Last year, as a presidency, we discussed reverence and how to encourage the children to be reverent without bribing them. We decided we would have a Sharing Time on reverence, and we also discussed having a reverent child stand up at the front of the room while everyone is coming in and waiting for Primary to begin.
A few weeks ago, I was shopping with my daughter trying to find notebooks for our Scripture Journals. We were at the Dollar Store (Dollar Tree, I believe), and we had, luckily, found our notebooks, and were roaming the aisles. As we were walking down one of the aisles I saw a bunch of huge glasses. I saw that they were only $1.00 and decided to pick up a pair…you can always use big glasses for Primary. 🙂
That night, after we returned from our shopping excursion, I was thinking about Primary, and an idea popped into my mind! ‘What if we had our reverent child wear those big glasses I picked up today!?! What if they had to use these ‘reverent glasses’ to help them spot another reverent child!’
I was so excited! I LOVED the idea, BUT would it work? I knew the children would absolutely LOVE wearing the glasses, but would it be more of a disruption? Would the children sit there and giggle at the child wearing the glasses? Would another child come up and try to grab the glasses from the reverent child?
I had no idea. I decided to bring up the idea to the Primary President and see what she thought. She too loved the idea, and so we decided to give it a try.
The next week I chose a child to wear the glasses, which happened to be a brand new Sunbeam! I was a little nervous, but gave it a try.
That sweet little boy stood at the front of the room with his arms folded the entire time! When Primary began I explained to the children that each week we would be choosing a child to be our reverent child. The reverent child would get to wear the ‘reverent glasses’ to help them spot another reverent child, who then would get to check our Primary mailbox (another new thing this year).
I am happy to report that we have now done this for 2 weeks, and so far so good! The first week we gave this a try, happened to also be our Ward Conference. Our Stake President couldn’t believe how reverent our JR. Primary was. Was it the glasses? Who knows! But I like to think that had something to do with it. haha
I’m sure over time the glasses will lose the excitement, but for now it’s working and the children sit so quietly hoping they get picked.
Reverence is so important, and we need to teach the children the importance of it. But every now and then I think it’s ok to do something a little silly to help encourage reverence.
Every few weeks you could discuss reverence during Opening Exercises. You could ask them questions about how we should act while we’re at church. Or you could ask them why they think we need to be reverent. If you give them the opportunity to think about it, then they will learn. Have the pianist play a reverent song like, “Reverence Is Love” or “The Chapel Doors” or another song from The Children’s Songbook, while the reverent child is standing at the front of the room. Then pick a phrase from that song, and share it with the children. You could even ask how it made them feel to hear the song and to be sitting quietly.
I want my children to show reverence and respect to our Heavenly Father, but how will they know if we never teach them AND if we aren’t setting an example as well? Here’s a quote on reverence found on LDS.org, HERE:
Reverent behavior includes prayer, scripture study, fasting, and payment of tithes and offerings. It includes having wholesome thoughts, wearing modest clothing, and using clean, wholesome language. The depth of a person’s reverence is evident in his or her choice of music and other entertainment, in the way sacred subjects are spoken of, and in the way the person dresses and acts when attending church services and worshiping in the temple. Reverence also includes making righteous choices even when no one is watching. Reverence for the Lord leads to serving other people and treating them with kindness and respect.
Reverence leads to a quiet transformation in life. The Lord will pour out His Spirit more abundantly on those who are reverent. They are less troubled and confused. They are able to receive revelation to help them solve personal and family problems.
Just as reverence brings an individual closer to God, irreverence suits the purposes of the adversary. Satan will tempt people to follow the world’s trend to more noise, transitory excitement, and contention and to less restraint and quiet dignity.
There are some great promises in that quote! Let’s strive to be more reverent, and teach those sweet little children in our Primary as well.
I hope you enjoy my ‘Reverent Glasses’ ideas, and find it helpful for your Primary. I would love to hear if you use the idea, and how it goes.
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