Had I Been a Child, vs. 1


Teach Had I Been a Child in singing time with this lesson plan that focuses on directive listening questions.

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This lesson plan comes from A Childen’s Songbook Companion which is a valuable singing time resource!

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Had I Been a Child Picture

To teach Had I Been a Child in singing time, you need this picture of Christ with the Nephite Children:

Had I Been a Child Singing Time Idea

Play this instrumental version of Had I Been a Child as you read 3 Nephi 17:11-12 and 21-25:

11 And it came to pass that he commanded that their little children should be brought.

12 So they brought their little children and set them down upon the ground round about him, and Jesus stood in the midst; and the multitude gave way till they had all been brought unto him.

21 And when he had said these words, he awept, and the multitude bare record of it, and he took their little children, one by one, and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them.

22 And when he had done this he wept again;

23 And he spake unto the multitude, and said unto them: Behold your little ones.

24 And as they looked to behold they cast their eyes towards heaven, and they saw the heavens open, and they saw angels descending out of heaven as it were in the midst of fire; and they came down and encircled those little ones about, and they were encircled about with fire; and the angels did minister unto them.

25 And the multitude did see and hear and bear record; and they know that their record is true for they all of them did see and hear, every man for himself; and they were in number about two thousand and five hundred souls; and they did consist of men, women, and children.

Then play the sing-along version for them to watch:

Then ask these directive listening questions:

Verse One:

  • Why did Jesus kneel with them? [To pray] Show the picture Jesus Praying with the Nephites.
  • What did he show them? [The wounds in his hands and his feet] Show the picture Jesus Shows His Wounds. What word describes the day when Jesus came? [Blessed] It was a blessed day. The people had waited for hundreds of years for Jesus to come. Show the picture Jesus Teaching in the Western Hemisphere.

Invite the children to sing verse one with the piano.  Post the words using this format.

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Verse 2:

  • Where might he have placed his hands? [Upon my head] Show the picture Jesus Healing the Nephites.
  • What words might he have spoken to me? [A word of forgiveness, of blessing, of love]
  • Where might he have looked?[In my eyes]
  • Where might he have held me? [Safe in his arms]

Then invite the children to sing verse two with the piano. 

Verse Three:

  • Where did they gather [Around his knee] Show the picture Christ and the Children.
  • What do I hope? [My heart will be as pure as the hearts of the children that day.]
  • Who will come again? [My Savior]

Then invite the children to sing verse three with the piano. 

Bear Testimony

Bear your testimony that Jesus will come again. We look forward to that blessed day, and we pray that our hearts will be pure so that we will be ready and eager to receive him, as were the Nephites of old.

Additional Movement

For additional movement, teach the children how to conduct 3/4 time as they sing. Then invite a child to conduct the song as the children sing again.

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