The Primary organization is part of the organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All children, ages 18 months to 11, are part of the primary.
According to the official church website, “[The Primary’s] purpose is to help children learn and understand the gospel of Jesus Christ and prepare to make and keep sacred covenants.” For 2 hours each Sunday during church, children of the primary meet in age specific groups and are taught simple truths about God, Jesus, and His gospel.
In my congregation today, we had our annual Primary Program. This is when all the Primary kids sing songs and share scriptures about things they’ve learned in Primary that year. It is such a sweet experience to see little kids sing songs about family or about Jesus, and to tell the whole congregation how they believe in God. And of course, as kids will be kids, there’s usually a couple of laughs.
When most people think of church, they think of a pastor or other leader preaching at the pulpit. While there’s certainly our fair share of preaching going on most other Sundays, this Sunday with the Primary Program is something entirely unique. Just to illustrate how profound this is, here is what was covered in today’s program at my congregation:
I believe God has a special place in His heart for children. In the New Testament, we read:
But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. —Matthew 19:14
Truly, we are all children of God and He has invited all of us to come unto Him by following the teachings of His Son, Jesus Christ.