Primary President Checklist


Primary Presidency New Year Checklist
The final quarter of the year is always a busy time for a Primary Presidency. I often find myself making list after list of decisions I need to make, projects I need to complete, and plans I need to decide on. Not all Primary Presidents do things the same but here is a list of items that are currently occupying my mind.
1- Birthday Gifts (to be given on Sunday during opening exercises) Dog tags on a necklace that say “I am a Child of God” (or a key chain!).
2- Birthday Recognition from the presidency (extra effort made by the presidency to specifically recognize each individual child)
a.       Two years ago the presidency and I called all 220 kids in the primary on their birthday. Because our ward was SOO large it was quite a task but we did it and the kids appreciated a call, especially the little ones.
b.      This year we had a monthly birthday party for all the kids with a birthday that month. We ate cake and ice cream, played birthday party games and made an extra effort to get to know the kids.
c.       Next year we are planning to send the kids something fun in the mail. Who doesn’t like mail? AND the post office will mail just about anything as long as it weighs less than 13oz. Some ideas we have are:
                                                               i.      A Frisbee (Hope you had a soarin great day)
                                                             ii.      A Ball (Have a BALL on your birthday)
                                                            iii.      A message in a bottle (Birthday Wishes floating your way!)
                                                           iv.      A Large Candy Bar (Roses are red, candy is sweet, your birthday is special so enjoy this treat)
3- Spotlight - After having the kids fill out a ‘spotlight’ sheet for a few years we decided to do something different this year with the “Choose the Right” theme. Each Sunday we invite 2 kids to tell something they did during the week to choose the right. Next year I will have the kids draw a ‘getting to know you’ question out of a jar. I would also like to get a baby picture of each kid to hang on our “I am a Child of God” Bulletin board.  Click HERE for my list of getting to know you Questions.
4- Bulletin Board- We have a large primary and a small bulletin board but I would really like to put up a picture of each kid with a title that says, “I am a Child of God” or "We are God's Children"
5- Great to be 8 – Baptism Preview program
a.       Invitations: Invite all children turning 8 Click for WORD Doc
b.      Program: Click for WORD click for PDF
c.       Books: Baptism book files click HERE
d.      Towels: each year we embroider the kids names on a white towel and present them on the night of the baptism preview along with the baptism book.
e.      Food: Traditionally we enjoy cupcakes and punch!
f.        Decorations: To emphasize the symbol of becoming clean after baptism we will cover the black board with white sheets and use pictures of the kids for decorations.
g.       Journal covers: The Sunday after a baptism we give each kid a journal and encourage them to write down their thoughts and feelings of their baptism day. The journals are a simple notebook with a cover attached. Click for JPEG or PDF
6-      6- Program Songs (For the months of April and May)
a.       April – The Golden Plates
b.      May – Book of Mormon Stories vs 6,7,8
7-      7- Teachers Binders
a.       Letter to teachers and Class List: HERE
b.      Reverence Talk: HERE
c.       Binder Covers teachers: JPG - PDF
d.      Sub List
e.      Lesson Schedule: HERE
 8-    8- Door Signs: JPEG - PDF
            9- Baptism Schedule
             10- Advancement Schedule (Faith in God Awards)
      11- Teacher Appreciation: Each quarter we do something to recognize our teachers and thank them for their hard work.
               a. 1st quarter we meet with each teacher on a Sunday; we give them a treat and ask if they have any questions or concerns.
               b. 2nd quarter we have a garden party where all the teachers, activity days leaders, and cub scout leaders are invited to my house, along with their wives to have a small treat.
               c. 3rd quarter we have a meeting with all teachers on a Sunday during sharing time to discuss successful teaching methods and problems.
               d. 4th quarter we have a Christmas party where we eat a light dinner, and watch a video of the kids in primary. I usually prepare a short talk about the importance of being a great primary teacher and encourage primary workers to magnify their callings.
I believe I have all of the files posted on this page now. If there is something you need that you cannot find please leave me a comment and I will get it to you as quickly as I can!

 Click HERE for more great Primary Presidency Ideas and tips!



I love everything you have done! If you could email them to me in a PDF File, I would be so grateful!

Thank you so much!

By Kortney Calder (not verified)

I love this checklist! Thank you for doing so much. Can you email me as well in a PDF?



By Jayme Stoker (not verified)

I would love it if you would send me this pdf file. Thank you so much for helping me become more organized!

By Loretta Grubaugh (not verified)

Hi. Thanks for such awesome info and ideas. Where are you ordering the I am a child of gos dog tags?

By Katie (not verified)

You have done a wonderful job! Will you please email me the PDF file?

Thank You,

By Heather (not verified)

I would like the file emailed to me please in a PDF. thank you

By Rachael Maloney (not verified)

This is such a fantastic checklist. If I could have it as a PDF I would really appreciate it. Thank you. :)

By Cassie Pierson (not verified)

Love all your Primary information. Thanks! Just wondering what your counselors do or are in charge of. The callings are pretty open, unlike Relief Society where counselors are clearly defined. As a new pri pres I am struggling with this. Would love your ideas. Thanks!

By Julie Child (not verified)

 My first counselor is responsible for activity days, and junior primary. 

My second counselor is over scouts and senior primary.

we alternate teaching sharing time every week. We also meet at least once a month to discuss issues and divide other "things to do"

By jayme

Hi, You are so organized!!! You're an inspiration. Can you please send me the pdf file of all your great ideas as well? I will feel so much more organized!
Thanks again.

By Angie Lundquist (not verified)

I was just called as Primary president 2 weeks ago and feel like this list was meant just for me as a newbie this time of year. I would also love the PDF files. Thank you for the help!

By Tana Beeghly (not verified)

I would love a copy of all your hard work in a PDF also please.

By Vanessa (not verified)

Thank you so much for putting all the time to put all this together!
Can you please send me the PDF file.
Thanks again. You're awesome!

By Lisa (not verified)

I would like to get your tips on orginizing my cleaning steps.

By Kris Weaver (not verified)

For cleaning tips check out the posts HERE

By jayme

Please send me a copy of the pdf and excel copies... if possible. Thanks again for posting.

By Christine (not verified)

I'd love a pdf as well. Great checklist!

By Audrey Morgan (not verified)

Would it be possible for me to get the PDF file as well? So cute, I would love it for the binder covers for our teachers.

By Ashley Baird (not verified)

You info is wonderful! Will you please send me pdf and excel copies. thanks

By Jennifer (not verified)

Could I get the file as well please. Thank you!!!

By Kim (not verified)

This is great! Can you send me the PDF files as well? Thanks in advance!

By Nora (not verified)

Could yo please send me a PDF - Thanks!

By Rebecca (not verified)

Could I please get your checklist in PDF as well. Great ideas!!! I was wondering if you also have any ideas on 5th Sunday, reverence, starting primary on time and in an orderly manner, creating a presidency unity and organizing talks, scripture and prayer with ease, extra time ideas, bulletin board ideas.

By marcella rich (not verified)

So awesome. Can you email me with a pdf as well? Can't get them to print and I love them.

By Merrie Walker (not verified)

Your dog tags sound like a perfect birthday gift. Where could I get some for our Primary?

By angie (not verified)

I am buying the dog tags from Oriental trading. I will cut Vinyl letters that say "I am a Child of God" and put them on the dog tags.

By jayme

Just put in and feeling a little overwhelmed- would you mind emailing this to me in PDF? You would be a life saver!

By Ekandrus (not verified)

Could you email this to me in PDF. This is a life saver. I was feeling overwhelmed as a new Primary President.
Thanks so much for all your work. I have a starting point now.

By Lisa (not verified)

Could you email this to me in PDF. This is a life saver. I was feeling overwhelmed as a new Primary President.
Thanks so much for all your work. I have a starting point now.

By Lisa (not verified)

I am SO grateful to you for this post! I cannot believe how helpful this is going to be for me and my presidency! A million thank yous is still not enough! Thanks so much for all your hard work and being will to share it with the rest of us!! You are AMAZING!!!

By Heather (not verified)

Will you send me a PDF as well? Thanks so much!!

By jill (not verified)

Would it be too much to ask if you could please send me a copy of the invitations that you'll be sending out for Its Great to be Eight? Thanks so much!!!!

By Nora (not verified)

I would be happy to send them to you as soon as they are complete.

By jayme

will you email me the PDF also. Thanks!

By Sarah (not verified)

Could I please get your checklist in PDF as well. Great ideas!!! I was wondering if you also have any ideas on 5th Sunday, reverence, starting primary on time and in an orderly manner, creating a presidency unity and organizing talks, scripture and prayer with ease, extra time ideas, bulletin board ideas

By Ruth (not verified)

Check out my post "More Primary Presidency Questions answered" for more ideas.


By jayme

Please would you email me the pdf too.

By Fia Laufou (not verified)

Can you please email me the pdf...thank you!

By Jamilyn Richards (not verified)

Yes. Just called a couple weeks before new year switch. Can I get pdf? Thank you for your time and dedication...and sharing your talents!

By Jessica Tucker (not verified)

I would love the pdf as well. Thank you for sharing your ideas to make our callings easier!

By Diane Jolley (not verified)

I would love a copy of this as well. Thank you so much.

By Kat (not verified)

I can't seem to get the "letter to teacher" link to work. Could you email me a copy of this letter for your teacher binders?

Thanks so much,

By Melanie (not verified)

I would love to know what you do for your primary kids who earn their Faith in God. Do you give the anything? We've just given them a certificate, but I'd love to know what others do.
Thanks!! :)

By Polly (not verified)

We didn't use to do anything but the kids should be recognized for their efforts so we now give the boys a tie tack and the girls a necklace.

By jayme

I am also new to this and would love a PDF file Thanks

By Tammee (not verified)

Don't forget to plan for the Priesthood Preview and to order CTR rings.

By Debbie (not verified)

Thanks for the reminder. Our Bishopric always planned for the priesthood preview so I've never done much with that.

What do all you other presidents do with CTR rings? Our ward never gave them out until this year when we used them for birthday presents.

By jayme

Thank you for making the first of the year so organized..
Please send me the PDF Files..

By Melece Williams (not verified)

Thank you for all the great ideas. If possible, could I get these in PDF files. Thanks

By Becky (not verified)

I would love to see the invitations for the Baptism Preview

By Julie (not verified)


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