Beautiful Savior

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Beautiful Savior is probably my favorite Easter Primary song to sing!  It’s so (for lack of a better word) beautiful!  Teach Beautiful Savior in singing time with these simplified ASL actions and handbells on the descant and you’ll see why it’s a favorite. 

Camille's Primary Ideas: Beautiful Savior Singing Time Lesson Plan Idea using ASL

Beautiful Savior is perfect to sing on Easter Sunday in sacrament meeting!  Especially when you add the simplified ASL and the handbells on the descant!

Beautiful Savior Simplified ASL

Now, I’m no signing expert.  That said, I have taught simplified ASL in singing time quite often.  So if teaching simplified ASL in singing time is new to you, check out my signing in singing time post.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Signing in Singing Time Tips

For starters, watch the ASL to Beautiful Savior on the Church’s website or on YouTube:

I’ve taken these signs as my base then cut out TONS to simplify it.

Beautiful Savior Signing Notes

I like to create notes for 2 reasons:

  1. Writing down the notes helps me learn the signs.
  2. I take the notes with me to Primary so if I get stuck, I can reference them.

These are my notes:

1st Verse:

  • Fair:  left Hand circles face, fingertips open at the beginning of the circle and close end
  • Sunshine:  left hand Fingertips together, wrist makes a circle near temple (sun), then fingertips spread and hand lowers (shine)
  • Fairer: left Hand circles face, fingertips open at the beginning of the circle and close end
  • Moonlight:  left hand makes a “C” with thumb and forefinger.  Start at chin and take up to temples (moon), then fingertips spread and hand lowers (light)
  • And:  left hand starts at right shoulder, and draws across the body toward left shoulder.  Fingertips form a “C” shape and close at left shoulder
  • Stars:  both pointer fingers point upward (4 times)
  • Heaven: left hand is drawn slowly over head sort of like a rainbow
  • Jesus:  left middle finger touches right palm then right middle finger touches left palm
  • Shines:  both middle fingers touch and pull apart, shaking
  • Brighter:  Finger tips together of both hands, they quickly touch and then all fingers expand and spread to form small circles like fireworks
  • Jesus:  left middle finger touches right palm then right middle finger touches left palm
  • Shines:  both middle fingers touch and pull apart, shaking
  • Purer:  Finger tips together of both hands, they quickly touch and then right palm faces up, left hand pointer and middle fingers are extended with thumb in between.  The left hand is drawn outward across the right palm
  • And:  left hand starts at right shoulder, and draws across the body toward left shoulder.  Fingertips form a “C” shape and close at left shoulder
  • All: left hand, thumb extended starts at shoulder and is drawn upward
  • World: (I think this is the sign for love) fists closed, arms crossed over chest
  • Love:  arms uncross, extend outward, palms up and move outward across chest

2nd Verse

  • Fair:  left Hand circles face, fingertips open at the beginning of the circle and close end
  • Meadows:  left hand, palm brushes chin twice then palm down and hand makes 2 small circles
  • Fairer:  left Hand circles face, fingertips open at the beginning of the circle and close end
  • Woodlands:  left elbow touches top of right fingertips, left hand straight up and moves back and forth
  • Robed:  left hand with fingertips together touches right cheek then left cheek
  • Flowers:  both hands, fingertips together, then all expand and move outward waving
  • Blooming springs:  left hand “grows” out of right hand 4 times
  • Jesus:  left middle finger touches right palm then right middle finger touches left palm
  • Fairer:  left Hand circles face, fingertips open at the beginning of the circle and close end
  • Jesus:  left middle finger touches right palm then right middle finger touches left palm
  • Purer: finger tips together of both hands, they quickly touch and then right palm faces up, left hand pointer and middle fingers are extended with thumb in between.  The left hand is drawn outward across the right palm
  • Makes:  both hands, palms toward your face, hands drawn downward across face
  • Sorrowing:  left hand extended, bent at elbow, palm toward you
  • Spirit:  both hands palms at chest, make 2 small circles
  • Sing:  right arm extended, bent at elbow, palm facing up.  Left hand sweeps across right arm similar to conducting music

3rd Verse

  • Beautiful:  left Hand circles face, fingertips open at the beginning of the circle and close end
  • Savior:  arms cross at wrist near face, elbows bent.  Uncross arms bring them up then open hands so palms face each other and bring them downward at side
  • Lord:  left hand makes an “L” with pointer finger and thumb.  Place it at right shoulder then draw to left hip
  • Nations:  left pointer and middle finger together, right hand makes a fist.  Left fingers make a small circle near left fist then touch on top of left hand
  • Son: left hand touches forehead, right arm touching left elbow, right elbow bent, then left hand moves down to touch right elbow crease
  • God: left hand extended, begins at mid chest then makes a candy cane shape toward body, ending at forehead
  • Son: left hand touches forehead, right arm touching left elbow, right elbow bent, then left hand moves down to touch right elbow crease
  • Man: left hand in fist, thumb extended, touches forehead then moves to chest as fingers extend
  • Thee: left hand extended, bent at elbow, palm toward you
  • I: point to chest with left hand
  • Honor: both hands, pointer and middle fingers extended, to the side of head, hands make a candy cane shape toward body
  • Praise: clap hands with no noise, twice
  • Give: hands begin at chest, palms down, fingers together, turn hands over and away like you are giving something to someone
  • Glory: both middle fingers touch and pull apart, shaking
  • Give: hands begin at chest, palms down, fingers together, turn hands over and away like you are giving something to someone
  • Praise: clap hands with no noise, twice
  • Glory: both middle fingers touch and pull apart, hands shaking
  • Evermore (twice): left hand pointer finger circles near temple, out and away on “ever.”  for More, thumb and pinky extend straight forward from temple

Beautiful Savior Flip Chart

Use this flip chart to help you teach the words and signs in singing time.  As you discuss each sign, post post each page on the board:

Camille's Primary Ideas: Beautiful Savior Singing Time Lesson Plan Idea using ASL

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Sign Beautiful Savior Using Scarves

Camille's Primary Ideas: Scarves in Singing Time

Once the signs have been learned, pass out a scarf to each child.  Have them hold a scarf as they do the signs.  It adds a unique dynamic to the signs!

Find more details on the scarves I recommend.

Beautiful Savior Handbell Chart

Find details on my Beautiful Savior handbell chart.  It plays the descant that is found in the Children’s Songbook.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Beautiful Savior Handbell Chart Singing Time Lesson Plan Idea

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These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > Beautiful Savior.

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6 thoughts on “Beautiful Savior”

  1. The 1st and 2nd verse went great last week! It helped that one of our teachers knows ASL. 😉 Are you planning to post a cheat sheet for the 3rd verse? I hate to recreate the wheel if you already have one put together. Thanks! I just love your blog and pretty much follow your lessons to a T. Thank you for sharing your talents and ideas. 🙂

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