This year’s theme was about families, a theme that is important and will be
referred to often.
But next year’s theme is more individual. It is as individuals that we
come to Christ. “I will follow God’s Plan” is an individual effort.
This is a big year ~ We will be celebrating Joseph Smith’s 200 birthday
(December 2005). It is the 10th Anniversary of the Proclamation on
Families (they hope we will mark it. I think they said in March?)
Also it is 75 years of Cub Scouting in the US (February and to mark it at the
Blue and Gold Banquet… check with your local council for help).
They asked if there were any questions they could help with and a sister stood
and asked if a girl didn’t attend Activity Days, or attended sporadically,
should she receive her certificate as she advances into Young Women’s.
They answered that it should be determined by the bishop with the situation of
the girl taken into account, and with the recommendation of the Primary
Then they asked what we were doing to present the program (I can’t remember
how she phrased the question) but some said they were presenting it as families
(as has been discussed on this list) and that they brought in folding chairs to
seat the children closer to the congregation. The ward members loved being
“blasted” by those beautiful voices. Another said they used the idea
from the Friend to use Popsicle sticks with things they could do to strengthen
their families written on them (one stick is easy to break, but many together
are strong), but did them big on paint sticks and held them up during the
program while a child explained the sharing time in a talk. Another said
they had the children sing the question phrase in “He Sent His Son” and the
teachers sang the reply phrase.
Then Sister Reynolds said, “Never sing louder than beautiful” and the
sacrament meeting program should be planned like we were the bishops.
Gospel messages should be taught, testimonies borne, and that testimonies and
gospel messages are shared through the music.
Then she talked about the founding of the Primary and how Sis. Rodgers was
concerned that the boys were not being taught to be good. She had us sing
the verse from “In Our Lovely Deseret” and “We Welcome You” (from the
Children’s Songbook) where it talks about what they were taught in Primary.
She said we need to teach civility and respect. It leads to reverence.
She challenged us to share these things (the lines from the songs and the
principles of civility and respect) with the children in fun, friendly ways.
She said leaders in Cub Scouts should be called with the 4 T’s in mind:
Time to do it, Testimony, not only of the gospel, but of the Cub program,
Training (she said to go to www.lds.org http://www.lds.org/
and that there is help and training there for Scout leaders) and finally, Tenure.
She said to spell it TenYEAR. She said to make it long enough a time that
they can make a difference. Church-wide, she said, the average length of
time in Scouts is 4 months.
Then Sister Clegg got up and talked about the new stuff on www.lds.org http://www.lds.org/
that was put up TODAY! There are helps for Activity Days and Using Faith
in God and Scouting, to name a few new and wonderful helps. They are very
interactive and you will love them! Also, she showed us that under
leadership responsibilities there is a link for “Children with Special Needs”.
There you can find specific helps for specific disabilities (ADHD, Autism, etc…).
She said there would be more helps coming soon.
She then said that Priesthood leaders should be in Primary AT LEAST once a month.
She said to give them a copy of the program (and a songbook whenever they come).
(As an aside, our Bishop took the monthly themes and used them as the themes for
the whole ward this year. It was wonderful to have the principles
discussed in Sacrament Meeting, as well as in Primary! And now when we do the
program, we can use stuff from Sacrament Meeting, too!!!) She said to
invite the Priesthood Leaders to stay the whole Primary time, occasionally, and
that it would be a wonderful and eye-opening experience for everyone.
Then they posted an example of an agenda for a Presidency Meeting.
Study from the Church Handbook of Instruction (5 minutes)
Minutes of previous meeting
Ministering (less actives, reverence issues, quarterly activities
Administering (things to take to the Bishop, callings, etc…)
Also, they suggested that the music leader be invited to Presidency meetings
occasionally to help integrate singing/sharing times. But they again
stressed that the combination of singing time/sharing time was ideal but to do
what YOUR WARD needs to do.
Let the teachers know they are part of a team. The children can’t feel
the spirit of the teachers aren’t there. Then they asked what we were
doing to help teachers know they are appreciated. On sister got up and
said they had spent the last month honoring their teachers (teacher appreciation
month). Then another sister stood and said that in their stake, the Stake
Primary Board comes to sharing time and sits with the children while the
teachers are taken out by the Stake Presidency. They are taken to a room
where the Stake Presidency members share their testimonies of the importance of
the work they (the teachers) are doing as they fulfill their calling. (I
just have to say, WOW. What an impact that has to have on the teachers.
Often Primary teachers feel left out—they miss all the 5th Sunday special
meetings and don’t get to socialize with other adults, etc… and this would
go a long way to help them feel how really important we KNOW they are).
They also really stressed how the CSMP should be used as an invaluable
missionary opportunity. The spirit is strong, the draw of the children is