Book of Mormon Stories Primary Singing Time Ideas

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How many of you grew up loving to sing Book of Mormon Stories in singing time? I sure did! Make sure it becomes a favorite with your Primary by using this list of Book of Mormon Primary singing time ideas.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Book of Mormon Stories Primary singing time ideas

Using Church media is one of the most effective (not to mention easiest!) ways to teach Primary songs! I recommend teaching Book of Mormon Stories in singing time using inspired scripture pictures from the Gospel Art Book and Gospel Art Kit. They bring this Primary song to life!

Teach the Primary song, Book of Mormon Stories using these various singing time methods (click on the link to jump to that section):

  1. Scripture Stories
  2. Drums
  3. Coloring Book
  4. Actions
  5. A Children’s Songbook Companion
  6. Merry Bells
  7. Sharla Dance
  8. We Will Rock You

History of the LDS Song Book of Mormon Stories

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

Elizabeth Fetzer Bates [the composer], a piano teacher and the mother of six children, became totally blind in 1951. She accepted her blindness as a challenge and decided that she would learn to do everything that she could.

In 1969, she wrote “Book of Mormon Stories” because she loved the Book of Mormon and was grateful for America. She thinks that children like this song because it is simple and true.

The 1988 Children’s Sacrament Meeting Presentation was about the Book of Mormon. Additional verses to this favorite song had been submitted by Nancy K. Dabies Carter and were used in the program.

I grew up in Sister Bates’ ward!  A few of her grandchildren are my age.  She was amazing!  I vividly remember going to her home with my mom.

Sister Bates played on the piano Book of Mormon Stories and Pioneer Children Sang As They Walked, the two Primary songs she wrote in the Children’s Songbook.

She was an amazing example of enduring to the end, even when life gets extremely hard.

Book of Mormon Stories Music

Find the sheet music to Book of Mormon Stories on the Church’s website.  Did you know there are 8 verses to this beloved Primary song?

Book of Mormon Stories Lyrics

  1. Book of Mormon stories that my teacher tells to me Are about the Lamanites in ancient history. Long ago their fathers came from far across the sea, Giv’n the land if they lived righteously.

  2. Lamanites met others who were seeking liberty, And the land soon welcomed all who wanted to be free. Book of Mormon stories say that we must brothers be, Giv’n the land if we live righteously.

  3. Alma was rebellious, and he fought against the right. Then one day an angel came to turn him to the light. Struck before his brethren, Alma learned humility. Then he taught in the land righteously.

  4. Don’t forget Abinadi, who stood before the king. All chained up from head to toe, the gospel he did bring. If he would deny it, then the king would set him free. He was true, and he died righteously.

  5. Ammon was a missionary serving Lamanites, Tending King Lamoni’s sheep for several days and nights. Robbers came; he saved the sheep by fighting fearlessly. He had learned he could live righteously.

  6. Once two thousand sons of God were called to fight the foe. Marching as an army into battle they did go. They believed that Christ the Lord their guardian would be. They had learned they should live righteously.

  7. Samuel the Lamanite, high on the city wall, Came to warn the people, and repentance was his call. Arrows could not hit him, for a man of God was he, And he taught in the land righteously.

  8. (Slowly and reverently) After Christ was crucified and died for you and me, He came forth to teach the truth to all who would be free. Hands were laid upon each child. He blessed them tenderly, And they lived in the land righteously.

Book of Mormon Stories Song Flip Chart

Find The Church of Jesus Christ 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

1. Teach Book of Mormon Stories lyrics by Sharing Scripture

Camille's Primary Ideas: Book of Mormon Stories Primary singing time ideas

Tell all the inspiring scripture stories mentioned in Book of Mormon StoriesUse Gospel Art Book images and actions as your Primary engages with this favorite Primary song!

2. Drums

Create a “drum” to pass out to each child.  There are several options for creating drums.  The most simple drum to create is to staple the rim of 2 paper bows together:

Have the children drum this beat pattern:

[LONG] [LONG] [LONG] [SHORT] [SHORT] [SHORT]

Then use this drum beat pattern as you sing the song using the attached notes.  Post the words as needed.  Repeat the pattern as you sing each verse.

Book of Mormon Stories Rhythm Pattern

  • Book: [LONG]
  • Stories: [LONG]
  • Teacher: [LONG]
  • Me: [SHORT] [SHORT] [SHORT]
  • Are: [LONG]
  • La-(for lamanites): [LONG]
  • An-(for ancient): [LONG]
  • Hi- (for history): [SHORT] [SHORT] [SHORT]
  • Long: [LONG]
  • Fathers: [LONG]
  • Far: [LONG]
  • Sea: [SHORT] [SHORT] [SHORT]
  • Giv’n: [LONG]
  • If: [LONG]
  • Right-: [LONG]
  • -ly (for righteously): [SHORT] [SHORT] [SHORT]

Additionally: show a picture of each story represented in the song before you sing it:

  • Lehi and His People Arrive in the Promised Land (vs. 1 & 2)
  • Conversion of Alma the Younger (vs. 3)
  • Abinadi before King Noah (vs. 4)
  • Ammon Defends the Flocks of King Lamoni (vs. 5)
  • Two Thousand Young Warriors (vs. 6)
  • Samuel the Lamanite on the Wall (vs. 7)
  • Christ and the Book of Mormon Children (vs. 8)

Repeat for each verse.

3. Teach Book of Mormon Stories lyrics by Using These Coloring Pages!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Primary Song Coloring Books

Children love to color!  Let them listen to Primary songs while they color this Book of Mormon Stories coloring book.  They will learn the song at the same time!

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

4. Learn the Primary Song Book of Mormon Stories by using These Actions!

I sing Book of Mormon Stories with my nursery kids EVERY Sunday using actions!  Primary kids enjoy these actions as they remember learning them when they were in nursery. (Scroll down in the post under Book of Mormon Stories.)

Or this is a fun variation too:

Or try this ASL version:

5. Teach Book of Mormon Stories with this Children's Songbook Companion!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Book of Mormon Stories Primary Singing Time Ideas

Children’s Songbook Companion contains a singing time lesson plan for every single song in the Children’s Songbook including Book of Mormon Stories.

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

 

6. Learn Book of Mormon Stories with Handells

Use this handbell chart to teach Book of Mormon Stories.  It uses chords and requires the 13-note handbell set.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Book of Mormon Stories Primary singing time ideas using handbells

Download the Free Book of Mormon Stories Singing Time Printables

These printables are filed on the Resource Library page under Song Title > Book of Mormon Stories

 

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Book of Mormon Stories Merry Bells

Merry Bells Primary Sing Along DVD

Merry Bells also has handbell charts for teaching Book of Mormon Stories.  There are several options to choose from:

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7. Teach Primary Song Book of Mormon Stories with Sharla Dance!

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If you love Sharla Dance, make sure to check out all her paper plate pattern for teaching Book of Mormon Stories:

8. We Will Rock You to Book of Mormon Stories

Camille's Primary Ideas: Book of Mormon Stories Primary Singing Time Ideas

Have to share Sara’s FB idea for teaching Book of Mormon Stories to the beat of We Will Rock You.  I dare you to read this and not try it for yourself.  She says:

…”Book of Mormon Stories” has the same under rhythm as [the song] “we will rock you.” Refer to the second measure in the piano part [of Book of Mormon Stories].

Meaning, you can stomp, stomp, clap twice per measure while singing it. (Or any type of movement with that pattern we usually hit our laps twice and clap once).

It’s pretty dope.

Did you try it?  I know my mind is blown!

Leave your Book of Mormon Stories Singing Time Ideas

How will you teach Book of Mormon Stories in singing time?  Leave a comment with your suggestions and ideas!

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These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > Book of Mormon Stories.

How to teach Book of Mormon Stories song lyrics in Singing Time

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