Bring the Easter story to life this spring with this Easter Hosanna Song Story singing time idea! Share the sweet story of Christ’s visitation to the Nephites after His resurrection as you introduce Easter Hosanna in primary.
Easter Hosanna Song Story
Song stories are such a sweet way to invite the spirit into singing time and help bring doctrines to life for your primary kiddos. If you haven’t used one of our song stories before, the basic idea is to share a short story, real or imagined, and introduce the song one line at a time throughout the story.
I’ve created a short story with summarized, as well as quoted verses from the Book of Mormon about the prophesies about Christ’s death and resurrection. I’ve also included sections from 3 Nephi when these prophesies came to pass.
At the beginning of primary, tell the children that you have a special story to share with them. This story comes from the Book of Mormon.
Have the children sit on the floor in a circle to listen to the story. If you don’t want to take time to move furniture around, have the children stay in their seats and listen quietly.
Once you reach the words, “Sing” just sing that one line acapella. This is a great way for the children to connect with the song in a new and different way.
Then, continue reading the story, pausing to sing each line.
Once you have finished the story share a brief testimony of the blessings of Christ’s Atonement and Resurrection or help the children notice the feeling in the room as you have invited the spirit in to join you.
You can then choose to sing through the song once or twice together. Or, move on to a different song and activity and continue to teach this song a different week.
Easter Hosanna Story Script:
Samuel the Lamanite was commanded to preach to the Nephites. The people were very angry at him, so they cast him out. Samuel came back and was protected by God as He prophesied that Jesus Christ would be born in 5 years. He also prophesied about Christ’s death and told the people that Jesus would be resurrected.
*Sing: “The prophesies of long ago were now at last fulfilled”
Many years later, these prophesies came true. The land was dark for three days, and the Nephites were afraid. Heavenly father spoke to them three times. Finally, they were able to hear his voice. Heavenly father said, “Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name – hear ye him.”
*Sing: “When Jesus, risen from the dead, to man Himself revealed.”
3 Nephi 11:8 says, “And it came to pass, as they understood they cast their eyes up again towards heaven; and they saw a Man descending out of heaven; and he was clothed in a white robe; and he came down and stood in the midst of them.”
*Sing: “As he came down from heav’n above, white robed and glorified,”
The Nephites remembered the prophesies of Samuel the Lamanite and knew that it was Jesus. Jesus invited the Nephites to come feel the nail prints in his hands and side. The people felt his love and shouted for joy!
*Sing: ‘The people of the promised land received their Lord and cried:”
Even though we have not touched Christ’s hands, we know that he was resurrected. Jesus overcame death so that we can one day be resurrected too.
*Sing: “Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God! Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God!”
- Read Helaman 14 as a class. Write down all the signs of Jesus Christ’s birth and death on the board. Then, look for the signs of His death in 3 Nephi 1:19-21 and 3 Nephi 8. Discuss the importance of following the teachings of our prophet.
- Split the story into small strips and number each strip in order. Pass out the strips at the beginning of signing time. Have your primary children tell the story! Each time someone has a blue word strip, sing the line!
- Compare this story to the account of Christ’s resurrection in the New Testament. What was the same? Was anything different?
- You can instead have everyone sing the parts of the song with you as you get to each singing part. Then, they can be part of your story retelling! You can use the Easter Hosanna flip chart to help you share which part of the song to sing, and when to pause again for the story.
For another Easter activity using a song story, head over to see this Jesus Has Risen Song Story singing time activity!
Easter Hosanna Song Story Demo Video
Check out this short demo video and listen as I share the entire song story! In this video, I explain how to use this activity in singing time and demonstrate the entire song story while singing each line of the song as I tell the Easter story from the Book of Mormon.
Easter Hosanna Song Story Printable Song Helps
This free in-post printable includes a 1-page outline with the full story, including pauses to sing.
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Continue over to see this Easter Hosanna Binder Pictures lesson plan for another great way to teach this song like a story with a picture book!
What other fun ways will you use this song story singing time activity in your Primary room?