If you are a non-initiate, let me tell you that the Primary Program is the LDS church’s idea of “taking a break” or something. Okay, that’s not true at all. It’s a chance. An opportunity. A pleasure (after it’s over). One Sunday a year, the kids’ organization takes over the whole worship service. I happen to have an assignment in the kids’ organization, so I got to have a front row seat to the hilarity.
* JP repeatedly putting his finger in JS’s ear. As they stood to “sing” (or stare at each other). JS batted the hand away again and again, right up to the point where he couldn’t anymore, and unfortunately took one in the eye. Really, right in the eye. JS had to make an exit. Ouch.
* MM’s FOUR trips to the restroom.
* JP (of ear-and-eye-poking fame) giving the world’s best talk about scripture prophets ever delivered by a four-year-old. And he stuck to the doctrine (as opposed to the “Jonah and the Jellyfish” detour he may or may not have practiced). The kid is amazing, and his parents have taught him so, so well.
* JH ad EH (no relation) didn’t do any of the naughties they threatened to do during the entire Saturday practice. Love those boys. Especially when they’re avoiding the naughties.
* Kid 3 got a laugh during the opening sentences of her talk. Her face lit right up and she SPONGED in all that attention. She lit up the room with her talk about how much she loves her family and how grateful she is that families are central to God’s plan. What a cutie patootie. No kidding.
* LM volunteering (again) to help out if anyone was unable to do their parts. The girl is eager. Willing. Excited. I want to be her.
* The program lasted 35 minutes. After Saturday’s practice, we were sure it would only go 20. And then we (the leaders) would have to speak. Not the best thing. But – hooray! Everyone breathed after sentences and it was perfect timing. We call that a tender mercy from the Lord.
* OJ finally, finally cracking a smile after he delivered his part.
* BB singing the word “Pirates” instead of “Tyrants” in the best song ever.
* JE in general, for overwhelming cuteness. In specific for memorizing his part and delivering it with confident stature, great diction, and a totally sincere smile.
* Husband, staying awake through the entire meeting (which is a good thing, as he was facing the congregation while wrangling 8-year-olds).
* Watching the kids be a vehicle for the Spirit of God to fill the room with feelings of love and gratitude. They are the best and I am lucky to work with them.