Saturday, April 14, 2012

I Feel My Savior's Love

I loved sharing the Easter Video with my Primary children on Easter. Junior Primary was pretty hyped up, but when the video started they all calmed down. After each song I paused the movie and we talked about what they felt and learned. They loved seeing the angel come to comfort Jesus. They were even reverent during the crucifixion scene and we talked about why he had to die and that he didn't hate the people that killed him. We all felt his love and it was a great testimony builder.

"I Feel My Savior's Love" is our April song and is a great follow up to Easter. Most of the kids know it to some degree so we'll be able to spend time on our Mother's Day song and reviewing. Here's my plan.

1. Preparation:
Know the song and the signs.To see the lds.org ASL video of this song click here. I simplified from true ASL so little hands can keep up.

Cut out a dozen paper hearts and a dozen CTR shields. Tape them on the walls around the Primary Room.
Write "I Feel My Savior's Love when..." above a big heart drawn on the left half of the chalkboard.
Write "I will Follow Him by..." above a big shield drawn on the right half of the chalkboard.

2. My Savior's LOVE
Here's my dialogue...
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How many times do we sing the word "love" in this song? Let's sing and count. (Sing the song.)
Show me with your fingers how many times we sang "love." That's right, three. 
How do you know Jesus loves you? (Take a few answers.)
This time while we sing the song, three teachers are going to pick someone that is singing their best to get one of the hearts on the wall and bring it to the front and tell us how they know Jesus loves them. Let's see if we can fill up this heart with ways Jesus shows His love for us.
(Sing the song, choose the teachers...)
Be ready to offer suggestions like "I feel Jesus' love when I look at the pretty sunset." "He gave me a family." "He suffered for me in Gethsemane."
After sharing their thought have them put their heart inside the heart drawn on the chalkboard.

3. I will FOLLOW Him
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My dialogue...
When we feel the Savior's love it makes us want to follow Him. 
How do we follow Him? (Take a few answers.)

This time while we sing the song, three teachers are going to pick someone that is singing their best to get one of the CTR shields on the wall and bring it to the front and tell us how they follow Jesus. Let's see if we can fill up this shield with ways we can show Jesus we will follow Him.
(Sing the song, choose the teachers...)
Be ready to offer suggestions like "I follow Jesus when I share my toys." "I follow Jesus when I forgive someone who hurt my feelings." "I follow Jesus when I help someone without being asked." "I follow Jesus by being baptized."
After sharing their thought have them put their heart inside the heart drawn on the chalkboard.

4. TESTIFY:
My dialogue will be something like...
Jesus does love you and wants you to be happy. Following the commandments will help you be happy even when life is hard and things don't go your way. We show Him we love Him when we love each other. 

VARIATION: Senior Primary might like to choose whether they pick a heart or a shield. To do this ask both of the bolded questions and have all of the discussion first, then sing the song and choose the teachers.

TIP #1: If you are running low on time, pick more teachers to send a child to get a heart, or have each teacher send two children.

TIP #2: Heads up to whoever is in charge of your Sacrament Meeting Program. This could be used as speaking parts for a class, using their own words, of course.

Happy Singing Time!

4 comments:

  1. This is wonderful - thank you!!

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  2. I LOVE this idea, I was really struggling to find a way to teach it and I'm so excited to use this! What Easter video are you talking about at the beginning?

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    1. The Easter Video is one I made and posted in the previous post. Here's the link.
      http://singingasongisfun2do.blogspot.com/2012/04/easter-movie.html
      It's on YouTube so you'll need to convert it in order to use it at church. Or you could stream it using a different internet wifi, like a hotspot from your phone.
      Hope this helps!

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  3. Thanks for this idea. I'm using it sunday to teach this song. I'm so grateful that you were willing to share!

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