General Conference is amazing every time it happens. During this series of talks, I think Elder Bradley D. Foster's talk, "It's Never Too Early and It's Never Too Late," was a great talk for me to hear, now that I've just been called to serve with children.
"[God] has provided counsel in the scriptures for us to know how to help our children and our grandchildren."
Teaching children can be a very difficult task to take on, whether in a small classroom or a large, open room. With 20 minutes to teach a song while getting a message across, keeping their attention long enough to focus without kicking the chair in front of them or yelling to the kid two rows away is quite the challenge. But, we have to try, and try we will.
"The message for parents is clear: there is a difference between hearing and understanding. If our children merely hear but do not understand the gospel, then the door is left open for Satan to remove these truths from their hearts."
I say "we" because it's a joint effort. Satan works on his own, but we don't have to be or work alone. Parents, teachers, the Primary Presidency, even the pianist, we all have to work together to teach the message. Each month. Every Sunday. Take cues from one another. Lift each other up. Ask teacher to stay and sit with their classes. Have them join in the singing AND the fun. Make sure the presidency is aware of your strengths and weaknesses, and you of theirs. Ask parents to come in and sit with their children when they are especially irreverent and rude. Make a suggestion to have primary music played by CD or mp3 until the pianist arrives, if he/she needs extra time to get there and set up. Work together under the direction of the Spirit.
"...it's never too late and it's never too early to lead, guide, and walk beside our children, because families are forever."
In the end, being a chorister will be hard work, but the songs teach so much more than just a melody. Help them see, learn, and apply the message. Remember to "Hum Your Favorite Hymn."