1999
The Work of Primary—Helping Convert and Retain Our Children
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“The Work of Primary—Helping Convert and Retain Our Children,” Ensign, Oct. 1999, 53

The Work of Primary—Helping Convert and Retain Our Children

The Savior said, “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:14). The conversion of little ones to the gospel of Jesus Christ begins as they understand that they are children of God and that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love them.

During the year 2000, we will be teaching children the importance of baptism. Their conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ begins as children prepare to be baptized and understand what it means to keep their baptismal covenant. Their conversion continues as they show their love for the Savior by following His example.

Children are precious new converts. President Gordon B. Hinckley has encouraged us to provide each convert with “a friend, a responsibility, and nurturing with ‘the good word of God’” (“Converts and Young Men,” Ensign, May 1997, 47).

Every child and every adult leader and teacher in Primary will be strengthened by receiving the three blessings identified by President Hinckley. Primary is a natural place for these blessings to be realized. Prayerfully consider what you can do in your Primary to be a part of this important effort, including:

  • Inviting every child enrolled in Primary to participate.

  • Planning activities and Sunday lessons to ensure that all who attend and serve in Primary have a friend, a responsibility, and are nurtured by the “good word of God.”

  • Praying to understand how you can help each child and adult worker in Primary.

Helping to convert and retain children by building testimonies is the work of Primary. Thank you for making Primary a safe, happy place where children and all who serve there can feel the love of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and the joy of being members of the Church.

Photo by Michael McConkie