LDS Primary I Love to See the Temple Ideas for Singing Time

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Check out these singing time ideas for teaching the Primary song, I Love to See the Temple.  The are a fresh take on this oldie-but-goodie Primary song!

My favorite way to engage with this beloved Primary song is by using pictures of the temple in a wide variety of ways!

Camille's Primary Ideas: I Love to See the Temple singing time ideas

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Teach the Primary song, I Love to See the Temple using these various singing time methods (click on the link to quickly jump to that section):

  1. Temple Pictures
  2. Pin Moroni on the Temple
  3. Actions
  4. Simplified ASL
  5. Post-It Note Temple
  6. Temple Tubes
  7. Temple Puzzle
  8. A Children’s Songbook Companion
  9. Handbells
  10. Friend Booklet

I Love to See the Temple Singing Time Ideas for Primary: Lyrics and Music

Find the sheet music to I Love to See the Temple on the Church’s website.  The simplicity of the lyrics convey the feelings of a child as they anticipate attending the temple one day:

  1. I love to see the temple.

    I’m going there someday

    To feel the Holy Spirit,

    To listen and to pray.

    For the temple is a house of God,

    A place of love and beauty.

    I’ll prepare myself while I am young;

    This is my sacred duty.

  2. I love to see the temple.

    I’ll go inside someday.

    I’ll cov’nant with my Father;

    I’ll promise to obey.

    For the temple is a holy place

    Where we are sealed together.

    As a child of God, I’ve learned this truth:

    A fam’ly is forever.

Did you know there is a 3rd verse to I Love to See the Temple? also written by Janice Kapp Perry?  Bruce Forbes, author of the Lost Hymns Project shares HERE:

This includes a third verse she wrote for a choral arrangement for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir:

I love to see the temple shine brightly through the night

A beacon to all people of purity and light.

For the temple is a sacred place where worthy Saints assemble

To receive the holy ord’nances Performed in God’s own temple.

I Love to See the Temple Flip Chart

Find I Love to See the Temple lyrics in a printable flip chart format so you can easily post the words in your Primary!

Camille's Primary Ideas: posting words for singing time, singing time flip charts

Singing Time Ideas and activities for I Love to See the Temple

1. I Love To See the Temple: Temple pictures

Our Primary and nursery sings I Love to See the Temple quite often!  My favorite way (probably because it’s the easiest!) is to have the kids hold a picture of the temple as we sing.

If you have various temple images, kids can pass them around as you sing.  Susan Fitch created these temple images

Camille's Primary Ideas: I Love to See the Temple singing time lesson plan ideas

They are available to purchase in my shop.

Or simply gather pictures of temples.  There are several ways to do this:

As you sing, hold and pass pictures around, ask the following directive listening questions:

  • When will I prepare to go to the temple? [While I am young]
  • Why is it so important that we prepare ourselves? [This is my sacred duty]
  • What kind of place is the temple? [a place of love and beauty]
  • What is another name for the temple? [A house of God]
  • What 2 things will I do there? [Listen and pray]
  • When I go to the temple someday, what will I feel? [The Holy Spirit]
  • Because I love to see the temple, where will I go someday? [Inside]
  • What two things will I do there? [Covenant with my Father & promise to obey]
  • In the first verse, the temple is called “a house of God.” What does this verse call it? [A holy place]
  • What special blessing will we receive when we go there? [We will be sealed together]
  • What important truth do we learn in the temple? [A family is forever]

2. Pin Moroni on the Temple for the I Love To See the Temple Song

Camille's Primary Ideas: Susan Fitch's Pin Moroni on the Temple while singing I Love To See the Temple

This is another way to sing I Love to See the Temple that your kids will LOVE!  Pin Moroni on the Temple and sing the song over and over again as everyone gets a turn!!

3. I Love To See the Temple Lyrics with actions

Try these I Love to See the Temple actions shared on the Primary Music Leaders Facebook group:

Camille's Primary Ideas: I Love to See the Temple Actions Singing Time Ideas

These I Love to See the Temple singing time actions will help your Primary remember this beloved Primary song for years to come! They are quick and simple so any Primary age child can learn them!

4. Simplified ASL

Take the actions one step further and teach simplified ASL!  Holly shared her videos that include an explanation of the signs and then just the signs.  Check them out here:

5. Post-It Note Temple

Another great and simple idea was to build a Post-It note temple!  In a nutshell, build a temple by passing out a “brick” (square Post-It notes) to the kids. Good singers come up and add their brick to build the temple. They can build it pretty much any way they like! When it’s finished, top it with an Angel Moroni!

Camille's Primary Ideas: I Love to See the Temple singing time lesson plan ideas

I bought white post-it notes from here (Amazon affiliate link):

6. I Love to SEE the Temple TUBES

Camille's Primary Ideas: I Love to See the Temple Tubes Primary Singing Time Ideas

Let children “SEE” various temples through these unique tubes as you sing I Love to See the Temple. They’ll love holding them up to the light to see all the different temple and other images as they sing.

7. LDS Temple Activities for Primary: Build a temple

Camille's Primary Ideas: I Love to See the Temple singing time lesson plan ideas

The Build a Temple puzzle in the October 2021 Friend is similar to using post-it notes.  Pass out pieces and good singers get to come place theirs on the board.

8. I Love To See the Temple in the Children's Songbook Companion

A Children’s Songbook Companion contains a singing time lesson plan for every single song in the Children’s Songbook including I Love to See the Temple

Camille's Primary Ideas: I Love to See the Temple singing time ideas

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

9. I Love To See the Temple: Handbells

Play I Love to See the Temple using handbells!  This simple chart uses a 13-note handbell set and plays the melody.  Find more details for using handbells in singing time.

Camille's Primary Ideas: I Love to See the Temple handbell chart for singing time

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

Merry Bells also has handbell charts for I Love to See the Temple. There are several options to choose from:

  • Play Along DVD Primary Songs HERE
  • Digital Download Multi-Note Harmony HERE
  • Digital Download Single-Note Melody HERE
  • Printable Handbell Charts HERE

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Merry Bells Primary Sing Along DVD

10. I Love to See the Temple booklet from the Friend

The September 2019 Friend also has this booklet!  Have the children color and put it together it as they listen to the song.

Camille's Primary Ideas: I Love to See the Temple from the Friend

I Love to See the Temple Song History

This information comes from Stories from The Children’s Songbook by Sister Pat Graham.

As a child, Janice Kapp Perry [author and composer] loved to travel to the Idaho Falls Temple to do baptisms for the dead. “I Love to See the Temple” reflects her feelings on those trips.

Now she lives in Provo, Utah, and can see the temple from her home. After her tiny baby died, she was especially grateful that their family had been sealed. She is reminded of that blessing every time she sees the spire of the temple.

She said, “The temple always gives me comfort because our sealing there ensures we will have that child again in eternity if we are worthy.’56

The song was first printed in Supplement to More Songs, 1982 edition, and included an introduction. It was also published in the children’s sacrament meeting presentation.

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These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > I Love to See the Temple.

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