Stand for the Right is a short, but powerful song that’s on the list this year for Come Follow Me New Testament. This Stand for the Right Song Story activity is a great way to introduce this song in a simple way!
Hopefully your primary children can relate to this story about feeling nervous about a test at school. This story shares an example of choosing to follow Jesus Christ, no matter the outcome.
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Stand for the Right Song Story
At the beginning of primary, ask the children if they have ever had to stand up for the right. Allow a few children to share their experiences.
Explain that you’ll be sharing a story about a girl named Maddie who was faced with a difficult decision. It can be hard to know what choice to make. In this story, you will hear two choices presented to Maddie. Listen to see which choice she makes.
Begin reading the story. When you get to the line written in italics, sing the first phrase of the song acapella.
If the kids know the song, they might sing along with you. If not, that’s okay. Just continue telling the story and pausing to sing one phrase of the song at a time.
After you finish the story and sing the last line of the song, try singing through the entire song again with the children. Since this song is short, they should be able to catch on.
Finish by sharing your testimony of standing as a witness of Christ.
What’s the Song Story About?
This story begins with a young girl named Maddie who is starting 3rd grade. Maddie is very excited to start school, especially after being recently baptized.
When Maddie has her first big spelling test at school, she studies and prays to Heavenly Father to help her feel calm. Her friends at school have a different idea. They want to cheat on the test, and they even offer to help Maddie too.
Even though Maddie is nervous about her test, she remembers her baptismal covenant to “stand as a witness of God at all times and in all things and in all places.” She chooses not to cheat and try her best on the spelling test.
You can find the full song story below, or you can grab the printable story outline later in this post. The printable version has easy-to-see cues that help you remember to pause the story and sing!
Full Song Story:
Maddie was so excited to start 3rd grade! Maddie had just been baptized a few months earlier, and she wanted to remember to be like Jesus at school.
(Sing) “Our prophet has some words for you”
After the first month of school, Maddie’s teacher announced that they would be having their first spelling test the next day. Maddie felt nervous inside. She had a hard time remembering how to spell all the words on the list. She went home and started to cry. She decided to talk to her mom, who gave her a big hug.
Let’s practice your spelling words tonight, and then we’ll say a prayer to help you remember the words.” Maddie practiced her words for a few hours and prayed that she could do well on her test.
(Sing) “And these are the words: be true, be true”
The next day, Maddie was still feeling a little bit nervous for her test. She talked to her friends during recess to see if they wanted to practice.
“We don’t need to practice,” her friend said. “I have all the words written down on a piece of paper. I’ll pass it to you during the test if you need some help.”
(Sing) “At work or at play, in darkness or light”
Maddie wasn’t so sure about getting help from her friend. She wanted to do well on her test, but she didn’t want to cheat. Maddie decided to pray and ask Heavenly Father to help her do her best. No matter what she got on the test, she was happy that she chose to be honest.
(Sing) “Be true, be true, and stand for the right.”
- Ask a few teachers ahead of time to be prepared to share a story of a time they had to stand for the right. Have the teachers share their examples during singing time. In between each story, sing through the song.
- Cut up the story into word strips, with each strip containing one paragraph of the story. Number each strip in the correct order. Pass out the word strips and have the children tell the story! Have them pause after each one and allow you to sing a line of the song.
- After reading the story, ask the children some questions to help increase their understanding of the message. How did Maddie stand for the right? What did she do to help her feel confident about her decision?
For another example of a great song story, check out this Jesus Has Risen Song Story!
Stand for the Right Song Story Printable Story Outline
Just grab this printable story outline and you’ll be all set for this song story activity! This one-page printable includes the full story, and indicates where to stop and sing a phrase with colored and italicized text.
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For another way to introduce this song with a story, check out these Stand for the Right Video Story!
Did your primary children enjoy this song story lesson? We’d love to hear how it went!