The Purpose and Objectives of Primary

"Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not:  for of such is the kingdom of God" (Mark 10:14).  The purpose of Primary is to teach children the gospel of Jesus Christ and help them learn to live it.  The objectives of Primary are to:

  1. Teach children that they are children of God and that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love them.
  2. Help children learn to love Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
  3. Help children prepare to be baptized, to receive the Holy Ghost, and to keep their baptismal covenants.
  4. Help children grow in their understanding of the gospel plan and provide opportunities for them to live gospel principles.
  5. Help boys prepare to receive the priesthood and be worthy to use this power to bless and serve others.
  6. Help girls prepare to be righteous young women, understand the blessings of the priesthood and the temple, and serve others.

Source:  The Church Handbook of Instructions, Book 2, page 229

Primary Theme 2002: The Temple -- I'm Going There Someday

January: I love to see the temple

"Who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands and a pure heart." (Psalms 24:3-4)

February: My family can be together forever through the blessings of the temple.

"And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven" (Matthew 16:19)

March: The temple is the house of the Lord.

"Establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God." (D&C 88:119)

April: The temple brings the blessings of heaven to earth.

"And, if you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God." (D&C 14:7)

May: My body is a temple.

"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? . . . For the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)

June: Temples are a sign of the true church.

"I command you, all ye my saints, to build a house unto me." (D&C 124:31)

July: Temples bless Heavenly Father's children throughout the world today.

"And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,. . . and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths." (Micah 4:2)

August: We serve others through temple work.

"And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers" (Malachi 4:6)

September: I will live now to be worthy to go to the temple and serve a mission.

"He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me." (John 14:21)

October: I prepare to go to the temple as I follow Heavenly Father's plan for me.

"We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost." (Articles of Faith 1:4)

November: I am thankful for temple blessings.

"Let the hearts of all my people rejoice, who have . . . built this house to my name." (D&C 110:6).

December: When Jesus comes again, He will come to the temple.

"And if you are faithful, behold, I am with you until I come--And verily, verily, I say unto you, I come quickly." (D&C 34:11-12)


Source: The Friend Magazine, January 2002 Issue



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