I was reminded today, when all the kids sang all the verses so confidently, that we did this song in our program last October! (When I had just been called as the Chorister) I even had it written down in my master list of songs the kids know! (which I looked at during primary today!)
Review both Father’s Day songs and remind the kids to be mindful singers next week–to think about what they are singing and who to, and how they feel about that person (dad or other person like a teacher, absentee father).
Jr primary: act out vs 2 of “Nephi’s Courage” to ensure they understand the story. Practice vs 1 and 2 together, working on the 2nd line especially (both afraid to try vs. laughing and mocking is frequently mixed up)
If time, teach pioneer song “little pioneer children” have the kids make up actions and talk about how the pioneers often paid tithing in goods not money. Practice picking 10 berries and giving one for tithing.
Sr primary: Review Father’s Day and
Teach Pioneer Songs: “little pioneer children” and “the handcart song”. talk about how the pioneers often paid tithing in goods not $. Use “Nephi’s Courage” as the reverence song, mention first the laughing vs afraid mix up and ask the kids to pay attention to me doing the signs for a hint.
Congratulate the kids on how much love they showed their fathers (or other) today.
Teach/review 3rd verse of “Nephi’s Courage”.
Jr. Play a game (maybe drawing toy food out of a bag and sorting it into groups of good, bad, and sometimes/treat foods) sing 3rd verse and other songs about making good choices.
Sr. Finally teach the tenor line for CTR using handbells!! I’ve got two pages of sheet music I hand-wrote and color-coded to match my handbells with just the tenor line from the hymnbook. I’ll post more details in my weekly plan.
Bear testimony of treating our bodies well by feeding it good food, exercising, sleeping, etc. because Heavenly Father gave it to us to take care of.
Sing some Body Part songs like: HSKT, Two Little Eyes, Roll Your Hands, and My hands upon my Head I’ll Place.
Review/ catch-up on “Nephi’s Courage” bring out the costumes one more time and tie it in to modest clothing. Did Nephi choose to dress modestly?
Bear testimony that our bodies are a gift from God and they we must dress our bodies to show how much we value them.
Likewise, we would keep the outside of our bodily temples looking clean and beautiful to reflect the sacred and holy nature of what is inside, just as the Church does with its temples. We should dress and act in ways that reflect the sacred spirit inside us.
2005 October General Conference, The Sanctity of the Body, Sat. Morning Session – Susan W. Tanner
Your body is God’s sacred creation. Respect it as a gift from God, and do not defile it in any way. Through your dress and appearance, you can show the Lord that you know how precious your body is. You can show that you are a disciple of Jesus Christ.
For the Strength of Youth: Fulfilling Our Duty to God, Dress and Appearance
In earlier times, tithing was paid in kind—a tenth of the herdsman’s increase, a tenth of the farmer’s produce. I am sorry that our modern cash economy deprives parents of the wonderful teaching opportunities presented by the payment of tithing in kind. In a recent book, Tongan Saints: Legacy of Faith, the author quotes a Tongan bishop’s memories of one such example:
“Grandpa Vanisi’s spirituality inspired an awe in me as a child. I remember following him daily to his plantation. He would always point out to me the very best of his taro, bananas, or yams and say: ‘These will be for our tithing.’ His greatest care was given to these ‘chosen’ ones. During the harvest, I was often the one assigned to take our load of tithing to the branch president. I remember sitting on the family horse. Grandfather would lift onto its back a sack of fine taro which I balanced in front of me. Then with a very serious look in his eyes, he said to me, ‘Simi, be very careful because this is our tithing.’ From my grandfather I learned early in life that you give only your best to the Lord” (Eric B. Shumway, trans. and ed., Tongan Saints: Legacy of Faith, Laie, Hawaii: The Institute for Polynesian Studies, 1991, pp. 79–80).
I had a similar experience as a young boy on my grandparents’ farm. They taught me about tithing with examples of one egg or one bushel of peaches out of ten. Years later I used those same kinds of examples to try to teach the principles of tithing to our own children.
Parents are always looking for better ways to teach, and the results of their efforts are sometimes unexpected. Attempting to teach tithing to our young son, I explained the principle of a tenth and how it would apply to the eggs gathered in a chicken farm and the young calves or horses born in a breeding herd. When I finished what I was sure was a clear explanation, I wanted to test whether our seven-year-old had understood. I asked him to imagine that he was a farmer with a harvest of eggs and young animals. I supplied the figures and then asked our little boy what he would give to the bishop as tithing. He thought deeply for a moment and then said, “I would give him a very old horse.”
We obviously had some further conversations on the principle of tithing, and I am proud of the way he and his brother and sisters learned and practiced that principle. But I have often thought of that little boy’s words as I have observed how some adult Church members relate to the law of tithing. I think we still have some whose attitude and performance consist of giving the bishop something like “a very old horse.”
1994 April General Conference, Tithing, Sat. Afternoon Session – Dallin H. Oaks