Monday, August 4, 2014

"Seek The Lord Early" Lip Sync

(If you're looking for "Heroes of the Scriptures" puppets, there is another set here: http://ocdprimarychorister.blogspot.com/2016/05/heroes-of-scriptures.html?m=1)


Inspiration for these characters comes courtesy of Jennifer on the Choristers Facebook Page.  All credit to her :)  I told you that these Sisters were geniuses!

I've modified the activity a bit based on ideas from this talk given by Robert J. Matthews.  I want to reinforce to the children how important it is to seek the Lord early, and what they can accomplish with the Lord's help, even while they are still young.

To prepare for the game, print the document below and cut out the mouths.  It is a good idea to print on cardstock if you have it.  On the back of each page, write the name or page number of the song in light pencil.  Print out the scripture references and/or descriptions of each of the characters.

To play the game in Junior Primary, have a reverent child choose a character.  Quickly read the scripture (reading directly from the scriptures is better than from a printed slip of paper) and explain who the character is and how he/she sought the Lord early.  Sing the song associated with the character.  As you sing, let the reverent child hold the picture up to his or her face and show his lips through the hole, making it look as though the character is singing.  

To play in Senior Primary, you might incorporate a scripture chase and let the children each do their own "seeking."  In this case, make sure to have extra scriptures on hand so that children without scriptures (or with scriptures on electronic devices) can participate.  Read the scripture reference and let the children all chase to find it.  Ask a child to read the scripture aloud and briefly discuss the person whom the scripture references.  Sing the song.  My song suggestions are below.  Remember that singing time should have far more singing than discussion.

Variations:
  • Use this activity as an opportunity to practice "Seek the Lord Early" and sing the same song with every character.
  • Practice for the Primary Program by assigning one of the program songs to each character.  Be careful not to include songs which are very reverent i.e. "I Stand All Amazed."


Captain Moroni

David

Esther

Joseph

Joseph Smith

Mary

Nephi

Noah

Stripling Warrior



Captain Moroni
Captain Moroni was still a young man when he took command of the Nephite army as they defended themselves from the Lamanites and Zoramites.  He told his people that they must defend their country, family, freedom, peace and religion.  With much prayer and inspiration from the Lord, Captain Moroni was able to lead the Nephites to victory. 
Alma 43:16-17
"I Will Be Valiant"

David
David offered to fight Goliath, the Philistine giant who was challenging Israel, but King Saul was worried because David was so young.  David told King Saul that the Lord had already saved him from wild animals and he had faith that He would save him from Goliath as well.  David slew Goliath and saved Israel
1 Samuel 17:33

Esther
We don't know how old Esther was when she married the King, but many scholars believe she may have been fourteen years old.  Haman tricked the king into signing a law that all of the Israelites should be killed.  Esther risked her life to tell the King that she was an Israelite, too.  She asked him to spare her people.  The King agreed.
Esther 2:17
"Stand for the Right" or "I Will Follow God's Plan for Me"

Joseph
When he was just a boy, Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, but through his faith and long-suffering, he eventually became one of Pharaoh's most trusted advisors.  He helped Egypt prepare for a great famine and even saved his own family from starvation.
Gen 37:2

Joseph Smith
At 14 years old, Joseph  Smith was confused about which church he should join.  After a long and earnest prayer, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him and told him not to join any of the churches.  He became the first prophet of the latter-days and helped to restore Christ's true church to the earth.
JSH 1:7
"On a Golden Springtime v3" or "An Angel Came to Joseph Smith" or "A Child's Prayer"

Mary
We believe that Mary may have been just 15 or 16 years old when an angel appeared to hear and told her that she would bear the son of God.    
Luke 1:28

Nephi
Of Laman, Lemuel, Sam and Nephi, Nephi was the youngest.  But Nephi was chosen to be a ruler over them because of his righteousness.  He slew Laban, retrieved the brass plates and built the boat which carried their family to the Promised Land
1 Nephi 3:7

Noah
Noah received the priesthood when he was just ten years old.  As a prophet, Noah, tried to teach the people.  When none repented, he was instructed by the Lord to build an ark.  He gathered two of each animal, along with his family and provisions.  Because he obeyed the Lord, they survived the great flood which covered the whole world.
D&C 107:52
"Follow the Prophet, v3" or "Build an Ark"

Stripling Warrior
When the Lamanites attacked, the Ammonites wanted to help defend their brothers, the Nephities.  The Ammonites, however, had taken an oath never to fight.  Some of the young men were not old enough to have taken the oath.  They volunteered to fight against the Lamanites.  They served valiantly and were ultimately victorious.
Alma 52:20

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxaGNthpkBOXcWtETlZ5MVlXYU0/edit?usp=sharing
American Sized Paper
A4


22 comments:

  1. This is so perfect, thank you Erin.

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  2. These are amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your talent.

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  3. I think there is a typo on the Stripling Warrior one. I think the scripture is suppose to be Alma 53:20.

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  4. I love this idea! Thank you for posting it!

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  5. Thank you!! Using these today!

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  6. Thank you! As bishopric we are not the most creative bunch when it comes to this type of thing. But, we've been asked to do primary activities this coming week and this will be perfect! Especially since we have combined jr and sr primaries.

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  7. Thank you so much for these Erin! I've used them and it was so much fun!
    I'm planning on teaching "Our Time to Shine" from the October Friend, and it talks about Esther, Nephi, Capt. Moroni and Abish... would you consider doing an Abish too?

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  8. What is the original link from the LDS Choristers Facebook Page? I think this is the link I have been searching for. Thanks for sharing!!

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  9. Jennifer's link? I'm not sure. Sorry.

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  10. Erin, I'm having issues with the link to print.....I'm using the American option and I'm only getting three of the nine in the document....Captain Moroni, David, and Joseph Smith. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?

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    1. I was also having the same problem of only getting 5 of them. On the top of the screen it has an "open with" tab. If you click that and then click open with Google Docs you will be able to get all 9 of them.

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  11. I had the same problem as AmyJane although, I got 5 out of the nine documents. I was really hoping for the rest so I could have Mary and Ester for the girls.

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    1. I was also having the same problem of only getting 5 of them. On the top of the screen it has an "open with" tab. If you click that and then click open with Google Docs you will be able to get all 9 of them.

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  12. I would love to get the rest of these to print, I too am only getting 5 of the 9. Thanks so much for sharing your work! tiffaner@gmail.com

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    1. I was also having the same problem of only getting 5 of them. On the top of the screen it has an "open with" tab. If you click that and then click open with Google Docs you will be able to get all 9 of them.

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  13. These are adorable, thank you so much!!! BUT, I'm also having a hard time getting more than just the first 5 to print. Any suggestions? elisedixon@gmail.com

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    1. I was also having the same problem of only getting 5 of them. On the top of the screen it has an "open with" tab. If you click that and then click open with Google Docs you will be able to get all 9 of them.

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  14. I really enjoy the illustrations you do. They communicate much better than anything else out there and are exactly what I am looking for. And they are all consistent in their style! I am a designer so I love that and I am guessing what is what you are OCD about. I am too. I just started this calling but am having a hard time finding material because it is all so random, mashed together. And I am not an illustrator so I can't do what you do. But is there any way that you can put higher resolution files on here? Or maybe if you could send the these lip syncing ones and one for "Nephi's Courage"?

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    1. Thank you for the compliment and for the feedback! I will definitely work on higher resolution images in the future. Unfortunately, I'm not an artist and I don't have art software. I work in MS Paint and this is the highest resolution I can achieve.

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  15. Thank you for sharing this! Our primary got a big kick out of it.

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  16. these drawings are adorable and the lip sync idea a clever and fun one. We need more scripture heroines though - what about Ruth, Mary & Martha, Widow (with the Mite), Sariah, Rachel, Leah, Emma, or Eliza??? I'd love to add some female voices to the collection!

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    1. I completely agree! These were specifically people from the scriptures who followed God while they were young. I couldn't find specific information about the other women's ages. There are a few more on Heros from the Scriptures post.

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