Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Laurel's First Primary Talk

As a child, my parents made sure that we were comfortable speaking in front of large groups of people, and I think Luke is so sexy when he's expounding from a podium, so when Laurel came home from Primary with her talk assignment taped to her wrist (brilliant Primary leaders), we were completely stoked. Her topic was the Restoration of the Gospel. That night we watched the Joseph Smith church video, did a family home evening on it on Monday and Tuesday we had her "write" her talk. She told me eight things she remembered from the video/family discussion, and then I used the tried and true Tammen family pre-reading talk trick: Divided a piece of paper into 8 squares, wrote the short sentence on the bottom of each square, and used the rest of the space to draw a picture that described the sentence. Each night during scripture study Laurel gave her talk, and we were curious to see how Sunday would go. Can I just say that Laurel owned that podium! She hopped up there, realized that she was the center of attention, and gave her talk ten times better than she had practiced at home. We were so proud of her, and amazed that she had memorized so much of it! Granted, there are more important things in life than being able to give a good church talk, but we were a little smug that the apple didn't fall too far from the tree!


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Paige said...

Thanks for this post. It made me smile.

Jana said...

Lillie, who is a year older than Laurel mind you, was suppose to give the closing prayer Sunday. SUPPOSE to. Yeah, she started crying in her teacher's lap when I tried to coax her to come up & another one of her classmates had to do it. Yeah, that apple didn't fall too far from the tree either, at least that was how I was as a child. Would never guess that now, though, so we still have hope. ;)