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Singing With the Nursery

You remember I said that one of my callings (jobs) at church is Nursery Music Director?  Yesterday the fun began!

We have 2 nurseries now, the older kids are meeting separately from the younger ones.  So I visited the older ones first.

They were seated around a little table in their cute little chairs.  I sat down and was introduced to them as Sister Music.  Cute, huh?  🙂

The previous “Sister Music” had gone to great pains to have a box of items to help them with their singing:

  • Little empty spice bottles filled with an inch of very colorful little stones that they can shake in time to the music.  We sang “Hello, Hello”, “Do As I’m Doing”, and “Fun To Do”, while shaking those little bottles.
  • Tongue depressor sticks with a colorful “frowny” face attached to one end and a “smiley” face to the opposite end, to turn over while we sing “If You Chance to Meet a Frown”.
  • The outline of our Denver temple drawn on a circle attached to a popsicle stick, to hold while they sing “I Love To See The Temple”.
  • Pictures of our Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, that they can hold as they march around the room singing, “Follow the Prophet”.
  • Family members on popsicle sticks for them to hold up as they sing “Happy Family”.

So everything was already prepared for me, and all I had to do was sing and play with them!

15 minutes went by pretty quickly, then off I was with my “magic music box” to the younger kids.

They were more wiggly, but were sitting on their little carpet pieces most of the time.  They didn’t sing as much, but they loved holding the items, and marching around the room.  There were 2 teachers, and a couple moms and a dad in there too.

Again, we had great fun and the time was over before we knew it.  There is one thing though…

I do have some homework.

The sing a song about rolling your arms and getting ready for the prayer right before the closing prayer.

I need to learn it.  🙂

(and I thought I was done posting to my Primary is Fun category!)

Primary – The Great Equalizer!

Primary never ceases to amaze me.  I recently realized that Primary is the great equalizer!

As we go about our daily lives, we find that we are all different.  We have various talents, interests, strengths, opinions, biases, and thoughts.  At times it seems there is no reconciliation whatsoever, because try as we might, we can still find ourselves on opposite sides and with no idea why others don’t see things as we do!

Enter, Primary.

Something truly amazing happens when people start serving in Primary.  They still have various talents, interests, strengths, opinions, biases, and thoughts, but now they also have something in common.

They are teaching children about their Father in Heaven and His plan of happiness.

Viola’!  Instantly their various talents, interests, strengths, opinions, biases, and thoughts meld together into one – one purpose, one goal, one mind, one heart.

They are all suddenly friends, and fellow-servants with Christ, using their various talents, interests, strengths, opinions, biases, and thoughts for a higher purpose.  The outcome of this metamorphosis is astonishing!

People who used to be at odds with each other suddenly become good friends.  They now see that they are not so very different after all, in fact, they have quite a lot in common.  And they discover, perhaps to their surprise, that that which makes us the same far outweighs that which makes us different.

Thank you, Father in Heaven, for Primary – the great equalizer!  🙂

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.  🙂

Dealing With Stress In Whatever Form

Yesterday I mentioned being reminded that fasting and prayer are excellent sources of strength when you are feeling stressed out.  This brings additional help and guidance from Heavenly Father, additional spiritual power and blessings!

There was also a powerful scripture that was used in Primary on Sunday.

Alma 7:11-12, “And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

“And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.”
When you think about it, this covers a lot of areas!  Jesus suffered all things, so He knows what we are going through.  He suffered not only for the sins of all mankind (and womankind 🙂 ) but also for all our pain and sorrows.  He does know how we feel.  And He knows how to comfort and help us.
For Him to do that all we have to do is turn to Him.  Ask Heavenly Father for help.  Explain what is going on, how we feel, and ask for His help.  He will send His Spirit to comfort us and to enlighten us to see the path we should follow.  He sorrows when we are sorrowful.  He longs to bless and lift us.  He has given us so many blessings.  Thinking of them, counting our blessings, will also ease our burden and help us through life.
If we have done something wrong (sinned) we repent.  Confess them and forsake them.  Try to do better.  Treat others as we should.  Believe in God and Jesus Christ.  Do what is right.
Pray for guidance to handle whatever is stressing us at the moment.  There is light at the end of the tunnel. 
And, as the scriptures say, “It came to pass”, not “it came to stay”.  This too shall pass.  We can be happy again!  🙂

Primary Practice

Tomorrow is our Primary Program at church, so today the Primary went to the church to practice in the chapel.

The first time through is always a little rough.  The kids wiggle a lot, play with the choir seats, sometimes get silly, have a hard time sitting still while the others are saying their parts.  But we get through it.

The second time most of the kinks have been worked out of the process and things are starting to run a little smoother.  There’s still a lot of playing around, but the kids are a little more sure of speaking when it’s their turn, and one of the youngest actually says her part this time!

It is interesting to hear the children sing.  I can’t pay a lot of attention to them because I’m busy concentrating on playing the piano and staying in sync with the music director.  Pianos are different and this grand piano’s keys feel different and play differently than the upright in the Primary room.

But you can tell which songs the children love and know really well.  A lot of the time they’re a little quiet, but sometimes they really belt it out.  It makes me smile.

We get through the practice, have the closing prayer, and go to the kitchen for treats – doughnut holes and apple juice this year.  Yum!

The kids were leaving to go home, and I decided to go back to the chapel to run through the songs again.

After playing the songs again, trying to keep it smooth and gloss over any mistakes instead of stopping to redo that part, I was enjoying spending this time at the piano.  So I began playing some of the other church hymns.

Wow, did that bring back memories!  I played songs that I have grown up with and known all my life: Love At Home, O My Father – my all-time favorite song so I decided to sing along with it even though I’m not very good at singing and playing at the same time anymore, Hold To The Rod, and A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief – all 7 verses and I sang with this one too.

The feelings that washed over me as I played these beautiful hymns was amazing!  I felt close to God, and realized anew why I used to love sitting at the piano playing Primary songs and Church Hymns.  And I was thankful once again for learning about Heavenly Father and His gospel all my life.  It has brought me so many blessings, so much strength, and so much happiness.

That is why we keep practicing.  Every time we sing or play the songs, every time we prepare a lesson, every time we say our prayers, or read in the scriptures, or share stories of faith, or stories of how we overcome hardship or survive something traumatic, or choose to be kind when we feel like getting angry – all these things help us become better people and advance us on our journey back to our kind, loving Father in Heaven.

They help us to remember.  And practice makes perfect.

Sportsmanship in Primary

Primary is such a great place!

Today the Junior Primary (ages 3-8) was playing a game during Sharing Time.  One of the 7-year old girls was called up for her turn and her friend was so excited for her that she jumped up and gave her a big hug!  🙂

The kids were having a great time talking about honesty and how to be honest in different situations.

Then one of the girls a year or two younger than the two mentioned above was called up to take a turn.  She picked a picture of an ear of corn off the wall, the situation was read, and the kids answered the question.  Then she got to try tossing 2 beanbags into the hole in the middle of a box.  She did great and everyone was thrilled!

As she went back to her class, one of the youngsters from the youngest class jumped up and gave her a huge hug!!

Yep, go to Primary to learn what good sportsmanship is! 🙂

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!  🙂