Posted by: monsonmadness | July 28, 2012

Stake Primary Activity

In the LDS church there is a program called Primary for children ages 18 months -12 years. A few times a year, there will be an activity for all of the kids in the ward (local congregation). Where we came from in Utah, there were so many children that these activities were quite a feat to pull off and required a lot of preparation and adult supervision.

Here in American Samoa, it is not too different. Click here to read about the activity that we planned for the children in our ward for Easter this year.

Well, a couple of Saturdays ago, there was a stake Primary activity. A stake is a group of about 7 or 8 congregations. This would be unheard of in Utah because there would be way too many children, and although there were hundreds of children at this activity, they apparently do one every year.

Our ward is the only English speaking ward here, so it was a little difficult in that my kids didn’t always understand the instructions that were being given in Samoan.  They got frustrated towards the end with some of the more complicated games that were being directed in Samoan, but for the first two hours (it was a five hour activity!!!!) they had a blast!

The children were split up into groups according to their age and got to do obstacle courses, balloon races, tug-o-war, relay races, dodge ball and other games. Even though they didn’t know the other children in their groups and couldn’t always communicate with them, I loved watching the joy that they experienced as they had fun together. I wish adults could be more like that, just getting along with people regardless of race, social status, common interests etc. Kids don’t pick out their friends like we adults do, searching for people who we have something in common with, they just love everyone.

Here they are having fun before we were served a delicious spaghetti (over rice!) lunch.



  1. Aww….they look like they are having so much fun! Beautiful picture of Hannah holding the frog!

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