Monday, October 13, 2008

How to teach your Sunbeam to give a talk in Primary all by herself

1. Choose an appealing and simple scripture story. For boys, this is generally Ammon cutting off Lamanites' arms or Peter cutting off a soldier's ear.

2. Divide the story into short little phrases like, "This is Alma," "Here comes the prophet Abinadi," and "King Noah said no." Draw a little cartoon picture for each phrase.

4. Practice "reading" the talk several times. Give your Sunbeam the same coaching phrases each time--don't say "Abinandi told them to repent" one time and "Abinadi told them to choose the right" the next. Stand up your Sunbeam at the counter and pretend you're the Primary leader introducing her. Make your other children sit down to be the audience.

5. When it's your Sunbeam's turn to give the talk, do not walk up to the front of the room. Stay in the back, proudly beaming as she stands up independently. (This is the same principle as never step foot into the nursery.)


  1. Wow! That's amazing. We'll have to try this technique next time Naomi has a talk.
    You must have been so proud!

  2. This is a great idea. I always wondered what your secret was in your kids great talks. :) Tell Roscoe
    his sacrament meeting talk was great on Sunday!