Monday, February 10, 2014

ASL for I Stand All Amazed

I was only planning on teaching the first verse in sign (the rest just normal singing), but I ended up typing it all out... so I'll just have to see how well my kids catch onto it!  I've already taught the 1st verse to my CTR5 and Sunbeam. They got it pretty fast, so I'm feeling optimistic.  :)

I will use the song Fun To Do to teach the signs! See here.


1. I stand all amazed   (I, AM [stand], AMAZED)
at the love Jesus offers me   (LOVE, JESUS, OFFERS, ME)
Confused at the grace   (CONFUSED, GRACE)
that so fully he proffers me.    (THOROUGHLY [fully], HE, PROFFERS [same as offer], ME)
I tremble to know  (I, OVERWHELMED [tremble], KNOW)
that for me he was crucified,   (ME, HE [Jesus], CRUCIFIED)
That for me, a sinner,   (ME, SINNER)
he suffered, he bled and died.   (HE [Jesus], SUFFEREDHE [Jesus], BLED, DIED)

Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me  (WONDERFULHE [Jesus], CARE, ME)
Enough to die for me!   (ENOUGHDIE, ME)
Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!  (WONDERFULWONDERFUL, ME)


2. I marvel that he would descend from his throne divine (MARVELHE [Jesus]DESCEND, THRONE/DIVINE)
To rescue a soul so rebellious and proud as mine, (RESCUE, SOUL, REBELLIOUS, PROUD, ME)
That he should extend his great love unto such as I, (HE [Jesus], EXTENDLOVE, ME)
Sufficient to own, to redeem, and to justify.  (SUFFICIENT, OWN, REDEEM, JUSTIFY)

Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me  (WONDERFULHE [Jesus]CARE, ME)
Enough to die for me!   (ENOUGHDIE, ME)
Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!  (WONDERFULWONDERFUL, ME)


3. I think of his hands pierced and bleeding to pay the debt!  (ME, THINK, HANDS, PIERCED, BLEEDING)
Such mercy, such love and devotion can I forget?  (MERCYLOVE, DEVOTION, ME, FORGET)
No, no, I will praise and adore at the mercy seat, (NO NO, ME, PRAISE (hallelujah is a long lasting sign),
Until at the glorified throne I kneel at his feet. (UNTILATTHRONE/DIVINE, ME, KNEEL, AT, JESUS, FEET)

Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me  (WONDERFULHE [Jesus]CARE, ME)
Enough to die for me!   (ENOUGHDIE, ME)
Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!  (WONDERFULWONDERFUL, ME)

I Stand All Amazed "Take Two" VIDEO NOTES (notes to My Ward are Green):
  • We only know the first verse. It it undecided if we'll go further.
  • verse 1: "STAND" has been changed to "AM". (no sign here, I took it out - so not STAND or AM. Go right from I to AMAZED)
  • chorus: "ENOUGH" should be two bounces on the hand (two syllables = two bounces, easy peasy!)
  • chorus: add "floating O's" when you sing "ohhhh, it is..."
  • verse 2: "JE-SUS" sign should be on "that He" (I goofed a little)
    There are a few slight 'hiccups' where you can tell i'm trying to remember what comes next. I did this in one take and one take only, so it is what it is.
  • verse 3: slowly continue "BLEEDING" through the end of the phrase.
  • verse 3: video is missing the sign "UNTIL, AT" (it's typed above...)
  • My children were talking and tapping things in the background.
  • The link to the video on YouTube is here.
  • Nice, gentle help from those who know ASL would be appreciated. :)

Lastly, read why I like to teach sign for songs.

*The idea of doing this song in ASL is not mine. The idea for these signs in these particular places is.


  1. In this hymn the sign for "stand" doesn't match the real meaning of the word for this song, stand up verses stand as in an attitude. Because of that I'm not going to sign that word when I teach it to my Primary. Also, the word "fully" in this hymn doesn't mean full like I've eaten so much and now I'm full. A synonym in this case would be "thoroughly." This sign is also used in the ASL video of the hymn.

    I made a video for the first verse and chorus found here:

    I also added a link to this post for others to reference, if that's OK with you. :)

  2. Just sharing some new knowledge I stumbled on in case you're interested in incorporating... I found out the sign in the video she does for "stand" is SHOCK. And she does WOW for "oh." Nice video! :)

  3. You are awesome for taking the time to do this. This is how I have chosen to teach this song as well. Thank you for your guidance!

  4. Thanks so much! Our Primary children love doing sign language, especially the Junior Primary.

  5. I ditto the previous comment. Thank you!! This helped me so much. I was really stressed about how to teach this hymn. But I was surprised how easy it was to learn. I started last week early with Sr. Primary, and it went so smoothly! Thanks again!

  6. I've been practicing with your video for almost a month now, and finally got to teach my kids this today. It went so well! When I showed them the sign for "crucified" the room went completely silent. I was so worried that the kids would be resilient since this is the first time we've ever tried ASL, but they were attentive and engaged the whole time. Thank you for your hard work putting this together!

  7. Lisa, I am so happy for you! I'm glad it went so well! :D

  8. My first week as choruster, we started this song. I was really stressing how to teach it because I wanted the kids to feel/express the reverence of it, but not be bored. I found your site and decided to start my new calling with this ambitious approach, having faith that they could do it. It's been exactly what I hoped for. The kids are enthusiastic and really "feel"this song. THANK YOU!