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Friday, February 22, 2013

Singing Time: If the Savior Stood Beside Me

Week 1, verse 1: Here's the printable version of instructions and here's what to print out and use for singing time.

Have the pianist play the song while you tell a story like this one:
Brian was playing soccer with his friend in the front yard. They were passing the ball back and forth, having so much fun. Brian kicked the ball extra hard and it hit his neighbor’s car, leaving a small dent. Brian felt sick inside and wanted to run away. At first he thought it was just a small dent, no one would notice, but then he remembered something he learned in church: If the Savior was with me, what would I do? Brian went and told his neighbor, Mrs. O’Donald, what happened with the soccer ball. Mrs. O’Donald smiled and told Brian it was alright and she was happy he told her what he did. Brian felt so good inside knowing he made the right decision.
Explain that we are learning a song this month about what we would do if the Savior was standing right next to us. Would we watch the same tv shows? Would we be more kind to our brothers and sisters? Would we be more honest? It takes courage to do the right thing, just like Brian telling his neighbor about the dent in the car but we always feel better when we choose the right.
Activity: Print out the document with the words do, think, follow, and live. Have a picture of Christ displayed on the board. Have a child come hold up the first paper. Sing the first line while pointing to the picture of the Savior then sing the second line corresponding with the paper the child is holding. Have the children sing the line with you then ask what the child is doing in the picture (praying or being reverent). Ask what are other things the Savoir would like us to do.
Have a child hold up the next picture (think), sing that line, then have primary sing with you. Ask what are commandments we should follow. Ask what good things we can think about if we start thinking about bad things. Sing everything up to that point.
Have a child hold up the next picture (follow), sing that line, then have primary sing with you. Ask who are people we should follow and try to be like (parents, teachers, prophet, Jesus, bishop, etc)? Sing everything up to that point.
Have a child hold up the next picture (live), sing that line through until the end, then have primary sing with you.
Ask children to pretend like they are following someone who they know makes good choices by walking in place to the song while they sing it all the way through. Sing through a few more times in different ways while taking away the papers.
With extra time you could sing Follow the Prophet (a good example of who to follow), Book of Mormon Stories (scripture reading is something you would do if the Savior was there) etc. or even use these songs as you go especially with a wiggly junior primary.

Week 2, Verse 2: Here's the printable version of the instructions and here's what to print out, color and cut.

Preparation: Print out images. Color them, you can do the flowers different colors! Cut out pieces. Also cut strips of green construction paper for the stems and write these words each on their own strip: Say, Words, Try, and Speak. Before primary tape all the pieces on the walls, where they can all easily be seen.

Have the pianist play the song while you tell a story like this one:

Rachael sat down after saying the opening prayer in Sunday school class when Anna, a girl from school walked in with the primary president. Anna had never been to church before and was wearing pants and a nice shirt. The primary president introduced Anna then left. Anna sat quietly throughout class and looked nervous. When class was over everyone was walking to the primary room when Rachael heard some girls whispering, making fun of Anna’s clothes. Rachael felt sad inside hearing the mean words. Rachael went over to Anna and asked if she wanted to sit by her. Anna smiled and said yes. As they walked into the primary room Rachael told Anna she was so happy to see her at church. The next week Anna came to church again.

Ask: How do you think Anna would have felt if she heard someone making fun of her? Do you think she would have come to church again the next week? When our words are unkind it makes others feel sad. But when we are like Rachael, we can make other feel happy and loved. This week we are learning the second verse of “If the Savior Stood Beside Me.” In this verse we sing about how our words need to be kind and loving.

Tell the kids: One thing we can compare our words to is a seed (you can bring a seed or even a dried pinto bean to show at this point). If we plant good seeds, good plants will grow. If we say bad words or plant bad seeds, nothing good can come of it. So today while we learn the song we are going to make plants grow with the good words of this song.

Bring up 4 children. Tell them they will each find one seed. Send one child out to find a seed, when they bring it up, send out the next child, then the next until all four are found. Sing the line, “If the Savior stood beside me would I say the things I say?” over and over again while children are finding seeds. Tape seeds on the front board in the order: say, words, try, speak.
Bring up another 4 children. Do the same thing with stem and repeating the line, “Would my words be true and kind if He were never far away?” Attach stems to seeds, keeping same words together.
Bring up another 4 children. Do the same thing with leaves and repeating the line, “Would I try to share the gospel?” Attach leaves to stems.
Bring up another 4 children. Do the same thing with flowers and repeating the line, “Would I speak more reverently?” Attach flowers to stems.
It will end up taped up like this (I know seed are big but hopefully that will be the one easiest for the kids to read):
Now sing the song all the way through and point to each flower as you get to that word.

Week 3, Verse 3

Here is the printable version of this post.

What you need: Picture of Christ to tape on board, picture of “Jesus Carrying a Lost Lamb” in the Gospel Art Book page 64, picture of “Christ and Children from around the World” in the Gospel Art Book page 116. Piece of paper with the word “He” written on it. Objects for the activity you choose below.

Preparation: Tape picture of Christ on the board then place paper with “He” on it over the picture of Christ and put one piece of tape on the top so you can lift it up and put it back down. See 3 activities below and prepare for the one you choose.

Tell children: Today we are learning the last verse of If the Savior Stood Beside Me. I want you to look at a picture. Hold up picture of Christ holding lamb. Ask children to tell you what they see in the picture. After a few responses explain that one of Christ’s names is the Good Shepherd.  Christ looks after us just like a shepherd looks after his sheep. We are Christ’s sheep. When we see a picture of Christ as a shepherd,  we should think of Christ watching over us. Show picture of Christ and children. Say: In this picture, do you see Christ’s hand around the little girl? He loves her and He loves you. So, when we look at the picture of Christ and the lamb and the picture of Christ and the children, it means the same thing. He watches over us and loves us. Let’s learn the verse about Christ watching over us.

Go to your picture on the board. Sing the first line of the song. At the beginning point to the word “He” for the first word of the verse, lift  up the paper and point to Christ while singing “…is always near me.” Put the paper down and continue, “though I do not see him there”, while shaking your head no. Have children sing that line a few times while you repeat the actions with the paper.

Sing, “And because He loves me dearly I am in His watchful care,” while showing picture of Christ and children. When singing “watchful” point to your eyes. Have children sing it with you a few times.

When singing, “So I’ll be the kind of person that I know I’d like to be,” do different actions of good things we can do. I'm linking to pictures you can print out if you want to remind the children what order they are doing which actions. So, explain quickly why it is good to do the things in the pictures then sing the line over and over again without stopping while doing actions like raking leaves for a neighbor, taking care of a brother or sister (feed baby bottle, rock baby), inviting a new person at school to sit with you (wave your hand toward you as in 'come' and pat seat beside you motion).

Explain that in the 3rd verse the ending is a little different. While singing, "If I could see the Savior standing nigh watching over me," start your hands down low and put them up higher with every note until the final note you are on your tippy toes and hands are high.

When singing it all the way through do the actions you just did for each part. Ask the children which action they liked in the 3rd phrase and do that one (raking, caring for baby, etc.).

3 Ideas for reviewing the whole song:

1. Prepare a poster with a picture of a big sheep on it. Bring glue, poster, cotton balls and paint brush. Say that since we are talking about sheep we are going to make a sheep together. I brought glue and cotton balls for us to make a white wooly sheep. If you want to add a cotton ball to our sheep you have to be reverent.

You paint on the glue with a paint brush. Sing the 3rd verse over and over again while children come up, one class at a time, taking one or two cotton balls each to add to the lamb.

To make sure the cotton balls don't slide down have a thin layer of glue and you may want to break each cotton ball into two pieces. You could do this right before you hand the piece to a child so each child will have two pieces from one cotton ball.

2. Bring some stuffed animal sheep or print out pictures like this one. Explain that sometimes we make mistakes but the Savior, as the Good Shepherd, wants us to come back to him. In the scriptures it says that he will leave 99 sheep to go and find 1 that is missing. So today we are going to be like the Savior and find some lost sheep. Say that you've hidden sheep around the room and will give clues to find them.

Call up a child or two and give them a clue to where a sheep is, start very vague. The child can look while primary sings. They may or may not find one the first time. Call up another child or two and give another clue, a little more specific. When they find a sheep start giving clues for another one.

Example: Hide a sheep under steps of podium. First clue: One sheep is in the front of the primary room. Second clue: You have to look under something. Third clue (if you get this far): Look inside the podium.

Example: Hide a sheep behind chairs. First clue: One sheep is squished. Second clue: This sheep is behind something you sit in. Third clue: Look along that wall.

Example: Hide a sheep in a bag you've placed somewhere in the room. First clue: This sheep is in the back of the room. Second clue: The sheep is inside something. Third Clue: The sheep is in a bright blue bag.

3. Explain the 99 and 1 concept above. Play the classic, one child leaves the room while another hides the sheep and kids sing louder when the child who is finding gets closer to the sheep.

Bear testimony that when we are doing the things the Savior would want us to do we are the most happy. He is watching over us. He is our shepherd, we are His sheep and he will always be there for us. You can show Christ you love him by keeping the commandments.


  1. Wow, I love what you have put together for teaching this song. I am going to use it for the next two weeks to teach it to my primary.

    Are you going to have an idea for the last verse as well?

    Thank you for putting this together.

  2. I'm planning on putting something together but I haven't had the inspiration yet. I'll be sure to put it on this post when I do think of it!

  3. Thanks for the 2nd verse ideas...we learned the 1st verse this week and didn't want to have to do the exact same thing for the 2nd verse. Your flower idea is super cute.

  4. I really like your lesson plan. It's gospel-centered. It's child-friendly and chorister-friendly. I hope that you will keep this up.

  5. These lessons for this song are amazing, and have saved me this month!! I think it has inspired me to remember to include a spiritual lesson with each song we learn, rather than just teaching the song with a fun game. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!!

  6. I'm so glad so many of you liked the spiritual aspect of it. I love teaching the gospel and I totally take advantage of singing time to do it!