Primary Songs for Girls
Looking for ways to make Primary singing time and FHE lesson songs more gender inclusive? Do you want to engage children in learning about heroic and wise women in the scriptures? Here are some suggestions:
Gender swap pronouns
Because many of the Primary songs are about male Deity, men, boys, or mankind, we have to be purposefully inclusive to adjust our language toward the feminine. It’s easy and takes almost no preparation to swap out he for she. The little girls in my Primary always come alive with smiles and giggles when we do! Doing so can create a teaching opportunity to talk about Heavenly Mother, the capacity of women, and seeing women in a variety of opportunities and stewardships. Here are a few examples:
- She Sent Her Son
- Stand for the Right (Mother’s Day Edition) “Our Mother has some words for you”
- Mommy’s homecoming “I’m so glad when Mommy comes home!”
- The Wise Woman and the Foolish Woman (can also use girl, Grandma, etc.) Check out EmilyCC’s post about this!
Pluralizing pronouns to include Heavenly Mother
In songs that refer to Heavenly Father, or God, try adjusting the masculine pronouns to plural pronouns and take the teaching opportunity to share the belief that God is a united Holy Father and Holy Mother.
- I am a Child of God and THEY have sent me here. HAVE given me an earthly home…to live with THEM someday.
- I Will Follow God’s Plan “…holding fast to THEIR word and THEIR love…etc.”
- My Heavenly Parents Love Me “…beautiful world Heav’nly Parents created…They gave me my eyes/ears/life….Yes I know Heav’nly parents love me.” (also can do this one straight up as Heavenly Mother loves me)
- Because God Loves Me “….THEY gave the darkness…..because they love me.”
Singing about Women in the Scriptures
It’s so important for girls (and boys!) to see and learn about the experiences of courageous women in the scriptures! Sharing verses like these helps the children internalize their stories and messages.
- Follow the Prophet Teaching children about the women Prophetesses in the Bible can help them feel empowered to bear testimony of Jesus Christ (like Anna, Miriam and the others!) Here are some additional verses you can include to Follow the Prophet. From this post at fMh, Mary Ann shares these three verses:
Deborah was a prophet—
she judged Israel.
Led them into battle,
triumphed with Jael.
God will guide our leaders,
women can lead too.
They will show the way to
God for me and you.
(2 Kings 22 & 23)
Huldah was a prophet—
she warned Judah’s king
“keep the law, repent!
or evil I will bring”
Humbled by the word,
the king changed Judah’s ways
Huldah’s counsel lengthened
out the city’s days.
Anna was a prophet
come to all of them.
Anna testified that
Jesus was the one,
just as all the prophets
’fore and since have done.
This is a verse written by Neylan McBaine and shared in this post
Anna was a prophetess, in the days of Christ.
Serving in the temple, she would pray and fast.
Though she was quite old she served there night and day,
telling all she met the joy of Jesus’ way.
Book of Mormon Stories Here are some verses shared by Shelley Denison on some of the women characters from the book of Mormon (and one I wrote with a friend’s help)
Living in the wilderness, afraid her sons had died
But when they were safe and sound she praised God thankfully
And she lived all her days righteously.
She told all whom she could find about what she had seen
She taught of God’s power as a true missionary
And she did testify righteously.
Though they did not fear to fight, they trusted faithfully
They rehearsed, “our mothers knew!” righteously.
- I’ll Stand Tall
- Heroes of the Scriptures (The text for Heroes of the Scriptures can also be used with the tune for the verse ofScriputre Power.)
Combine these songs with stories from the Girls who Choose God books, and maybe come up with a few new verses of your own!
Did I miss any? Please share your ideas in the comments!