Jerry Earl Johnston: LDS Boomers remember the days gone by

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  • MrsH Altamont, UT
    July 18, 2012 4:07 p.m.

    I couldn't remember much of the things in the actual article, except for the model of Primary Children's Hospital and the pennies.

    But, oh have these comments brought back memories, especially DixieBrit...we must be the same age!

    I loved reading this!

  • Montana Mormon Miles City, MT
    July 13, 2012 5:14 p.m.

    I'm a boomer--born in 1955. What a delightful stroll down memory lane. Thanks for the article and the posts by you other boomers. I taught the Blazer B boys when I was a junior in high school and Blazer A boys when I was a senior. Primary was on weekdays, of course. I still have my bandelos stored in a box somewhere (I can't even remember how to spell it!!)

    And I loved to hang out at the Seventy's Mission Bookstore that was in a small room at the stake center on Randolph Road in Silver Spring, Maryland.

  • dixiebrit Springville, UT
    July 12, 2012 12:44 p.m.

    Learning to knit or crochet in Primary (after school during the week) in the Merrie Miss or Gay Notes classes was a huge goal. Then there were the embroidery projects. And we were all going to grow up and do these things for the Relief Society bazaars, those emporiums of wonder and delight! I also miss the birthday pennies - Primary Children's Hospital BELONGED to us, especially when singing about the "crippled children who cannot walk or run, who have to stay in bed all day and cannot join our fun." Roadshows were a blast! I wish we still did them. It was a good event and involved everyone. And that Sunday School singing practice? Well, when I moved to England in the 90s, my new bishop came up to me and asked me how I knew all the words and never looked at the book. Thanks, Sister Thomas of the St. George 6th Ward!

  • kimnprovo Orem, UT
    July 12, 2012 12:15 p.m.

    I'm not a boomer, but a few things made it into my age group. The one I miss a ton was mentioned by andrejules... ROADSHOWS! Boy they were such fun! I didn't have the slightest clue what Master M Man or Golden Gleaners, so a quick Google search resulted in a half hour of reading. Boy I wish that program was still in place! I found the requirements which were in place in the 1960s and quite frankly, with a little modification I should be able to create a similar goal map for my family!

  • Ross Madison, AL
    July 12, 2012 10:49 a.m.

    Taking pennies to primary on your birthday for the Primary Children's Hospital, having Hymn practice during Sunday School Opening Exercises, we got to learn all the hymns by heart so we didn't need a hymnbook until the new one came out in 1985. Fortunately the hymn "Each Cooing Dove" was removed, we sang that song way too often during hymn practice. Wards were huge with 1000 members, had 3 deacons quorums and 50 scouts in our ward. We used to collect fast offering all by ourselves as 12 year old deacons, and go camping without adult leadership, we did just fine, our troop leadership knew what to do. Things have really changed.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    July 12, 2012 10:37 a.m.

    Moonbeams, Junior Sunday School, "All Church" Basketball tournaments, Ward Budget Meetings, Ward Building Funds, Donation table at Missionary Farewells, Missionary Farewells, Bandalos, Welfare farms, Cry rooms, Ward Bazaars. Just a few.

  • andrejules Champaign, IL
    July 12, 2012 8:39 a.m.

    I miss the Road Shows. I don't know how many I wrote, directed, and in an earlier day participated in. Ha! I even remember loading up the scenery in a pickup and actually traveling to other wards in Provo...REAL Road Shows. I don't remember how many road shows I judged, giving a half dozen or more awards so each Ward got something. We weren't afraid then to have one Road Show be judged Superior, it just made the Wards try harder the next year. Any widowed Golden Gleaners out there? I'm a widowed Master M Man with my lapel pin to prove it.

  • Central Texan Buda, TX
    July 12, 2012 8:18 a.m.

    Just to throw out a few more names, how about guide patrol, gay notes, m-men and gleaners -- and besides sunbeams there were stars and rainbows. Does anyone still do a Gold and Green Ball or a Road Show?