Sunday, January 2, 2011

Little Averie's Primary Talk

My heart always jumps into my throat when the primary starts handing out assignments for next week's opening exercises.  There is so much pressure involved in having a part.  You have to make sure that you are going to be there, and prepared.  When you have three kids with asthma, you never know when a rogue virus will sideline the family.  So when Averie came skipping toward me with that cursed little blue note in her hand after church, I knew we were in for it.  

Helping a five year old give a talk in front of a room full of wiggly little munchkins is not my idea of fun, so true to form, I procrastinated.  Sunday morning came a lot quicker than I expected.  I did spend the week thinking about the talk, but not much else.  While I was showering this morning the tiny spark of an idea caught fire.  I started realizing that I was paying attention to the silly conversations that were taking place from time to time during tea parties.  I could recall some of the stories that Averie was re-telling to her dollys and to friends.  I remembered somber chats that we had while tucking the kids into their beds at night.  So, without further ado, here is Averie's talk:

I Know That The Scriptures Are True
I love to learn from the scriptures.  I have learned a lot of stories both at home and here in primary.  There are so many stories that I love, and that I have learned from.  We like to hear about Jonah and the Whale, and Daniel and the Lion’s Den.  We have learned so much about love and sacrifice from the stories of the birth and death of our Savior.  We learned about faith to be healed when the Savior healed the leapers.  My favorite story though is the story about a group of the most righteous kids I have ever heard of. The Stripling Warriors.  All of their fathers were killed in a big war.  They grew up to be brave and amazing people because they were raised by Mothers, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles who loved the Lord.  They were blessed through their loss just like me and my family has been blessed through our own loss.
I’m grateful for the scriptures and all the things that they teach to me.  I’m grateful to know that my brother Jesus Christ gave his life so that I would be able to be with my daddy again.  I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.