBOW
LOOKING FOR GOLD
LEAPIN LEPRACHAUNS




We feel LUCKY    **ahem... we mean BLESSED to have you here on our site.  Thanks for being here.  Thanks for caring so much about your service in Primary and about the sweet children to research fun ways to sing in Primary.  BLESS you and come back soon!!!!



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