Thursday, March 22, 2012

General Conference Singing Time

I always LOVE to take the week before Spring General Conference and have a General Conference themed singing time.  I never have time in the fall because we are always reviewing for the upcoming program.

I begin my lesson with Latter-Day Prophets.  If your songbook is outdated (like mine!), make sure to print off the current version HERE from (or I've saved the PDF version HERE if that's easier for you) and your pianist.

There are some really fun actions that I like to use:

Joseph Smith: #1 with right hand

Brigham Young: #2 with right hand

John Taylor: #3 with right hand

Wilford Woodruff: sign language "w" right hand then left hand for each word

Lorenzo Snow hands showing snow coming down

Joseph F. Smith: pointing to temple on head (to "remember the F")

Heber J. Grant: pretend to hit a baseball (he was determined to play baseball and through hard work he made the team)

George Albert Smith: pretend to shake a lot of hands (he made a promise "not to be an enemy to any living soul)

David O. McKay: use both hands to make "O" when saying O

Joseph Fielding Smith: blow a kiss after you say his name (he loved children)

Harold B. Lee: pretend to play the piano (he loved playing the piano and was good)

Spencer W. Kimball: milk a cow (worked hard on a farm)

Ezra Taft Benson: make the scout sign (he loved scouts and was a great scout leader)

Howard W. Hunter: draw a big pretend heart with your hands (he was sweet and wanted everyone to treat each other better)

Gordon B. Hinckley: arms out for an airplane (he flew all over the world to meet with members and build temples)

Thomas s. Monson: have your hand up and out like holding a tray being a server (he is always talking about service)

Also, here's a video with similar actions but a few are different:


The varied actions are:

Joseph Smith: Hold up a Book of Mormon

Brigham Young: Drive your team west

John Taylor: Point to your chest (his watch saved him from being shot and killed)

Wilford Woodruff: Played the trumpet

Lorenzo Snow: Make it ran (his "windows of heaven" story about paying tithing and the rain would come)

Joseph F. Smith: do the hula dance (he served a missioni in Hawaii)

David O. McKay: The "O" is partly for his name, but he loved to play marbles so make a big marble.  There's a story with more details about that HERE.

Thomas S. Monson: The video draws another heart but I like the service tray action better as it makes it a little different from Howard W. Hunter

Find my cheat sheet HERE with all the actions for each prophet.

I keep all the pictures of the prophets (with their names typed up at the bottom) in a binder (you can purchase the pictures from the Distribution Center, print a document HERE (scroll down) or there are pictures found in the Gospel Art Book (GAB) but they are just smaller).

I'll have a helper come up and flip pages for me so I can do the actions then switch helpers.  We'll spend maybe 5 or so minutes on this song and then move on...

Next up is the Living Prophets Song set to the tune of Book of Mormon Stories.  UPDATE:  Find all my updated materials HERE to reflect all the changes in the apostles!  Find music with words HERE.  I like to have all the pictures hung up on the chalkboard with magnets, but out of order.  It will be the kids' job to put them in order.  As we put each picture in order, I'll read a LITTLE (and be quick about it) information on each of the apostles found HERE.  Then sing in between.  UPDATE:  A few years ago the Friend (I think it's from 2014) posted tidbits on each of the First Presidency and the Apostles HERE.

I only printed the 2nd and 4th pages)

I purchased the prophet and apostles pictures from the Distribution Center  You can find them HERE online.  Having these just to use for my own little family during General Conference has been fun - we hang them all over the fireplace mantel and point to each one when they speak - making purchasing them TOTALLY worth it!

Last year I played General Conference Singo with the below JPEG.

It was a lot of fun too!  Find more details on that lesson plan HERE.

So, here's to a week off - hooray for General Conference and going to church in my living room in my jammies!!


Jenni Taysom said...

Another option is to sing just the names of the 12 apostles, first name and last name, to the same tune of Books of the Book of Mormon, it takes two times through the tune to fit them all in
Boyd k packer, L Tom perry, Russell m Nelson, dallin h oaks, M Russell Ballard, Richard g Scott of the 12 apostles (then start back over at the beginning of the tune)
Robert D Hales, Jeffery R Holland, David A Bednar, Qunitin L Cook, D Todd Christofferson, Neal L Anderson are the 12 apostles.
This way the kids become familiar with the whole name of each of the apostles. I have done this song with my own children for the past four years and play games of matching the names to the pictures and it relly does make a difference in helping them feel like they know the apostles, rather than that they are just boring old guys that speak to us. has a general conference page with links to each of the apostles with history and information about each of them and we have been reading through those in effort to get to know them even more.
Thanks for your great posts.

Amber said...

This was a link from the February 26, 2016 post. However, the "Living Prophets Song" isn't the updated one. Do I just take out the three Apostles that passed away and add the new Apostles? Or is there an updated version out already? Where can I find that one, please?


Camille Hill said...

Hi Amber!

This is as current as I know, so I'm sorry I'm not more help. I'm going to try to get this updated as much as I can find. If you are needing to use this soon, I'd just try to omit the apostles who have passed away and insert the new ones as best as you suggested.


Amber said...

Thank you!

Jen said...

Thank you! I had been thinking along the same lines, and this helped me finalize my plans! About pictures of the 3 new apostles, I just found their pics on, (under living prophets biographies), clicked on them to save the file and had them printed at a copy place. Hope that helps!

Camille Hill said...

Thanks Jen! I'll definitely check that out!


homealonemom said...

I found the current apostles in a song on youtube. We sing it to the "happy family" song in the primary book. The lyrics are:
Apostle’s song 2016
Thomas S Monson is the prophet we know. Henry B Eyring is the next below, Deiter F Uchtdorf is number three, And that makes the First Presidency.
Russell M Nelson operated on folks, The Supreme Court Justice was
Dallin H Oaks,
M Russell Ballard sold cars, you bet!
And Robert D Hales flew a Flying Thunder Jet.
Jeffrey R Holland is an oft quoted guy, “Don’t you quit!”
David A Bednar changed Ricks to the Y, Quentin L Cook was a high school quarterback, D Todd Christopherson wears suits that are black.
Neil L Anderson grew up in Idaho, Ronald A Rasband testifies that he knows, Gary E Stevenson made treadmill parts, And Dale G Renlund replaced peoples hearts.

There is a pause in the music while you say "Don't you quit!"

The kids love it, we do actions, we've drawn pictures on the board under their names to remind us of the actions, etc.

Also, you can now order just the new three apostles from the distribution center, mine arrived the day after conference. :D I'd printed some off for the song, which we sung for a couple of weeks before conference, to get them familiar to the faces.

I asked them to come back with one thing that the prophet, or an apostle told them to do, we are gong to sing songs that correspond with what they learned this week.

Thanks for all your help.