I just got called as the Primary chorister in our new ward! I’ve served in ward and stake Primary presidencies, taught Sunbeams and CTR 4 and subbed in Primary in various capacities but this is the first time I’ve been the Primary chorister and I’m so excited! I have secretly wanted to have this calling for years!
I’m new to our ward already so I don’t know a lot of the kids in Primary yet. I am excited to get to know them. I also thought it might be fun for them to learn a little about me. So, for my first Singing Time I decided to bring a few different items as show and tell and use them to tell the kids something about myself and then sing a Primary song that I chose to go with each particular item. While music was playing, I had the kids play “Hot Potato,” passing an object around until the music stopped. Whoever was holding it got to choose an item from my show and tell display. I would tell the pianist what song it was so she had a minute to find the page number I had written down on the list I made for her And then I would tell the kids a little something about that item. Below are the items I chose:
Here’s the song list for you and the pianist:
- “Samuel the Lamanite” (original song, download it here for free!)
- “Heavenly Father Loves Me” (CS 228)
- “The Family is of God” (sheet music from the 2014 Primary outline or in the Friend magazine, Oct 2008)
- “I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus” (CS 78)
- “We’ll Bring the World His Truth” (CS 173)
- “I Love to See the Temple” (CS 95)
- “I Hope They Call Me on a Mission” (CS 169)
Here’s the object and explanation to go with each song:
- A Book of Mormon–I showed the picture in the front of the book of Samuel the Lamanite to go with “Samuel the Lamanite” (original song, download it here for free!) When this was chosen I said, “One of my favorite scripture stories is in the Book of Mormon about Samuel the Lamanite. I love Samuel the Lamanite because when he was scared he trusted in the Lord and the Lord helped him do hard things. I get scared too, a lot, but I know the Lord can help me do hard things. We are going to sing a song called Samuel the Lamanite. It’s a new song to you because my husband and his father wrote and arranged it. I think you’re going to love it!”
- A real leaf from my favorite plant to go with “Heavenly Father Loves Me” (CS 228). I said, “I love nature. I love camping and hiking and being outside. How about you? Do any of you like hiking or camping?” (Suddenly we had something in common.) “My favorite Primary song is called ‘Heavenly Father Loves Me’ but I always call it ‘Beautiful World’ because it’s all about all the beautiful things that Heavenly Father created for us.”
- A picture of my family to go with “The Family is of God” (sheet music from the 2014 Primary outline or in the Friend magazine, Oct 2008). I told them about my family. Only 2 of my 4 kids are in Primary (my twins are in Nursery) so they were surprised to learn that my Senior Primary-aged son has 2-year-old twin siblings.
- A picture of Jesus to go with “I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus” (CS 78) I said, “I love Jesus. And my most important goal in life is trying to be like Jesus. But guess what? I’m not always very good at it and in fact, I make a lot of mistakes and have to repent and try again. I hope you will always try to be like Jesus and know that when you make a mistake you can repent and try again.”
- My baby book–I showed a picture of my baptism to go with “We’ll Bring the World His Truth” (CS 173). Of course, I might have chosen one of the songs specifically about baptism, but getting baptized is like joining God’s Army so I thought it was appropriate.
- My wedding album to go with “I Love to See the Temple” (CS 95). I showed them a picture of my wedding day at the temple and told them how special it was to be married there.
- My missionary name tag to go with “I Hope They Call Me on a Mission” (CS 169) I told them that I served my mission in Spain and it was the best and hardest thing I did as a young adult.
Next week I am going to sing a few of these same songs and see if anyone can remember any of the details I told them such as where I served my mission or what my favorite plant looks like. I’d like to also do something similar when I ask for a child helper; I’ll ask the child to share one thing about themselves so I can get to know them better.
It would also be fun and simple to do a show and tell like this to introduce a new Primary Presidency or new teachers or new pianist. You could potentially bring in one item for each person if you wanted to do several people at once. I think the kids would really enjoy seeing into the real lives of their leaders who they often only see in church clothes on Sunday and never out hiking or camping.