If you need help putting together and writing a 2022 primary presentation script and outline, you have come to the right place! Below is a simple format that follows Music for Singing Time 2022 Come Follow Me – Old Testament that any primary can implement for their sacrament meeting primary presentation!
I know not every program script will fit with every primary. But hopefully this outline will spark some ideas so you can create a program to your primary’s needs.
Our primary has roughly 25-30 kids so we have enough time for each child to speak a small part at the pulpit (2 sentences or less). The plan is to sing the first verse to the 2 hymns then have the congregation join in on the rest of the hymn verses. Then we will be singing all the verses to all the other primary songs listed.
Help with Words
We learn the songs in singing time throughout the year with the goal to have words memorized. But come program day, I always post the words. I prefer this method over creating little books for everyone to hold. I feel they end up becoming a distraction throughout the program.
Sometimes we have kids show up who rarely come to primary throughout the year. Posting words helps them not feel so left in the dark when it’s time to sing. It also gives kids a boost who are shy and may forget the words once they are up singing.
A final perk about posting the words is I get almost every reading child’s eyes on me when we sing!
How to Write a Primary Presentation Script
This primary program outline revolves around the songs we learned this year for the presentation. These are the same songs my presidency and I decided to teach in singing time HERE. I began drafting my outline by writing down all our primary songs we’ve learned for the program.
2022 Primary Songs
We’ve been learning The Books in the Old Testament all year long so we will open our presentation with this song. Then these are the rest of the songs we’ve learned each month for the program:
- I Know My Father Lives p. 5
- Follow the Prophet p. 110
- Help Me, Dear Father p. 99
- Redeemer of Israel hymn #6
- I Will Walk with Jesus
- I Will Be Valiant p. 162
- My Redeemer Lives hymn #135
After I had my list of songs, I added a scripture from the Old Testament to coincide.
Old Testament Scriptures
- I Know My Father Lives: Abraham 3:22-23
- Follow the Prophet: Moses 7:18
- Help Me, Dear Father: Moses 6:57
- Redeemer of Israel: Exodus 13:21-22
- I will Walk with Jesus: Isaiah 41:10
- I will Be Valiant: Deuteronomy 31: 6
- My Redeemer Lives: Job 19:25-26
The scriptures may or may not be read in sacrament meeting (depending on time, etc.). They can be read by a 2nd teacher of each class, or by the same teacher, or not at all. If you have an older primary child, they can also read all the scriptures. Lots of options! But they are mainly to help families write talks using help from the scriptures if they like.
I then created a statement to be answered by the primary children that coincides with each primary song. Each class was then assigned a statement that I thought would be the most age appropriate.
- “I know Heavenly Father lives because…” (4/5 year olds)
- “My favorite Old Testament prophet is ________________ because…” (7 year olds)
- “I can forgive and repent every day by…” (8 year olds)
- “My favorite name of the Savior is __________________ because…” (9 year olds)
- “Jesus helps me everyday by…” (Sunbeams)
- “I can be valiant and show courage by …” (6 year olds)
- “I know Jesus Christ is my redeemer because…” (10/11 year olds)
Then I wrote a quick summary for each song. The teachers of each class will be reading these summaries before they help their class with their parts at the microphone:
Premortality refers to our life before we were born on this earth. In our pre-earth life, we lived in the presence of our Heavenly Father as His spirit children. We did not have a physical body.
In this premortal existence, we attended a council with Heavenly Father’s other spirit children. At that council, Heavenly Father presented His great plan of happiness. Find the reference HERE.
God speaks to His people through prophets. There were many prophets who walked the earth before Jesus Christ was born. Through the scriptures, we too can learn from these prophets of old.
We can listen to our prophet [today]. When we follow the prophet, we will be blessed. Throughout our lives, we will have to make choices. When we choose to do what the prophet asks us to do, our choices will guide us back to Father in Heaven.
After you are baptized and confirmed, you are responsible to choose the right. Because of Jesus Christ’s Atonement, when you do something wrong, you can repent and do better. If someone does something that upsets you, you can forgive them to feel better! Find the reference HERE.
It is important that we learn to love each other. It is the second great commandment. Heavenly Father wants us to love every one of his children, just as he wants us to love each member of our own families. We can show love by helping others understand their eternal worth to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Find the reference HERE.
Christ, as the redeemer of Israel is the person who regained possession of our souls … through his Atonement. Israel represents those who make covenants with God, and as a result, those who will … be brought back to live with God.
Our Redeemer is all that makes us happy, and we turn to him for our blessings. Like Jesus protected Israel in the wilderness for forty years by leading them with a pillar cloud during the day, and gave them light to see by in the night with a pillar of fire, He will also lead us and show us the way. He is only our king and the one.
Find the reference HERE.
You can develop courage to choose the right, even when others around you choose differently. As you make righteous choices day by day in little things, the Lord will strengthen you and help you choose the right at difficult times. You can follow the example of the [prophets]. You can be valiant. You can “stand for truth.” You can “stand for right.” The Lord can depend on you. Find the reference HERE.
Elder Bruce R McConkie’s final testimony stated, “I am one of his witnesses, and in a coming day I shall feel the nail marks in his hands and in his feet and shall wet his feet with my tears.
“But I shall not know any better then, than I know now that he is God’s Almighty Son, that he is our Savior and Redeemer, and that salvation comes in and through his atoning blood and in no other way.” Find reference HERE.
Once I put everything in order, that became the premise to my outline!
This outline is available in my Resource Library for you to save, then edit as a Google Docs document. IMPORTANT: You will not be able to edit until you go to “file” and “make a copy.” Once saved on your own file system, you can edit it.
Please do not “Request Access to Edit” (the blue button at the top). If I give access to everyone, the version I originally created would be different each time someone else opens the document.
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Once the outline is written, next comes assigning parts. So I created these pages (there are 6 different pages for each part, available in my Resource Library):
Again, these files are saved as Google Docs so make a copy so you can edit your own.
Cut them in half and pass them out to teachers to give to parents (or have the presidency do it – but I like to involve teachers!). To be returned either the following Sunday, or have families take a picture of it and text it back to teachers or a member of the primary presidency.
Once all the parts are received, insert them into your outline. Voila! Program finished!
Questions and Answers
When should the primary presentation be scheduled?
- The directive for the primary presentation is to be at the end of the year (find more details HERE)
- Work with your primary presidency and bishopric to schedule a date for the presentation
What do I do if I have a big primary?
- Have each child pass a microphone down the line so they don’t have to take time getting up to the pulpit
- Have everyone give one-word answers
- Break up your program into 2 or even 3 different programs given on different Sundays
- Cut back on the amount of songs/verses you sing
- Assign some children singing parts and others speaking parts
What do I do if I have a small primary?
- Give children multiple speaking parts
- Involve families to contribute talks and to help singing
- Invite teachers and the primary presidency to speak and sing
- Give the opportunity for children to sing solos or duets
- Only fill a portion of the meeting
What about primary children who don’t want to participate?
- Never force children to participate
- Give opportunities for children to use the microphone and sing in the chapel
- Offer a small reward after the presentation is over
What other questions do you have? Leave a comment and I’ll try to answer them here!
Don’t be afraid to discuss options and ideas with your bishopric or stake primary presidency.
Go to the Source
To find more help with primary programs, I suggest brushing up on what the church handbook states HERE. Scroll down to 220.127.116.11. It states:
… The annual children’s sacrament meeting presentation is held during the last few months of the year. The children present what they have learned at home and at church during the year. They help the congregation focus on Heavenly Father, the Savior, and Their teachings.
The Primary presidency and music leader prayerfully plan the presentation. The bishopric gives direction. Children may sing, give talks, and share stories, scriptures, or testimonies.
The presentation may take all or part of the meeting time after the sacrament. Units with few children may invite children’s family members to participate.
Because of the sacredness of sacrament meeting, the presentation should not include visuals, costumes, or media presentations.
For more primary presentation tips, tricks and helps, scroll through my posts HERE.
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