Well, we’ve certainly had an eventful time recently. We’ve lost our beloved President Monson and now we have a new president, Russell M. Nelson, with his counselors. Because of that, and the many posts I’ve seen on Facebookabout Primary leaders wondering how to talk to children about this, I’ve undertaken some revisions.
Three of the FREE DOWNLOADS had pictures of President Monson on the front and content about him. Those books have been revised or added to, and are now available as FREE downloads for you to use in any way you wish. You can certainly use some of that content to tell the children about our new prophet, President Russell M. Nelson.
This week I have a FREEkit to help you to have a GREATPrimary Activity! For this activity, you’ll need to ask the children to bring a lunch and dress in their Sunday best, because part of it will take place in the chapel.
You will teach the children about testimonies: what are they? How do they get one of their own? And how do they tell others about their testimonies? This kit has helps for you to teach these concepts to the children.
Once upon a time, there was a horse about to be sold to the slaughterhouse, and a man who saw something special in him. The horse was saved, and he became a celebrated show jumper. His name was Snowman.
Once upon a time, someone gave me a crippled horse. He was in pain, but there was something special about him. It turned out he had been stolen, and somebody tracked him down and I let him go back to his owner. He had once been a champion, and was rehabilitated. His name was Rebel.
This week I have a great kit for your FREEdownload! It’s a kit with parts to a chart that you can use to teach children about the Plan of Salvation. Put it together while explaining God’s plan of happiness.
In a Ward I used to live in, we had a wonderful Primary Activity Day, and I shared the particulars in this kit. We wanted the children to understand what a testimony is and how to share it, so we asked the children to come in their Sunday best clothes. The children learned about things they could express thanks for, and contributed leaves to a Testimony Tree, shown on the cover. We started in the Primary room with instruction, then we had the children sit in the chapel, where each child had an opportunity to stand at the pulpit, and they could bear their testimonies if they wanted to. If they didn’t want to say anything, they could just stand there. They were told how to share their feelings and what to do if they needed help.
Use this kit for sharing time, in class, for Family Home Evening, or for general use. I’ve used this for sharing time many times, and the children always love it! It’s funny and sweet, and it helps the kids to appreciate their Dads.
The first time I was a Primary president, it was in a small Ward in a tiny town in Oregon with a little Primary of about 40 children. I had one counselor and a secretary who seldom if ever showed up, so my other counselor and myself were often stuck without any planned sharing time. We also had a few teachers who would just not show up without notice.
This week I have 2 FREEdownloads for teaching children about missionaries. One is based on the 6 discussions that the missionaries used to use to teach investigators. It has all kinds of games, activities, and handouts about missionary work. It can be used for Family Home Evening, sharing time, in classes, and for general use.