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Preparing for the Primary sacrament meeting presentation 2019

Watch for invitations and a printed program cover, coming soon!

Today’s guest contributor Lindsey is Primary President and mother of one through the blessing of adoption. She enjoys dance parties with her daughter and husband, and eating lots of chips and guacamole.

Thinking ahead to the 4th quarter Primary sacrament meeting presentation? Wondering how to approach the sacrament meeting program with the “Come Follow Me” manual and the “home-centered, church-supported” curriculum?

Here are the guidelines for the 2019 Primary sacrament meeting program with this guiding quote: “The presentation should allow the children to present what they and their families have learned from the New Testament at home and in Primary, including the Primary songs they have sung during the year. Prayerfully consider which gospel principles and songs support what they have learned.”

We’re taking this instruction literally. We are simply asking the children to present what they have learned from the New Testament this year at home and in Primary. Also consider: this will be the first year that sacrament meeting is one hour, so the Primary presentation portion will be even shorter than before. Keeping it simple is key.

Here is the email we are sending to the parents on August 1. Read below or download it as a customize-able word document here: Primary sacrament meeting presentation planning 2019 – Come Follow Me. Feel free to adapt this to YOUR children’s needs.

Hello parents of Primary children!

Mark your calendars: Sunday (insert date) will be our ward’s Primary Sacrament Meeting Presentation. **Please read this thoroughly and respond no later than (date).**

Our purpose is to allow the children to present what they have learned from the scriptures at home and in Primary. In past years, the Primary Presidency has written a script based on structured monthly themes, assigned songs, etc. With Come Follow Me, we are taking a new approach: each child will write his/her own part (or tell you what to write). To emphasize a home-centered, church-supported experience, we are keeping the “script” simple: what has your child learned this year?

Guidelines for your child’s part: Please discuss the above question with your child (“What have you learned this year?”) and help him/her write a part based on the lengths described below:

  • Sunbeams/CTR 4: one sentence
  • CTR 5/6/7/Valiant 8: 2-3 sentences
  • Valiant 9/10: 3-4 sentences

Additional prompts to discuss with your child, if they are helpful:

  • What has been one of your favorite stories from the New Testament?
  • How have you grown closer to the Savior this year?
  • Share an experience our family has had this year in studying the Savior’s life together.
  • What scripture has been meaningful to you? Why?

If your child would rather not have a speaking part, please talk with a member of the Primary Presidency.

Please email us your child’s name and the sentences he/she writes or dictates to you, no later than (date).

We are looking forward to this testimony-building experience!

Primary Presidency


For those children with little support in the home, another guest author Kim makes this suggestion: “Pull out the kids one at a time during Singing Time the month before and collect their answers. If appropriate, email the part to their parent(s) and ask them to help their children memorize it.”

Then, when the parents collect the children’s thoughts and email them to you, you can compile the responses, group them by class, and print the script so you can prompt the children at the microphone. In my ward, we alternate ages of classes presenting, so the longer portions from the oldest children won’t all be back-to-back. A song will go between each group. We like to keep classes together so they sit together on the stand with the teachers they trust, then an entire row goes up at the same time.


We would love to hear from YOU!! comment below on your plans for this groundbreaking year with these exciting changes!


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2018 Primary Sacrament Meeting Program – click, print and go!

Today we are sharing a wonderful Primary Sacrament Meeting Program Outline idea contributed by our guest author Kim, former Primary President and mother of 6 children. She loves photography and hiking, camping, and biking anytime, anywhere.

Download this 2-page Primary Sacrament Meeting presentation outline – I am a Child of God (updated for 2018 by Marci). Feel free to adapt it to the needs of your Primary. Then read how Kim prepares the children for their successful program. Here’s how she does it:

We have the narrators read the themes and scriptures for each song, then we have each of the Primary children give a short statement from one of the questions listed in the outline.

To prepare, we assign each class  a monthly theme.  We find it is easiest to pull the kids out one at a time during singing time the month before and collect their answers (we usually have them say one sentence each). Then we email the part to their parents several times before the program and ask them to help their children memorize it.  Some classes have children answer the same question (usually the younger kids), while other classes have children answer different questions on the same topic.  Either way works great.

When we did the program last year, it worked very smoothly to have each class line up at the microphone while the narrator(s) spoke.  Then after each child said their parts, the class walked back to their seats while the introduction to the song was being played.

We gave a copy of the program to all the teachers so they knew when to take their classes up to the microphone.  The narrator(s) knew to start their part right after each song.  No cues were needed from the presidency, and the program ran all by itself.

A few other things that helped:  We put name tags on all the seats several weeks in advance so all the children knew where they sat.  We practiced several times having them come from the audience to their seats until they had it memorized.

We estimated about 5 minutes per class and with 8 sections, the program turned out to be 40 minutes.

We hope this helps make your program easier and more enjoyable.

~Kim, guest author

FYI: for more ideas, search for “sacrament meeting program” in the search box on the upper right. Watch for the 2018 printed program cover and invitation text, coming soon!

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Singing Time Improv!

Today’s guest author is Brenna, a mother of 3 and a piano teacher who loves  reading, hiking, and volleyball.  She writes: 

Our Primary chorister had a family emergency and wasn’t able to come on Sunday. Luckily, we have an amazing chorister Craig that was released about a year ago, but he was more than happy to fill in last minute. He always has fun ideas.

He taught the kids “Thanks to Our Father” (CS p. 20). It’s a short, two-line song with three simple verses. After the kids got the melody, then he asked four kids to come up front and tell him something that they are thankful for, and to be specific! He then had the whole Primary sing those words to the melody (and if possible, Craig would make them rhyme). For example: “Super Lego Racetrack”, “family that I love”, “pepperoni pizza”, “Jesus up above!”

Three kids said “family” and didn’t give any specifics, so that verse went: “Fa-a-a-a-a-mi-ly, Fa-a-a-a-a-mi-ly, Donuts on Saturday, Fa-a-a-a-a-mi-ly!”

The kids loved it and it was perfect for a last-minute singing time!

Over the summer, Craig did a similar game with the song “Oh, What Do You Do in the Summertime?” (CS p. 245). He taught them the first verse and then had a few kids come up to tell one thing they did in the summer. He tried to get them to rhyme and then we would sing them to the melody. It was a lot of fun.

These ideas work for last-minute fill-ins or when you have time to plan ahead!


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Rainy Day prop for choosing songs or choosing turns

Guest contributor Sister D. strikes again! (See her previous clever “Hello Song” post here.)

Looking for a fun way to choose songs or for kids to choose turns? Open up an umbrella, hang strings from the metal ribs, and hang paper raindrops from the strings! Label the raindrops with names of songs for review, or numbers that correspond to a list of songs to sing or scriptures to read. (Hint: putting numbers on the raindrops makes them reusable for different purposes.)

Let it pour!

And if it’s more like snow season than rain season, try this “Year Round Snowball Fight!”

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Inspiring, Easy Ideas for a Kids’ Temple Trip!

Guest contributor Chardell is a wife and mother of three who enjoys baking bread and traveling.

Children of all ages can feel the sacredness of the temple, even from the outside. A temple trip for Primary or for families can instill an early love for the temple.

Chardell recently took her ward Primary to the temple. For a temple craft, Chardell had lots of different kinds of white or clear beads and the kids glued them on a blank template. On the back they wrote

I love to see the temple
I went there today
(Name of temple and date)
(Child’s name and age)

See a step-by-step outline of possible Primary/family temple trip activities in the book born on this blog,”Sunday Lessons and Activities for Kids!” (Read the story here: Primary in Zion becomes a book!) See the free download of the temple activity necklace/passport here.

You might like to use these Temple coloring pages and journal (feel free to customize). You’ll see one page with a blank temple for people to draw their family inside. The second temple coloring page has lots of detail; older kids might enjoy getting serious with colored pencils or markers. The third page is the journal for each child to complete, with help from adults or older children if needed. A journal page that records thoughts and feelings from child’s first temple visit becomes a lifelong keepsake, perhaps even displayed at their temple wedding reception.

See Michelle’s story about her children’s reaction to a beautiful 15-minute video that helps children understand the temple: Primary Children Looking Toward the Temple

Also see the Sept 2011 FRIEND article, “Preparing to do baptisms for the dead” to give children an idea of what to expect when they actually get to go inside someday.

May you and your children have an eternally memorable experience visiting the Lord’s holy house.

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Overheard in Primary: Children’s Observations

Today’s guest author is Emma Lu, a wife, mother, grandmother, writer and music therapist who is inspired by children.

Serving among children is the sweetest service of all. Jesus said, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14). Yes, working with children is a true service project with Christ!

Here are a few choice observations from children:

  • After taking the sacrament, a five-year-old boy shouted out, “Well, that was not a very nourishing lunch!”
  • Saying the prayer in her Sunbeam class, a little girl asked Heavenly Father to bless her daddy so he would finally let her mom throw away the coffee maker.
  • A grandmother wrote about her outspoken, four-year-old granddaughter. Talking to her dad the girl said, “It’s hard when you don’t like your family!”
  • Regarding answers to prayer, three-year-old Will stated, “You get what you get and don’t throw a fit.”
  • In the seven-year-old class the teacher asked, “What does it mean to serve somebody?” A child responded, “That’s when they bring the food to you at the restaurant.” The teacher kindly explained, “Service is when you don’t get paid.” Then the teacher asked the children to draw a picture about giving service to someone. One boy drew a picture of two little boys holding hands. He explained, “This is me and Joseph Smith holding hands. I’m being his friend.”
  • Young Cameron reported what happened during Primary singing time. Hal, a member of her class, had one eye removed because of a failed operation and was given a glass eye to replace it. While the children sang “Do As I’m Doing,” Hal was called to lead the group in an action. At the proper time, he popped out his glass eye. Cameron said, “The boys laughed, we girls squealed, and the Primary chorister didn’t know what to do!”

To be with children is a beautiful experience – They are blessed children of God.

My thanks to those who shared with me their personal stories and quotes from Primary-aged children.

– Emma Lu

Check out Emma Lu’s blog “This and That.”

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Meeting Children At Their Level

Today’s guest author is Emma Lu, a wife, mother, grandmother, writer and music therapist who is inspired by children.

Children are a heritage from the Lord; they are a reward from him. (Psalm 127:3, New International Version)

It is true, children at times can be rowdy, but if we look we will always enjoy the angels inside. You’ve just got to love them.

The Primary sacrament meeting presentation was about to begin. The busy Primary president saw a 10-year-old boy sitting with legs folded together, arms crossed, and scowling face, defiantly pouting at the base of the pulpit in the chapel. She went over to him, knelt down by his side, and spoke softly to him. Then she stood and went about caring for other children. The boy then stood with a smile on his face and joined his class. It showed those of us who watched the tense scene how the boy’s attitude was changed by a loving leader. I asked the Primary president to tell me her wisdom. She said, “It is important to meet a child on his/her level, whether it is physical, emotional, or spiritual. All children need understanding.”

To have the privilege of working in Primary is fulfilling a promise from the scriptures: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6, King James Version)

– Emma Lu

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Priesthood Authority (men and women) and Priesthood Keys (men only)


Guest author Christanne loves all the church auxiliaries but has spent most of her adult life in Relief Society callings. She is mother of three very different but amazing kids. Their family loves to be outside as much as possible.

Click here for the ready-to-use lesson plan: Priesthood keys and authority lesson outline

Many lessons teach this common theme: “Blessings of the Priesthood Are Available to All.” This lesson gets more specific about women and the priesthood, teaching children the vital principle taught by Elder Oaks:

“We are not accustomed to speaking of women having the authority of the priesthood in their Church callings, but what other authority can it be? When a woman—young or old—is set apart to preach the gospel as a full-time missionary, she is given priesthood authority to perform a priesthood function. The same is true when a woman is set apart to function as an officer or teacher in a Church organization under the direction of one who holds the keys of the priesthood. Whoever functions in an office or calling received from one who holds priesthood keys exercises priesthood authority in performing her or his assigned duties.” (emphasis added) Dallin H. Oaks, “The Keys and Authority of the Priesthood,” April 2014 General Conference.

Click here for the ready-to-use lesson plan: Priesthood keys and authority lesson outline

For a 1-minute synopsis of Elder Oak’s talk, click the video link above.

To see the full 16 minute talk, visit

To read the text, visit The Keys and Authority of the Priesthood

For a related idea, see Women and Service in the Kingdom


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Overheard in Primary: Children’s Wisdom

Today’s guest author is Emma Lu, a wife, mother, grandmother, writer and music therapist who is inspired by children.


Children need to feel confidence led by prudent, loving parents and teachers. When they do, they sense freedom to openly express themselves, often in a wise and surprising way. Here are a few choice bits of wisdom from children:

A loving Sunbeam teacher in Canada wrote, “There is one little boy, Kade, who just does not want to leave his mommy. Today when his mommy left him in the classroom he started crying and then said to me, ‘I just have to cry, but in five minutes I will try to stop.’ That was so cute and so mature for a three year old. I asked him if I could wipe away his crocodile tears. He said, ‘Yes.’ It took him a little longer than five minutes, but when the lesson got exciting he stopped crying and joined in the fun. I loved to wipe his tender tears away.”

A grandfather writes, “One day, my 3-year-old grandson was in the middle of a temper tantrum. He threw a book across his room and it slipped under his bed. His mother told him that he would have to go under the bed and get it. His response was classic. In a fear filled, trembling voice he said he couldn’t do it because it was dark and scary under there. Then his five-year-old brother spoke up and said that if he would hold his hand and think about Jesus, they could retrieve the book together. And they did.”

In sacrament meeting, two 11-year-old Primary girls sang the beautiful song “A Child’s Prayer” (Children’s Songbook, 12). The chapel became quiet as the girls sang out relating their powerful testimony of prayer. Their voices were full and they harmonized beautifully. A sermon was sung, the spirit was strong, the audience was touched by the power of Christ’s love. Two young, lovely daughters of God taught the gospel through music as if they were heavenly angels.

To be with children is a beautiful experience – They are blessed children of God.

My thanks to those who shared with me their personal stories and quotes from Primary-aged children.

– Emma Lu

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2017 CTR sacrament presentation – inviting friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches!

Children are natural missionaries, and can sometimes almost effortlessly invite a neighbor, friend, teacher, or coach to hear them speak or sing in church. The Primary sacrament meeting presentation is a golden opportunity!

These invitation ideas make it easy. You can give several to each child to give to someone they’d like to invite. The message of the invitation — making good choices — is a positive message for anyone. Click below to download the invitation, laid out four on a page for easy printing:

CTR sac program invitation page 1 color

CTR sac program invitation page 2

Click on the image above to download the matching Sunday program cover, which is one to a page in black & white.

Guest author Jenn, who designed these invitations, gave an invitation to a playground mom who ended up being baptized! Read about it here.

These invitations are part of the chapter “Sacrament Meeting Presentation Tips and Tricks,” in the book that grew out of this blog, “Sunday Lessons and Activities for Kids.” Read how this blog became a book here


If you’re planning your presentation outline, see Kim’s easy-to-follow way of putting it together at “Primary Sacrament Meeting Program outline – click, print and go!” Kim assigned each class one of the monthly themes, then interviewing each child by pulling them out of singing time to get a quote to go with the theme. The outline comes together really easily in the kids’ words that way.

Also see “Inviting Audience Comments – Primary Sacrament Meeting Presentation

Laura S. adds: “One year, my ward set up a small reception of cookies and drinks after the program to celebrate the Primary children’s hard work, and so that visitors feel welcome and have a chance to chat comfortably and ask questions. This gave visitors a chance to casually stick around and congratulate the child that they came to see, and not feel like they were obligated to go to class after, or make a hasty exit. They could stay longer and talk with others in a relaxed setting. The missionaries also joined the reception so they could talk with the investigators they brought, as well as meet other visitors who attended the program. Then everyone attended third hour classes as usual, and some hardy investigators stuck around.”

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