You’ll love this Keep the Commandments Scripture Questions singing time activity to help the children build a testimony of the importance and blessings of keeping the commandments. It takes a dive into some wonderful scriptures that beautifully teach the why behind keeping the commandments.
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Keep the Commandments Scripture Questions
How to Play:
Sing through Keep the Commandments (flip chart) song once first before introducing this activity.
Cut up the scripture questions below into 5 strips and pass them out into 5 small groups. Or, post one large question up on the board and read through them together as a Primary.
Have the children read the scripture together, then talk about what the scripture means. Answer the included question. Have a teacher or Primary leader help with each group. Give each group about 2 minutes to read and discuss.
Have the first group come up and share their scripture, a brief explanation, and their thoughts from the question prompt. Then, this group will lead the Primary in singing Keep the Commandments.
Post the first question and ask for a volunteer child to read, then one to summarize, and take answers from another 1-3 children from the prompt question. Ask another child to come up to lead the song. Sing through the song between each scripture discussed, then continue to the next!
End this lesson by bearing your testimony on the blessings you’ve felt and received from keeping the commandments.
Keep the Commandments Scripture Questions Selected Passages & Prompts
These are the quotes and passages, plus questions, I’ve added to this singing time lesson plan. You can adapt this list to focus just on the Come Follow Me year as there are tons of scriptures to pick from!
I took the 2 scriptures in the song footnotes and found a couple others to expand the lesson plan. All 5 are available ready to print and nicely formatted in our printable below!
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Moses Received the Commandments
Read: Exodus 34:28 “And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.”
Answer: Why was it important for Moses to receive the commandments? _______________________
Christ Asks Us to Keep the Commandments
Read: John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
Answer: How can we show love by keeping the commandments? ______________________________
King Benjamin Teaches the Promised Blessings
Read: Mosiah 2:22 “And behold, all that he requires of you is to keep his commandments; and he has promised you that if ye would keep his commandments ye should prosper in the land; and he never doth vary from that which he hath said; therefore, if ye do keep his commandments he doth bless you and prosper you.”
Answer: What blessings do we receive for keeping the commandments? ________________________
The Scriptures are also Commandments
Read: D&C 1:37 “Search these commandments, for they are true and faithful, and the prophecies and promises which are in them shall all be fulfilled.”
Answer: How can the scriptures help us keep the commandments? _____________________________
The Commandments Bring Us Happiness
Read: Quote from President Monson’s talk “Keep the Commandments” “God’s commandments are not given to frustrate us or to become obstacles to our happiness. Just the opposite is true. He who created us and who loves us perfectly knows just how we need to live our lives in order to obtain the greatest happiness possible. He has provided us with guidelines which, if we follow them, will see us safely through this often treacherous mortal journey.”
Answer: What is one way keeping the commandments has helped you? _________________________
Keep the Commandments Scripture Questions Extension Activities
Action Pair – Add a fun pair of actions to go with each scripture passage for the two words: Commandments and Blessings. Switch them out for each verse. You can use these, or come up with your own:
- Moses: Commandments – Climbing up to the mountain, Blessings – Prayer hands
- Christ: Commandments – Heart hands, Blessings – Hug self
- King Benjamin: Commandments – Clap on the syllables, Blessings – Grow tall = prosper!
- Scriptures: Commandments – Hold hands out like a book, Blessings – Pat lap
- Happiness: Commandments – Big smile point to cheeks, Blessings – Walk in place
Simple Skits – Have the kids come up with a :30 second skit to share what they learned from their passage. They could act out the verse, act out the blessings, or share from a personal story.
Match the Question – Cut up the scriptures and questions separately and have the kids pick one to answer after each scripture is talked about.
5 Corners – Rotate the kids through groups to read and study each of the scripture verses. Assign each corner one line of the song (one group sings the 2 repeat lines). Sing only their part, then rotate groups.
For more inspiration on how to use scriptures in Singing Time, head over to this fun Did Jesus Really Live Again Scriptures Stories lesson plan!
Keep the Commandments Scripture Questions Printable Lesson Plan
You can grab our printable here with a 1-page where you cut out the quotes into individual strips (think just like teaching a Relief Society lesson!).
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