You can download these images using my Resource Library. Instructions for accessing my Resource Library is found at the bottom of this post. Once downloaded, print on card stock, color, and tape to popsicle sticks.
Teaching Nephi’s Courage:
I’m going to use these simple actions for the CHORUS ONLY. I’ll teach the actions first before pulling out the stick puppets. Here are the actions:
- I will go (create a shield with one arm in front of body)
- I will do (hold a sword upward with other hand)
- the thing the Lord commands (hold the soldier pose)
- I know the Lord provides a way (point to forehead)
- he wants me to obey (soldier salute as if standing at attention)
I have these actions available to download and print in my Resource Library as well.
After the chorus is learned pull out the puppets. Tell the kids they are going to put on a puppet show.
Have 4 kids come hold the figures for the first verse: Nephi, Lamen and Lemuel, Laban and the plates. Tell the primary they are going to sing the story to the puppeteers as they act out what we are singing (posting words as necessary as teachers help sing or play the song on CD).
Use half the primary on the 1st verse to come forward and take turns using the puppets. Repeat with new children each time. The puppeteers also lead the primary in the chorus actions.
Same thing for the second verse but use Nephi, Laman and Lemuel and the boat. Repeat until all the children have had a turn to come to the front to use the puppets and to lead in the actions.
Bear testimony that you know the stories in the Book of Mormon about Nephi are true. We can be brave like Nephi and “go and do” what God commands!
*If you have a very large primary, I’d suggest printing several copies so each class will get a set of puppets. Teachers can choose children to work the puppets from their seats as indicated in the lesson plan above.
Find my lesson plan for teaching the 3rd verse HERE