Choose the Right Primary Program 2017

I promised a friend I’d share a version of our 2017 Primary program, “Choose the Right,” by the end of July! Ha. The last day of the month still counts, as we all know from Home and Visiting Teaching.


Today I’m sharing a copy of our program, available in Word or as a PDF. It’s more specific to our ward than the generic one I usually share for a couple of reasons. 1) I incorporated classroom experiences into the program. You’ll see what I mean if you read the program: one child from each class is sharing a story about something they learned in their Primary classroom. I think it’s a great way to share what the children learned during the year and really highlight the work our wonderful teachers are doing in a more public setting. 2) We had an ongoing program called the CTR Bear. Perhaps I’ll share more about that later this week. It’s sort of a twist on Flat Stanley, where a stuffed teddy bear with a CTR t-shirt goes home with one family per week. The family takes a few quick pics of the children “choosing the right” with the CTR bear and shares the pics on our private Facebook page. The kids report on their experience during Primary opening exercises. We have a  section where the kids report on their CTR Bear experience during the program. I doubt it will be applicable to you! You could switch these up for personalized lines from children about a time they chose the right. 3) We had a 10 Commandments Summer Challenge. So the kids are going to repeat the 10 Commandments as part of the program. I’m not sure if your primary did that? You could adjust a few of the lines and keep the same framework.


Please feel free to use, share, and copy.

I also put together an easy to photocopy program cover to be used on the day of the program. Fold them in half and place announcements and the bulletin info inside. These would be adorable colored in by the Primary kids. *Don’t use crayons if you’re going to run them through the copy machine AFTER they are colored in. The crayon will melt the copy machine.

There’s also a PDF of a quarter page invite/flyer. You’ll need Acrobat or a photo editor to adapt these for your ward.

Good luck friends!

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  • Wendy Ford

    Hi! I was wondering if you could share what the inside of the program looks like, too. I know I have seen cute layouts, but I am having trouble figuring it out. Thanks!

  • Rachel Davis

    Yep, Chelsie, it’s pretty much all from the LDS living article. The foreign language CTR phrases are from

  • Chelsie

    LOVE your program! I shared it with the presidency at our meeting last week and the secretary asked me about citations for all the info about “CTR”. I saw the one above about the story with President Hinckley. Any chance you have sources for the other stuff? It sounds like some of it may have come from that same site but just wondering if you pulled from anywhere else so I don’t have to go searching the web. 🙂 Thanks in advance!!

  • Rachel Davis

    Thanks Joyce! Our program is actually at the end of September: I just threw that date in as a place holder. I am assuming everyone will need to change it 🙂

  • Joyce

    Thank you for sharing your talents with us! Your program was so helpful while I was writing our ward’s program.

    Just so you know, I’m looking at the calendar and Sunday lands on October 22nd, not 23rd this year. In case you haven’t printed the save the dates yet and hadn’t already caught that. (This is the same day we are doing ours so I had to double check). THANK YOU!!!

  • Desiree

    I would like to know where you found the story from President Hinckley and the CTR rings? I had never heard that one before.

  • Michelle

    Thank you for sharing! I used yours as a template last year and personalized it for our ward. We got so many compliments on our program. 🙂

  • Lacey

    Thank you Rachel! It is wonderful!! I truly appreciate your help!

  • Mrs. Mason

    You are a LIFE SAVER!!! Thank you so much for being willing to share.

  • Rachel Davis

    Melissa– There are a lot of ways you can use these images. If you download a PDF and save it as a jpeg you can then easily place it in Word, Publisher, Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, or Elements… or any other kind of photo/image editor. You could then type in your own invitation details.

    You should also be able to edit the smaller invitation sizes in Adobe Acrobat or Photoshop or Elements.

    There are just so many different ways people use these images–it’s really impossible for me to accommodate every single persons set up. You’ll have to have a little bit of savvy to adapt the free images and PDF’s I provided for your own purposes.

  • Melissa

    This is great but I am unable to edit any of the items 🙁

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