Sunday, February 8, 2015

Primary and Exercise

After reading everyone's comments on Primary I had to blog.

Primary is supposed to be Spiritual in a fun way!!!!  The handbook, "Teaching No Greater Call", and our sharing time outline talks about FUN!!! Sharing time should be spiritual, but active.  Singing time should be FUN!! and active!!!  Reverence is "showing respect and love for Heavenly Father, the Savior and others. Reverence is not about being QUIET!!!!  Children cannot be still.  Adults do not sit completely still in their meetings nor do they sit quietly the entire time.  In our primary, we have one "Cop", ME, that was a suggestion from our stake leaders.  I do not expect them to to be quiet and still at all times.  Part of singing time is learning new songs, but that should not be all of primary singnig time.  Do I bear my testimony and be serious, yes.  I feel bad if your primaries are overly serious, it is not church policy.  Now for Sunbeams and Elles age,  it is hard for them to focus on what is being said and to understand it for most of the meeting.  It's just the way it is.  You are trying to teach kids from 3-8 in that group.  Tough to keep everyone entertained.  Plus Maddie is used to playing most of the time.  We don't "play" in Primary.  I take my kids on a walk almost every week in the 10 minute break.  I feel badly if your primaries are too serious.  But also remember kids want to be entertained, and church is not about being entertained.  Well enough of that!

This has been an interesting year.  I turned 58 and I felt a change in how much energy I had.  It was very depressing to me.  Then when I got hired back on to WW's, I was very motivated to get back to goal.  Sooo I started weight resistance DVD's and walking every day no matter what.  I was amazed at how my energy came back.  I was also amazed at my strength.  Now am I the same as I was 5 or 10 years ago, no.  But my energy level is very different than it was several months ago.

I also didn't eat  treats or bread for almost 3 months.  It was an interesting experience. It caused me to think about why and when I eat treats.  I eat them to run away from my problems.  I also watch TV for that reason also.  Before I quit being a WW leader I hardly watched TV. Then I got sick and couldn't do anything and started watching LOTS of TV.  I got very addicted.  One thing I also hate is how easy it is to fall back to bad habits.  I started to eat treats and made some bread.  At the first sign of  frustration back to the TV with a treat or bread with jam, cinnamon sugar, or honey.  Ugh....  So should I never eat treats or watch TV?  I don't think that is the answer.  I am going to try to follow my schedule j(which keeps me busy and feeling good about myself), and try to eat treats only on the weekend and not ALL weekend.  If I am busy doing my list and projects, I don't have time to eat.  Boy aren't you grateful we don't drink alcohol?

On a lighter note, my bedroom closet is looking amazingly great!  I am going out to the greenhouse more often, bought a ton of seeds.  And am back to making a list every night for the next day.  I am very excited about expanding my plans to get projects done!  I truly believe they are going to happen.  Will keep you posted  as I go along.

Oh I want a new camera, mine is not working, ideas?

Love you  all!


Grandma, Nonnie said...

What a pain, I had to reset my password and I lost my comment. I agree with everything you have said about primary, but the nursery doesn't go to primary. I thought they were entertained some and taught a small lesson. Aren't they supposed to have a lot of play time and singing fun time and a snack in there. It shouldn't be boring. Maddie doesn't know what boring is. She only should be expected to pay attention for 2 minutes, as she isn't over that. So I don't understand the nursery leader there???? Good luck with your plans to get better organized. I can't plant anything here as I have nothing but rain since we bought the seeds. Love you

Danielle said...

Like I said before, if I don't make lists I do nothing all day. You should give yourself some slack...I don't know any 58 year old that has as much energy as they did in their 40's. It's just a fact of life. Love you!

Carin said...

So glad to hear things are going well for you!! I missed the primary discussion, but that is alright.

I was just released from Primary. I love it because the children will just soak up anything you tell them and they have inherent testimonies of what you teach. You teach the truth and they feel it! I love that about primary!!

On the flip side, I was just called to teach seminary! Wow! That is intense! I know you did for many years--good for you! If you have any suggestions for getting on top of the teaching schedule, I am all ears. There is so much!

Just know that I am thinking of all of you! Love you!


i don't have time to comment, but i enjoyed your blg- love you

Kristi M. said...

I don't know Tue discussion either but I've been thinking about this lately. We moved into a great ward here. However there are just a few things about the primary that irk me. And if they changed a few things, there would be a world of difference. During the 10 minute break, we get out to transition and just literally stand in the hall for ten minutes. I teach Tue 11 year olds and love them. But during that time we constantly hear "sssshhhhhh!" Drives me nuts. In our other ward, junior primary got out the same time senior got out of class so Tue transition was seem less. This last Sunday I thought I would keep my class in the classroom longer to avoid the hall, but we have YW leaders and youth anxious to get in right behind us. Last week supposedly my class was the worst class in all of primary. I have no clue what they were even referring to. Kind of annoying because I agree with you, reverence does not mean quiet and primary should be fun. They lack a tad in sharing time but I'm not in charge so I roll with it.

Lizzie said...

moderation...i wish i had it. and yes so grateful we don't drink. we'd all be flaming alcoholics. so happy for you that you are doing projects. i love you.