“Scripture Power“ Song Teaching Idea
Print the Scripture Power pictures and wordstrips. Put the pictures into page protectors. Obtain pictures of the following scripture stories from the meetinghouse library: Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife, Noah Preaching to the People, Two Thousand Stripling Warriors, Enos, Daniel and his friends in the kings court, Alma at the Waters of Mormon, The Ten Lepers, Sermon on the Mount, Good Samaritan, David and Goliath, Prodigal Son. Put each scripture story picture into one of the page protectors that contain the song pictures. Put them facing out on the opposite side.
Cut the song word pages on the dotted lines, and cut apart the scripture story matching word strips on the dotted lines.
Match each of the song words to their matching song picture. Turn over the song pictures one at a time and see what scripture story is on the back. Glue the scripture story’s matching word strip to the back of the song words that go with that song picture. The following are the matches for the scripture stories:
Joseph and Potiphar’s wife – Flee from temptation
Noah preaching to the people – Listen to the Prophet
Two Thousand Stripling Warriors – Listen to Your Parents
Enos- Pray Always
Daniel and his friends in the kings court – Word of Wisdom
Alma at the Waters of Mormon – Make Baptismal Covenants
The Ten Lepers – Be Grateful
Sermon on the Mount -Share the Gospel with Others
Good Samaritan – Help and Serve Others
David and Goliath – Have Faith in God
Prodigal Son – Repentance Brings Forgiveness
Post on the board the word strips of things we learn from the scriptures. Make sure the song words on the opposite side are in the correct order they will be sung when turned over. Leave the word strips that say “Scripture Power” facing forward. Tell the children that “Scripture Power” is the name of the song they are going to learn or review. (The words “scripture power” are a visual reminder of what they gain from the scripture stories.)
Also post the pictures of the scripture stories on the board.
The object of the activity is for the children to match the scripture story picture with the word strip of what they learn from that story. When a child makes a match, that child gets to check that match by turning over the word strip and the picture. If the child thinks the song words match the picture, have the child put the picture by its words. If it doesn’t match, have the child try again. When all the matches had been made, have the children check to see if they think all the song matches are correct. Have them correct any they think are wrong. (You will have to read the word strips to junior Primary, and briefly describe what the scripture story pictures are about.)
Note: To help prevent overwhelming Junior Primary, only post and do half the verse with them at a time. When they have mastered the first half, then post and do the rest. It may be a good idea to do the same thing with Senior Primary so they do not become restless.
After the activity, go over the words (and pictures) with the children and explain what they mean such as:
Because I want the power His words will give to me. – What is the power the scriptures give to us? Explain that it is the strength and power to do the right things, because the scriptures teach us and remind us what is right.
I’m changing how I live. I’m changing who I’ll be. – We gain more strength and power as we do the right things.
Scripture Power is the power to win – Win what? Win power over temptation, which helps us win the test of life and gain eternal life.
Scripture power, every day I need. – We all need the help the Lord provides through the scriptures. We would spiritually starve without the scriptures. As we read the scriptures we are spiritually strengthened.