What Makes Primary a Great Experience?

One Primary leader wisely observed: “Focus more on the kids.  We get caught up in the logistics of making things work, having things reverent and it seems like we forget to make it a great experience for the kids.”

This comment gave us some inspiration.  We asked ourselves, “What makes Primary a great experience?”  Is it fun?  Is it a safe place to be?  Do the children have friends and feel welcome?  Are they learning?  Yes! All these are important aspects.  But most important to making it a great experience, “Are the children feeling the Spirit? What do we need to do to make sure we are inviting the Spirit and preparing the children to hear and feel it?”

“We declare in words of solemnity that His priesthood and His Church have been restored upon the earth—“built upon the foundation of . . . apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone” (Ephesians 2:20).

We testify that He will someday return to earth. “And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together” (Isaiah 40:5). He will rule as King of Kings and reign as Lord of Lords, and every knee shall bend and every tongue shall speak in worship before Him. Each of us will stand to be judged of Him according to our works and the desires of our hearts.

We bear testimony, as His duly ordained Apostles—that Jesus is the Living Christ, the immortal Son of God. He is the great King Immanuel, who stands today on the right hand of His Father. He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world. His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come. God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son.”

~The Living Christ, The Testimony of the Apostles, last 3 paragraphs

The Savior blesses the children, picture courtesy of lds.org

Our Savior Jesus Christ is what really matters.  The feeling the children have when they come to Primary is what really matters.  So when lessons don’t go the way we hoped that’s okay.  Share your testimony.  Share a smile.  Share your love. It’s the feeling they will remember, not the content.  This feeling is what makes Primary a great experience!

Over the next few weeks we will be sharing ideas and inspirational stories about how we can help children have a great experience in Primary by feeling loved and feeling the Spirit! Add your ideas in the comments as well!



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