Mother, Tell Me the Story


Teach Mother, Tell Me the Story in singing time using, well, a story!  This song is perfect for Mother’s Day or any other time of the year!

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TIP: to sing in sacrament meeting, have the Primary sing the first verse.  Then ask a sister in the ward to sing the second verse!  Make sure to put the two verses together after each one has been sung separately!

Singing Time Idea

To teach Mother, Tell Me the Story, pull out some simple items.  Each item coordinates to phrases found in the song:
  • 1st phrase: “Mother, tell me the story that I love to hear”: Bring a book with a pink cut out heart on the front.
Time permitting, read them that book {if I can get through it without bawling my eyes out!}. Then ask if any of the kids’ moms/parents/guardians read them stories and maybe what their favorite ones are.  
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  • 2nd phase: “Tell me of heaven and why I came here”: Bring a baby doll, ask, why DID we come here? [to gain bodies, to be tested, to have joy, etc.]
  • 3rd phrase: “Mother, tell how you love me, and gently speak”: Bring a “photo booth” prop of red lips (or something similar) for “gently speaking.” Ask how can we gently speak to our mothers and show we love them?  Ask what the word “gently” means.
Our primary purchased this set of props found HERE. Or easily make your own by cutting out lips and attaching to a stick.  
  • 4th phrase: “And then I’ll go to sleep.”: Bring a pillow.  Ask if their mom/parent/guardian has ever fallen asleep when putting them to bed.  Also ask if it would help their parents/guardians if children went to bed when told.


  • Have the Primary put the props in order as you and the teachers sing.
  • Call up 4 children one at a time to introduce the phrase and its associated prop.  Once the phrases are learned/discussed, choose 4 more kids to come up and hold a prop.  Then repeat with more kids until everyone has had a turn.

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