I accepted a call to be the Primary Music Leader in my new ward. However, I am not sure if I'll continue to add to this blog. If I do I should have something posted for February in the next couple of weeks. If not I'll keep this blog so you can use it as a resource.
Yesterday (10 January 2010), the Presidency Member and I used the lesson plan for teaching "This Is My Beloved Son" from this site. Did any of you use it too? The song went well with the ideas presented in the Outline for January's Week 2.
Since I'm still figuring out how things work in this new ward I haven't taught "I Know That My Savior Loves Me" yet. I'll teach it on Week 4. I'm thinking I'll do something like this:
- Use 3 Nephi 17:11-24 and a picture to tell the story of the Savior blessing the Nephite children.
- Teach the first the last half of the first verse up to "Each saw the tears on His face."
- This is a perfect spot for the presidency member to show the children their pictures of how they know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love them that they will draw this Sunday (Week 3) using a roller box (or computer projection if possible) while I sing "I Know That My Savior Loves Me" or the computer plays the song off of the church music website.
- Teach the second half of the first verse.
- Teach the children simple actions to use when they sing the chorus as follows: stand, raise hand, hold hand to heart then out in front as if offering something, and cross arms over chest (ASL sign for love).
- Use Mosiah 18:30 to explain that anywhere can be a beautiful place to those who learn about Jesus Christ and the gospel in that place. Compare the scripture to the song. For example: (beautiful place) place of Mormon=this beautiful place and Alma=parents and teachers.
- Teach the first half of the second verse.
- Use John 14:26 to talk about the name Comforter used for the Holy Ghost. Somehow relate that to the comfort of arms wrapped around in a hug.
- Teach the last half of the second verse.
Hopefully this helps you if you are also a little behind and haven't taught this beautiful new song.