I Believe in Christ (Hymns 134)
(Friend March 2005, suggestion # 5)
 

A week before introducing it, invite a family in the ward or branch to learn and practice the hymn "I Believe in Christ" (Hymns, no. 134) in family home evening. If possible, ask them to be prepared to sing this hymn to the Primary children.

You may also want to read Elder Bruce R. McConkie's testimony (see Ensign, May 1985, 9–11).

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Teach the children that the hymn "I Believe in Christ" is an expression of testimony from Elder Bruce R. McConkie, an Apostle who died in 1985.

To teach the first half of the first verse, prepare a poster with GAK 238 (The Second Coming) at the top.

Sing the first line of the hymn, and ask, "Who is Christ?" (He is my King!).
Sing that much of the hymn together.
Display on a poster simple drawings of:

  • a heart
  • a person singing
  • the scriptures

Sing the first half of the verse, and ask the children to listen for three ways this Apostle "sang his testimony" (singing with his heart, his voice, and using inspired words).

Sing the first half of the first verse together. Invite the family to sing the first verse for the children.

Prepare another poster for the second part of the first verse using:

  • Primary packet picture 6–3 (Christ and God the Father)
  • GAK 200 (The Birth of Jesus).

Sing the first line of the second part of the first verse, and ask, "Who is Christ?" (He is God's Son).

Discuss and sing that much together.

Sing the next two lines, and ask the children to listen for three things Christ did while He was on the earth (healed the sick, the dead He raised, good works were His).
Illustrate the poster with GAK pictures such as:

  • 213 (Jesus Healing the Blind)
  • 222 (Jesus Raising Lazarus from the Dead),
  • 214 (Stilling the Storm).

Invite the family and the children to sing the whole hymn together, using the pictures on the charts as guides. Repeat as time allows