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Come With Me to Primary


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.  🙂

Miss a week and everything changes!


Boy, you miss a week in Primary and everything changes!

I walked into Primary today and saw several new people there.  Then I noticed that there were several people missing.  And as we prepared to begin, these new people were the ones coming up to lead the meeting.

Wow, did the Primary presidency change last week?  Yes, the entire Presidency changed last week!

Am I worried?

Am I concerned?

That is one of the beauties of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the organization of His church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Everything is so well-organized, and there are manuals and instructions that guide you to the letter, that it doesn’t matter if someone new is given the job, the calling.

So someone new can step right in and get right to work.  There is no break in the program, no hesitation about what needs to be done.  It keeps running smoothly along.

And not only here, but anywhere in the world.  Everywhere it’s the same way.  So no, I’m not worried, I’m not concerned.  They will pick up where the others left off, and all is well in Zion!  🙂

Strengthening The Family


Working in Primary during Sunday School and Priesthood/Relief Society time, I miss out on the special 5th Sunday meetings with all the adults.

I don’t mind too much because much of what’s discussed there – which I find out by asking those who attended – covers topics that I am already quite familiar with.  And because it helps the children in Primary to have more stability in their lives when they see the same people in Primary each week.

Our latest 5th Sunday meeting was about the Church’s 2013 Leadership training program.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is all about helping people progress and to learn more that will help them help others.  Our bishop deemed this program important enough that he wanted the adults in Primary, and anyone who missed it last time, to be able to see it also.

So arrangements were made for substitutes for everyone from the teachers, to the leaders, to the music leaders.  And today we were privileged to see this special presentation!  🙂

This program is important enough to the leadership of the Church that they put it on their website, http://www.lds.org, where anyone who would like to can go, drink in its inspiration, contemplate its meaning, and design appropriate ways to use this knowledge at home with our families and at church with our callings (responsibilities).

So, what is this program?  It is all about strengthening families!

Why? Because the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.  The family is the most fundamental institution of society.

The family is the primary support structure in God’s plan to help us resist evil, overcome weakness, and work out our salvation. For this reason we should do all we can to strengthen the family in these days of confusion and opposition.

As Satan and his emissaries work to tear down the family, many people are losing sight of the joys and blessings a strong and loving family can offer. In this gathering gloom, the teachings and ordinances of the restored gospel shine as a unique beacon of hope.

How? Begin with prayer.  Heavenly Father is ever present and ready to help and guide us in all our acts in life.  We need but to ask.  He knows the answers.  He wants us to succeed.  He doesn’t hide from us.  He has given us many good and wonderful resources to live successful lives and complete our missions in life!

What more exciting news could there be?  And as we try, even in our sometimes feeble and unsure ways, to help and bless our families, our loving God will be there to bless and magnify our efforts.  We do not always realize the difference we make in someone else’s life.  How an encouraging word can change give hope to a waning soul.  That an act of kindness can brighten someone’s day.  Even a smile can show the other person that they are noticed and worth one small moment of your time.

May you watch and pray for ways to strengthen your family and loved ones.  Please share what things bring them the most stability, guidance, closeness, and love!