It is such a joy to be in Primary!
They had an interesting activity today. The Jr. Primary (ages 3-8) were told by the Primary President, who was giving the lesson during sharing time today, to go to the other side of the room, line up in 2 equal lines, fold a piece of paper into an airplane, and fly it across the room.
Then the fun began!
They all, well except one, got up and went to the other side of the room. They got into a couple of groups, all the older children in one and the few youngest children in the other. One child in each group had picked up the piece of paper and started folding it.
We could hear one of the older girls trying to get people lined up into equal lines. The Primary President stopped everyone and mentioned that it sounded like someone was trying to get things organized. She then asked this particular girl if she would like to be in charge. Her whole face lit up as she answered, “Yes!”
She immediately took charge and got everyone into 2 lines. Then the Primary President told her to have 2 of them fold the paper airplanes. So she chose the two who were working on them already. One young man had folded his paper in half the long way, then unfolded it and folded in the 2 corners and then refolded it the long way. That was his plane.
The other child, also a young man, folded his the same way only then folded down the top of the long sides so it was a thinner plane.
Next the Primary President had the young lady pick 2 children to fly the planes. Neither went far at all. When they returned to their seats she asked them how it was when they first were following the directions. Things were “crazy”. Then she asked how it was when there was a leader to help them know what to do. That went much better.
The gist of the lesson was the importance of the Prophet in the church. He helps us to know what Heavenly Father wants us to do, and then we can all do it. We do not vote for the Prophet. He is chosen by God. But we have the opportunity to sustain him, as well as everyone who gets called to a position in the church. We sustain them by supporting and helping them, and doing the things we should be doing.
The older group was just as much fun. They slowly lined up boys against the girls, only there were a lot more boys than girls. One boy started folding one of the planes, but all the other boys wanted to fold it too and followed him wherever he went!
The Primary President stopped them and pointed out that the 2 lines were not equal, that the boys all wanted to fold the plane, and the girls were standing next to the wall saying, “Why do we have to make airplanes?” She asked if someone wanted to be the leader and called on the first person to raise their hand.
He got the children divided up into 2 equal lines, then picked 2 to fold the planes, and then 2 to throw them. One plane was quite similar to what the younger children had made, and flew a couple feet. The other reminded me of a stealth plane, flat with the front folded underneath it. It flew the best, a few feet.
When she asked them what it was like when they were all just following her directions, they said it was, “Waco”. Again the discussion about why it is so important and helpful to have one person who leads the church, and what we can do to sustain the Prophet.
Primary is fun! Come with me to Primary and see for yourself. 🙂