Catching Souls

“Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.”~Mother Teresa

We have had a 2 week hiatus from 'regular' church -- first we had General Conference and then Stake Conference. That's given us 2 weeks off from the routine of weekly Primary, with the accompanying Sharing Times, talks, scriptures, etc. -- all the stuff that goes into doing Primary every Sunday. Someone asked me after our last week of 'regular' church if I was ready for my vacation.

I really wasn't -- I love Primary: being with the kids and seeing their spiritual lights that shine so brightly. I miss it when I don't get to be with them, hear them sing, give their talks and feel the spirit with them. My gospel fire is brighter because of theirs.
I also know how hard it is to step back into the routine -- it's much easier for me to just keep going than it is to stop and then start up again.

So as we met as a presidency last night, we were all a bit tired, I think, and with the Trunk or Treat and our Sacrament Meeting Presentation staring us in the faces, there's a lot to be done right now. I think we all felt it last night -- and honestly, for me it would have been easier without this 2 week 'vacation' that we're coming off of.

I loved the above quote by Mother Teresa [who else? She's the one who knows all about loving, isn't she?] -- that's what I'm fixing my sights on this week. I'm going to go into Primary on Sunday feeling joy: joy that I'm back with the children, joy in our wonderful teachers, joy that I get to share the gospel with all of them, joy that we have both fun and important Primary events coming up. Mostly just joy in their presence.

With that joy, we can do just as Mother Teresa has said -- we can catch their souls. It doesn't get better than that.

And now I'm not feeling so tired anymore.


Iverson Family said...

That is so neat that you love Primary so much. Wade and I have been in Primary pretty much since we have been married, so I am ready for a new calling! But nothing can really beat those special spirits!

jenjamin said...

Oh that is so great. There is a reason Heavenly Father made people like you, to teach and love all our children. Thanks for doing such a great job and for loving my children so! They love primary and it is due to your loving and joyful touch.

Ashley said...

glad you can get back into the normal routine again. i like that mother teresa quote!

100 Percent Cottam said...

LOVE that quote! but i'm still feeling tired. and my back aches! :)

Kareena Mullens said...

Good outlook-I'm writing our wards program right now and I really enjoy sitting down and thinking abotu all we've learned this year and incorporating music and the spoken word. Our ward has the program the second sunday in December (for a wise and glorious purpose of which I have not received enlightenment on) so we have some time to get it together after October's festitivites are over. I am so glad to be the pianist this year, it's been great. I'm still waiting to open up a friend magazine and see your name under words and music by!

Darleen said...

Our program is this Sunday and I can't wait until it is over and everything calms down again and we can get into our routine. But I do feel their little spirit as they talk and sing even during the program rehearsals.

scrapwordsmom said...

Hi, Jan! My name is Leslie Ackman. Mark Galbraith's wife Amber is my first counselor in Primary!! She thought I would gain inspiration from your Blog and I have:). I have been Primary President for just a bit over a year. I've only been in the church for 2 and 1/2 years!!

I LOVE Primary. I LOVE it!! It is overwhelming most days but like you said when we seek to find the JOY in those amazing young children...it is pure joy.


MiaKatia said...

I wish I were more like you, I was so glad for our two week vacation... and I took off one more week just for good measure ;)

Cammie said...

I love Primary teachers. They are truely amazing, my kids have had the best ones over their few short years in primary.