#hearLDSwomen: Getting My Bishop to Staff Primary Callings Is a Nightmare

I was Primary president in a ward that wasn’t huge, but we did definitely have plenty of adults who could’ve helped out in Primary. I suggested name after name and nothing. ever. happened. So one week, I dismissed all the classes that didn’t have teachers. I said, “Tell your parents that you don’t have class today because we don’t have a teacher for you.” Guess what? The next week, five new teachers were called.
– Amy Giauque Chamberlain


Every single time our Primary presidency warned that someone was not a good fit for Primary, that we didn’t want them working with children–and they got called to be Primary workers over our objections.
– L


Being in a Primary presidency, and the names we turned in were ignored, and random people were called to Primary without telling us until we heard it over the pulpit.
– Jennifer


Once in the Primary presidency, I submitted a list of 15 names to staff four vacant Cub Scout callings–like, just take your pick, any of these will do–and was told no for every single one. So, I handed them a list of the four callings and said, you fill these. You find someone because I’m tired of trying.

Oddly enough, I ended up with four people who had been on the list of 15.
– Leah Marie Silverman


Pro Tip: Respect the stewardships of the women in your ward, and keep them in the loop on callings that fall under their authority.

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5 Responses

  1. MJ says:

    So much this! I was in a presidency in a ward where the bishop liked to call people to primary “help them keep coming to church.” Guess how well that went. We had my husband (who worked a weird scheduled and couldn’t have a Sunday calling) as our permanent emergency sub.

  2. Maria Wallmann says:

    Amy – that was brilliant!

  3. Lorraine says:

    Still giggling about the five new teachers

  4. CS Eric says:

    Sometimes filling Primary callings is hard even with a motivated bishop. My biggest surprise the first time I was involved in the process of calling people was how many people turned down callings. The worst was in my last ward, where we had a couple of former bishops and RS presidents who declared that they had done their part, and considered themselves to be retired now.

  5. L says:

    I hope that making primary so much shorter with the new schedule and no more cub scouts will help people say “yes” to working in primary. When I was PP, I handed a crying toddler from the understaffed nursery to the bishop so he could hold said toddler while I handled another crisis. It wasn’t intentional and it wasn’t done in anger, but he was standing there and I needed another adult to help. He got serious about making callings after that. Staffing primary is always hard because it is the largest organization in most wards.

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