How to Love Teaching Primary
March 1986

“How to Love Teaching Primary,” Ensign, Mar. 1986, 44

Supplement to the Primary Fireside for Parents, Leaders, and Teachers

How to Love Teaching Primary

1. Learn that you are in the right place. Your call came from the Lord; you have been given the responsibility for your own growth and that of those you serve. Go to work and you will learn to love your calling. Pray for the spirit of your calling and a quiet peace and joy for the work will fill your soul.

2. Prepare. Survey your assignment—the lesson you are to give, the activities to plan for, the leadership meetings to attend. Mark your calendar in advance and plan your Primary assignments. Make scripture study a regular part of your preparation. Prepare so well that you can give your lessons without always looking at the lesson manual. This enables you to personalize the lessons and to be more easily led by the Spirit. Stretch yourself into preparing to teach with variety.

3. Get to know the children. Speak and write their names as often as possible. Encourage each child to express himself and participate in the class discussions. Your love for Primary will grow as you learn to love the children you teach. Enjoy the children. Laugh with them, appreciate the qualities of childhood, and learn from them.

4. Be happy in your important service. Blessings will come to you and the children as you engage in the work of the Lord. You will experience joy as you see the children you teach grow and mature and as their testimonies and your own increase.

Michael (age 10): “Our teachers (they are a married couple) are really nice. They teach really well. I don’t want to miss even if I am sick.”