I Know My Father Lives

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Teach I Know My Father Lives in singing time using a simple activity originating from the Church’s website!  All I’ve done is added a few printables with pictures and optional handbell chords.

Camille's Primary Ideas: I Know My Father Lives Singing Time lesson plan using handbells
The original idea comes from the Church’s website under “song presentation.”  It states:

Teach the song “I Know My Father Lives” (p. 5) by first bearing your testimony of Heavenly Father’s love for you.

Then have four helpers hold the words Lives, Loves, Spirit, and True, printed on separate papers. Ask them to stand in different corners of the room (out of order) and repeat their word.

Instruct the children to stand, and as they listen to you sing the phrases in the first verse, turn to face the word you’re singing about, and echo the phrase. Repeat, having them sing each phrase with you as the helpers hold their signs up high.

Let the children tell the helpers where to stand up front, in order, and sing the verse again. Repeat the process with the second verse using the words Sent, Faith, Spirit, and Can.

For younger children: Assign helpers a word to say rather than having them hold the printed word.

 
I simply added a few pictures for the non-readers and bell chords to increase repetition.

I Know My Father Lives Keywords & Handbell Chords

Download this chart:

Camille's Primary Ideas: I Know My Father Lives Singing Time lesson plan using handbells

Also available to download is a version without handbells:

Camille's Primary Ideas: I Know My Father Lives Singing Time lesson plan using handbells

Access these printables at my Resource Library.  Instructions for accessing the Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.

I printed on card stock, then placed in sheet protectors.  Or laminate.  Check out the list of singing time office supplies I recommend you always have on hand!

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Most of the images for this chart are from Susan Fitch.  She’s my favorite ;).

Singing Time Idea

Before Primary, hang the pages randomly around the room with 4 pages in the 4 corners and the other 4 pages hung on the middle of 4 walls.
 
You and the teachers sing through the song, posting the words using this flip chart format.
Camille's Primary Ideas: posting words for singing time, singing time flip charts
Then as the song is sung, have children turn and point to the words/pictures as they are sung in the song.  As a fun option, use wands for pointing (especially if you are omitting the bells!).
 
Find more details on singing time wands.
Camille's Primary Ideas: Primary singing time ribbon wands
Repeat again, instructing the Primary to whisper when you sing “the spirit whispers this to me.” 
Keep in mind to tell the children that the Holy Ghost usually doesn’t literally whisper things in our ear when he speaks to us.  We can feel him in our hearts, our thoughts and sometimes it’s something we hear with our ears.
After all the keywords have been pointed to, repeat singing again as the children sing the keywords as they are sun while pointing.  Then sing it again having them sing all the words.
 
Once they understand the routine of pointing, swap out some of the wands for bells.  If you don’t have enough bells for each child, have every other child hold either a bell or a wand.  Then they can trade after each time the song is sung.
 

Using Handbells in Singing Time

Make sure to check out more details about using handbells in singing time.

Using Handbells in Primary Singing Time Ideas
When the children point to a word/image that has their bell listed, they ring the bell.  The bell notes listed create a chord and should all be played at the same time on each page.  So for instance, when the word “lives” is sung, the “C” “E” and “G” bells will ring.  The rest of the Primary who have wands turn and point.
 

Since the words “true” and “can” are sung twice in the song, the first row of bell notes plays on the first “true” and the second row of bell notes plays on the second “true.”  The same goes for the word “can.”

Variation

After the children have pointed, collect all the wands.  Place all the images with keywords and bell chords on the board.  Then pass out handbells

From there, play the chart from the board, instead of around the room.

Video Demonstration

Also check out this demonstration video for teaching I Know My. Father Lives in singing time using this lesson plan:

You can also find this video on my YouTube channel.  I’d love it if you’d like and subscribe!

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Camille's Primary Ideas: I Know My Father Lives singing time ideas

Check out this quick tutorial video for accessing the Resource Library:

These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > I Know My Father Lives.

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4 thoughts on “I Know My Father Lives”

  1. Hi Camille, I know this comment isn’t in the right place, but I’m trying to find a place to send you a message. I’m subscribed to your Singing-time-to-go and I want to print out the poster for the Old Testament bookshelf, but I don’t know what it’s alphabetized under in the resource library, and every link I that talks about it just takes me to the blog post about it rather than the file to print out. In the Singing-time-to-go section, the link that says “Bookshelf for Old Testament” takes me to the Articles of Faith singing time. Please help. Thank you! ~Marsha

    1. Hi Marsha!

      Thanks for telling me the link was wrong! I’ve corrected it. My Old Testament Interactive bookshelf is also filed on my Resource Library under Category Title > Interactive Bookshelf > Old Testament if that helps. I’ll email you the direct link if that helps.

      ~Camille

  2. I can’t figure out how to print!! HELP–LOL
    I have paid so I should be able to!! if you can reply and let me know how to do it that would be great!

    1. Hi Angie!

      Login to the singing time schedule and scroll down to the January section. Click on the green January button and that will take you to Google Drive folders. To print, simply click on the document and there will be a print icon in the upper right corner. I hope that helps. I’ve also emailed you the links.

      ~Camille

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