Teach the 2nd verse to the Primary song, The Lord Gave Me a Temple by simply using the board! Every child LOVES to draw on the board and this singing time lesson plan lets them do just that!
My lesson plan HERE utilizes the board for teaching the 1st verse of The Lord Gave Me a Temple. It’s a wonderful for introducing the concept of how our bodies are like temples.
Because the first verse utilizes the board, the 2nd verse does the same! But this time, you can optionally let the children draw!
Singing Time Idea
Write the 2nd verse on the board but only use about 1/3 of the top of the board.
Choose a child to come and draw a word from the board (for younger children, you can do all the choosing & drawing to simplify). Make sure the child doesn’t say their chosen word out loud.
Have the Primary sing the 2nd verse as the child (or you) draws a picture on the board of the chosen word. When children recognize what is being drawn, they raise their hand but do not shout out the answer.
Once you finish singing the verse, have the Primary guess which word the child (or you) drew. Once guessed, erase the picture AND the word that was drawn.
Repeat with a new child and a new word until most of the words are erased and the song has been repeated several times. Time permitting, do the same activity with the 1st verse to review it.
Directive Listening Questions
Time permitting, discuss the word or phrases found in the song by asking directive listening questions after each child draws including:
- What may I claim if I keep my body clean and pure and habit-free? [blessings promised me]
- Where may I claim blessings promised me? [In Father’s temple]
- When will I take my body bright?[On resurrection morning] Our spirits and bodies will be reunited one day. That is called resurrection.
- Where will I live forever when I receive my celestial glory? [In light] Living in the light of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ forever Is a wonderful reward for keeping our temples clean and pure.
These questions come from A Children’s Songbook Companion. More details on this book are found HERE.
The Lord Gave Me a Temple Variation
To simplify for Jr. Primary, draw out the verse in pictures instead of writing out the 2nd verse.
Sing a line then ask what can be drawn. For instance, the first line of the 2nd verse reads “If I keep my body clean and pure and habit free,” Draw a body, a hand with a rag cleaning for “clean” and a cigarette crossed out for “habit free.”
Then sing that line using the pictures. Gradually add on until the whole song is on the board in pictures.
Bear testimony that our bodies are a gift from Heavenly Father to house our spirits.