The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints places a high importance on teaching children about God’s plan and helping them follow the example of Jesus Christ. To help accomplish this goal, the Church sponsors the Primary organization for children between the ages of 18 months and 12 years.
Primary is designed to supplement the religious instruction given by parents. Children meet during Mormon worship services each Sunday to discuss Church doctrine, participate in learning activities and sing songs. Children of all ages have the opportunity to participate in these meetings by giving prayers, reading scriptures and giving talks on gospel subjects. During Primary time on Sunday, children also meet in small classes for lessons with other children of the same age. These lessons are taught by adult members of the congregation, who are asked to volunteer their time for this calling.
There are over one million Primary children in the world. The Primary organization is administered by a general presidency, currently composed of Rosemary M. Wixom, Jean A. Stevens and Cheryl A. Esplin.