In primary we are challenging the kids to memorize all 13 Articles of Faith. We think this is kind of a big deal, so we are offering a BIG treat! If the kids can do it they will earn either a giant cupcake (about 8" tall using one whole box of cake mix), a giant oreo (about 12" diameter), or a huge cookie, chocolate chip or sugar, about 14" diameter). For the first time around the kids can mark them all off individually and when all 13 are marked off they will earn one of the yummy treats. Then if they would like to earn a second one they have to recite all 13 in front of primary.
To get the kids pumped up I made all the treats and then asked Jeremy to recite all thirteen while the kids got to follow along and check for mistakes. He did it and earned the treat of his choice.
Way to go Jeremy!
So in honor of this challange we are practicing the articles of faith at home so the kids can earn their cookies or treat. We started with the 10th article of faith it goes like this:
"We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon this the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory."
The other night we challenged Hayley or Hannah to recite this. Hannah took the challenge and it went like this "We believe in the literal gathering of Isreal and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American Idol..." Then we were all laughing so she didn't finish. Ahhh these kids are priceless!
So far Miranda has 6 memorized, Logan has 4, with a tiny bit of help Haylie and Hannah have about 4 memorized, and I have 6! It is amazing to hear these young kids be able to memorize something that is a little beyond their understanding. But I have come to realize that these are our core beliefs and can answer a lot of questions about what mormons believe. It is such a great missionary tool to have these kids KNOW what they believe.