Families Are Forever

Gettysburg Ward Primary Newsletter

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The Family: A Proclamation to the World

"Happiness in family life is more likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ"

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November Lessons & Assignments

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Mark Your Calendar

Tuesday Nights - 11 year old Scouts

Wednesday Nights - Cub Scouts with Hanover Ward

Nov 2nd - Daylight Savings - Set your clocks back on Saturday night

Nov 2nd & 9th - Primary rehearsals for Sacrament Presentation

Nov 11th - Girls Activity Days - Veterans Day Activity

Nov 16th - Primary Sacrament Presentation

Nov 18th - Girls Activity Days - CTR & Media

Nov 23rd - Primary Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - 12:30 pm High Council Room

Nov 27th - Thanksgiving - time with family

Featuring our CTR 6 & 7 Teachers

Sister Smethers

As a youth, our family vacationed in Salt Lake City and soon after the missionaries visited our home just northeast of Philadelphia in Falls, PA. My sister and I were eager to learn all they had to teach us and we were both baptized, she at age 17 and me at age 10. That family vacation changed my life; I later married a return missionary and we have three children and five grandchildren. Motivated by the love of learning I studied early childhood education at Ricks College, received a Bachorlor degree from Bloomsburg State College in Bloomsburg, PA and am currently teaching as a substitute teacher for Bermudian Springs School District.

For fun, I enjoy camping, swimming, quilting, doing crafts and best of all walking my dog! I’ve been so impressed with the youth in my CTR 6 & 7 classes; one Sunday I asked the children what their treasure was and they ALL said that their family was their greatest treasure. I can just picture them as missionaries for they are willing to help and learn; they respond to questions and know their scripture stories well; a tribute to their families, who love and teach them.

I have a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know by living its teachings, we can find joy and happiness in this life, and eternal joy with our families in the life to come.

Sister Conway

I grew up in Orange, Virginia amidst the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains just about 83 miles southwest of Washington DC and 77 miles northwest of Richmond. I went to college to become a Doctor's Assistant in Washington DC and over the years have had the opportunity to live in seven different areas of Virginia, six different cities in Maryland, Washington DC, Georgia, South Carolina and Germany. I’m retired now but hardly inactive as I provide respite caregiver services for those in need several days a week in addition to volunteering, playing Mah Jongg, scrabble, and gardening. I have a growing family which includes four grandchildren and soon the addition of two more.

As a teacher for the CTR 6 and 7 year olds I am touched by their sweet spirits, their innocence and acceptance. This shows in subtle ways like when they get really quiet when I tell a story and in a tender moment such as the time when Kaelyn gave me a big hug to welcome me back after a brief absence.

My daughter discovered and joined the church first and I followed in baptism in 2000 at the age of 59. They say it is never too late to feel the spirit and I know that my testimony is a true gift from God! My testimony has increased my personal accountability and is my source of purpose, peace and joy! Knowing that the gospel is true, finally came to me when I was guided to the last verse in revelation. Being true to the gospel is the essence of my conversion and testimony!

Prayer is the Soul's Sincere Desire

Message for Teachers

What do I need to know about children that will help me teach them?

It is a sacred responsibility to teach children the gospel of Jesus Christ and help them learn to live it. As you teach children, you will find that you receive special blessings. It is helpful to understand some of the following guidelines for teaching children:

- Children believe what you say. They are receptive to the truth, and you should teach them correct doctrine simply and clearly.

- Children can recognize the influence of the Spirit. Teach them that the warm, peaceful feelings they have when they talk or sing of Jesus Christ and His gospel come from the Holy Ghost.

- Children are loving and want to be loved and accepted themselves.

- Children will follow your example. You often teach children more by your attitude and example than by your words.

- Children have short attention spans. The best way to keep their attention is to have them participate in the lessons with stories, songs, and a variety of activities.

Teaching, No Greater Call provides guidance on the age characteristics of children by specific age groups—from 18 months to 11 years of age. If you teach a class with children of different ages, you can have older children assist younger children with scripture reading, stories, or activities. You can also simplify parts of activities for the younger children, such as allowing them to hold pictures during a story.

Scriptures to study: Matthew 18:3; 2 Nephi 25:26; 3 Nephi 17:21–24; 22:13.