Teaching The Iron Rod to Primary

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The Iron Rod is a hymn that EVERY Primary child will enjoy singing! Use these The Iron Rod Primary singing time ideas to engage your Primary children with this fun hymn!

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Iron Rod Primary singing time ideas

That said, hymns can be hard to teach with their big words and less-familiar melodies. But if you focus on this hymn’s strong steady beat using rhythm sticks (or even pencils!) they will sing it over and over again. Your Primary will have it learned in no time!

Teach the hymn, The Iron Rod using these various singing time methods (click on the link to jump to that section):

  1. Rhythm Sticks
  2. Hold to the Rod
  3. Pat Graham
  4. Handbells
  5. Sharla Dance
  6. Eraser Pass

History of the LDS Hymn The Iron Rod

This information comes from the  Tabernacle Choir Blog.

The hymn was originally written for the Payson Sunday School in Utah, where both Townsend and Clayson [the composers] were Sunday School workers.

The hymn was first included in the Deseret Sunday School Song Book in 1892.

The text for this uniquely Latter-day Saint hymn is based on an account in the Book of Mormon. In the book of 1 Nephi, chapter 8, Lehi saw a vision of the tree of life.

“This hymn exhorts us toward our destiny; it also reminds us of the dangers that threaten us if we choose to release our hold on the one sure guide,” explained Karen Lynn Davidson [author of Our Latter-Day Hymns: The Stories and the Messages]

The Iron Rod Lyrics

Find the sheet music to The Iron Rod on the Church’s website.  Once you hear the lyrics, you’ll want to hold to the rod and never let to!

To Nephi, seer of olden time, A vision came from God, Wherein the holy word sublime Was shown an iron rod.

[Chorus] Hold to the rod, the iron rod; ’Tis strong, and bright, and true. The iron rod is the word of God; ’Twill safely guide us through.

2. While on our journey here below, Beneath temptation’s pow’r, Through mists of darkness we must go, In peril ev’ry hour.

3. And when temptation’s pow’r is nigh, Our pathway clouded o’er, Upon the rod we can rely, And heaven’s aid implore.

4. And, hand o’er hand, the rod along, Through each succeeding day, With earnest prayer and hopeful song, We’ll still pursue our way.

5. Afar we see the golden rest To which the rod will guide, Where, with the angels bright and blest, Forever we’ll abide.

The Iron Rod Song Flip Chart

Find The Iron Rod 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

Ideas for Teaching The Iron Rod to Primary

1. Rhythm Sticks

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Iron Rod singing time idea

This song has such a strong and steady beat! Utilize that strength by having your Primary tap out the rhythm with their own “rods” or rhythm sticks.  

2. Hold on To the Rod

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Iron Rod Primary singing time ideas

Let your Primary actually hold on to a rod with this singing time activity.

3. Pat Graham

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Iron Rod Primary singing time ideas

Sister Pat Graham, who helped compile the Children’s Songbook and A Children’s Songbook Companion, put together singing time ideas for The Iron Rod during her 2020 workshop.

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

 

4. Handbells

This handbell chart for The Iron Rod utilizes chords:

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Iron Rod Primary singing time ideas handbell chart

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

Merry Bells

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Merry Bells also has handbell charts for The Iron Rod.  There are several options to choose from:

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5. Sharla Dance

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If you love Sharla Dance, make sure to check out all her ideas for teaching The Iron Rod:

  1. Hand Clap Pattern for Jr. for Chorus
  2. Hand Clap Pattern for Sr. for Chorus
  3. Hand Clap Pattern for Sr. Verses

6. Eraser Pass

For something quick and easy, Erica shared this idea on the PML FB group:

Write the lyrics up on the board and call on kids to come up and up and tell us how they can “hold to the rod.” Then erase a word and sing it again.

Leave your The Iron Rod Primary Singing Time Ideas

How will you teach The Iron Rod in singing time?  Leave a comment with your suggestions and ideas!

Check out this quick tutorial video for accessing the Resource Library:

These printables are filed on the Resource Library page under Song Title > The Iron Rod.

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