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The end of an era

Our talks in sacrament meeting went pretty well, we think. A lot of people came up afterwards to tell us we did a good job, which was really nice. They'd often say, "Thank you for your talk!" and then I didn't know how to respond, because "you're welcome" just seemed...wrong. I usually said, "I did my best," which is my sincere feelings on it. But I think the best thing about it, for us, is that there's evidence that even the children were listening.

In Athena's talk, she told the story (which I think I've told here, but it was years ago, so I don't want to bother finding it)...oh wait, first let me preface it. See, one of the things about teaching in Primary is that sometimes the kids pick up on patterns. So they learned that often if they answer a question with "Jesus," they're right. "Who do we come to learn about in Primary?" "Jesus." "Who made the world?" "Jesus." "Why should you be kind to your friends?" "Jesus."

So one year, Athena was teaching the kids a Christmas song, and she gave kids pictures from the Nativity story to hold up in front of the Primary to help them remember the words. When she handed a little girl the picture of the Baby Jesus, she asked the girl who the Baby was. The girl didn't know. So to help her out, Athena asked, "Who do we usually talk about at Christmas?" And the girl got a big smile on her face and answered, "Santa!"

Fast forward to this year, it has been decided that the children will be learning this same song again. To introduce the song, Athena said, "So now that Thanksgiving is over, what are we celebrating?" All the kids answer, "Christmas!" Without even remembering her own talk, Athena continued, "And who do we talk about at Christmas?" And all the kids answered enthusiastically, "Jesus!"

The new Primary president commented, "You were listening in sacrament meeting!" And I originally thought, "Heh, yeah, maybe." I...almost never listened in sacrament meeting as a kid. But then I thought about it some more, and it occurred to me that maybe, just maybe, after all her Singing Times, Athena had gotten the kids to like her enough that when they saw her at the podium to speak, they thought, "I want to hear what she has to say." I'm not sure if that's really what happened, but I like to think it is. And I have evidence!

You may have noticed I just mentioned a new Primary president. As a matter of fact, all of the Primary leadership has been replaced, including the song leader...and the pianist (not a leader, but still replaced). The new calls and releases were made last week, so last week, Athena told the kids it would be her last official singing time with them, and several of them starting booing. Aww, they like us! (Or Athena, anyway XD)

So why were we at Singing Time this week? Two reasons. Since the Primary format had changed in the last few years, the new Presidency wanted to have one week where they could observe the old regime before they fully took over, first of all. Second, the ward is preparing for the special Christmas sacrament meeting program, and the woman who put to program together had chosen a song that the new ward music director (Athena and I have lost all our music callings now) thought may not be the best choice--it seemed difficult, and it would have required solos, etc. It was a little ambitious, which is especially not great now that there's a new Primary pianist (super cute thing about that: she was in Primary when Athena and I first started there (and now she's old enough to be in the Relief Society!)). So Athena had been called in to work out (with the new Primary song leader--the pianist's mother (it's still a family thing!)) which song the kids would sing for the program. And then she got to come up with a Singing Time for it on the fly. (She says she could have thought about it over the week, but she chose not to because technically it wasn't her job, but mostly because she had to write a talk.)

Anyway. We were in Singing Time again for one more week. And when Athena got up and said, "Hi, I'm back. Are you excited?" a bunch of the kids said, "Yeah!!" Aww, they really, really like us! We told them we'd still be around, and the Primary president afterward was like, "You better stick around!"

So we feel appreciated and loved, and it's nice. And I'm thankful for all the help we've gotten along the way. It's funny, because we seem to have made a name for ourselves as the musical people in the ward, but we've really had very little musical training. (Meanwhile, the music director currently has my violin because the bridge snapped years ago, and when it got brought last week, he said, "Bring it to me and I'll fix it." He was talking with someone else in the ward about playing the standup bass, and the other guy said, "And then for the other song, you could play the other bass" (gesturing like a guitar), and he said, "I could." And his wife plays the harp.) So I definitely have a testimony that whom the Lord calls, He qualifies. I mean, I'm confident in my ability to play keyboard instruments reasonably well, but Primary Singing Time is a whole other animal.

Today I'm thankful for the help we had from the Spirit writing our talks, managing to build a good relationship with the kids in the ward, having a great Singing Time today, getting my violin fixed, and being done speaking in sacrament meeting (at least for now).
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