The Sixth Article of Faith

The Articles of Faith are 13 statements that summarize LDS beliefs. This past Sunday, the primary sharing time lesson was on the sixth Article of Faith which reads,

We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.

Now, the kids in primary are fantastically comical! They are in that curious yet na├»ve stage when they are eager to learn, eager to participate, and especially eager to shine. All of them want to be the first to answer questions. All of them want to be the teacher's helper. All of them want attention and a pat on the back saying, “You are the coolest and smartest kid in the world”. And who can blame them? Isn’t that what we all want.

Anyway, after reading the sixth Article of Faith to the children, the teacher asked the kids to relay back to her the listed organizations.

“APOSTLES!” they all shouted out.
“Great job!” replied the teacher.
“SO FORTH!” another kid cried, though was quickly hushed as he is often disruptive.
“PROPHETS!” they shouted.
“Amazing!” replied the teacher.
“SO FORTH!” the kid cried. Again, he was quickly hushed.
“PASTORS…TEACHERS…EVANGELISTS!”
“Fantastic…Superb…Brilliant!”
“SO FORTH! SO FORTH! SO FORTH!” The kid cried again and again. Each time, his teacher shushed him.
“Good job class,” the teacher finally stated. “You listed all of them: apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, and evangelists!”
The often disruptive little boy suddenly shouted out, “NO!”
“What’s wrong?” asked the teacher.
“You totally forgot one!” he said rolling his eyes and throwing his hands in the air.
“Did we? I don’t think so...”
“Um. Yeah.” Again he rolled his eyes. “So forth…hello!”
“So forth?” she said puzzled. You could see the teacher thinking through the sixth Article of Faith, …namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth. Then the light bulb: so forth! “Ah! So forth. Hun, 'so forth' just means all the rest.”
See,” the little four-year-old boy said smugly while leaning back in his chair and folding his arms across his chest, “I told you that you forgot one! You’re welcome.”

I died of laughter! He knew, he absolutely knew he showed us up. Ha. Loved it!

Side note...and by that I mean another story: later in primary I told the story of Nephi retrieving the plates (scriptures) to our individual class (account in chapters 3 and 4 here). Somehow I think I got a little too into telling the story... Upon reaching the part where Nephi smites Laban with a sword, two kids covered their ears, another screamed, and all the others stared aghast.

"This can't be true!" one child whispered.
“He…he killed him?” another child gulped.
“That’s how important the scriptures are.” I replied.
"I never knew how important they were!" a third responded.

Still, I hope I didn’t give them nightmares. It’s just a really exciting story... I love Nephi and his fam!

After relaying the story in perhaps too much detail, the class then acted it out: costumes and all. They got so into it too! They each took on new accents and walks… It was brilliant! We even had my pirate costume sword for "Nephi" to use.

Ps: in order to keep everyone happy we had to act it out multiple times as each child wanted to be "the bad guy" meaning Laban. That one caught me off guard as I thought they'd all want to be Nephi...

I just love primary!



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