Nephi's Courage: Primary Singing Time Idea

If I had to write down my TOP 5 favorite Primary songs (which would be extremely difficult because I have soooo many favorites), this song would be on there!!!!

I remember singing this as a child and feeling so strong and proud, that I too, would be courageous like Nephi and Go and Do as the Lord commands!!!

He truly does prepare a way for the things He asks us to do.  I see it all the time in my life and recognize the way that things in my life seem to always work out as I do my best to serve Him.

I am sooooo excited to introduce this song in Primary.  And I feel the importance, more than ever, in teaching the meaning of this song and its words to help build the Primary children's faith and courage in the Lord.  I hope with all my heart and in prayer that I can be an instrument in doing this.

I've thought and pondered a lot on how to teach this song - even though I think the senior already know the tune and most the words - and this was the idea that I kept coming back to.

So here's how I plan to sing this wonderful and fun song by Bill N. Hansen Jr. and Lisa T. Hansen. 

Nephi's Courage:

To start, I will need 4 children to come to the front of the Primary room and hold up their mask. Have them each hold the corresponding visual ie, plates, gates, etc (printables HERE).

Then, we will sing the first verse and chorus

  1.  The Lord commanded Nephi to go and get the plates
    From the wicked Laban inside the city gates.
    Laman and Lemuel were both afraid to try.
    Nephi was courageous. This was his reply:
  2. “I will go; I will do the thing the Lord commands.
    I know the Lord provides a way; he wants me to obey.
    I will go; I will do the thing the Lord commands.
    I know the Lord provides a way; he wants me to obey.”

We will sing the verse with Nephi getting the plates from Laban and Laman and Lemuel will hold a sign that says "Afraid" and look afraid.  

For the chorus, "Nephi"  will hold up the blurb that looks like he is responding to the Lord's command.

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Second verse:

The Lord commanded Nephi to go and build a boat.
Nephi’s older brothers believed it would not float.
Laughing and mocking, they said he should not try.
Nephi was courageous. This was his reply:

We will need 3 different children to be:  Nephi and Laman and Lemuel.  They will hold the corresponding pictures and words HERE.

Have Nephi hold up the picture of the boat.  Laman and Lemuel hold the blurb that says, "It will not float".  Then, they laugh and point.  Nephi, looks courageous, and will hold up chorus blurb (Go and Do).  See the link above for the visuals.

It will probably help if you can point to the certain characters as their part is sung.

You may want to pick older children to act as Laman and Lemuel so they know when to laugh and point.

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For the third verse,

The Lord gives us commandments and asks us to obey.
Sometimes I am tempted to choose another way.
When I’m discouraged, and think I cannot try,
I will be courageous, and I will reply:

Call up 4 children to each hold a paper of the song visuals - pages found HERE.

For the Color Printable masks CLICK HERE.

For the Black and White printables CLICK HERE. (because we all know we need to save our ink haha!).  

(I printed mine in black and white and then colored with chalk.)

As with all ideas on here, we hope to be able to inspire other music leaders that are looking for sparks of inspiration for their Singing Time and hope to help get juices flowing!

Wishing you COURAGE in your Singing Time :)

much love,


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