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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Primary Sacrament Meeting

Tomorrow is the Primary Sacrament Meeting--in other words, the best sacrament meeting of the year. For everybody except the Primary Presidency--hee hee. (I've done my time, and will doubtless do time again.) This is my second year of being the Primary chorister (for both Junior and Senior Primary), and I have to admit being very excited for tomorrow. We've been working hard all year on learning the songs, and while none of them will be anything like the Primary choir at conference this year, you should hear my kids sing "Called to Serve". They love that song, especially the chorus, and can belt it out with great enthusiasm (if not always on tune. Senior Primary is mostly boys, and let's just say that they aren't all pitch-perfect).

My oldest's birthday is tomorrow; he will be five. He was chosen from his CTR 5 class to give the talk--the rest will participate in a recited piece together. My boy is so excited about his talk--he's not one for stage fright. (It's far more likely that he will get carried away by the sheer thrill of talking in sacrament meeting and add some...embellishments, shall we say?...to his talk. It's out of my hands now, though. He's got his testimony/talk about the Savior memorized, and only forgets the close "In the name..." about 50% of the time.

Although I wrote his talk, we talked about everything he wanted to say, and I distilled it down for him. He knows Jesus loves him, and he knows that Jesus died on the cross. He chose his own favorite story about the Savior, and patiently added the part I wanted about what that story teaches us.

He's almost five, and yet he constantly amazes me with his understanding of the Savior's love. He will sleep on the floor next to his little brother, and when brother wakes up sad, he'll soothe and sing and comfort. He hugs and loves and shares (sometimes); he'll remind me when I'm angry that "Jesus wants us to love each other"; he loves to pray for everything (including the ants that crawl outside).

Primary has taught him a lot--he has trouble sitting still, and not talking out of turn, but he truly loves his teacher and loves to sing. He comes home from class and tells us the stories he's learned--it's hilarious to hear gospel stories through a pre-school filter. And tomorrow he gets to tell everyone in our ward about how "Jesus fell asleep on a boat during a storm. His friends were scared, but Jesus woke up and said, "Peace! Be still!" and the storm stopped. I know that Jesus can help us feel peaceful too."

I just hope he keeps the (rather extravagant) arms gestures to a minimum.

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  • I can't wait to hear Ezra's talk and to see the program. Of course I am not too excited about having to sit with my kids alone. :(

    By Blogger Griffiths, at 10/25/2008 7:52 PM  

  • Well, Lindsay, I'd be lying if at least some of the attraction is that I'll be able to spend the second part of sacrament meeting without three children crawling all over me. Hee hee. We'll see how well Gideon does with just Daddy!

    By Blogger Keryn, at 10/25/2008 8:52 PM  

  • I hope Ezra's talk went well. I loved the Primary Program this year as I had nothing much to do with it (except for the fact that I have 4 kids in the program). It is so fun to sit in the audience and enjoy the fruit of the Primary Presidency/Chorister's labors! It is for sure the best Sunday of the year!

    By Blogger ShelleyG, at 10/26/2008 4:02 PM  

  • The program went off marvelously! I'm glad it's over (I'm ready to deliver this next baby any day now, thank-you-very-much), but I'll miss the anticipation. There is a real rush to leading music when the singers know and love the songs.

    Ezra's talk was wonderful. He didn't even do too many gestures! He practically ate the microphone, though, and...let's just say nobody had any trouble hearing him! But it was a really sweet and enjoyable sacrament meeting today.

    By Blogger Keryn, at 10/26/2008 7:39 PM  

  • Further The Kingdom, I deleted your comment because it was profoundly off-topic. You are welcome here--I sure don't mind if you want to discuss/debate my posts, even if you completely disagree with me and Mormon theology. It just makes more sense to do this on a post that, you know, actually discusses theology, instead of the annual children's program.

    By Blogger Keryn, at 12/13/2008 8:51 AM  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/21/2008 10:36 AM  

  • I remember being extremely tired one Sunday and coming to church a bit late, and finding out that it was a Primary Sacrament Meeting! As a convert, it was a first for me and the wonderful thing was that I dont think I had ever been more awake after church than that day :D

    I hope to see another one in the future...just wonderful. And kudos to all those who work to make it happen!

    By Blogger Tony, at 2/12/2009 7:19 PM  

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