Thursday, March 17, 2011

Choose and Review - Feast of the Prophets

The cutest idea, easily adapted to singing time, is "Feast of the Prophets" found on page 24 of the August 2001 issue of the Friend magazine. Those people are ingenious! Each of these paper plates holds a teaching, an experience, or a revelation from a prophet. The plates represent a feast of counsel and direction from both ancient and modern prophets. Their teachings nourish our souls the way food nourishes our bodies.

I chose from among the many quotes and typed them into my word processor. Then I printed the quotes, cut them out and glued them to inexpensive paper plates. Fruit and veggie stickers dress up the plates just a bit. I thought about using pictures of food cut from magazines, but the stickers were easier. I have made a plate for each child, and some will have the same quote. I have ten quotes altogether with ten songs. I did not list the title on the plate. This may be too many songs to get through in twenty minutes. So, if time is short, I can use fewer quotes by removing those plates.

When it is time to sing, I'll give the plates to the children and ask them to read the quote. Teachers will need to quietly read the quote to those that cannot read and I’ve included the very short quotes to give to the youngest kids. I'll ask the children to listen carefully during singing time to find a song that matches the principle taught by the prophet on their plate. After we sing a review song, I’ll ask the children to stand up if they think the song matches the quote on their plate. We’ll read the quote and then repeat with another song. These are the quotes I’m using:

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord.” (Paul - Ephesians 6:1)

“And he commandeth all men that they must repent, and be baptized in his name, having perfect faith in the Holy One of Israel...” (Jacob - 2 Nephi 9:23)

“Every member a missionary.” (David O. McKay)

Keep the commandments of God. That is my keynote speech, just those few words: Keep the commandments of God.” (Heber J. Grant)

“Treat one another aright. Have you sinned one against another? Have you spoken unkindly to your brother or sister? Then go and acknowledge your wrong and ask to be forgiven, promising to do better in the future.” (John Taylor)

“We should at every opportunity ask ourselves, ‘what would Jesus do?’ and then be more courageous to act upon the answer.” (Howard W. Hunter)

“Let us continually reread the Book of Mormon so that we might more fully come to Christ...” (Ezra Taft Benson)

“Mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort.” (Alma the Elder - Mosiah 18:9)

“I kneeled down before my maker, and I cried unto him in mighty prayer... for mine own soul; and all the day long did I cry unto him.” (Enos - Enos 1:4)

“Dwell together in love.” (Joseph Fielding Smith)

The matching review songs are:

“Quickly, I’ll Obey”
“When I Am Baptized”
“I Hope They Call Me on a Mission”
“Keep the Commandments”
“I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus”
“Book of Mormon Stories”
“Kindness Begins With Me”
“I Pray in Faith”
“Love One Another”


Jen said...

Love this idea, thanks!

Sofia's Primary Ideas said...

Brilliant! I can't wait to do this with my children for FHE in November... we usually have the theme "feasting"!! Thanks so much!!

Hokie Family said...

I just wanted thank you for taking the time to share your ideas. I love how you use the Freind magazine. Thanks!

Kathleen said...

Thanks for your comments ladies! I'm happy to share.

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