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Hilarious GIFs That Sum Up When You Start Teaching Primary vs. When You End

It was no surprise when my husband and I attended our first family ward together as a young newlywed couple that we immediately landed in Primary. That seems to be the lot of many couples in our situation. Being the youngest in my family, however, it was quite the shock getting thrust into a room full of 5-year-old boys and having the responsibility of teaching them all about their eternal identity, their relationship to the Savior, and the plan of salvation. Even more surprising were the comments and unexpected complications that came with the calling. Don't get me wrong, it's been an exciting adventure. But it has been an adjustment.

As one week transformed into over two years of serving as a Primary teacher, my reactions to unanticipated situations and lesson derailments have completely changed. Here's just a glimpse of how I felt as a brand-new Primary teacher versus how I feel now as a "veteran."

When a kid suddenly bolts from the room and becomes a renegade in the church building.

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Two-Year Reaction


When your lesson on Joseph Smith descends into a debate about whether Spider-Man or Mario is better.

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When a kid leans back in his chair and it collapses under him.

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When a kid who you thought never pays attention gives the most profoundly beautiful comment about the Savior.

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When all the kids suddenly need to go to the bathroom—NOW!

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When you share a personal story expressing the deepest parts of your soul, and a kid responds with a poop joke.

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When your question about when your Primary kids' birthdays are results in 25 minutes of discussion but your question about how we can choose the right gets a one-word response.

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When the child bursts into tears because they weren't picked to say the prayer.

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When you realize the profound video you wanted to share for your lesson suddenly will not play.

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When the little girl in your class brings by the sweetest present because she remembers you talked about serving others in church.

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When the epic scripture game you planned results in a massive tantrum.

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When everything in your lesson goes completely and utterly wrong.

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When you ask the kids what they learned today in class and the only answer you get is silence, blank stares, or how Beanie Boos are so much cuter than Shopkins.

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When a kid says something completely off the wall.

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When a kid suggests you go outside for part of your lesson.

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When you make the mistake of handing out treats at the beginning of class.

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When the art project you planned turns out to be a little too advanced for small hands.

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When the mom of one of your Primary kids says their child loves coming to your class.

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When you realize even if the kids didn't learn something today, they felt loved and it was all worth it.

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