Camille’s Primary Ideas: Nephi’s Courage Lyrics and Visual Aids for Singing Time

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These Nephi’s Courage Primary singing time ideas teach your Primary kids how they can be like Nephi! Because every child needs an example from the scriptures of demonstrating courage in difficult situations.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Nephi's Courage Primary Singing Time Ideas

Whenever a Primary song tells a story, I love to bring that story to life!  My favorite singing time idea below utilizes stick puppets to tell Nephi’s story as it’s sung in this beloved Primary song!

Teach the Primary song, Nephi’s Courage using these various singing time methods (click on the link to jump to that section):

  1. Stick Puppets (1st & 2nd verses)
  2. Dress Like Nephi (3rd verse)
  3. Pool Noodles
  4. Rhythm Sticks
  5. Finger Lights
  6. Sing a Story
  7. A Children’s Songbook Companion
  8. Handbells
  9. Sharla Dance

The History of Nephi's Courage

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

This favorite song was first published in the Friend magazine in 1986 when the focus of Primary was the Book of Mormon.

It was written by a husband and wife team, Bill N. Hansen, Jr. and Lisa Tensmeyer Hansen, who like children to have fun when they sing.

Brother Hansen, an attorney, said, “I believe that living the gospel can be fun as we develop our many talents in the service of others.”

Sister Hansen, a Kimball Scholar at BYU and mother of five, said, “I know the gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I felt the Spirit reveal this to me when I was eleven years old.”

It was suggested that this song have a third verse to apply the message to the child. The Hansen’s responded with verse three, which is a good match for Nephi’s commitment in the chorus.

Nephis Courage Lyrics and Music

Camille's Primary Ideas: Nephi's Courage Primary singing time ideas simplified sheet music

Find the sheet music to Nephi’s Courage on the Church’s website.  Or the January 2024 Friend magazine featured the simplified sheet music of Nephi’s Courage. Like the song history suggests, the 1st and 2nd verses sing about Nephi’s stories in the Book of Mormon.  The 3rd verse is a message to the child that coordinates wonderfully to the chorus!

1. The Lord commanded Nephi to go and get the plates From the wicked Laban inside the city gates. Laman and Lemuel were both afraid to try. Nephi was courageous. This was his reply:

[Chorus] “I will go; I will do the thing the Lord commands. I know the Lord provides a way; he wants me to obey. I will go; I will do the thing the Lord commands. I know the Lord provides a way; he wants me to obey.”

2. The Lord commanded Nephi to go and build a boat. Nephi’s older brothers believed it would not float. Laughing and mocking, they said he should not try. Nephi was courageous. This was his reply:

[CHORUS]

3. The Lord gives us commandments and asks us to obey. Sometimes I am tempted to choose another way. When I’m discouraged, and think I cannot try, I will be courageous, and I will reply:

[CHORUS]

Nephi's Courage Primary Song Sing Along Video

You may also want to check out the sing along video for Nephi’s Courage!  It’s a great way for you to easily become more familiar with it or to show to your Primary during singing time.

Nephis Courage Flip Chart

Find Nephi’s Courage 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

Nephi’s Courage flip chart that contains illustrations from Susan Fitch is also available.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Nephi’s Courage Flip Chart

Find more details on Susan Fitch’s Nephi’s Courage clip art set.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Nephi's Courage Singing Time Lesson Plan Idea with artwork by Susan Fitch

Activities and Visual Aids for Nephis Courage

1. Stick Puppets

Camille's Primary Ideas: Nephi's Courage Primary singing time ideas

The 1st and 2nd verses of Nephi’s Courage highlight the inspiring stories of Nephi!  Use stick puppets (interspersed with simple actions on the chorus) to enhance those stories complete with Susan Fitch {my favorite!} Clip Art!

2. Dress Like Nephi

Camille's Primary Ideas: Nephi's Courage Primary Singing Time Ideas for the 3rd verse

This singing time idea focuses on teaching the 3rd verse to Nephi’s Courage.  The 3rd verse in Nephi’s Courage likens how we can be like Nephi so I thought, what better way to convey that message than to dress up the kids like Nephi during singing time!  

3. Pool Noodles

Camille's Primary Ideas: Pool Noodles Singing Time Rhythm Instruments

Rae shared these pool noodle actions that incorporate a “C” and “O” shape when “C” and “O” words are sung in the song!  Super fun!

4. Rhythm Sticks

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Then Rachel shared these rhythm stick actions that reiterate the strong and steady beat found in Nephi’s Courage!

5. Finger Lights

Camille's Primary Ideas: singing time finger lights

Kari taught Nephi’s Courage with finger lights and some very simple actions!  Find more information on using and purchasing finger lights.

 

6. Nephi's Courage Sing a Story

Camille's Primary Ideas: Nephi's Courage Primary Singing Time Ideas sing-a-story

Megan shared this Nephi’s Courage Sing a Story on the Primary Music Leader’s FB page that you might want to try!

7. A Children's Songbook Companion

Camille's Primary Ideas: Nephi's Courage Primary Singing Time Ideas from A Children's Songbook Companion

Children’s Songbook Companion contains a singing time lesson plan for every single song in the Children’s Songbook including Nephi’s Courage.

 

Download the Free Nephi's Courage Singing Time Printables

These printables are filed on the Resource Library page under Song Title > Nephi’s Courage.

 

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8. Handbells

Camille's Primary Ideas: Nephi's Courage Primary singing time ideas handbell chart

This handbell chart for Nephi’s Courage plays the chords on the chorus.  For more help, make sure to check out using handbells in singing time.

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Or use Merry Bells Play-Along charts for Nephi’s Courage.  There are several options to choose from:

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9. Sharla Dance

Camille's Primary Ideas Meets Sharla Dance

If you love Sharla Dance, make sure to check out all her ideas for teaching Nephi’s Courage:

  1. For Younger and Older Children
  2. Envelope Game
  3. Rhythm Band
  4. Who, What, Where, Why

Leave your Nephis Courage Simplified Primary Singing Time Ideas

How will you teach Nephi’s Courage 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 > Nephi’s Courage.

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4 thoughts on “Camille’s Primary Ideas: Nephi’s Courage Lyrics and Visual Aids for Singing Time”

  1. You say that if we have premium access, we get the clipart for free. How do we access that? I love Susan Fitch’s artwork

    1. Hi Linnae!

      Any printables that coincide with songs taught during in singing time are free with PREMIUM and located in 2 areas in your membership login:

      1. The first location is attached to the individual Singing Time To-Go lesson plans. For example, with Nephi’s Courage in February, if you open February’s Singing Time To-Go Google Drive folder and click on”02.04.24 Nephi’s Courage To-Go Lesson Plan,” all the visuals are there.

      2. Or, if you log in and click on the Premium home page then scroll down to “Included Downloads,” Nephi’s Courage visuals are also there. It’s the same for January’s I Will Be What I Believe from last month.

      I hope that clarifies. If you have any other questions, please let me know. Thank you as always for subscribing!

      ~Camille

  2. I’d like to try the pool noodle noodle actions for “C” and “O” words by Rae when I review Nephi’s Courage later in the month, but the link is broken (content has been removed). Is this idea with instructions posted somewhere else? I found a similar idea online, but it was more complicated. Thanks!

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