Sunday, November 6, 2011

Day 6

I am so grateful for my opportunity to serve and teach the little children at church.
 I am the Sunbeam teacher and it is a calling I absolutely LOVE !!!!

I teach the 3 & 4 year olds. Well now most of them are 4 & 5.

These are just 6 of the cute kids I teach. I actually have 4 more that were not there. Actually they all have not been there all at once. But it is my goal before the end of the year to have all of them there. Quite a handful - but what an honor and privilege to be able to teach them.
One of the first songs that many Latter-day Saint children learn is “Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam,” a song that is sung in a number of other Christian churches also.
It is a favorite of most children at church, particularly the younger ones. 
My own kids loved it and its hand actions (i.e., fists bursting open whenever the word beam is sung) when they were little. I can remember when each one of them started primary and were Sunbeams. I am so happy that I get to be part of forming a strong foundation for these little children who I truly love with all my heart. 

Jesus wants me for a sunbeam;

To shine for Him each day,
In every way try to please Him,
At home, at school, at play.

A sunbeam, a sunbeam,

Jesus wants me for a sunbeam.
A sunbeam, a sunbeam,
I’ll be a sunbeam for Him.

Jesus wants me to be happy

And kind to all I see,
Showing how pleasant and happy
His little one can be.

A sunbeam, a sunbeam,

Jesus wants me for a sunbeam.
A sunbeam, a sunbeam,
I’ll be a sunbeam for Him.

(Lyrics by Nellie Talbot; music by Edwin O. Excell; #60 in Children’s Songbook)
The sunbeam’s physical characteristics of light, brightness, and warmth make it a very appropriate symbol of what followers of Christ — young, old, and in-between — should want and try to be: someone who radiates the truth, joy, love, and other qualities of the Son of God to people around them. Considering the natural love for learning new things, cheerfulness, enthusiasm, and unconditional love of three- and four-year old children, the sunbeam also serves as a perfect name for the youngest class (after the nursery) in the LDS children’s organization, the Primary.
I am so thankful that each Sunday I get to spend 2 hours with these cute little ones and  I’m happy that Jesus wants me for a Sunbeam teacher and will try my best to be a good Sunbeam teacher for the children — and for Him!

“For children all over the world, we say: ‘Take my hand. Hold on tight. We will stay on the path together back to our Heavenly Father.’” 
-Rosemary Wixom

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