Latter-day Prophets is the PERFECT song to teach using actions! While you’re learning the order of the prophets, you are also learning a little bit about each one of them!
If your songbook is outdated (like mine!), make sure to print off the current version HERE from LDS.org (the PDF downloadable version is updated when you download it even though the view page is not). Or I also have it available to download using the access button at the bottom of this post. Then I simply teach some fun actions:
- Joseph Smith: make a Book of Mormon with your hands
- Brigham Young: drive your wagon team by shaking reins
- John Taylor: point to your chest – his life was spared because of a bullet hit his pocket watch
- Wilford Woodruff: play a trumpet (he played the trumpet)
- Lorenzo Snow: make it ran (his “windows of heaven” story about paying tithing and the rain would come)
- Joseph F. Smith: do the hula dance (he served a missioni in Hawaii)
- Heber J. Grant: pretend to hit a baseball (he was determined to play baseball and through hard work he made the team)
- George Albert Smith: pretend to shake a lot of hands (he made a promise “not to be an enemy to any living soul)
- David O. McKay: The “O” is partly for his name, but he loved to play marbles so make a big marble. There’s a story with more details about that HERE.
- Joseph Fielding Smith: blow a kiss after you say his name (he loved children)
- Harold B. Lee: pretend to play the piano (he loved playing the piano and was good)
- Spencer W. Kimball: milk a cow (worked hard on a farm)
- Ezra Taft Benson: make the scout sign (he loved scouts and was a great scout leader)
- Howard W. Hunter: draw a big pretend heart with your hands (he was sweet and wanted everyone to treat each other better)
- Gordon B. Hinckley: arms out for an airplane (he flew all over the world to meet with members and build temples)
- Thomas s. Monson: have your hands up and out like holding a large tray being a server (he is always talking about service)
- Russell M. Nelson: pretend to ski by holding your poles and jumping from slightly to the right then to the left. At age 94, he still skis every week with his grandkids!
My YouTube Video Demonstrates the actions!
Find my cheat sheet using the access button at the bottom of this post with all the actions for each prophet. I’ve also handwritten little notes in my songbook so I’ve always got the actions on hand :).
I keep all the pictures of the prophets (with their names typed up at the bottom) in a binder (you can purchase the pictures from the Distribution Center or download and print them from lds.org HERE.
All my printables are free and can be downloaded from my Resource Library. Access to my Resource Library is sent to you via email and not linked here. If you need initial access to my Resource Library or need access sent to you again, click on the button below, fill out your information then check your email. Instructions for accessing each printable on my Resource Library are below the button. Check out my email tutorial HERE for more help.
These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > Latter-day Prophets.