Thursday, March 27, 2014

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  If your songbook is outdated (like mine!), make sure to print off the current version HERE for you and your pianist.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)

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 The Books in the Book of Mormon.  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 (or there's another fun little write-up I found HERE).  Then sing in between.

UPDATE:  I've found a YouTube Video found HERE that is an option for an updated version of this song but it doesn't include the First Presidency which I don't really like.  Or someone on the chorister's FB group posted this picture.  I'm sorry, I don't know where credit is due but I think I like this version better than the YouTube video.  Does anyone have some piano skills on the computer and put this into actual music we can download??




Again, I purchased these 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!!

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