The kids were in the Primary Program this last Sunday. We have spent the last few weeks listening to the Program music and singing along. We practiced our parts, practice standing up, talked about not grabbing the microphone, we talked about speaking with a strong voice, but not yelling, and, of course, we talked about trying to say our parts without any help. I reminded them that someone would be there to help them if they needed it, but I encouraged them to try to do it without any help.
So, the day arrived and the kids were ready. We sat in the overflow of our chapel with so many other parents, grandparents, and family members anxiously awaiting our children’s turn to perform. Overall, my kids did a great job!! Isabelle is the one that gets nervous. She likes to put her fingers in her mouth when she is nervous. Yes, it is very attractive. We have talked about not doing it, but I know it is one of her ways to cope with difficult circumstances, and I believe she will grow out of it. I was hoping she could keep her fingers out of her mouth long enough to say her lines. She got up in front of the group and without help said (with a strong voice), “I can listen to the Holy Ghost.” I was so proud!
Jakob delivered his line next. Earlier, as we were walking into the church he was repeating his lines, during the beginning of our meetings he kept leaning over and repeating them to me. He knew what was coming and was trying to be ready. After the program began, I noticed that many of the older kids were reading their lines. I wondered what Jakob would do. When he got up he read, “Jesus said, ‘Come Follow Me.'” Then he stopped and looked up and said, “I can follow Jesus by obeying my parents and doing my chores.” Oh, I was so impressed that he remembered to look up when he could have so easily read the whole line!
The kids did pretty well singing the words to the songs. In years past Jakob hasn’t sang very much during the Primary Program. I don’t know if it is because he hasn’t known the words very well, or if he was embarressed to sing, or if he just didn’t want to sing. This year everytime I looked at him he was singing! This was Isabelle’s first year participating. She did well, singing most of the songs. She had her fingers in her mouth during the first part of the program. Later, she decided to plug her ears through an entire song. Also, throughout the Program she kept turning around and looking at the kids behind her. BUT, for the most part she was singing.
I hope that you have enjoyed my ramblings about my kiddos. It is amazing how important the Primary Program is to my children and how much they look forward to it. I know these are just simple, little lines, but they give them an opportunity to share what they believe with others. It gives them a chance to perform. It gives us a chance to watch them perform, to support them in their efforts, to be proud of them. And I am, very proud, of all they do.