Dearest Children, God is near you (Hymns 96)
Friend April 2006, suggestion # 5

"Dearest Children, God Is Near You" (Hymns, no. 96).

Tell the children to imagine it is a cold, stormy day.
Role‑play being really cold.

Say: "Now we've come inside to sit by a glowing fire and nestle in a soft, warm quilt."
Place a warm quilt around a helper.

Ask: "Doesn't that warm you and make you feel better?"
Explain that we may have times that feel like a cold, stormy day. We can feel warmer and better during those times if we will remember what this song teaches.

Sing the phrase, "Dearest children, God is near you," and ask, "Doesn't it warm you to know that?"
Sing that part with the children. As you sing the next part, ask the children to listen for what God is doing and when He does it.
Sing the next phrase, and pitch lead (indicate the pitch of each note by raising your hand higher or lower) "watching o'er you day and night."

Take responses, review, and have the children sing with you.

As you sing the rest of the song, have the children listen to see what delights Heavenly Father ("to own and bless you"), what we must do to receive His blessing ("strive to do what's right"), and what phrase is repeated ("He will bless you").

Pause after each part to take responses. Review and lead the children in singing by phrases, helping them understand what they are to do to receive His blessings.

Testify that Heavenly Father is near them and will bless them