Sunday, May 1, 2011

Book of Mormon Reader's Theater/ Mini-Musical

Image courtesy creative commons license flickr.com by Travis S. 2008

The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ
By Sofia Lykes
(Feel free to use and distribute in church or private family setting. Please just don't sell to a publishing company as your own work because it's like big hair bangs of the 80's... Just. Plain. Wrong.)

Characters
Narrator 1                Narrator 2
Teacher                    Student 1, 2, 3 ( A couple more to sit around, even though they don’t talk)
Joseph Smith            Moroni

Props
Book of Mormon
Simple Costumes
Picture of Christ
Chair for the Teacher with children sitting around him/her - remember, no backs to the audience though!

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(With piano playing softly in the background Book of Mormon Stories CS 118)

Narrator 1: In 82 different languages, the Book of Mormon can be understood. In 82 different languages, the Book of Mormon testifies that Jesus is the Christ.

Narrator 2: Over 150 million Books of Mormon have been printed since Joseph Smith translated it. 150 million chances have been given to others as a testimony that Jesus is the Christ.

(Piano stops)

Teacher: Hello class! I’m so glad you all could make it to church! Today we will be learning about the Book of Mormon. Can someone please read from the Introduction of the Book of Mormon! Thanks!

Student 1: “The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture”

Student 2: “The book was written by many ancient prophets”

Student 3: “The crowning event recorded in the Book of Mormon is the personal ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ among the Nephites soon after his resurrection. It puts forth the doctrines of the gospel, outlines the plan of salvation, and tells men what they must do to gain peace in this life and eternal salvation in the life to come.”

Teacher: Thank you students! Let's all sing about Jesus coming to the Nephites in the song This is My Beloved Son.

(Primary Sings Verse 2 of This is My Beloved Son CS 76)

Narrator 1: Ancient Prophets were faithful in writing down the words of the Lord.

Narrator 2: Joseph Smith was faithful in translating the words of the Lord.

Joseph Smith: “I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.”

Student 1: I am so grateful for all the work of Nephi, Jacob, Alma and many others who shared their life and knowledge with us.

Student 2: I know! Where would we be if we didn’t have the Book of Mormon?

Student 3: Joseph Smith was a true servant to Father in heaven. We are very blessed because he was a humble person willing to do whatever God asked him to do.

Teacher: Being obedient is a principle that is taught a lot in the Book of Mormon. Jesus Christ is the perfect example of doing everything Heavenly Father asks.

Student 1: I want to be obedient and do His will too! Teacher, can we please sing a song about following God’s plan because I sure do love to sing!!

Teacher: Of course!

(Primary Sings I Will Follow God’s Plan CS 164)

Narrator 1: There is so much to learn from the Book of Mormon. Family and teachers can tell us all about it!

Narrator 2: We need to read our scriptures every day! Others can tell us all about Christ, but we need to learn for ourselves who He is.

(Piano plays softly in the background while Moroni speaks Search Ponder and Pray CS 109)

Moroni: “ Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.

And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.”

(Piano stops)

Teacher: In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.


** All quotes are taken directly from the Book of Mormon Introduction and Moroni 10:3-5. Also, the beginning # facts are from HERE, a newsroom release from LDS.org.

TIPS

Choose your readers carefully!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Go over what a good reader does (before starting)- speaks clearly and loudly!! Especially because in this reader's theater the piano will be playing while you speak, and everyone needs to hear what you are saying!!!

Have the primary listen carefully because the teacher will be asking for help and singing!!

You can invite children from the audience to hold up props or pictures for the songs you sing in the reader's theater. Then they can sit back down.

Have fun!!

2 comments:

Marmashi said...

The bangs from the 80's were cool. I still wear bangs because I have a high forehead. Even if you laugh at me.
Tattoos are wrong, just wrong. That is my personal opinion.

Sofia's Primary Ideas said...

Sister Marmashi- I would not laugh at you because I'm 500 lbs. Really... no, not really, but close. I know well the harmful effects that Aquanet had on the ozone layer that decade and mourn because my daughters have to live with higher UV levels.