I Want To Be a Missionary Now
Ask the children, “When is the time to be a missionary?” Tell them that full-time missionaries often knock on people’s doors. You are going to knock the answer to that question on the door. Have the children listen as you knock the rhythm of “I Want to Be a Missionary Now” (p. 168). Explain that they can be preparing to serve full-time missions and that they can also be missionaries right now. Divide them into four groups. Using stations (see TNGC, 179), have the children learn more about missionary work from an adult leader. Tell them that full-time missionaries travel from place to place. They will “travel” too. When they hear the knocking on the door, they should travel to the next station. Each time the children should move, knock the rhythm of “I Want to Be a Missionary Now.”
Station 1: Display several ripe fruits and vegetables. Ask the children one way to know when food is ripe. (It changes color.) Read D&C 4:3–7 together. Help the children understand what “the field is white already to harvest” means. (See Friend, Sept. 2002, 4; or Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual , lesson 11, pp. 58–62.)
Station 2: Pack a suitcase for a missionary. Have a variety of things that a missionary needs: white shirts, scriptures, watch, walking shoes, umbrella, and so on. Let the children choose items and explain why a missionary will need each of them.
Station 3: There are many ways to be missionaries. Use the review activity in the Primary 3 manual, lesson 25, pp. 118–19. The children will listen to statements. If the statement is a good way to be a missionary, they should stand up. If it is not a good way, they should sit down.
Station 4: Use a story to show the blessings of missionary work. Invite a returned missionary approved by the bishop or branch president to share a short experience, or use the story told by President Gordon B. Hinckley in “Testimony” (Friend, Oct. 1998, IFC). -Taken from the October 2006 Friend Sharing Time Suggestion
I cut out a small paper missionary figure mounted on poster board. I cut him at the waist and wired the top half to the top of my slinky, then the bottom half to the bottom. I lined them up so when the slinky was closed, he was whole, but when we sang "I don't want to wait until I'm grown," we stretched him as far as we could. (Credit Unknown)
Once I brought one of my husband's suit jackets, his missionary tag, and a Book of Mormon. I had a child come up and dress up, asking them if they thought they needed to wait until this fit them to be a missionary. Then we learned the song, while they stood there as our missionary. Oh, and I had them step carefully up on a little chair for the "I'm grown" part. At the end, I made them tell me ways they could be missionaries now to reinforce the message of the song. You could also have a couple of different children take turns dressing up to teach/review/reinforce the song. (Credit Unknown)
(Idea by Luana Willis) I found a beautiful picture for a visual aid for "I Want to Be a Missionary Now" in the centerfold of October 1999 Friend magazine. It is two pages wide. On the left is a tree house with two boys inside, one holding a Book of Mormon and talking to his friend, they are about 10 years old. The other side has two full time missionaries standing below on the sidewalk holding a Book of Mormon and talking to a guy with a bag of groceries. The title above the boys in the treehouse says, "Be a missionary now". The other side on the bottom says, "...and then." I just made colored words out of construction paper and put the word "grown" above the two elders, and along the bottom of the page I put "live", "best", "see", and "testimony". The word testimony covered up the "...and then." because it isn't in the song. Anyway, it is like this picture was painted just for this song. It makes a very nice visual aid.