Theon Isabelle Ames attended Primary at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Pocatello when she was a little girl. Although baptized when she was 10 years old, Theon didn't become active in the Church until she was 26, in Bremerton, Washington. She held several different callings at the same time for years.
Theon moved to Bonners Ferry, Idaho in 1988, and among her callings in the Bonners Ferry 2nd Ward she was a Primary teacher. Her life has come full circle, beginning with being taught in Primary the Saving Grace of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and ending with her teaching the love of Christ to her Primary class.
Alma 13: 1-13, 29
1 And again, my brethren, I would cite your minds forward to the time when the Lord God gave these commandments unto his children; and I would that ye should remember that the Lord God ordained priests, after his holy order, which was after the order of his Son, to teach these things unto the people.
2 And those priests were ordained after the order of his Son, in a manner that thereby the people might know in what manner to look forward to his Son for redemption.
3 And this is the manner after which they were ordained—being called and prepared from the foundation of the world according to the foreknowledge of God, on account of their exceeding faith and good works; in the first place being left to choose good or evil; therefore they having chosen good, and exercising exceedingly great faith, are called with a holy calling, yea, with that holy calling which was prepared with, and according to, a preparatory redemption for such.
4 And thus they have been called to this holy calling on account of their faith, while others would reject the Spirit of God on account of the hardness of their hearts and blindness of their minds, while, if it had not been for this they might have had as great privilege as their brethren.
5 Or in fine, in the first place they were on the same standing with their brethren; thus this holy calling being prepared from the foundation of the world for such as would not harden their hearts, being in and through the atonement of the Only Begotten Son, who was prepared—
6 And thus being called by this holy calling, and ordained unto the high priesthood of the holy order of God, to teach his commandments unto the children of men, that they also might enter into his rest—
7 This high priesthood being after the order of his Son, which order was from the foundation of the world; or in other words, being without beginning of days or end of years, being prepared from eternity to all eternity, according to his foreknowledge of all things—
8 Now they were ordained after this manner—being called with a holy calling, and ordained with a holy ordinance, and taking upon them the high priesthood of the holy order, which calling, and ordinance, and high priesthood, is without beginning or end—
9 Thus they become high priests forever, after the order of the Son, the Only Begotten of the Father, who is without beginning of days or end of years, who is full of grace, equity, and truth. And thus it is. Amen.
10 Now, as I said concerning the holy order, or this high priesthood, there were many who were ordained and became high priests of God; and it was on account of their exceeding faith and repentance, and their righteousness before God, they choosing to repent and work righteousness rather than to perish;
11 Therefore they were called after this holy order, and were sanctified, and their garments were washed white through the blood of the Lamb.
12 Now they, after being sanctified by the Holy Ghost, having their garments made white, being pure and spotless before God, could not look upon sin save it were with abhorrence; and there were many, exceedingly great many, who were made pure and entered into the rest of the Lord their God.
13 And now, my brethren, I would that ye should humble yourselves before God, and bring forth fruit meet for repentance, that ye may also enter into that rest.
29 Having faith on the Lord; having a hope that ye shall receive eternal life; having the love of God always in your hearts, that ye may be lifted up at the last day and enter into his rest.
THE LITTLE PARABLE FOR MOTHERS
The young mother set her foot on the path of life. "Is the way long?" she asked, and her Guide said "Yes, and the way is hard, and you will be old before you reach the end of it, but the end will be better than the beginning."
Nevertheless, the young mother was happy and would not believe that anything could be better than those years. Therefore, she played with her children, gathered flowers for them along the way, and bathed them in clear streams and the sun shone on them and life was good and the young mother cried "Nothing will ever be lovelier than life".
Then came night and the storm and the path was dark. The children shook with fear and cold and the mother drew them close and covered them with her mantle. The children said "Oh, mother, we are not afraid for you are here and no harm can come". The mother said "This is better than the brightness of day, for I have taught my children courage. Today, I have given them strength".
The next day came strange clouds, which darkened the earth… clouds of wars and hate and evil and the children groped and stumbled and the mother said "Look up. Lift your eyes to the light". Then the children looked and saw above the clouds an Everlasting Glory, and it guided them and brought them beyond the darkness. That night the mother said "This is the best day of all, for I have shown my children God".
The days went on and the weeks and the years and the mother grew old and she was little and bent, but her children were tall and strong and walked with courage. When the way was hard, they helped their mother. When the way was rough, they lifted her, for she was light as a feather. At last, they came to a hill and they could see a shiny road and golden gates, flung open.
The mother said "I have reached the end of my journey. Now I know that the end is better than the beginning, for my children can walk alone and their children, after them. The children said "You will always be with us, mother, even when you have gone through the gates".
They stood and watched her as she went on alone and the gates closed after her. They said "We cannot see her, but she is with us still. A mother like ours is more than a memory; she is a Living Presence".