things I do"
(by Correne, Dallas, TX)
- I made oversized missionary tags on my
computer (I had one for a sister or brother depending who was called).
- Then I had him/her hold a copy of the Book of
- I asked a child to come up and placed the tag
on them and gave them the book.
- I then asked the children to listen to the
first verse and tell me exactly in the words of the song why this child
couldn't possibly go on a mission.
- They knew right off, but not the exact words.
So, I sang the first verse again. This time they got it.
- Then I pointed out what a fun rhythm the song
had and had them clap it with me while I sang it. They loved that.
Then they joined me in singing on the fourth time.
- Remember those old wooden (some plastic now)
little people that you can place on your fingers? I can't describe
them any better. Well, I took 5 various figures to represent "the
people in our neighborhood" and had a child place them on all the
fingers on the right hand.
- Then I had them use their other hand to make a
thumbs up and thumbs down for "judge the gospel bad or good."
- Then in Conny's website I found a clip art
from the Friend magazine that had various pictures of children doing things.
I choose one of a child helping a friend who fell off their bike ("how
I act"), a child taking out the trash ("and work"), and
children playing on a playground ("and play').
- I enlarged them on my computer, printed,
pastel painted, laminated, and placed all three on a yard stick so only one
child would have to hold the pictures.
- Then I had a child hold a calendar with Sunday
highlighted ("and not just on the Sabbath day.")
- All the while I am encouraging the children to
do the actions I am doing and facial expressions. I am very into that
and they seem to like that. They are also clapping out the rhythm.
- I then have them listen to the 3rd verse and
ask them how it is different.
- They mention the rhythm and we talk about why
it is that way....we are in a church...it is reverent.
- I then sing it again and ask them to gently
sway with me in their seats.
- I then place out two chairs and have two
people come up and act out the song: They fold their arms and smile.
All the while we are
repeating and perfecting the acting. The children in the audience fold
their arms and smile as they sway, as well.
- GAK 607 -- Girl giving talk ("In
everything I do and say")
- Thumb pointing to self ("I am what I
profess to be.")
- GAK 612 -- Elders at door ("and when the
- Have children motion to come on in.
- I also have the children continue clapping out
the beat. I also shared a personal and recent experience I had in my
neighborhood with the missionaries tracking it. It was wonderful and
reinforced the song beautifully.
I was amazed at how well the children did.
The loved the clapping and then swaying gently in their seats for the third
The following week I wanted to sing the song over and over without them getting
I have a fun collection of musical instruments. When they saw me take
those out they got excited. I quickly went over the rules of how to treat
my instruments and what I expected from them. Then I passed out the
drums, rhythm sticks, tambourines, shakers, and bells. I sang the song
over and over as I demonstrated how each one was played. By the time every
child had an instrument they had heard me sing the song from beginning to end at
least 4 times. They clapped or swayed the beat as I passed them out.
We did not play the instruments for the 3rd verse, rather we stayed in our seats.
Then we rotated each time after singing the song so each child could have a turn
different instruments. . I gave them only 10 seconds to trade!
ha ha ha Didn't want to waste time!