Book of Mormon Stories

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Tell all the inspiring scripture stories using this singing time idea for teaching Book of Mormon Stories.  Use Gospel Art Book images and actions as your Primary engages with this favorite Primary song!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Book of Mormon Stories Primary singing time ideas
Did you know Book of Mormon Stories has 8 verses?  With this lesson plan, you may opt to have it span over the course of 2 weeks. 
 
Focus the first week on verses 3-5 (Assuming verses 1 and 2 are VERY familiar).  Then the next week verses 6-8.
 
If you are worried about teaching Book of Mormon Stories in singing time, I LOVE what this sister shared in the comments on the PML FB group:
I’m part Native American. Our family has never had a problem with Book of Mormon stories!
 
The words are correct and do teach correct principles. The beat is not a caricature of Indigenous dances. Um, we dance with a beat!
 
When teaching or singing the song I have taught about my heritage and told the Primary kids the Book of Mormon prophesied the scattering of the Lamanites. We have seen the fulfillment of that prophecy.
 
It doesn’t give those who participated in that scattering a pass for their wrong choices. I also teach that the Book of Mormon prophesied the gathering of the Lamanites and the rest of the House of Israel.
 
My family and I and so many others are part of the fulfillment of that prophecy! They (the Primary kids) get to also help fulfill that prophecy by joining in the gathering of Israel as President Nelson has asked us to do.
 
When you teach in that way, referring to the scriptures and sharing the truths that are taught in the song they will receive a greater understanding and develop a more compassionate heart.

Book of Mormon Stories Singing Time Idea

To introduce the song, tell the Primary we are learning Book of Mormon Stories. Proceed to sing verses 1 & 2 with the actions and post this picture of Lehi and His People Arrive in the Promised Land:

Book of Mormon Stories Actions

Verse 1:
  • Book of Mormon stories that my teacher tells to me (Hold hands like an open book)
  • Are about the Lamanites in ancient history. (Make feathers with your index and tall finger, and place behind head or use  the ASL sign for Native American)
  • Long ago their fathers came from far across the sea, (Move hand up and down like a ship on the ocean)
  • Giv’n the land if they lived righteously (RH out, LH out, RH cross to fold arms, LH cross over, lift folded arms and hit chest with them).
Verse 2
  • Lamanites met others who were seeking liberty, (Make feathers with your index and tall finger, and place behind head or use the ASL sign for Native American found)
  • And the land soon welcomed all who wanted to be free. (Motions with both arms as if you’re 
  • motioning someone to come to you–make a circle)
  • Book of Mormon stories say that we must brothers be, (Holds hands like an open book)
  • Giv’n the land if we live righteously. (RH out, LH out, RH cross to fold arms, LH cross over, lift folded arms and hit chest with them)

Demonstration Video

See this demonstration video of Book of Mormon Stories actions for the 1st & 2nd verses:

Next, mention that there are 6 more verses!  And they are going to help teach them over the next 2 weeks.

Pass out a strip of paper with their assigned verse, corresponding actions and the relating Gospel Art Book picture.

Verse 3:

Verse 3 is about Alma the Younger.  Teach it using the picture of the Conversion of Alma the Younger.

  • Alma was rebellious, and he fought against the right. (Both hands in fists, ready to fight.)
  • Then one day an angel came to turn him to the light. (Look up diagonally to the right-use both hands palm up to gesture to something above you.)
  • Struck before his brethren, Alma learned humility. (Fall down!)
  • Then he taught in the land righteously. (RH out, LH out, RH cross to fold arms, LH cross over, lift folded arms and hit chest with them)

Verse 4:

Verse 4 is about Abinadi.  Teach it using the picture of Abinadi before King Noah.

  • Don’t forget Abinadi, who stood before the king. (Put hands on top of head in shape of a crown)
  • All chained up from head to toe, the gospel he did bring. (Grasp hands behind you, and cross legs as if tied up.)
  • If he would deny it, then the king would set him free. (Shake head, then hands out and legs apart)
  • He was true, and he died righteously. (RH out, LH out, RH cross to fold arms, LH cross over, lift folded arms and hit chest with them)

Verse 5:

Verse 5 is about Ammon.  Teach it using the picture of entitled Ammon Defends the Flocks of King Lamoni.

  • Ammon was a missionary serving Lamanites, (Use a finger to make a circle where a missionary tag would be)
  • Tending King Lamoni’s sheep for several days and nights. (Pretend to hold a little lamb, and stroke it’s fur)
  • Robbers came; he saved the sheep by fighting fearlessly. (Swing a pretend sword back and forth)
  • He had learned he could live righteously. (RH out, LH out, RH cross to fold arms, LH cross over, lift folded arms and hit chest with them)

Verse 6:

Verse 6 is about the two thousand Stripling Warriors.  Teach it using the picture of entitled Two Thousand Young Warriors.

  • Once two thousand sons of God were called to fight the foe. (Put fists up as if to fight)
  • Marching as an army into battle they did go. (March in place)
  • They believed that Christ their Lord their guardian would be. (Give yourself a hug)
  • They had learned they should live righteously. (RH out, LH out, RH cross to fold arms, LH cross over, lift folded arms and hit chest with them)

Verse 7

Verse 7 is about Samuel the Lamanite.  Teach it using the picture of entitled Samuel the Lamanite on the Wall.

  • Samuel the Lamanite, high on the city wall, (Stand with legs apart and arms up and out)
  • Came to warn the people, and repentance was his call. (Shake a finger–like your grandma would)
  • Arrows could not hit him, for a man of God was he, (Pretend to shoot with a bow and arrow)
  • And he taught in the land righteously. (RH out, LH out, RH cross to fold arms, LH cross over, lift folded arms and hit chest with them)

Verse 8:

Verse 8 is about Jesus Christ blessing the children after he was resurrected.  Teach it using the picture of entitled Christ and the Book of Mormon Children.

  • After Christ was crucified and died for you and me, (Point to yourself and others)
  • He came forth to teach the truth to all who would be free. (Sweep hand out, with palm up to indicate all in the room)
  • Hands were laid upon each child. He blessed them tenderly, (Put both hands out, on top of one another, palms down, as if performing a blessing)
  • And they lived in the land righteously. (RH out, LH out, RH cross to fold arms, LH cross over, lift folded arms and hit chest with them)

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Give each class about 5 minutes to learn their actions and prepare to teach them.  Have teachers help. 
 
When classes teach, have them come to the front.  Post their picture on the board and demonstrate the actions with each of the words to their verse.
 
Have the rest of the Primary watch, then repeat it again as a whole. 
OPTIONAL: Ask Sr. Primary to see if they can find their assigned verse in the scriptures and read it as a group, then paraphrase the story when they come up front to teach.
 
After all the classes have finished teaching, review all verses with actions with pictures posted on the board. 

Bear Testimony

Bear testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.
 

Book of Mormon Stories Demonstration Video

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6 thoughts on “Book of Mormon Stories”

  1. Jamie Schoonmaker

    Camille,
    Love the new look of the website. I’m Have difficulty getting the the resource Library. Is it under construction? I have enrolled 3 time, I’m sorry if that is messing thing up. Congrats on all the new step on you wedsite.

  2. Starting this today. Can’t tell you how relieved I was to find the actions! I never went to primary, so this site is a godsend.

  3. Think we should get rid of the feathers gesture altogether, and even saying Native American is speculation, according to current church standing on Lamanite descendants.

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