Are you teaching I Want to Live the Gospel in singing time this year? If so, I have complied a HUGE list with 20 different ideas for teaching I Want to Live the Gospel Singing Time activities!
Lots of different ways and printable song helps (linked) below to help Primary music leader who might be teaching this song from the Children’s Songbook!
This song is only listed as part of the Come Follow Me Old Testament Primary Songs list. It doesn’t show up in any of the other 3 years, which means it’s a great one to include this year if you have a chance!
I love including songs like this for a couple weeks after the Primary program so the kids get to learn a variety of songs, but you don’t have to spend so long on it like you might with your Primary Program song selections. It is a great first song to teach for a little bit right after you’ve just spent a LONG time working on your Program songs!
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I Want to Live the Gospel Flip Charts
To help you get started with teaching this song, I’ve shared a variety of different I Want to Live the Gospel Flip Chart styles over in that post! There is even a slideshow option for those that have access to tech in your Primary room.
The best way to include flip charts is to have the first verse on a single page (when possible) so you’re not messing around with flipping pages and can focus on teaching your favorite songs as a Primary Chorister without focusing all your attention on struggling with pages!
This song is included in the Children’s Songbook on page #148. You can find printable sheet music on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website here.
8 I Want to Live the Gospel Singing Time Ideas
To kick off this list, I’ve gathered together all of the different lesson plans I have shared here on this blog! I had SO much fun teaching this song and you’ll love these variety of activities.
1. I Want to Live the Gospel – Dance Scarves
What better way to kick off learning this song for the first time then with these fun I Want to Live the Gospel Dance Scarves patterns! You’ll add in lots of movement that goes along with flow and melody of the song while having fun teaching the repetitive lyrics.
2. I Want to Live the Gospel – Maori Sticks
Have you tried out Maori sticks before? I’m making it SO easy to jump right in with this I Want to Live the Gospel Maori Sticks singing time idea!
If you don’t have maori sticks, I have a tutorial for easy maori sticks linked with how to easily make your own, or pick up either Maori Sticks or some rhythm sticks and give it a try. This rhythm pattern will work great for any verse, so maybe use this idea for teaching the second verse or third verse!
3. I Want to Live the Gospel – Four Corners
Spread the children into 4 equal groups around the room in this fun I Want to Live the Gospel Four Corners game! Each group learns one line of the song, then rotates and learns the next part. Perfect way to build in lots of song repetition and get the Primary children out of their chairs.
4. I Want to Live the Gospel – Crossword Puzzle
Take a deep dive into some of the song lyrics with this fun I Want to Live the Gospel Crossword Puzzle! You can use color only clues or go for a traditional crossword style. It’s a great way to learn the lyrics or to play after a few times practicing this song.
5. I Want to Live the Gospel – Letters Melody Chart
I’m so excited about this one – try out the I Want to Live the Gospel Letters Melody Chart! You can use the version with our without the first letters of each word for a fun crack the code element or stick with a traditional melody map song chart.
6. I Want to Live the Gospel – Video Story
You can help build a stronger connection to the message of this song with these assortment of perfect I Want to Live the Gospel Videos. You’ll find my top picks for some fun Gospel message videos to coordinate with the song lyrics and help bring a spiritual connection to teaching this song in Primary!
7. I Want to Live the Gospel – Tray of Objects
For this fun I Want to Live the Gospel Tray of Objects game, you’ll bring in a variety of themed objects revealed on a tray, then hide the tray and see how many the kids can remember! It’ll be easy to recreate with this list of ideas and helps and printable lesson plan.
8. I Want to Live the Gospel – Try in All I Do and Say!
Share some simple scenarios with the children with decisions they might have to make in their life. Have the children help you decide which choice to make. Then, have everyone sing I Want to Live the Gospel and stand on the chorus and sing it loud and proud!
- Your friend invites you to a birthday party on Sunday
- Some kids in your class are making fun of another student
- Your brother wants to play games during the sacrament
- Your friend asks you about what church you go to
- You really want a candy bar, but don’t have any money
- Your parent needs help putting away the laundry
12 More Different Ways to Teach I Want to Live the Gospel
I found a variety of different activities and ideas for teaching I Want to Live the Gospel created by Primary music leaders / Primary chorister I wanted to share those as well in case they helped anyone. I highly recommend watching the pretty guitar arrangement, love the fresh take on the song!
1. I Want to Live the Gospel – I Can Play It
Let your older Primary children that are learning how to play the piano be the star of the show! You can ask a child or 2 ahead of time to practice playing I Want to Live the Gospel with this simplified I Can Play It sheet music.
Let the child play it as a solo in Primary! Or, better yet, they can play the song in Sacrament meeting or as part of your Primary Program!
2. I Want to Live the Gospel – ASL
Did you know on the church website you can find some of the Primary Songs in ASL? This is a really cute video with a Primary aged child showing the ASL sign language for I Want to Live the Gospel. My Junior Primary Kids always really love learning sign language for any of the gospel songs!
3. I Want to Live the Gospel – Rainbow Words
Pick out keywords to highlight in 2-4 different colors. Then, divide your Primary room into as many equal groups. Assign each group a color and they will each sing the line matching their colored keyword! See all the directions and cute rainbow cards you can use to go along with this activity on The Primary Pad.
4. I Want to Live the Gospel – Cup Pattern
My Senior Primary children always LOVE when I bring in plastic cups for a fun rhythm pattern (like that one!). Why not bring them in again while teaching I Want to Live the Gospel? See a fun Cup Pattern to pat along to the melody over in this post!
5. I Want to Live the Gospel – Sing-Along Video
One easy way to introduce I Want to Live the Gospel is with this cute Sing-Along video! You can sing through the song 2-3 times, and then move onto a different song and bring out a different learning method each week, like how I structure my typical singing time.
6. I Want to Live the Gospel – Hand Actions
Follow this sweet sister’s sing-along and then simple hand actions over legs, heart, head, heart, legs! Then a progressively harder pattern and sequence. If the video has any issues loading, you can view it here on YouTube.
7. I Want to Live the Gospel – Hidden Picture Collage
This is a great idea by this sister who shares singing through the song with 6 simple pictures. Then, remove one picture as you learn through the song and at the end reveal a surprise image from the backs of each of those 6 cards! Simple but effective way to repeat the song over and over.
8. Unique Guitar Arrangement Video (YouTube)
9. Color Words (A Primary Singing Time)
10. I Want to Live the Gospel Karaoke Video (YouTube)
11. Puzzle Match (LDS Primary Printables)
12. Tic Tac Toe (LDS Primary Printables)
For more activities, see these fun I Know My Father Lives Singing Time ideas!
What other fun I Want to Live the Gospel singing time ideas have you tried? We’d love to see your fun ideas! Share them in the comments to add to this list.