Farmington Ward Primary Minute Book (1878)

Minutes were kept at the first Primary meeting held in the Church. In March 1878, Aurelia Spencer Rogers of Farmington, Utah, asked Relief Society General President Eliza R. Snow if an organization could be created to teach rowdy little boys how to behave. Sister Snow counseled with President John Taylor, who approved the idea, and Sister Rogers’s bishop asked her to lead. On August 25, the inaugural Primary meeting was held, in which more than 200 boys and girls were taught basic gospel doctrines, music, punctuality, and good manners. In 1880 a general presidency was organized, and the Primary is now a part of nearly every unit of the Church worldwide.