Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Articles of Faith Helpsheet Chant/Ditty/Song

It's so important that our kids know the Articles of Faith. They are essentially our beliefs in a nutshell. If you get a chance, read this SHARING TIME from lds.org on the Articles of Faith. It's so awesome. It tells how they came to be and why they are important. In this particular article, President Monson tells a powerful and inspiring story about a young girl who taught our beliefs to an inquiring adult by reciting the A of F's, resulting in his and his entire family's conversion and baptism! All because a little girl knew her Articles of Faith well enough to be able to share them. Pretty awesome, right?

So anyway, I have been asked by some friends if I'd share my little Articles of Faith Chant/Ditty/Song (whatever you want to call it). My family and I came up with this a few years ago during Family Home Evening to help us remember what each Article of Faith is about. It's worked like a charm (even for me). I love to quiz my kids on it. They can tell me on the spot what each is about now. We also used it for a couple years in my previous ward's primary. And let me tell ya, those kids know their A of F's!
To use image: Right-click on it and "save picture as..." name it and save it somewhere you'll remember.
Open a word document and insert image. Re-size to fit your page. Print.
*If you'd like a better quality copy, leave a comment with your email and I'd be happy to send the pdf.
 
I'm thinking about making a YouTube video so you can hear how it goes. Not sure if it's really needed or not. Let me know what you think.

The best I can tell you without a video, is to add a small pause when you see the . . . 's.
Most of these ditty's are said in 4 counts. In fact, #'s 1,2,3,4,7,8,9, and 13 are said in 4 counts and are pretty simple. Numbers 5,6, 10, 11, and 12 are said in 8 counts. On number 6 (it's kind of tricky), you say "Six, Six" in 2 counts, "is no surprise" in 2 counts, and then you have to jump the gun on "tells" (like a grace note), and say "how our church" in 1 count ("how" being on the downbeat), "was and is" in 1 count ("was" on the downbeat), and "or-ga-nized" in 2 counts (evenly spacing the 3 segments of the word in 2 counts...kind of like a triplet, only said in two counts instead of 1). If you snap your finger as you say it, it's much easier.

See also- General Conference Activities. In my post, find the "Saturday night Priesthood Session Activities" segment, idea #11. It talks about how we've turned our learning the Articles of Faith into a game show.

Teaching/learning the gospel can be so much fun! Teach/learn with a vengeance!


Enjoy!

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42 comments:

Anonymous said...

thank you so much I've been looking for something like this to use a activity day with the girls.
jeffandtonyacowley@hotmail.com

Kristen Duke Photography said...

This is great!

Jess said...

Very COOL!! Thanks for stopping by! I'll link to this on Sunday's Pinterest finds!
Jess@Latter-day Chatter

DyersinTexas said...

I have a mac and would love an email
tamidyer3@yahoo.com

Love the articles of faith helpsheet..

DyersinTexas said...

Can you send me a pdf... thanks. I have a mac and it did not like the download..

tamidyer3@yahoo.com

Renee said...

I love this! I can think of so many things to use it for! I have been "checking in" for awhile now and I wanted to tell you about a fun incentive program my ward has begun using for our Primary kids. They are plastic tags, "brag tags" that have fun images on them to encourage participation in anything from saying prayers to learning the Articles of Faith. This program is so fun for kids and motivates them with a simple inexpensive reward they can keep and wear or show any day of the week. Several kids in my primary class have already earned tags for being reverent and for bringing their scriptures. I found them at www.boostpromotions.com/lds. I think your followers will love these for their primary kids also! Renee

Jenifer said...

thanks so much for this. I think it will be a big help for my girls trying to memorize the Articles of Faith!
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Toby and Tammy said...

Love this! What a great way to help the kids remember the AoF. Would you send me the PDF file? I would love to use this in my Primary.

Thanks,

Tammy
tamaramthornton@hotmail.com

Kellee said...

This is awesome! Looking forward to helping my kids learn the articles of faith with this.
Could you please send me the Pdf for this. Thank you so much!
steverqueen@yahoo.com

Heidi said...

I would love to have the pdf of this to use with my activity day girls. heidi@thedimmicks.com

Anonymous said...

Carol said...Thank you so much for sharing. It is a great idea. Would you please me a pdf.
chansen@pmt.org

grandmapeg said...

Hey Amy, I just received an email from Trudy about your blog. It looks interesting so I will share it with my kids.
Aunt Peggy

sharla said...
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sharla said...

I would love to have a pdf...my email is sharla_borrowman@yahoo.com.
Also, I think it would be tremendously helpful if you did a you tube video to demonstrate how the ditty goes. I know it would help me and I am sure at least some others would appreciate it too! Please, do post one! I am excited to try it with my kids!

Anonymous said...

I would love a a pdf copy.
Jandafarr@yahoo.com
I would also love a youtube video
Thanks you're awesome!!!

Sarah said...

I would love to have a copy of this, too. I know these kids learn them in primary, but I find in my Sunday school class (12-14 year olds) that they don't have them completely memorized.Thanks so much for doing this!

cutiebing[at]gmail[dot]com

Marvive Family said...

I would love to have the PDF...my iPad doesn't like it the first way.

Marvivemom1@gmail.com

Thanks

Stanca said...

This is great, thanks for sharing! Can I please have the pdf ?

stancafelt@yahoo.com

Thanks! :)

Anonymous said...

I love this idea! My son trying to get his Faith in God soon so this will really help! Could you send me the pdf? bbkrn@yahoo.com Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I love this idea and would love it, if you had a moment to email me the pdf...eakelsey77@yahoo.com

thanks!

Anonymous said...

I would love a copy of the pdf. Thanks for all your hard work! This is awesome!
jcooper_15@hotmail.com

Thanks,
Jen

Anonymous said...

Is it too late for you to send me a PDF of your A of F ditty? This sounds like something we could use in our primary. moabpenny@frontiernet.net
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Oh please, please, please put this on you tube. I have been looking for something like this, but I really need to hear it.

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful. Thanks! And I would love the pdf
carterhol@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Love! Hit me with the pdf? Thanks so much:) aitchisonk@live.com

Holly Kolvig said...

Could I get a pdf copy of the 13 Articles of Faith help sheet? Thanks

Anonymous said...

Could i please have a copy of the pdf?! Thank you so much;) vinylspeaks@yahoo.com

Ali Lundell said...

PLEASE send me a copy of this I LOVE IT!
alisonlundell@gmail.com
Thanks for sharing your talents

Cassie said...

Hopefully you are still sending out pdfs. I would love to get one! This is way cute, thank you so much!
cimerkley@gmail.com

Abbie said...

Can I please have you send me the pdf? Love this!
branabbie(at)aol(dot)com

Have you "You Tubed" this? Would love to see that as well!

THANK YOU!

Tanya Conrad said...

I would love the pdf. conradgirls@gmail.com
Thanks :)

Jody said...

pdf please?

joadtoad[at]yahoo[dot]com

Unknown said...

Could you send me a PDF Thank you maggiebandb@gmail.com

Zach McNaughtan said...

The Activity Day Girls in our ward will love this! I would appreciate it if you could send me a pdf copy of the Articles of Faith Helpsheet. Thanks!
L_mcn@yahoo.com

erin j bailey said...

I'm in A-Days as well and would love the pdf version. Thanks!

idahawg at gmail dot com

Lindsey Burtenshaw Allen said...

love this for activity days.. so perfect and fun!

May I have the helpsheet emailed to me?
lindseyburtenshaw@gmail.com

Thanks for sharing your talents with us!

Kari said...

I can't wait to share this with the kids in our Primary, thank you for putting it together! Could you please email me a copy? karischwitzer@yahoo.com

Thanks so much!!

Jensen Family said...

I would love the pdf. toocutegirls@msn.com
Thanks!!

The Poulters said...

This is perfect. Did you ever make a youtube video for this?

camille kesler said...

could i get a pdf of this?? THANKS A MILLION!
camillekesler@gmail.com

Melanie Sharp said...

Can you send this to me as well. Thanks so much! Melanie g sharp at g mail dot com

Paris Latte said...

Hi, can you send me a pdf for this? Parislatte1@gmail.com
Thank you so much!