Work and Purpose of Primary

    Primary helps children feel Heavenly Father’s love for them, learn and understand the gospel of Jesus Christ, feel and recognize the influence of the Holy Ghost, and prepare to make and keep sacred covenants.

    Primary is for children ages 18 months through 11 years. The Primary theme is “All thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children” (3 Nephi 22:13). The purposes of Primary are to help children:

    • Learn about Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness and feel His love.
    • Learn about Jesus Christ and His role in Heavenly Father’s plan.
    • Live the gospel.
    • Feel and recognize the influence of the Holy Ghost.
    • Prepare for, make, and keep sacred covenants.
    • Participate in the work of salvation and exaltation.

    Parents have the first responsibility for the spiritual and physical welfare of their children (see Doctrine and Covenants 68:25–28). The bishopric, Primary leaders, and Primary teachers support but do not replace parents in this responsibility.

    General Handbook: Serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 12.1

    As you read General Handbook, consider the landmarks (the objectives) along the way:

    • Does each child feel Heavenly Father’s love for him or her?
    • Are the children learning and understanding the gospel of Jesus Christ?
    • Do they know how to recognize the influence of the Holy Ghost?
    • Are they preparing to make and keep sacred covenants?

    Learn more about the purpose and objectives of Primary in General Handbook, 12.1