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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Song: I Stand All Amazed

If you are teaching this song in March of 2014, there is a great opportunity to introduce it on the last week of February.  The theme for that week is:  "Agency is the gift to choose for myself."  Use half of your time to sing or review songs about choice.  

Explain to the children that along with the gift of agency, we are given the responsibility to make correct choices or suffer consequences.  The consequence of sin is that we can never return to our Heavenly Father again.   Ask the children how that makes them feel.  Have them show you with their faces.

  Because He loves us, our Heavenly Father created a way by which we could be forgiven of our sins and return to Him!  Show the children the picture "Jesus Praying in Gethsemane," (GAB 227)


Briefly explain the atonement.  Ask the children how they feel to know that Christ would suffer and die to redeem them from their sins and save them from death.  Have them show you with their faces.  Explain that although it was very sad that Jesus had to experience these things, it is "wonderful" that he loved us so much that he was willing to endure it in order to help us.  

Teach the children the chorus to the song. 





In March, you can use the document below to teach all three verses.  Begin by creating a songbook.  Find a paper or plastic folder with brads and fill it with clear plastic page protectors.  Arrange the pages so that, when the book is open, the words are on top of the corresponding picture, as shown below:
(All but the first and last page protectors will have two sheets of paper each.)  Although I normally prefer not to print the lyrics, I think that the vocabulary in this song could be confusing to many of the children.  Seeing the words printed may help some of them better understand the message.


As you teach the verses, hold the book open as shown above, so that the children can see both the words and the pictures.  Point out and define unfamiliar words.  Explain the meaning of the pictures.


Once the children have learned the lyrics, continue to review with the pictures only.  Just fold the word pages behind as you sing each line.



I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me,


Confused at the grace that so fully he proffers me;


I tremble to know that for me he was crucified,



That for me, a sinner, he suffered, he bled and died.


I marvel that he would descend from his throne divine


To rescue a soul so rebellious and proud as mine,


That he should extend his great love unto such as I,


Sufficient to own, to redeem, and to justify.


I think of his hands pierced and bleeding to pay the debt.


Such mercy, such love and devotion can I forget?


No, no, I will praise and adore at the mercy seat,


Until at the glorified throne I kneel at his feet.

Emotion is as important a part of this song as the doctrine which is taught.  Some of the words in the document are printed in red letters - these are the emotional words.  As you sing the song, ask the children to act out these emotions with their faces and bodies.

45 comments:

  1. I love this!… but are you going to do the Chorus?

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    1. I wasn't planning to illustrate it, for two reasons. First, I had planned to teach it on a separate day, so they should know it. And second, I'm totally swamped:). You could always print out the words and put the GAK picture in.

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    1. Sorry, I accidentally deleted your comment:(. Didn't mean to. GAK is the Gospel Art Kit. It's been replaced with the Gospel Art Book, which is a spiral bound version, but a lot of the loose-leaf copies are still in use

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    2. Search for GAB or a Gospel Art Kit on LDS.org.

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  3. Thanks! I feel this is going to be a difficult one.

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  4. Thank you for your amazing pictures and the work you put into this, and for being so willing to share.

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  5. I stand all amazed at the help you are offering...

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  6. Erin, I am totally going to ask a selfish thing here but would you consider illustrating Build an Ark? I am obssesed with that song and I want just the right pictures to go with it.I am even thinking about building an actual Ark as we sing the song, much like you did the temple for Families can be together forever.

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    1. I am *thinking* about doing it in May to go with "Families are blessed when they follow the prophet." I definitely can't do it right now, unfortunately. I'm STILL not in my new house!

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    2. I am in no hurry and thank you for even considering it. I will wait on pins and needles.

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    3. Ohh! I am doing this song as well! I am so excited about this song.

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  7. Thank you Erin! These are amazing! I used last month's visual aids and the kids loved them-even though my ink started to go out and a couple people looked a little purple. They thought it was so funny but they remember the song!

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  8. I love your visuals! Was wondering if you would consider making a 2nd version that is for coloring. That way, choristers wouldn't have to use printer ink, and maybe the children could have the lyrics and message reinforced by being able to color the pages themselves after being taught the songs.

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    1. I'm working on that being an option in the future. What I used to do is tape a piece of paper to my monitor and trace the outlines of clip art I liked.

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    2. I see that you showed a couple of ways that we can make the pictures transparent and for coloring on the next lesson. Thank you for all your time and work. You have a gift! :)

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    3. My printer went out, so I had my daughter "draw" the pictures from your art. The children LOVED it! Thank you for the pics.

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  9. Thank you for taking the time to put this together and share it with us! How awesome!

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  10. Thank you so much! These are amazing! It's so wonderful that you are willing to take all that time to create something wonderful and then share it with us.

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  11. Thanks for doing these wonderful flip charts. I am having trouble printing off the ones for I Stand All amazed. Everytime I click on print, it says the page isn't available. Do you have any suggestions as to what I am doing wrong?

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    1. Hmmmm..... I'm not sure. You can always copy and paste into a Word document.

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    2. Some Browsers And Pdfs Have Been Disagreeing lately-Save The Pdf On Your Machine And Then Open It There And Print It. (Sorry For The Caps, Phone Is Being Weird)

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  12. Thank you so much! These are awesome! What program do you use? It must take you forever!

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    1. MS Paint and yes, it takes forever. Each song is probably a good 40 hour work week. :)

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  13. I have to start by saying I LOOOOOOVE your blog and it has saved my hiney in this new calling. I probably use your ideas and visual aids 99% of the time!!! Thank you with all of my heart for all the hard work you put in to such a generous place to share. As one word of feedback (and not at all criticism or trying to sound selfish) in my ward/stake, we have been asked not to use cartoon representations of the Savior. This makes things rather tricky, but especially in this song! Not sure how many others are in my predicament. I just thought I would throw it out there in case it could be a consideration for future creations of yours? (Thank you AGAIN!!!)

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    1. Thanks, Amy! I've actually partially addressed this subject in my FAQ section. Some songs I have a difficult time illustrating, but I don't think there's any value in me cutting and pasting pictures from the Friend when there are already so many people who do that (and better than I could.) Maybe for some choristers, my stuff is only appropriate for use in FHE in their own homes, and that's ok with me. I try to include a variety of ideas and activities every month so that there is always something you can use. Also, I don't mind if someone wants to edit or alter my work for use at church. Most commercial artists don't allow that, but this isn't my profession and I don't make any money from the website, so it doesn't bother me if you want to splice in more realistic pictures of Christ as you feel are appropriate.

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    2. Thank you for addressing this. I, too, was concerned about the request to not portray Christ as a cartoon. Your portrayal is respectful, and you've put a lot of yourself into these illustrations, but I am worried about using them without changing a few things. I appreciate your willingness for us to alter as we need to.

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  14. So amazing! I was called to sub for our chorister who had her baby a month early and this is a life saver. Thanks for your generosity!

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  15. I just want to thank you for the time and energy you put into this despite it not even being your calling any more! You are truly gifted and a blessing to many, many choristers throughout the world! Thank you thank you thank you!!

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    1. Amen to that. You are wonderful!

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  16. Thank You!!!! You are so kind to share your wonderful ideas.

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  17. Thank you for doing this. :) The kids enjoy doing the facial expressions to the words printed in red. We have a lot of fun with it. :)

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  18. Are these pictures approved? I was told that we are not to use "Cartoon" picture of Christ? I would love to use them but I am not sure it will be ok with my presidency?

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  19. At the top of my page is a FAQ tab and at the bottom of that page is my answer to your question. If your presidency says no, then the answer is no. If they don't mind, my personal belief is that it is ok. I have never seen anything from the church regarding "cartoons" but some local leadership don't allow it and I absolutely respect that decision. Hope that helps.

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  20. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! I have totally been stressing out about how to teach this! This is PERFECT! You are my hero...seriously.

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  21. Erin, once again, thanks for your work! I absolutely can't believe that you do all this fantastic work using MS paint!! I was almost certain that you used Adobe Illustrator. As a graphic designer myself, I recognize talent very easily. You would be an amazing vector artist (if you haven't tried it already) and though you would initially need to learn the program, it would undoubtedly save you a lifetime of work! I'm sure you've heard all this before.

    Anyway, I have an extra copy of Illustrator CS4 and wanted to offer it to you. Yes, it's more than three years old, but it's ages above Paint, haha! Send me an email or reply if you're interested and I can mail it to you whenever you like (I think you're overseas but it doesn't matter). I really am impressed and grateful for all the service you give and would love to see you take it even further! Let me know!

    Thanks,

    Anelieze
    www.paralaprimaria.blogspot.com (Primary blog in spanish)

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    1. How did I miss this!? If the offer still stands, I would live to take you up on it. I'm in England, but I would happily pay postage. Thank you!

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    2. Erin!! I'm face-palming myself repeatedly right now. I JUST saw your message! It was sent to my Google email which I NEVER check (this was actually the first time ever), somehow I thought it would magically be sent to my live account...anyways and anyhoos...I'm SO so sorry. I thought it was strange I never heard back from you, then I couldn't find where I had orignally commented...*face palm face palm face palm* BUT yes!! the offer still stands! The only downside is that all our stuff is in storage because we're moving every three months for my husband's rotations, so it'll probably be a few weeks before I can get in to it and find the software. Goodness, I really feel so bad. You could have been using it all this time! I'm willing to do this though and get it to you asap. My email is aneliezecastrejon at live dot com Just send me a quick message with your address and I'll send it over once I get the CDs in my hands. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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  22. I am so grateful for your artwork. I've used all three verses and it has helped so much. Thank you again for all of your hard work!

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  23. Thank you so much Erin! We are loving your art, they have been fun for everyone, and all the teachers appreciate the help too!
    I printed the .pdf two pages on one sheet and made a half size chart. I can take it apart and when we review play a matching-type game. I think it will work nicely.

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  24. These are wonderful! Do you have versions without text. We are in an Italian Branch and I'd like to adapt these for use here. Grazie a te!

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    1. The text is on separate pages. If you download the document, you'll see that you can print pages 1-12 for the pictures only. I hope that helps! <3

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