3.13.2009

Scripture

The great reformer Martin Luther once held up a Bible and said, "This is the scriptures." He then held up a hymnal and said , "And this is how we remember it."

Judging from what I remember from my time in Primary [and it was a long time ago!] as a child, that's a true statement. What I remember are the songs. And the principles taught by those songs. That's why I love the calling as Primary chorister. Once learned, those songs will stay with the children forever. And judging from the songs we've learned in Primary over the past few years, that's a wonderful thing for them.

I once heard someone say that the Primary chorister is Primary's gospel doctrine teacher. And I agree. Wholeheartedly.

So I'm hoping that maybe someday I'll get to be the Primary chorister again!! For now, I'm so grateful for our creative, funny, spiritual Primary Gospel Doctrine teacher.

Thanks, Joan!

11 comments:

Emily said...

I couldn't agree more. This has actually been on my mind A LOT lately... As I've been singing these songs to my cute little kiddos, I've come to realize just how much doctrine, how many plain and simple truths, are in those primary songs - it's so wonderful!!

Renae said...

What a great quote! Music does so much, teaches, sets a mood, and more I can't think of.
I remember the great ward talents shows you helped produce with cleverly written songs for everyone to sing. :)"Dear Bishop, Dear Bishop now tell me the truth, did you really believe I could work with the youth?... Fabulous.

Cammie said...

Songs I DON'T mind getting stuck in my head!

Natalie Scott said...

Oh, I love the primary songs. Hearing and singing them in primary is my favorite thing ever...love it. And it's true! They have stuck with me over the years...it's so nice to revisit so many of them again.

Andi said...

I LOVE that quote! I think adults should be allowed to go back to primary for a few weeks to get some good gospel doctrine!

hoLLy said...

primary songs bring back such wonderful memories! and i agree with you about your chorister. i never met joan while i lived in your area, but when i was visiting in november, she was AWESEOME, funny and just COOL! those kids are lucky to have such a fun lady!

Ashley said...

putting gospel messages to music is indeed a powerful teaching tool. gotta love the music!

100 Percent Cottam said...

that's SO true! i can remember EVERY lyric to the most inane songs. everything important should be put to music!

MCMULLIN FAMILY said...

Such a cool blog - and one that I appreciate since I am the primary gospel doctrine teacher and loving it!!

Chelle-Belle said...

Awesome stuff! I guess you can live vicariously through me! This has been my favorite calling. I love it! The kiddies sang I Love To See The Temple today at Ward Conference...they were amazing!!!

Oh hey, check out my Musical Musings, have a new song I want you to look at. :-)

kristi lee said...

This post is PERFECT! I've get to teach a music training session (TOMORROW) that I just found out about and these thoughts will be great to use. Hope ya don't mind!