This beloved hymn is a wonderful song to bring out right before (or after) General Conference with a fun themed singing time activity! We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet is also part of the teaching list for the Old Testament Primary Songs for Come Follow Me.
Your Junior Primary will love spending some time getting to know the Prophets and Apostles better with these fun singing time ideas to help you teach this favorite hymn.
“We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet to guide us in these latter days!” While this song certainly talks about the prophets, I wanted to start with a quick reminder that this song is ultimately about gratitude and a prayer of thanks!
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We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet Flip Chart
Get started with one of these 3 helpful We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet Flip Charts! You can go for the colorful standard flip chart, a landscape one easy to flip over the podium, or utilize our techy slideshow flipchart!
This song is included in the green LDS hymn book on page #19. You can find the sheet music on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website here. This is a great song that all church members should know!
8 We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet Singing Time Ideas
First, I’ve gathered up all the different teaching aids and lesson plans I’ve created here on this blog into one easy list to help you pick your favorites to use to help you teach this as your next song for the sacrament meeting presentation!
1. We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet – Gibberish Eraser
This fun spinoff of a classic eraser pass game has you cross off the wrong word — all those that don’t belong! It’s fun and a good thinking challenge for Senior Primary. See all the details for how to play this We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet Gibberish Eraser in the post!
2. We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet – Watercolor
Let the kids get creative with this We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet Watercolor painting activity! Of course, you could always substitute out for another coloring tool, but they will love using watercolor pencils and watching the magic as water helps blend the pencil strokes together.
This is such a wonderful way to help the children recognize the living prophet as well as apostles for a fun before general conference singing time idea!
3. We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet – Funny General Conference Moments
This fun We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet Funny General Conference Clips lesson plan was designed specifically to pair with the week before or after General Conference, but it can be used any time of the year! It will help the children find the prophets and apostles more relatable with these hilarious clips and fun singing actions.
4. We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet – Rebus
Challenge the kids to solve these We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet Rebus puzzles with fun icons and symbols to break down each line of the song so it’s a bit easier to understand! This is a great way for visual and logical learners to start focusing on the lyrics. This is a perfect activity to learn the song for the first time!
5. We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet – Find the Word
The kids will get hands on with this We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet Find the Word challenge! Let them help figure out which words go where or turn it into a hands-on activity and bury the keywords in a sensory bin.
6. We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet – Cup Pattern
Get a lot of wiggles out and focus on the movement and melody of the lyrics with this We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet Cup Pattern activity! There’s a simple starter pattern and a few ways to up the challenge to see if the kids can adapt. Plastic cups are fun and unique “musical instruments” to bring into the primary room!
7. We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet – Thank Fall Leaves
This next idea is perfect for a fall seasonal singing time activity AND teaching this song! You can focus on the first line or all of the “thankful things.” See this cute We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet So Thank Fall activity that will have the Primary children sharing all the many things they are thankful for!
8. We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet – Rhythm Sticks
Help the kids feel the rhythm of this song and get in some fun movement with this We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet Rhythm Sticks pattern! Rhythm sticks are always so much fun to bring into Primary and both the younger children and Senior Primary will have a blast with this free lesson plan. Try it with one of the alternate verses like the second verse or even the last verse! You can even up the challenge – try to switch hands with the pattern!
17 MORE Different Ways to Teach We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet
Here are some MORE fun ideas for teaching We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet in Primary singing time. If you didn’t find enough awesome ideas above you can try some of these additional activities to plan wonderful experiences for your Primary room.
1. We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet – Handbell Chart
I don’t usually think about Handbells when it’s time to teach sacrament Hymns, but they can be so fun to bring in for any song! You won’t even have to do any legwork with this printable Handbell Chart or Play-Along handbell video by Merry Bells.
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2. We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet – Podium
Use this adorable printable podium idea with a slide through of clipart for each verse as a cute way to introduce a song! You can adapt our Rebus puzzle strips above as an easy substitute as there isn’t any printable in her post.
3. We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet – Communication
Use this cute object lesson to talk about all the different ways we can communicate, then compare it to how our Heavenly Father communicates with us — through Prophets! See all the details of this idea here on I Heart Primary Music.
4. We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet – Word Strips
You can find a fun and ready for you singing time idea using colorful word strips to teach We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet! Head over to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website to this older sharing time manual. Scroll to the bottom to see the lesson plan and click on the image to open up the PDF with the word strip printable.
5. We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet – Body Rhythm
The kids will love this fun body rhythm with lots of movement! You’ll start the pattern on “Thank” and repeat throughout the song. Head over to Teaching Primary Music for the entire pattern.
6. We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet – Arrangement
I LOVE bringing in a unique arrangement and especially one without lyrics. If the kids have already learned or had a few weeks with the song, this can be a really powerful way to bring the Spirit into the room and help them connect with the song at a deeper level.
This Enliven arrangement on YouTube is SO beautiful and you can bear a simple testimony after about being thankful for all of our blessings.
7. Handbell Chords (Google Drive)
10. Tabernacle Choir Video (Downloadable!)
13. Beat vs Rhythm
16. We Thank Thee Oh God for a Prophet – Prophets Clothesline
17. Thankful Objects – bring in a variety of objects we can be thankful for!
For more awesome activities, see these 12 Follow the Prophet Singing Time ideas!
What other fun We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet singing time ideas have you tried? We’d love to see your fun ideas! Share them in the comments to add to this list.