Blake Gillette “I Will Be What I Believe” Primary Song Lyrics & Singing Time Ideas

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If you are looking to teach something outside the Children’s Songbook as we study the Book of Mormon, teach I Will Be What I Believe using these Primary singing time ideas! The examples of faith, strength, courage and perseverance will inspire your Primary to be like these scripture heroes!

Camille's Primary Ideas: I Will Be What I Believe Primary Singing Time Ideas

This is what our Primary hands out every year for Christmas as a gift from the Primary. We attach the the playlists to a coloring book and a treat. And VOILA! The perfect Primary gift! I know your Primary will love them too!

NOTE: This song has not been published by the Church.  So before you teach it in singing time, make sure to get your bishop’s approval.

Find more details about appropriate music under Appendix C: For Primary—Instructions for Singing Time and the Children’s Sacrament Meeting Presentation; Instructions for Singing Time

I Will Be What I Believe Sheet Music and Lyrics

Purchase the sheet music to I Will Be What I Believe.  As before mentioned, the lyrics reference some great scripture heroes in the chorus:

Living in this world with change all around But with the prophets’ words, I’ll stand on solid ground. Even though it’s still hard, with questions that arise, Every day I will say:

[CHORUS] I’ll have faith like brother Joseph and the strength of the pioneers. I’ll be brave as a stripling warrior and like Nephi persevere. I will spread God’s love to all I know and serve. I will plead with my Father on my knees: I will be what I believe.

We’ll spread the gospel wide throughout all the earth With Jesus as our guide we’ll wield the sword of truth. Even though it’s still hard, with questions that arise, Every day, I will say:

[CHORUS] I’ll have faith like brother Joseph and the strength of the pioneers. I’ll be brave as a stripling warrior and like Nephi persevere. I will spread God’s love to all I know and serve. I will plead with my Father on my knees: I will be what I believe.

If you are unfamiliar with this song, make sure to watch the video here:

I Will Be What I Believe Flip Chart

Find I Will Be What I Believe 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

I Will Be What I Believe Primary Song Lyrics Printables

To teach I Will Be What I Believe in singing time, use these pictures of the scripture heroes referenced in the chorus:

Joseph Smith and the first vision
Camille's Primary Ideas: I Will Be What I Believe Primary Singing Time Ideas

Or this image created by Susan Fitch that is part of her First Vision Clip Art kit in her Etsy shop.  However, if you are a Singing Time To-Go PREMIUM subscriber it’s included!!

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You also need this image of the pioneers from the Gospel Art Book.

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Or this image created by Susan Fitch that is part of her Pioneer Trek Clip Art kit in her Etsy shop.  However, if you are a Singing Time To-Go PREMIUM subscriber it’s included!!

Then you need this image of the stripling warriors from the Gospel Art Book.

Camille's Primary Ideas: I Will Be What I Believe Primary Singing Time Ideas

Or this image created by Susan Fitch that is part of her Follow the Prophet Book of Mormon Clip Art kit in her Etsy shop.  However, if you are a Singing Time To-Go PREMIUM subscriber it’s included!!

Lastly, find an image of children like this group of children or something similar from the Gospel Art Book.

Camille's Primary Ideas: I Will Be What I Believe Primary Singing Time Ideas

Or this image created by Susan Fitch that is part of her Primary Clip Art in her Etsy shop.  However, if you are a Singing Time To-Go PREMIUM subscriber it’s also included!!

Blake Gillette I Will Be What I Believe Singing Time Ideas

Teach these actions shared on the PML FB group:

1st Verse:

  • Living in this world: walk in place
  • With change all around: turn around in a circle
  • But with the prophets’ words: cup hands around month
  • I’ll stand on solid ground: stomp with one foot on the ground
  • Even though it’s still hard: drive fist into palm of other hand
  • With questions that arise: lift arms to rise up
  • Every day I will say: cup hands around month

Chorus:

  • I’ll have faith like brother Joseph: fold arms
  • and the strength of the pioneers: flex biceps
  • I’ll be brave as a strippling warrior: make a fist and place over heart
  • And like Nephi persevere: pull a bow back and release
  • I will spread God’s love: spread arms wide
  • to all I know and serve: place hands over heart
  • I will plead with my Father on my knees: clasp hands together near chest
  • I will be what I believe: on “be” cock your arm and punch toward the sky on “believe”

2nd Verse:

  • We’ll spread the gospel wide: walk in place
  • throughout all the earth: turn around in a circle
  • With Jesus as our guide: hand above eyes looking in the distance
  • We’ll wield the sword of truth: draw a sword from its sheath 
  • Even though it’s still hard: drive fist into palm of other hand
  • With questions that arise: lift arms to rise up
  • Every day I will say: cup hands around month

First, demonstrate the actions to the Primary as you and the teachers sing.  Post the words or have the sing-along video playing.

Afterward, ask what actions they noticed and take answers.

Then teach the children the actions by gradually adding on, beginning with the chorus.  

Add Scarves

Once the actions are learned, pass out scarves.  This adds a unique dynamic to the actions!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Using Scarves for Movement

Find more details about using scarves in singing time.

In between singing, add the pictures of the referenced people found in the chorus one at a time.  Briefly discuss how they acted on faith then sing the song again with the actions using scarves.

  • Joseph Smith praying: prayed to know what church to join
  • Pioneers: had faith even when they were persecuted
  • Strippling Warriors: believed Heavenly Father would keep them safe
  • Nephi: had faith that Heavenly Father would provide
  • Primary children: we can have faith just like those in the scriptures

Bear Testimony

Bear testimony that when we have faith like Joseph Smith, the pioneers, the Stripling Warriors and Nephi, we have the ability to do great things just like them.

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