Sunday, January 27, 2013

Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam Teacher

I'm calling it right now and saying this one is the best I've ever had. 

The Lord knew how hard it was for me to sit through three hours of family ward church, so He is graciously allowing me to skip out on Sunday School and Relief Society in exchange for some free babysitting. DEAL.

Teaching sunbeams is the easiest thing in the world, because instead of being asked to tackle issues such as Modesty or Unrighteous Dominion of the Priesthood (true stories), the Primary 1 lesson manual covers important gospel principles like "I Can Be Kind to Animals" and "Music Makes Me Happy." (Lessons 35 & 39, respectively.) According to my calculations, Lesson 11: "I Am Thankful for Fish," falls on my last Sunday here and I cannot begin to express how excited I am.

Every week pretty much follows the same routine. We come in and sing "Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam"– with a joyful bounce on every "sunbeam." We do some kind of lesson-based activity, followed by a Reverent Walk! to the water fountain. Sometimes, if we're being EXTRA reverent, we continue on to the foyer, impressing passersby with our silently folded arms. Then we come back, color something, and have a S-N-A-C-K. At this point, Sister Simpson (or as Addy would say, Mister Simpson,) checks her watch and is dismayed to find there is still twenty minutes left to fill. So we reiterate something from the lesson, sing "Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam" a few more times (it's a crowd pleaser) and spend the remaining class time playing Happy House; Sad House. I'm delighted to report they've all really caught the fire on this one.

Basically, the game is a laminated sheet with two little hooks– you guessed it; a Happy House and a Sad House.
One by one, reverent sunbeams get to come up and take the next colorful house card.

"Oh no! You Colored on the Walls. Happy House or Sad House?"
"mmm... Sad House!"

"Okay! You Gave Mom and Dad a Hug. Is that a Happy House or Sad House?"
You did?! That's awesome! I bet they loved that! So, what do you think that is?

Every five minutes, there is a triple-exclamation-point kind of event. I never want to go to regular church again.


  1. I subbed for the Sunbeams while I was home for Christmas and it's the best!

  2. That is the funniest game I've ever heard of. I totally want to play.

  3. You would be the best Sunbeam teacher ever.