If the Savior Stood Beside Me – Verse Three
- Items needed: a large piece of white semi-transparent fabric, magnets, and a white poster board.
- For visuals on this verse I used items from OCD Primary Chorister to match the visuals I used in the other two verses (or the above posted pictures can be used instead and can be found here). I copied, pasted, and cropped the pictures containing the scriptures, the parents, the boy praying, and one picture each of the boy and the girl doing the right things. Copy and paste the pictures of the children choosing the right into these thought bubbles. You will also need enlarged individual pictures of the girl and boy that were used in the other verses. Print all the pictures and cut them out. Tape or glue the pictures of the individual boy and girl onto the bottom of the fabric. Put a magnet on the back of the other pictures of the fabric.
- Print the four parts of the large picture of the Savior. Cut and fit the pieces together using glue or tape. Also print the picture of the prophet and the heart. Cut them out and put a magnet on the back of each.
- Cut the fabric so that it is the same size as the completed picture of the Savior. Glue or tape magnets to the back, top corners.
- Print the word pages.
Remind the children that the first two verses consider whether we would do or say certain things differently if we could see the Savior standing next to us. The third verse tells us that even though we can’t see the Savior, he is always near and is aware of what we are doing and saying.
Put the first line on the board.
He is always near me, though I do not see him there. Put the large picture of the Savior on the board and the fabric over the top of the large picture as you say the words to the first line. Cover the picture with the poster board and ask the following question: Because we can’t see the picture does that mean it isn’t there? The picture is still there even though we can’t see it, which is similar to the Savior. Even though we can’t see the Savior, he is watching over us.
(Take off poster board covering and have the children sing this first line. After the children sing, put the next line on the board.)
And because he loves me dearly, I am in his watchful care. Put the heart on the picture of the Savior and explain that because the Savior loves us he wants what’s best for us, so he wants us to say and do good things in life. He watches over us and provides help and guidance through the Holy Ghost, the scriptures, parents, the prophet, etc. (Put up the pictures of the scriptures, family, prophet, and prayer on the board around the top of the large picture of Christ as each are mentioned, then have the children sing this line. After they sing, put up the next line on the board.)
So I’ll be the kind of person that I know I’d like to be Knowing that the Savior loves us and is watching over us helps us try to be the kind of person that we should be. (Put the thought bubble pictures above the pictures of the children.)
Explain that the last line is the same as in the first two verses, but it is drawn out a little at the end. Have the pianist play it so they can hear how it sounds. Have the children sing these last two lines, and afterwards have them sing the whole verse.)
Take off one of the word pages, or cover parts with cardstock. Choose a volunteer to put up the visuals as the children sing the verse again. Continue in this manner, taking off word pages and having different volunteers try to put the visuals on the board correctly and at the right times in the song, until all the word pages are off the board.
Have the children sing all three verses.