I love Primary.
If you don't know what I am talking about, let me explain. Primary is the Sunday School class for kids age 18 months-11 years old in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
I have had the opportunity to work in the Primary on a number of occasions throughout my life and I feel so incredibly blessed to have had those opportunities. Right now I have a class full of beautiful little girls. They range in ages form 4-7 and I look forward to seeing their cute faces every single Sunday.
“Except ye be converted, and become as little children,
ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child,
the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven”
Lessons I have learned in Primary:
1. Faith is a choice, and is an easy choice to make.
"Even if you can't see Jesus and think that he isn't real, He is."
-A very smart child
2. Kindness begins with me, and again, it's not hard.
But our Primary leader is smart. She senses nervousness and calls over one of the other 3-year old girls in the room. She says, "Emily, this is Hailey. She is visiting our primary today. Would't it be fun to be her friend today?" With shining eyes, our heroic little Emily shakes her head "yes" with such enthusiasm that you would think she had just been offered a cupcake. She holds out her pudgy little hand and our shy visitor's eyes light up. She immediately releases her grandmother's dress, grabs her new friend's hand and follows her to the front row of chairs.
The two little girls are instant friends and as grandma walks out of the room, they have already showed each other their dresses, their jewelry, and talked about who their favorite princesses are.
This is the perfect example of Christ-like kindness. Was it hard for little Emily to accept her new friend? No. Did she look her up and down, see that she looked different, and say to herself, "I don't think I want to be friends with her. I don't like the way she dresses." No. She simply held out her hand and started telling her all about her favorite things.
KINDNESS BEGINS WITH ME.
If a 3-year old can do it, then the rest of us can too.
3. Living this life is a team effort and helping each other makes us happy.
We played a game today in primary...a matching game. Instead of choosing teams, we all worked together to find the matches. When someone went up to choose two cards, there wasn't anyone trying to sabotage the child so that they wouldn't find a match. Instead, the spectators were all shouting out encouragement and helpful hints so that the child would be able to find a match.
We can all learn much from this group of wise children. Offer a helping hand, an encouraging word, a sincere compliment. The more you help, the more happy you will be. The more you serve, the more love will fill your heart and the better our world will be.