Thursday, May 9, 2013

Song Review -- Prophet Bingo

**Update 5/16/13 - This was a great activity. The kids were engaged and it was an easy activity. Junior and Senior both barely won "Bingo" as a class by the end of our time. (I *might* have gone through the cards towards the end of Junior primary and tried to put a few of the potential Bingo pieces toward the top to up their chance of "Bingo."  I "might" have had the cards fanned out for them to select but in a way that a few were sticking out a tiny bit further than the others. :p Senior Primary just lucked out.)

Prophets Bingo is the perfect song review game to support this month's theme, "Prophets Teach Us to Live the Restored Gospel."

Also, you can teach this as a singing time activity, or you can easily coordinate with whomever is teaching for the day and combine the singing time lesson and sharing time lesson, which the church encourages anyway.

Set up: Put pictures of prophets on the board in a random order, in a grid pattern, 4 x 4, making 16 pictures total. Make a matching deck of cards by printing up a smaller version of the prophets picture.

How to play: The class takes turn drawing cards from a deck, and looking for the corresponding picture on the board. Which they will then highlight. I am going to put these on a chalkboard so they can actually just use chalk and draw a circle around the piece. Each time a child draws a prophet from the deck, they will also find a song associated with that card. We will then sing whatever song is attached to that card. To combine with the teacher, or even if you have enough time, place a quote from the prophet on the back of the card as well, or briefly share one fact or one ask question about the prophet that is selected from the deck. Or, you could even have the quotes or stories listed on a separate board and have the teacher talk about them with the children, as they are selected. In Senior Primary, consider having the children look up scriptures for each Bingo piece.

Object of the game: To form a consecutive line of prophets. This is not a competition between sides of the class - the entire class as a group is encouraged to work together to form a consecutive line (a Bingo!) before class ends. I don't think you'd have time to form a Bingo if you tried to make the classes compete but I think it's more fun when they work in unison anyway.

Where to get prophet images:

Sorry, I didn't make these into a doc this time but it's really easy to just go to the image library, and download the images to your computer to print. 

You can find images of ancient prophets by looking at the books for each category:

You can find images of latter-day prophets in the same area but here's a specific link:

Just download everything into one folder, then print it all out, regular size (one image per sheet). Then, hit print again, but this time, choose to put more pics on a page ("wallet," circled below), to get the smaller size for your corresponding set of cards. Your printer might have a slightly different dialog box but it will be the same general idea:

Quotes for prophets: These are the prophets that I will be highlighting (there are more than 16 here so I am still narrowing down), with some corresponding quotes/facts. I may or may not add more details, as I find time to do additional research. Also, I'll see what the teacher wants to do for the facts portion.

Question / Other
Nephi’s  Courage, verse 2
1 Nephi 1:1  1 I, Nephi, having been aborn of bgoodly cparents, therefore I wasdtaught somewhat in all the learning of my father; 

1Nephi:1:5 "Wherefore it came to pass that my father, Lehi, as he went forth prayed unto the Lord, yea, even with all his heart, in behalf of his people."
Can anyone tell me how the first verse of the Book of Mormon starts? Who is that describing?

Lehi and Sariah were a good father and good mother. They were good examples.

Lehi prayed always.

Samuel the Lamanite
Samuel Tells the Story of Baby Jesus
Helaman 13:3 But behold, the voice of the Lord came unto him, that he should return again, and prophesy unto the people whatsoever things should come into his heart.
Samuel showed faith in the Lord when he stood on the wall and preached, knowing that if not for the Lord’s protection, he could be hurt by the angry crowd.
If the Savior Stood Beside Me
Exodus 3:15
 15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

When I Am Baptized
Genesis 9: 13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

Genesis 7:1  1 And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

The Lord made a promise after Noah and his family left the boat,  that he would never flood the earth again.

Noah showed obedience by trusting the Lord and building a boat.
I am a Child of God
Jonah 2:1  1 Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly
Jonah disobeyed the Lord initially when he was scared, but he showed his faith and prayed.
No song (because we don’t want to sing every song we turn over)
In the Book of Mormon we read about 2,000 exemplary young men who were exceedingly valiant, courageous, and strong. “Yea, they were men of truth and soberness, for they had been taught to keep the commandments of God and to walk uprightly before him” (Alma 53:21). These faithful young men paid tribute to their mothers. They said, “Our mothers knew it” (Alma 56:48). I would suspect that the mothers of Captain Moroni, Mosiah, Mormon, and other great leaders also knew.
(Mother’s Day –focused quote.)
Nephi’s Courage, vs.1
1 Nephi 3:7 … I will go and do the things which the lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandment s unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way ofr them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.

Joseph Smith, Jr.
An Angel Came to Joseph Smith

“Baptism is a sign to God, to angels, and to heaven that we do the will of God, and there is no other way beneath the heavens whereby God hath ordained for man to come to Him to be saved, and enter into the kingdom of God, except faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, and baptism for the remission of sins, and any other course is in vain; then you have the promise of the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
History of the Church, 4:553–557. ) 

“We came to this earth that we might have a body and present it pure before God in the celestial kingdom. The great principle of happiness consists in having a body. The devil has no body, and herein is his punishment. He is pleased when he can obtain the tabernacle of man. . . . All beings who have bodies have power over those who have not.”
( Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith [1976], 181.) 

Joseph Smith Jr., Served 1830–1844

“Surely I have contemplated the things of God.”
( History of the Church 5:554 ) 
“Great blessings await us at this time, and will soon be poured out upon us, if we are faithful in all things, for we are even entitled to greater spiritual blessings than they [the faithful at the time of Christ] were, because they had Christ in person with them, to instruct them in the great plan of salvation. His personal presence we have not, therefore we have need of greater faith.”
( Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith [1976], 90.) 
“When you feel pure intelligence flowing into you, it may give you sudden strokes of ideas, so that by noticing it, you may find it fulfilled the same day or soon; (i.e.) those things that were presented unto your minds by the Spirit of God, will come to pass; and thus by learning the Spirit of God and understanding it, you may grow into the principle of revelation, until you become perfect in Christ Jesus.”
( Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith [1976], 151.) 

Ezra Taft  Benson
I am a Child of God
“The time is long overdue for a massive flooding of the earth with the Book of Mormon for the many reasons which the Lord has given. In this age of electronic media and mass distribution of the printed word, God will hold us accountable if we do not now move the Book of Mormon in a monumental way.”
( “Flooding the Earth with the Book of Mormon, ” Ensign, November 1988, 4–5.) 

“The great task of life is to learn the will of the Lord and then do it.”
( “The Great Commandment-Love the Lord, ” Ensign, May 1988, 4.) 

“I have a vision of the whole Church getting nearer to God by abiding by the precepts of the Book of Mormon.”
Conference Report, Oct. 1988, 5.) 

Brigham Young
My Heavenly Father Loves Me, vs.2

“I am more afraid that this people have so much confidence in their leaders that they will not inquire for themselves of God whether they are led by him. I am fearful they settle down in a state of blind self security. Let every man and woman know, by the whispering of the Spirit of God to themselves, whether their leaders are walking in the path the Lord dictates, or not.
Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe [1954], 135.) 

“How shall we know that we obey [God]? There is but one method by which we can know it, and that is by the inspiration of the Spirit of the Lord witnessing unto our spirit that we are His, that we love Him, and that He loves us. It is by the spirit of revelation we know this.
Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe [1954], 224.) 

Howard W. Hunter
No song (because we don’t want to sing every song we turn over)

“You should express regularly to your wife and children your reverence and respect for her. Indeed, one of the greatest things a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”
( “Being a Righteous Husband and Father, ” Ensign, Nov. 1994, 50.) 

“Let us be a temple-attending people. Attend the temple as frequently as personal circumstances allow. Keep a picture of a temple in your home that your children may see it. Teach them about the purposes of the House of the Lord. Have them plan from their earliest years to go there and to remain worthy of that blessing.”
( “Exceeding Great and Precious Promises, ” Ensign, Nov. 1994, 8.) 

Follow the Prophet - Daniel
Daniel 6:26-27

 26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and steadfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.
 27 He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.

Daniel refused to worship the king as a god and was always true to God, praying to his true God. In turn he was blessed for his faith and protected from a den of lions.
My Heavenly Father Loves Me, vs.1
Luke 1:70 - Zacharias prophesizes: "As he aspake by the mouth of his holy bprophets, which have been since the world began."

Moses 5: 10-11
 10 And in that day Adam blessed God and was filled, and began to prophesy concerning all the families of the earth, saying: Blessed be the name of God, for because of my transgression my eyes are opened, and in this life I shall have enjoy, and again in the flesh I shall see God.
 11 And Eve, his wife, heard all these things and was glad, saying: Were it not for our transgression we never should have had a seed, and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient.

No song (because we don’t want to sing every song we turn over)

I am a Child of God

No song (because we don’t want to sing every song we turn over)

President Hinckley
No song (because we don’t want to sing every song we turn over)

“Under the plan of heaven, the husband and the wife walk side by side as companions, neither one ahead of the other, but a daughter of God and a son of God walking side by side. Let your families be families of love and peace and happiness. Gather your children around you and have your family home evenings, teach your children the ways of the Lord, read to them from the scriptures, and let them come to know the great truths of the eternal gospel as set forth in these words of the Almighty.”
“Selections from Addresses of President Gordon B. Hinckley,” Ensign, Mar. 2001, 64.) 

“Believe in Jesus Christ, our Savior and our Redeemer, the Son of God, who came to earth and walked the dusty roads of Palestine-the Son of God-to teach us the way of truth and light and salvation, and who, in one great and glorious act offered an atonement for each of us. He opened the way of salvation and exaltation for each of us, under which we may go forward in the Church and kingdom of God. Be not faithless, but believe in the great and wonderful and marvelous blessings of the Atonement.”
“Selections from Addresses of President Gordon B. Hinckley,” Ensign, Mar. 2001, 64.) 

President Monson
Give Said the Little Stream (one of his favorite songs)
Danny and I learned several difficult but important lessons that day—not the least of which was the importance of obedience. … Obedience is a hallmark of prophets; it has provided strength and knowledge to them throughout the ages. It is essential for us to realize that we, as well, are entitled to this source of strength and knowledge. It is readily available to each of us today as we obey God’s commandments. … The knowledge which we seek, the answers for which we yearn, and the strength which we desire today to meet the challenges of a complex and changing world can be ours when we willingly obey the Lord’s commandments
-- President Monson, “Obedience Brings Blessings,” April 2013 General Conference

Inspiration for this activity: A year ago, a friend of mine (Vikki) cleaned out a bunch of activity books that she used to inspire her for various callings she has had over the years, working with children and youth. I took a couple of these books but never used them. There are just so many fun things to do every Sunday! However, I felt inspired to peruse the books recently and found one I wanted to incorporate into a Singing Time activity this Sunday because it fit so well with this month's Prophets theme.

The activity book is from 1994 and is both out of print and updated, but the general idea is good. It is called the "Articles of Faith Idea and Activity Book Vol.2," by Karen Finch. The book included hand drawings of sixteen prophets, with a matching deck of smaller cards, for Bingo. I elaborated on the idea and updated it with new images of prophets that we have now that were called after 1994, but I thank Karen for the lovely starting point of making a Bingo board with prophets!

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