Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Use Susan Fitch’s First Vision illustrations to create a puppet show to teach the hymn, Joseph Smith’s First Prayer in singing time!  This can easily be accomplished for a home-centered, virtual or live singing time!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Joseph Smith's First Prayer Singing Time Idea using stick puppets

Whenever a song tells a great story, I LOVE simply telling that great story to teach it in singing time!  And the story with Joseph Smith’s First Prayer is an amazing one to teach by telling this magnificent story!

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However, the First Vision set doesn’t contain the bees humming and and birds singing.  She drew those specifically for me so I could share them with you!

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Print the pictures on card stock, laminate and attach to large craft sticks using tape.

Joseph Smith's First Prayer Singing Time Idea

Have your Primary create a puppet show as they listen to and/or sing along to Joseph Smith’s First Prayer using:

Here’s when each prop can be used during the song:

  • Oh how lovely was the morning, radiant beamed the sun above:  Grove image (can stay up throughout)
  • Bees were humming: bees humming
  • Sweet birds singing: birds singing
  • Music ringing through the grove: both birds and bees
  • When within the shady woodland Joseph sought the God of love: Joseph praying
  • Humbly kneeling, sweet appealing Twas the boy’s first uttered prayer: Joseph praying
  • When the pow’rs of sin assailing filled his soul with deep despair: black cloud
  • But undaunted, still he trusted in his Heavenly father’s care: Joseph praying
  • Suddenly a light descended brighter far than noonday sun: grove with beam of light (can stay up throughout – replace other grove)
  • And a shining glorious pillar o’er him fell around him shone: Joseph praying
  • While appeared two heavenly beings God the Father and the Son: Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ
  • Entire 4th verse is Joseph praying & Heavenly Father & Jesus

Define the Big Words

Hymns frequently use uncommon words that Primary children (and sometimes adults!) are unfamiliar with.  Joseph Smith’s First Prayer is full of large words we don’t regularly use.

Have the children who are part of the audience during the puppet show listen closely for these words in the song that will help give clues as to their definition:

  • Radiant: sending out light; shining or glowing brightly.
  • Grove: a small wood, orchard, or group of trees.
  • Sought: attempt to find (something).
  • Appealing: (of an expression or tone of voice) that one wants help or sympathy.
  • Uttered: make (a sound) with one’s voice.
  • Assailing: make a concerted or violent attack on.
  • Despair: the complete loss or absence of hope.
  • Descended: move or fall downward.
  • Pillar: a tall vertical structure.
  • Beloved: dearly loved.
  • Rapture: a feeling of intense pleasure or joy.
  • Bosom: the human chest.

Repeat the puppet show using new puppeteers and new audience members.

Bear Testimony

Bear testimony that you know Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ that day as he knelt in a grove of trees.

More Joseph Smith's First Prayer Singing Time Ideas

Your Primary will also enjoy these other singing time ideas:

The First Vision Videos

Show these videos of the First Vision that have the hymn playing in the background:

Coloring Pages

Camille's Primary Ideas: Joseph Smith's First Prayer Singing Time Idea using stick puppets

Elaine shared her coloring pages for teaching Joseph Smith’s First Prayer on the Primary Music Leaders Facebook page.  Thanks Elaine for sharing!!

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These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > Joseph Smith’s First Prayer.

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14 thoughts on “Joseph Smith’s First Prayer”

  1. I am part of the primary on the goal and can’t find the Susan finch pictures for Joseph Smith’s first prayer. I found the bees buzzing and birds singing. Do you have the other images or do I need to go the Susan’s site and order them? That is fine, it just seemed that you were available with the on the go purchase

    1. Hi Anita!

      Where you are looking is in my Resource Library that contains just the bees and birds. You must login to my Singing Time Schedule To-Go page to get the rest as part of your membership. I’ll email you the link directly. I hope that helps!

      ~Camille

  2. I’ve signed up and logged in for the monthly subscription, but I cannot find the link to download the images for joseph smith’s first prayer: joseph kneeling, grove, dark cloud, etc. Can you help?

    1. Hi Amber

      Thank you for subscribing! You login to my Singing Time Schedule To-Go page to get the rest of the images as part of your membership. I’ll email you the link directly. I hope that helps!

      ~Camille

  3. Tami Halvorson

    Hi! I’m a member and I’m having a hard time accessing the visuals for Joseph Smith’s First Prayer. I have tried doing it the way you suggested to others👆🏻… but still not working for me. Could you send me a direct link as well?? Thanks for all your amazing resources! Love being a subscribed member!!

  4. Hi Camille, I am having trouble accessing the puppets for Joseph Smith’s First Prayer. I have tried the steps you have suggested to others above but I am still not able to access them. Help!

    1. Hi Camille!

      (Love your name, by the way!). The printables are filed under January’s singing time schedule. I’ll email you the direct link.

      ~Camille

  5. Dear Camille,
    I was so excited to find your site. However, I am feeling frustrated as I have been unable to find the puppets to Joseph Smith’s first Vision. Additionally, the lesson plan for “I am Like a Star” has been non retrievable for the last several days. I would appreciate any help you can give me.
    Gratefully,
    sheri DeCarlo

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