Music Makes Me Happy
To help each child understand that good music can help us feel happy and remind us of Heavenly Father and Jesus.
- Popsicle sticks
- Small rubber bands
- Glue the Popsicle sticks into a square for each child. Do it the night before church so it is completely dry.
- Picture 1-61, Exodus from Nauvoo
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Have the children form a circle and sing “If You’re Happy” (Children’s Songbook, p. 266) several times, using phrases such as “clap your hands,” “tap your toes,” and “blink your eyes.”
How did you feel when you were singing this song?
Good music can help us feel happy
Happy, beautiful, or peaceful music can help us feel good inside. When we are sad, angry, or frightened, good music can help us feel happy again.
Have you ever felt cranky or grumpy? With picture shows someone that is cranky or grumpy?
I am going to tell you a story about a very grumpy king
. This King’s name was King Saul. One day King Saul was very grumpy. All of his servants tried to cheer up this very grumpy king but they couldn’t. What makes you happy if you are in a bad mood? One of the servants came up with an idea. He knew something that would cheer up the king!
There was a very righteous man in the kingdom named David. David was really good at playing the harp. Do you know what a harp is?
A harp in a musical instrument that is kind of shaped like a triangle. It has strings on it that the musician plucks. When the strings are plucked the harp makes beautiful music. Today at the end of class, we are going to make a harp that you can take home. David played the harp beautifully. The servant went to David and asked him to come and play for the king. Do you think that would cheer the king up? It did! It made King Saul very happy to listen to David play the harp.
Why do you think David’s music made King Saul feel better?
What musical instruments do you like to hear?
Explain that singing can also help us feel happy. Sing “Happy Song” (Children’s Songbook, p. 264), using the actions described below:
Ducks in the pond quack a happy song (open and close thumb and fingers like a duck’s bill).
Mother hens cackle the whole day long (put hands under arms to make wings).
Birds in their nests (put hands in the shape of a nest) and wind in the treetops (wave hands above head like trees blowing in the wind)
All join in singing a happy song.
What Primary songs help you feel happy?
Let the children choose a favorite song, and sing it with them.
When the pioneers left their homes in Nauvoo and moved west, they packed everything they could in
covered wagons or handcarts. They had to leave many of their belongings behind because there was no room for them. Traveling was hard, and the pioneers were usually very tired by the end of the day.
At night the pioneers gathered their animals and wagons into a circle and built a large fire in the middle of the circle. Brigham Young, the prophet, knew the people would be happier on their journey if they had music. He encouraged them to sing and dance. The pioneers who brought fiddles, trumpets, and drums used them to make music. Everyone sang and danced around the fire. One of their favorite songs was “Come, Come, Ye Saints.” The music gave the pioneers strength and courage. When they went to bed at night after singing and dancing, they felt happy.
Have the children sit in a circle and pretend to be pioneers sitting around the campfire. Sing “Pioneer Children Sang As They Walked” (Children’s Songbook. 214) or another favorite Primary song with the children.
Music helps us remember Heavenly Father and Jesus
Music in church reminds us of Heavenly Father and Jesus.
How can music help you be reverent in church?
Heavenly Father and Jesus love to hear us sing. Read aloud the first two phrases of Doctrine and Covenants 25:12 (through a prayer unto me). Singing church songs is like praying to Heavenly Father. We are thanking Heavenly Father for the blessings he gives us. Singing songs about Heavenly Father and Jesus reminds us that they love us and want to help us. The songs we sing in sacrament meeting are called hymns.
Why do we sing songs and hymns in church?
In the Book of Mormon is tells of a group of people called the Jaredites. Their leader was a man named Jared
. Jared had a brother who had great faith. Jesus Christ heard the prayers of Jared’s brother and blessed the people.
Jesus Christ told the Jaredites to gather together all their families and their possessions, including their flocks of animals and seeds of every kind. He told them that after they had gathered everything together, he would lead them to a choice land.
The Jaredites were faithful and obeyed Jesus. He talked with the brother of Jared from a cloud and led the Jaredites into the wilderness. They crossed many waters and traveled to the great sea.
The brother of Jared was blessed because he had great faith. He showed his faith by asking Heavenly Father to help his people and then by doing what Heavenly Father commanded.
Jesus Christ instructed the brother of Jared to build eight barges
, like boats or ships, to carry the Jaredites across the ocean to the Promised Land. The Jaredites followed his directions and built the barges.
The Savior told the brother of Jared that the barges would be under the water some of the time, so they were to be built so that water could not leak in.
Invite the children to place their cupped hands together like a ship, and turn them one way, then another, to show how the barges might roll over onto either side like one dish placed tightly on top of another.
The Jaredites also had great faith in Jesus Christ. Soon the Jaredites boarded their ships. The Jaredites sang songs of praise to Heavenly Father and Jesus while they were inside their barges. Because of their faith in him, they were guided safely to the Promised Land.
Why do you think the Jaredites sang songs on their voyage?
How do you think the Jaredites felt when the wind and the waves hit their barges?
How would singing help them when they were afraid?
Have you ever sung a song when you were afraid? How did it help you?
- Popsicle sticks
- Small rubber bands
Glue the Popsicle sticks into a square for each child. Do it the night before church so it is completely dry.
Give each child a Popsicle square and some rubber bands. Help the stretch the rubber bands over the square.
Let the children color the picture of David playing the harp.
Share a time when music made you feel happy. Remind the children that Heavenly Father and Jesus love to hear them sing good songs. When they sing, they can feel happy and remember that Heavenly Father and Jesus love them.
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