Sunday, October 17, 2010

Day 260: Primarily Precious

We have three hours of church every Sunday.  The first hour is for the whole congregation together and is centered on partaking of the Sacrament.  We also sing hymns and listen to talks prepared by various members of the congregation.  The second hour is Sunday School for adults and Primary for children.  The third hour the men and women attend different classes as well and the kids are still in Primary.

I teach one of the Primary classes.  One hour we spend having a lesson with just our class, then we have an hour with the older half of the Primary where we discuss gospel principles and sing songs from a book called "Primary Songs".  Go figure.  If you want to see what kind of intensity goes into teaching the children these songs, check out this site.

Anyway, once a year, around this time of year, we have what is called (drum roll, please) The Primary Program!!!  The children sing the songs they've learned that year, all based on a central theme, and they each have a small speaking part.

Today I finagled my way out of sitting up on the stand with my class, so I could sit with HH in the audience and watch Sweet P sing and deliver her line.  Baby B had other plans and he expelled the sweet potatoes from last night right before Sweet P's turn.  So, I was in the Mother's Room changing his diaper (it was one that just couldn't wait) while she shared that "Thomas S. Monson is our prophet today".  Fortunately, they have the audio piped into the Mother's Room, so I still got to hear her.  And it was a Joyful Moment.  Along with listening to the sweet singing of children and hearing my class deliver their parts in the program.

Yesterday we had a rehearsal and my class was all over the place and unruly.  So, before letting them head home, I explained that they would be responsible for teaching the congregation today and inviting the Spirit of the Lord into our meeting.  And that the way they acted would be very important, so if they were being noisy or moving around a lot, it would distract everyone from the message we had been working on sharing all year.  I don't know if that's what did it, or not, but they were really well behaved this morning all throughout the program.  And that was definitely another Joyful Moment for me.

Wishing you all Joyful Moments in being taught "out of the mouths of babes"!  So sweet!


Melanie said...

we have ours next week and I'm totally excited!

Becky said...

The Primary Program is one of my favorite Sundays each year, and it's even better when I'm not involved in the preparation (although those years are good too). So even though we don't have kids in Primary any more, we're still looking forward to next Sunday.

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Linda said...

The primary program is one of my favorites too. Our program is next Sunday and I will miss it here, but I get to attend one in my daughter's ward and watch my grandkids, so it's a good trade off.

Tonight my HH and I watched "The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd" for the umpteenth time, and it hit me once again how very blessed I am to have a Savior and Redeemer who knows me individually and who has a plan for my eternal joy.