Hey y’all! It’s Mary, back again with another Primary Singing Time idea! The program song for July is “Families Can Be Together Forever”. This is one of my favorite primary songs, and not just because it says “marry” in it, which means I thought it was about me when I was in primary! The concept taught in this song is so beautiful and important. But, it can also be a hard one to teach. I know in my ward there are many primary kids living with grandparents, aunts, uncles, or foster parents. There are also kids in part-member families or whose parents aren’t married. It’s important to be sensitive to these kids as we’re teaching this song. That’s why I came up with this July 2018 Singing Time Idea and free printable for the second verse of “Families Can Be Together Forever.”
I started my lesson by drawing a picture of a family on the whiteboard. It was two little girls, a mom, and a dad. I pointed to one of the little girls and told them that it was my mom when she was their age. (Feel free to substitute someone you know, yourself, or “little Sally/Johnny.”) I reminded them that we learned the first verse of the song last week. Then, I told them that when my mom was little, that song made her sad because her dad wasn’t a member of the Church, so her parents weren’t sealed in the temple. We sang the first line “While I am in my early years, I’ll prepare most carefully.”
I told them that because she prepared carefully in her early years, she was able to marry my dad and get sealed in the Washington, D.C. temple! I drew a picture of my mom and dad in front of the temple. Of course, I added poofy 80’s hair to my mom to make them laugh. We sang the line “So I can marry in God’s temple for eternity.” We sang the first and second lines together to remind them.
For the next line, I drew my mom and dad and my siblings. They thought it was funny when I added my brother, then me, then another brother, and then another brother. Way too many brothers. We sang the chorus, “Families can be together forever, through Heavenly Father’s plan. I always want to be with my own family and the Lord has shown me how I can. The Lord has shown me how I can.”
July 2018 Singing Time Idea Printable
After we sang the whole second verse, I handed out the printable that you can download for free below! After asking them to draw their families, I had the pianist play the song (both verses) three times in a row and encourage them to sing along as they drew. When we were finished, I had everyone stand up and hold up their pictures. I asked them to look around at the other pictures. We talked about how everyone’s family looks different, but we all love our families.
To close, I pointed them back to my mom’s story on the board. I told them that even though my mom’s first family wasn’t sealed in the temple, she knew she wanted a family that would be together forever. She prepared while she was young and was able to go to the temple. Now she’s sealed to my dad and all of her children! For the senior primary, I also pointed out that we’ve now done my grandpa’s temple work. She is sealed to her parents and her sister as well! I bore my testimony of the power of temples and how happy I am that I was able to get married in the temple and be sealed to my husband and daughter!
I hope that my July 2018 Singing Time Idea helps your primary learn “Families Can Be Together Forever” in a way that can make everyone feel included and loved. When I taught it, one little boy that I was worried about ended up singing the loudest of all! If you use this idea, please come back and let us know how it went!
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