I have been a primary teacher now for 3 years in a row. I used to be a primary president back in 1986 and since this is my 3th time teaching in primary since my presidency release, I do know how this program works.
Unfortunately, for some reason this last year I felt exhausted, drained and tired of teaching in primary. I began to pray for answers and I even considered asking the Bishop to release me from my calling. But something inside me said don't...so I didn't.
This year I continued teaching the same class I had been teaching for the past 2 years. I thought I would have a new class this year with new children but I didn't. As I prayed intensely for guidance and help to teach these precious children with truth & knowledge, I began to feel the need to fulfill my calling even though I felt they were not learning. The amazing thing about teaching this year is that my manual changed and this new manual allows me to prepare my lessons how ever I want as long as I teach the subject assigned that week and that I only use the scriptures, church videos, the friend magazine and voice church recordings along with gospel pictures given to me with the manual.
This new technique gave me the opportunity to expand on the subject in a greater scale. So with intensive prayer every week and with creative ways to teach each lesson, I began to seriously teach these children using truth & knowledge.
So I put on my whole armor of God and I began my teaching career in primary...giving it 100%.
Our first lesson this year was on the Plan of Salvation, so on my first lesson I made the plan on a poster board just like the one below.
I taught them each step of the Plan of Salvation with scriptures and colorful illustrations. They ate it all up. This lesson lasted 3 weeks in a row. I made sure they understood everything very well and on the last lesson they each got to make their very own Plan of Salvation poster, which they truly LOVED making!
The Plan of Salvation board is to be used throughout the entire year since each lesson refers to the plan. So they should have the entire Plan of Salvation completely memorized by next Christmas...so I thought.
These children learned the plan so well in three weeks, that just by me asking them a question on the plan they all would raise their hands eager to answer the questions and they are all correct too. When this happened for the first time I thought... wait a second, lets see how well they know this plan. So I kept asking them one question after another and they knew all the answers.
My eyes swelled up with tears and my heart did too. I knew I was doing things right. I had taught them the plan so well that they had memorized it and what a great feeling that was...I felt blessed and I knew I had to be in primary, God needed me there.
Some of the children told me that their parents let them teach their family home evening that following Monday after they took home their plan of salvation poster.
As I drove home that day I began to thank my Father in Heaven for the knowledge He had blessed me with, for the gospel He had planned so perfectly, for calling me as a primary teacher, for His love and for hearing my prayers.
There is no greater call than to teach with truth and knowledge.
I AM BLESSED.