We sing “All Over the World” (Children’s Songbook, 16) marveling at all the languages in which children say “Thank you” to God in their prayers. But a personal experience attending Primary in Germany drove this home. I also picked up some great bulletin board and activity ideas that you don’t need to read German t0 understand.
I was born in Germany, where my dad was stationed after World War II. Dad was transferred when I was a baby, so I have no memory of this country of my birth. This past summer, my 88-year-old mom wanted to see once more the places in Europe where our family lived, and I had the privilege of being her traveling companion.
Sunday found us in Frankfurt. The chapel shares the grounds with President Uchtdorf’s beloved Frankfurt Temple. After sacrament meeting, I went where I always love to be – in Primary. My rusty high school German didn’t get me far in understanding the children and leaders, but the kindly translator didn’t need to translate the Spirit – sweet, strong, unmistakable. And the message of the worldwide gospel of Jesus Christ was the same. I got some good ideas from their bulletin board that needed no translation. I’m grateful for faithful saints and children around the world building Zion. And I’m grateful for a church that recognizes the universal, worldwide family of men, women and children – and teaches us all to follow our common Heavenly Father.