I Want to Be a Missionary Now Act Like a Missionary

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Teach your Primary children what missionaries do every day all while singing the Primary song I Want to Be a Missionary Now.  They get to walk, knock and look like a missionary as they sing!

Camille's Primary Ideas: I Want to Be a Missionary Now Singing Time Ideas

I Want to Be a Missionary Now Flip Chart

For teaching I Want to Be a Missionary Now, you need a flip chart. Download this one or this flip chart using Susan Fitch illustrations:

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Missionary Name Tag Printable

Each Primary child also needs a name tag.  Download this missionary name tag printable also in the Resource Library:

Print on card stock, cut out and laminate (optional).  I recommend using clothespins to pin the missionary tag on each child.

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I Want to Be a Missionary Now Singing Time Idea

Post the flip chart on the board.  Tell your Primary that today, you are acting like missionaries by:

  • Having a companion
  • Wearing a name tag
  • Knocking on doors

Missionaries are always with a companion!

Pair up everyone with a companion (triple up if needed).  Have the pianist play through the song as you pair up the Primary kids.  Try pairing up younger children with older children.

Once paired, you and the teachers sing as each companionship listens for the phrase “I want to be a missionary now” and raise their hand when they hear that phrase sung.

Missionaries always wear a name tag!

Next, pass out a missionary name tag. Have the pianist play the song again as you and the teachers sing as children put on their name tags.

Once everyone has their name tag on, sing the song again, having children pointing to their name tag whenever “I” and “missionary” is sung.

Missionaries knock on doors!

Pass out a hymnbook to each companionship to use as a door.   Optional, attach a door printable to each hymnbook (also available to download in the Resource Library):

Camille's Primary Ideas: I Want to Be a Missionary Now singing time lesson plan doors

Have one companion hold the book while the other knocks on it to the rhythm of the entire song together.  Then repeat, letting the other companion take a turn.

Talk about the long-short-long rhythm pattern.

Sing the song again.  There are also 5 notes that are even, rather than long-short-long.  Ask if the Primary if they can find the words on those notes [I want to share the] as you sing it again.

If you want to dress up your hymnbooks to resemble doors, tape on a cut out of a door.  I created a document with 16 different doors that print 2 doors to a page.  Print what you need, color, then cut out!  These can also be found at my Resource Library.

Missionaries do a lot of walking!

Continue knocking to the rhythm but add walking in place on the long notes that you hold.  It occurs 3 times during the song on the words “now” “grown” and “own” in the 1st verse.

Bear Testimony

Bear testimony that you don’t have to be set apart as a full time missionary of the Church in order to be a great missionary to others.

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These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > I Want to Be a Missionary Now.

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