Most people would agree that young children and story time go together like peanut butter and jelly. Scientific studies have shown that when parents and children cuddle up together to read stories they improve their emotional bonds, reduce their stress levels and boost the child's brain development. Hearing the same story over and over again has been shown to be important for learning language and logic skills. Stories help children to understand things they do not experience in their everyday routine.
This is true for teenagers and adults as well. Stories about family and ancestors can help develop a sense of personal identity. Stories about the founding of our country can help develop a sense of national identify and patriotism. Stories with analogies can help with understanding of religious concepts like faith.
Some of the greatest stories ever told for the instruction of the listeners are the parables that Jesus Christ, the Master Teacher, gave the people as recorded in the New Testament. Everyday objects and situations familiar to the listeners were used to teach people how they should live and what they should believe.
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Primary and Family theme for 2017 is Choose the Right. This Choosing the Right book is a collection of seven hymns and children's gospel songs focused on helping us choose the right path to follow.
Newly Recorded Primary song, "When You Have to Choose, Remember Jesus," is simple and yet profound in teaching children what they can do in making choices. This beautiful number was written by Valerie Guymon with arrangement and orchestration by Larry R. Beebe, Christy Cato, soloist.
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These arrangements are intended to provide special opportunities for Primary children and families to have significant spiritual experiences through music. We believe active participation in congregational hymn singing is an essential part of personal worship, and time spent in the home learning and singing the hymns will reap eternal blessings for the family.