Views from the Back Pew: The Primary

Just like in school, your positioning in church is everything. The families in the front may be the ones that have a hard time hearing, or want to get their kids to pay attention more. A side pews are for young couples or smaller families. And the back pews for those that make it to church on “Mormon Standard Time” or parents with small kids that need the “quick exit”. I’ve always liked the back pews because it gives me a chance to observe others, which is one of my favorite pastimes.

Because I like the back pew, I thought I would start telling you some fun and funny observations I’ve had from that view. This week, I’d like to share some things I saw as a substitute primary “seat warmer”.

Some observations from the primary this week:

When the Primary President was doing her lesson, she told the children that Saul was rendered speechless. One of the primary kids asked, “What’s speechless?”

When the Primary Chorister said, “What is the Holy Ghost?” one of the kids answered, “The Holy Ghost is the guy that bit the head off of the snake.”

The Primary President asked the kids what would be the right thing to do if you were bored in Family Home Evening. One little girl said, “I would ask if I could go find something to snuggle.”

The Primary President asked again, “If you were having trouble fasting, what would you do?” A child replied, “I would go find a snack to eat.”

When the kids were getting a little restless, the Primary President said, “If you can hear me, touch your nose.” When one little girl wasn’t doing it, she was asked if she couldn’t hear. She replied, “I’m not going to touch my nose, because I have a wart on it, and it hurts.”

One child had a drippy nose so he decided to stop it up with his gum wrapper.

One more observation I would like to make is that the hardest working person in primary is the chorister. Every single week, they have to carry a large chunk of the time. They are seriously the most sunny personalities and they have to do it for two different audiences every week as well. Kudos to all your primary choristers out there.

That is all the observations I have this week. Tune in next week for Views from the Back Pew.


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