This 8 week series is based on the song "Book of Mormon Stories" from the Children's Songbook, page 118. Each week you will teach a different verse from the song and do an activity based on that story.
Learn the melody and verses of the song "Book of Mormon Stories" in the Children's Songbook, page 118. Click here to access the sheet music, lyrics and an mp3 of the song. (Scroll down the page and find the song in the Alphabetical listing. Click on the title to find the sheet music, or on the mp3 logo to access the recording).
The most effective way to teach music is in repetition. The easiest way for children to learn the song is by simply hearing you sing it over and over again. Your children may have learned simple actions in Primary for verses 1 and 2. You can teach these, plus make up actions for verses 3-8, if you wish. Keep the actions simple, and use repetition where you can.
Sing the verse of the week together. For the second week, teach the new verse, repeating it two or three times. Then sing the first and second verses. As you add verses, you might lose the attention of your kids. You may want to simply choose two or three verses to sing each week, especially as you get toward the end of the series.
SONG"Book of Mormon stories that my teacher tells to me
Are about the Lamanites in ancient history
Long ago their fathers came from far across the seaGiv’n the land if they lived righteously."
STORYIf you have a children's book about Lehi crossing the sea, read it with your children. Or, watch the "Scripture Story Book of Mormon DVD" of Lehi crossing the sea, available on DVD or on the church website (http://lds.org/library/display/0,4945,8187-1-4473-2,00.html Chapter 8.) Or read selected verses from 1 Nephi 18.
Racing Lehi and his family across the sea. Cut out the shape of a person from a piece of paper for each person in your family. Colour and decorate each cutout as someone from Lehi’s family (Lehi, Sariah, Nephi, Laman, etc). Then gather at least two empty plastic pop bottles, or one for each person in your family if you can. Loosely roll up your cutout person and feed it into the pop bottle. (It should unroll once it is inside so you can see who it is!) Place the pop bottles in a small wading pool of water (like the one kids use in the backyard. If you do not have one and can’t borrow one, you might be able to use your bathtub.) Using two small handheld fans (can be bought at the Dollar Store), race two boats at a time from one end of the pool to the other.
If your children would rather not do a craft, you could use toy boats (like bathtoys) and toy people instead.
Before Family Home Evening, make a “Book of Mormon” pop up card. Fold an 8 1/2” x 11” paper in half, so that you have a rectangle 8 1/2” x 5 1/2”. Cut a horizontal slit on the folded side that goes about 2 1/2” into the paper. Fold back the paper above the slit and below the slit into triangles. Now pop the triangles through so that they are inside the folded piece of paper. See illustrations below.
Glue paper with mouth inside another folded black sheet of construction paper. Now you should have a card that, when opened, looks like a mouth opening. Make one for each family member.
At Family Home Evening, colour/decorate it as you wish. You could also cut out feathers, eyes, hair necklace, etc out of construction paper to glue on. Be as creative as you can!
On the front of the card write with white or gold crayon or pencil crayon “Book of Mormon Stories”.
The human liahona. Create two signs, one that has a happy face on it and one that has a sad face on it. Tape the signs to two opposite walls in the room. Next, create a list of situations in which someone makes a good choice, or a bad choice (see below for examples). One person stands in the middle of the room and listens to the first situation read out. Then they must spin around and point to whether the situation was a good choice, or a bad choice. Let all the family members take turns being the liahona.
Sarah has two pieces of candy, but does not share them with her sister.
Jeremy sees a friend at school sitting by himself and goes to play with him.
Lisa plays gently with her baby brother.
Aaron breaks a toy but tells his mom he didn’t do it.
Samantha takes her sister to nursery class on Sunday.
Sing verse 1 of "Book of Mormon Stories."
"Lamanites met others who were seeking liberty
And the land soon welcomed all who wanted to be free
Book of Mormon stories say that we must brothers beGiv’n the land if we live righteously"
STORYRead the 8th Article of Faith.
Before Family Home Evening, get a large piece of chart paper. Do your best to draw a map of the world on it. Colour the different countries/continents different colours. Gather photos (if you can) of friends and family that have come from other countries to live here. Glue each photo onto a colour piece of construction paper, corresponding to the colour of their home country on the map. If you can’t get photos, write their names on strips of coloured paper.
At Family Home Evening, lay the map out on the floor or table. Talk about each photo/name one at a time, and what country they came from. Put their photo on their home country. Now talk about how they moved to your country to enjoy the freedom we have. Move their photo into your country. At the end, there should be a rainbow of coloured photos/names in your home country.
Sing verse 2 of "Book of Mormon Stories" then sing verses 1 and 2.
"Alma was rebellious, and he fought against the right.
Then one day an angel came to turn him to the light
Struck before his brethren, Alma learned humilityThe he taught in the land righteously."
If you have a children's book about Alma the Younger repenting, read it with your children. Or, watch the "Scripture Story Book of Mormon DVD" of Alma the Younger repents, available on DVD or on the church website (http://lds.org/library/display/0,4945,8187-1-4473-2,00.html Chapter 18.) Or read selected verses from Mosiah 27:8-18.
ACTIVITYGather a small lamp and something to use as a blindfold. Sit in a dark room and blindfold an adult first (if possible). Once the adult is blindfolded, have your child turn on the light and shine it toward the back of the adult’s head. Tell the adult to slowly turn until they can “feel” the light on their face. When they take off the blindfold, they will have “found the light.” Have all family members take turns being blindfolded. If your child does not want to be blindfolded, just have them help point the light.
Sing verse 3 of "Book of Mormon Stories," then sing verses 1-3.
"Don’t forget Abinidi, who stood before the king.
All chained up from head to toe, the gospel he did bring.
If he would deny it, then the king would set him free.He was true, and he died righteously"
If you have a children's book about Abinidi, read it with your children. Or, watch the "Scripture Story Book of Mormon DVD" of Abinidi and King Noah, available on DVD or on the church website (http://lds.org/library/display/0,4945,8187-1-4473-2,00.html Chapter 14.) Or read selected verses from Mosiah 11:20, 13:1-3, 17:9-10, 17: 13-15.
ACTIVITYFind a thick, long rope. You can also tie a bunch of winter scarves together, or improvise in another way with materials found around the home. Have all but one family member (or just your children) stand together in the centre of the room. Loosely wrap the rope around everyone, weaving it between arms and legs and around waists (be sure to avoid the head and neck area). Once the rope is completely woven, have the family members try to get themselves loose.
Sing verse 4 of "Book of Mormon Stories," then sing selected verses of the ones you know.
"Ammon was a missionary serving Lamanites,
Tending King Lamoni’s sheep for several days and nights.
Robbers came; he saved the sheep by fighting fearlessly,He had learned he could live righteously"
If you have a children's book about Ammon, read it with your children. Or, watch the "Scripture Story Book of Mormon DVD" of Ammon: A Great Servent, available on DVD or on the church website (http://lds.org/library/display/0,4945,8187-1-4473-2,00.html Chapter 23.) Or read selected verses from Alma 17:25-38.
Cut out several large sheep from white construction paper (one per sheet). Hide the sheep in the yard, park, (weather permitting) or house. Go on a hunt for all the lost sheep.
Sing verse 5 of "Book of Mormon Stories," then sing selected verses of the ones you know.
SONG"Once two thousand sons of God were called to fight the foe.
Marching as an army into battle they did go.
They believed that Christ the Lord their guardian would.They had learned they should live righteously."
If you have a children's book about Helaman and the 2000 stripling warriors, read it with your children. Or, watch the "Scripture Story Book of Mormon DVD" of Helaman and the 2,000 Young Warriors, available on DVD or on the church website (http://lds.org/library/display/0,4945,8187-1-4473-2,00.html Chapter 34.) Or read selected verses from Alma 53:18-21, 56:47, 57:25.
Depending on the age appropriateness in your home, have a foam sword fight. (We have foam swords from the Dollar Store. They are very soft, and we have a rule that there is no hitting people, only other swords). This activity in itself can fill a good five to ten minutes with our boys!
Before Family Home Evening, gather costume material from around the home for armor. (Bike helmets, aprons, rainboots, etc). Make a flag, or standard, by tying a small hand towel to a stick or pole.
At Family Home Evening, pile all the “armor” into the centre of the room. Have everyone dress themselves for battle. Then take turns being the leader, who carries the flag, and lead the troops on a march. March in the home, in the yard, or down the street, if you dare!
Sing verse 6 of "Book of Mormon Stories," then sing selected verses of the ones you know.
"Samuel the Lamanite, high on the city wall
Came to warn the people, and repentance was his call.
Arrows could not hit him, for a man of God was he,And he taught in the land righteously."
If you have a children's book about Samuel the Lamanite, read it with your children. Or, watch the "Scripture Story Book of Mormon DVD" of Samuel the Lamanite Tells of Jesus Christ, available on DVD or on the church website (http://lds.org/library/display/0,4945,8187-1-4473-2,00.html Chapter 40.) Or read selected verses from Helaman 13:1-6, 16:2-3.
Before Family Home Evening, cut out a figure from paper and decorate it as Samuel the Lamanite. Back it up onto cardboard (like from a cereal box) to make it sturdy. Glue or tape it to a small stand made out of a firmer cardboard. Next make 8-10 small arrows. Cut a slit in a drinking straw about an inch down, and then cut another slit across from that one. Cut a 1 1/2” square out of red construction paper, fold it in half to make a rectangle, then feather the edges on the long sides. Wedge it into the slit of the straw and you have an arrow.
At Family Home Evening, stand Samuel the Lamanite up on a ledge of some sort. It could be the top stair of a staircase, a kneel wall, or on top of a kitchen counter. Have the children stand back, then throw arrows at the Samuel cutout and try to knock him down.
Sing verse 7 of "Book of Mormon Stories," then sing selected verses of the ones you know.
SONG"After Christ was crucified and died for your and me,
He came forth to teach the truth to all who would be free
Hands were laid upon each child, He blessed them tenderly,
And they lived in the land righteously."
If you have a children's book about Jesus blessing the children, or coming to the Americas, read it with your children. Or, watch the "Scripture Story Book of Mormon DVD" of Jesus Christ blesses the children, available on DVD or on the church website (http://lds.org/library/display/0,4945,8187-1-4473-2,00.html Chapter 44.) Or read selected verses from 3 Nephi 17:11-24.
Watch the film “My Joy is Full” about Christ visiting the people in the Americas. Click here to watch it from the Church website, or watch it on the “Book of Mormon DVD Presentations” DVD. The film is about 4 minutes in length. If your children will not sit for that long, the last 45 seconds or so is the portion where Jesus calls forth the children and blesses them; just watch that part instead. Talk with your children about how it would have been to sit and talk with Jesus. Ask them what they might tell Him if they could sit with him today.
Sing verse 8 of "Book of Mormon Stories," then sing verses 1-8 to end the series.