Thursday, July 29, 2010

It's a Good Day in Primary When . . .

So I’ve held a calling in Primary for several years now. I’m not complaining. I actually love it! Every week the kids make me laugh with something they say or do. I am constantly amazed at their ability to make things humorous.

Last week I had some time on my hands during Sacrament Meeting (both boys away and hubby running late), so as I sat alone I pondered what makes a good Primary day. Here’s what I came up with.

It’s a good day in Primary when . . .

1. All of the teachers show up.

2. The kid that gives everyone grief isn’t there that week.

3. Nobody tells you you’re old.

4. You remember all of the kids’ names without help.

5. No projectile vomiting or leaky diapers in nursery.

6. Sis. Lerner brings treats for everyone.

7. None of the kids ask embarrassing questions, usually referring to your anatomy.

8. Parents aren’t upset or complaining about something ridiculous.

9. No fights break out during singing time because of who is sitting where. (I’m referring to the girls, by the way.)

10. One of the Sunbeams takes up some of your Sharing Time lesson to give a long-winded narrative about
their cat “Pooky” that died last night and where they buried it. (This is a good thing---your lesson is much too short!)

11. The kids remain seated instead of running around the Primary room like track stars.

12. The kids sing the words written for a song, not their own made-up version. (“Jell-O, jell-O!” Instead of “Hello, hello!” in the welcome song.)

I’m sure as my years in Primary continue I will be adding to this list. In the meantime, feel free to leave your observations about what makes it a good day in Primary in the comment section. :o)

Photo credit: Corrina Terry
Songbook credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


  1. Regarding #12, our Sunbeam made this sincere report last Sunday evening...
    D2: I learned about rats.
    T: You had a lesson about rats?
    D2: From my teacher.
    T: You had a lesson about rats in class?
    D2: My singing teacher.
    T: You learned a song about rats?! What were the words?
    Now I am here in a beautiful place,
    Learning the teachings of Jesus.
    Parents and teachers will help guide the way,
    Lighting my path ev’ry day.
    Rats in the arms of my Savior’s love...

    (- I Know That My Savior Loves Me
    Words and music by Tami Jeppson Creamer and Derena Bell, The Friend, October 2002)

  2. My little brother came home one Sunday completely impressed by the story of Abraham and Isaac. Here's his version:

    Abraham and Isaac were walking in the mountains when Abraham got really hungry. He was about to kill Isaac when an angel appeared and yelled, "Wait! Don't eat Isaac! Here's a goat!"

  3. Uh, keep dreaming. It could happen, I guess. Hilarious list though.

    LOL@ Heather's comment.

  4. T---That was FUNNY! I'm sharing that with my Primary Pres & counselors.

    Heather---No way! How do kids get that Abraham was hungry out of that story? Love it!!!

    Cheeseboy---I hear ya. The one week all went well (smooth as silk) the entire Primary Presidency was out of town except for me. Every teacher showed up, (even the piano sub), the naughty boy wasn't there and the kids were angels. It was the first and only time the Primary kids have been that angelic. I think Heavenly Father knew I was going to have a nervous breakdown if things went nutty that week. Haven't ever seen a Sunday like that before or since. ;o) (I can dream though!)

  5. The story my brother is famous for telling his primary teacher as a sunbeam is that his dad wrestled a blue whale in the bath tub! You are right though, Primary is the bst place to be....