**FYI — that old lady in the photo there on my pinnable image is Emmeline B. Wells. She was an early church pionner, a writer, served in the state legislature and was the 5th Relief Society President (see more about Relief Society Below). I lived in her dorm for one of the most transforming years of my life. She is one of my heroes. She is a true example of all that an LDS woman can do. Also, our real name is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and that didn’t fit on my image very well. We consider “Mormon” a nickname that modern society has given us. I, for one, embrace it.
- Sharing time — we have fun activities to teach a principle — this is taught to 1/2 of the kids at a time (a younger section and an older section). I teach this about every 3rd Sunday and I really try to make it fun and interactive. It’s not very long, and the church assigns the topics so we all are doing similar things each week across the church (at least, that’s the idea).
- Singing time — if you talk to anyone who grew-up LDS, one of the main things they remember is the songs. We spend about 20 minutes of just singing. We are lucky to have REALLY fun singing leaders in our ward. This is a great time to get your wiggles out and have FUN while also learning gospel principles. Our church has amazing songs. The end.
- Class time — the kids are separated by age into Sunday School classes. The teachers have just over a half an hour to teach a pre-assigned lesson. We switch lessons every year but they are provided, and activities are usually also provided within the lesson (although I used to add a princess story before each lesson because I had all girls one year)
- Children 18 mo to age 3 go to nursery, that is also run by the primary. That lasts the full 2’ish hours.
- Boys age 8-12 belong to the cub scout program, which is also run by primary
- Girls ages 8-12 do “Activity Days”, which is also run by the primary
I only oversee all these things. Besides sharing time, I not actually in charge of any of these activities. I do love to help out though. While primary can be a draining time for the leaders, I really do feel like I am making a difference in these kids lives. I am close to watch over our teachers, the children’s parents, and also the children as I feel that is truly an important part of my responsibility in there.