Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Sunbeam Debacle

Let me just say.... 36 Sunbeams!!!!!

I was sick last week. I missed the first and vitally important first Sunday for these Sunbeams. What a mess.
I got into the primary room a little later than normal this morning because my music stand was up by the Organ in Sacrament meeting and I had to grab it on my way to primary. I walked in and there were 5 or 6 kids bawling. Full on bawling I might add. There must have been another 10 who were crying "I want my Mommy!" and then those brave little souls who had silent tears running down their cheeks.

The first counselor bravely began opening exercises with no microphone and a whole lot of chaos. Somehow we got through a prayer a scripture and a talk which nobody heard. Then she turned and looked at me, and I know there was a gleam in her eye, and she introduced music time.

Oh yes, I knew I was in trouble. I had planned to teach I Know that My Savior Loves Me, the chorus and first verse in sign language and I'm behind because I was sick last week. I knew I wasn't going to get through it. I stood up, told them I just couldn't sit anymore and that we had to wiggle. We started off with the Snowman song, followed by the Sunbeam song, Do as I'm Doing, and Book of Mormon Stories. By this time no one was crying (isn't music wonderful) and I had their attention. We started with the chorus and went through that several times with the signs. They did really well. I think it helped that their hands were busy.

To give them a little break before sharing time we sang Kindness begins with me and I hope they call me on a mission. Somehow, by the power of the spirit, no one cried all through sharing time. It wasn't until they had to go to class and they realized that change was happening again that tears started to flow again. What a day. I'm making cinnamon rolls, serious comfort food!

In Senior primary we got through the signs for the first verse and chorus so I am back on schedule with them. I purchased the I know my Savior Lives selected songs in ASL DVD, available at distribution, this is where I got the signs from.


  1. ha ha. I'm right there with you we have 32 if they are all there at the same time, plus we have 25+/- CTR4s. It is really changing how I am thinking about approaching things in there. Good luck.

  2. I laughed at your post. What a lot the church expects out of all of us, Sunbeams included! And, by the grace of God, we seem to get through it. :)

  3. 36 subeams!! Are you serious? I think we have 5 and most of them were in tears the first Sunday too. But I look at the CTR 5s and realize they were just like that a year ago.

  4. Oh man, thank you for this post! I've been searching for ideas after last Sunday's first week with new Sunbeams debacle. I can't believe you had 36! My 8 sound like a piece of cake now :D