14 kinds of kids in your Primary program


The annual Primary program is a delightful tradition in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. An entire meeting devoted to simple doctrines, catchy songs and cute kids? Sounds like a perfect Sunday.

But the program doesn’t always go without a hitch. Here are 14 kinds of kids who make every Primary program memorable and delightful.

1. The waver


From the beginning to the end, this kid makes sure everyone in the audience knows he sees them.

2. The perfectionist


She’s had her part memorized for weeks. She stands up right on cue. If it weren’t for her, the whole program might fall into chaos.

3. The theater kid

theater kids

She was BORN to be on stage. Or at the stand. Same thing.

4. The one with stage fright


This poor kid freezes in front of a crowd. And on Primary program Sunday, there’s always a big crowd.

5. The grumpy kid


He’s mad, but he’s here. And somehow, his anger is kind of cute.

6. The excited kid


He’s been counting down the days and now the big day is HERE! His glee is contagious.

7. The adorable Sunbeam


We’re not sure what he said, but he was really cute when he said it.

8. The preteen


No, that tall girl in the back has not turned 12 yet. She just looks like it.

9. The amnesiac


Despite his parents’ best efforts in helping him memorize his part, he freezes in front of a crowd.

10. The one who makes his mom cry


Especially common in youngest children.

11. The shy kid


This program is taking the shy kid way out of his comfort zone. Maybe he can stand in the back and make sure everyone is singing loudly enough?

12. The musical genius


He’ll get a solo, or maybe even conduct the congregation for the closing hymn. With this kind of talent, the options are limitless.

13. The one that’s too cool


Most commonly a male over age 10.

14. The one that makes everything more adorable


When the program doesn’t go perfectly, this kid more than makes up for it. After all, everyone tried their hardest!


Breanna Olaveson worked in the magazine industry before taking her writing from full-time to nap time with the birth of her first daughter. Her work has appeared in the Ensign, Liahona and New Era magazines, as well as Utah Valley Magazine, Utah Valley BusinessQ, Utah Valley Bride and the Provo Daily Herald. She lives in Utah county with her husband and three children. She blogs at www.breannaolaveson.com.


  1. George M Peacock Reply

    Cute article – quite accurate in most wards. While enjoying the ideas you present, I worry about leaving the impression of entertainment as the focus of our “worship” service. Check the printed outline. It is not called “Primary Program.” It is entitled “Primary Presentation.” There is no “audience.” The worshipers are not being “entertained,” they are a “congregation” who has met in the spirit of worship. I know these are small ideas to some of us, but to others they are important distinctions especially if you are meeting in Dallas and you have invited your neighbors to “worship” with you.

  2. Jill McAdams Reply

    As the Primary President in our South Carolina ward, I certainly relate to this article. After practicing for weeks, our children are prepared to present their songs and personal thoughts for our congregation to enjoy tomorrow. I’ve seen examples of ALL of these traits in the children of our small primary and it was fun to read through this article and giggle at how spot-on they were.

    While we indeed attend church to worship, the children bring so much enthusiasm and personality to the meeting (as this article well illustrates), that we can’t help but enjoy their unique delivery….and honestly, it’s usually entertaining. I hardly fault them, or the congregation for that. Little children are amazing in their ability to disarm even the most cynical and hardhearted, allowing the spirit to touch the soul and remind all of us of the simple JOY that God intends for all his children to enjoy. While their varied delivery styles and antics warm our hearts and make us smile, when all is said and done, it is the splendor of their radiant innocence and pure testimony of what really matters in life that shine brightest.

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