Look for it sometime between now and November: a podium full of squirming;  musical numbers that are part dazed silence, part peek-a-boo, a little crying, and a few gusto-filled hams; [gasp] visual aids in the Chapel; breathy speakers; and the bishopric bumped down into the congregation.  That’s right, it’s time for the Primary Program!

I will admit to being cold-hearted—I do not generally enjoy the Primary Program in Sacrament Meeting.  I get impatient with the long gaps between speakers as they try to get the right kid to the microphone at the right time.  Or the programs scripted by adults and then read poorly by the kids.  If anything, it is saved by the music, even if the performances are imperfect.  That said, I have seen some programs that included very effective moments: the autistic boy most ward members knew only for bursting in on meetings and running wild writing and illustrating his testimony to share, the 11-year olds so eager to leave Primary conducting the music, and the real-life examples kids give of the gospel at play in their life.

I hope you enjoy yours this year, and if you are in charge, heaven help you.  Personally, I am really looking forward to the kids singing “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet” because there is nothing like hearing six-year-olds enthusiastically muse “And those who reject this glad message, will surely be smitten at last!”