Reverence is like the sound of butterfly wings

November is here!!!  The monthly theme is 'Reverence is love and respect for God'.

This is what we are doing this Sunday for Singing Time:
I will first read a poem from the May 2009 Friend, by Jan Pinborough, called Butterfly Wings, and ask them to do the actions with me.

Whenever my mom takes me to the zoo,
Do you know what I always do?
I like to visit the butterflies—(Link thumbs and flutter fingers.)
A yellow, blue, and white surprise.

I dip my hand in the water—like so—(Cup hand and make a dipping motion.)
Then I sit very still till the butterflies know

That it’s safe to float down on their delicate wings (Hold one hand out and flutter the other hand
down to it.)
And sip from my hand a butterfly drink.

But if I run or shout or play,
They lift their wings and flutter away. (Link thumbs and flutter upward.)

And when I go to Primary,
I like to see how quiet I can be. (Hold index finger to lips.)

I fold my arms; my feet are still; (Fold arms and point to feet.)
Then I listen and listen and listen until (Cup hand to ear.)

A feeling of peace settles all around (Move hands down from over head, wiggling fingers.)
And a still, small voice without a sound (Cup hand to ear.)
Whispers a truth so sweet and mild:

“Heavenly Father loves you, for you are His child.”
And then my heart just sings and sings, (Place hand over heart.)

As it does at the touch of butterfly wings. (Link thumbs and flutter fingers.)

I will explain that butterflies can teach us about reverence (be quiet, still, etc.).  Butterflies will be put around the room with ways to help us be reverent on them and a song.  Let a child pick a butterfly and sing corresponding song.
Butterfly #1-We can be reverent by being a good example to others.  Song:  I am Like a Star.
Butterfly #2-We can be reverent by keeping the Sabbath day holy.  Song:  Saturday.
Butterfly #3-Giving thanks and thinking of our blessings helps us to be reverent.  Song: Children all Over the World.
Butterfly #4-We can be reverent by being kind to our friends and others.  Song:  I'll Walk with You.
Butterfly #5-Reading the scriptures helps us to be reverent.  Song:  Book of Mormon Stories.
Butterfly #6-Praying to our Heavenly Father shows reverence.  Song:  A Child's Prayer.
Butterfly #7-I can be reverent during the Sacrament by thinking of Jesus. Song:  To Think about Jesus
For our closing song we will sing Reverence is Love!!! 


  1. cute idea. Have you seen that picture of Christ with a child where He's reaching out touching a butterfly? It's by Greg Olsen. It might be a nice visual to have that there too. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  2. I love that picture! Thanks for sharing; I didn't think of that! Now if only I had it to use as a visual... :)