“Including Sacred Music in Your Gospel Learning,” Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: Old Testament 2022 (2021)
“Including Sacred Music in Your Gospel Learning,” Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: 2022
Singing Primary songs and hymns can bless you and your family in many ways. These ideas can help you use sacred music as you strive to learn and live the gospel.
Learn doctrinal principles. Look for truths taught in the songs you sing or listen to. This may lead to gospel discussions about these truths throughout the day. Sing or listen to Primary songs or hymns that teach about Jesus Christ and His gospel. Pay attention to ways the Holy Ghost testifies of the Savior and His teachings.
Recognize music’s power. Singing or listening to Primary songs and hymns can be a blessing in times of need. For instance, singing a song could calm a child at bedtime, create joy as your family works together, uplift a neighbor who is sick, or comfort someone who feels anxious.
Share experiences. Share personal and family experiences that relate to the messages of the songs. You can also share related scripture stories.
Involve your family. Your family will learn more from songs if they are actively participating. To involve family members, you could invite an older child to help teach a song to younger siblings or invite children to teach the family a song they learned in Primary. You could also let family members take turns leading a song.
Be creative. Use a variety of ways to learn sacred music as a family. For instance, you could use gestures that go with words and phrases in a song. Or you could take turns acting out parts of a song while other family members try to guess the song. Your family might enjoy singing songs at different speeds or volumes. The Gospel Library app and the Gospel for Kids app have audio recordings and videos that can help you learn the songs. You could also make playlists of sacred music to listen to.
For more ideas, see the sections “Using Music to Teach Doctrine” and “Helping Children Learn and Remember Primary Songs and Hymns,” found in “Instructions for Singing Time and the Children’s Sacrament Music Presentation” in Come, Follow Me—For Primary.