Growing Up

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Stories | Activities | Media


  • “Awesome!” (May 2017 Friend)
    Robert receives the Aaronic Priesthood and learns about the privilege and responsibility of the priesthood.
  • “The Boy Jesus” (October 2000 Liahona and Friend)
    An illustrated story showing things Jesus did while growing up.
  • “Brother Dan” (January 2003 Friend)
    Daniel, who has just become a Sunbeam, feels all grown up when he can get himself ready for church.
  • “Dear Amiga” (October 2012 Liahona and Friend)
    A girl in Young Women writes an 11-year-old girl about how exciting Young Women is.
  • “Enough As You Are” (January 2013 Friend)
    A younger sister realizes she shouldn’t compare herself to her older sister.
  • “Growing Up in the Church” (April 2003 Friend)
    Elder Stephen B. Oveson of the Seventy talks about growing up and how he learned to work hard.
  • “Heavenly Father’s Helpers” (October 2008 Friend)
    Bailey is old enough to be a helper to her parents. Includes an activity to help Bailey find matching socks.
  • “How do I achieve my goals?” (January 2012 Liahona and Friend)
    Elder M. Russell Ballard shares some thoughts on this subject.
  • “Jesus as a Child” (January 2011 Liahona and Friend)
    A retelling of the stories in the New Testament of Jesus’s childhood.
  • “Leann’s Spirit” (February 2005 Friend)
    Leann learns about bodies and the things they can do.
  • “Matinee” (January 2005 Friend)
    Elisa learns that being grown up means taking responsibility for your mistakes.
  • “Moving On from Primary” (October 2012 Liahona and Friend)
    Learn what Young Men and Young Women are all about.
  • “My Big Decision” (June 2011 Liahona and Friend)
    Nicole is afraid of being baptized because she doesn’t want to become accountable for her mistakes.
  • “Parker’s Big Problem” (November 2016 Friend)
    Parker is embarrassed because he is so much taller than all of his friends and classmates.
  • “The Priesthood and Me” (April 2018 Friend)
    Jordan who was close to turning 12 was confused about why boys get the priesthood and girls don’t. Over the course of a few months she learns a lot about priesthood power and how we all use it to serve.
  • “Priesthood Power” (November 2015 Friend)
    Bobby is excited about receiving the priesthood when he turns 12, and he learns even more about it when he goes to serve a woman his dad home teaches.
  • “Special Words” (May 2009 Friend)
    Sam’s parents tell him that because he’s old enough to read and write, he doesn’t need toys during church.
  • “Too Old for Primary” (November 2007 Friend)
    Jason feels like he has outgrown Primary, but he listens to the Spirit and learns he still has some things to learn.
  • “Untangling Feelings” (May 2012 Friend)
    Growing up can mean that stress, confusion, and even disagreements with family members. Untangle the strings to learn solutions for resolving differences with your family.
  • “Was I Ready?” (June 2016 Friend)
    Collin M., age 12, shares how he wasn’t sure if he was ready to receive the Aaronic Priesthood until he read a scripture that helped him.
  • “Welcome to the Aaronic Priesthood and Young Men” (June 2006 Liahona and Friend)
    Learn about Duty to God and the other exciting things that await.
  • “Welcome to Young Women” (July 2006 Liahona and Friend)
    Learn about Personal Progress and the other exciting things that await.
  • “Welcoming a New Season of Life” (October 2012 Liahona and Friend)
    Four boys from Canada share their experiences of transitioning from Primary to Young Men.
  • “When I Grow Up, I Want to Be …” (December 2016 Friend)
    Here are some ideas to get you started on thinking about what you want to be when you grow up.
  • “When I Grow Up … I Want to Be a Teacher” (January 2014 Friend)
    Learn about Sheryl and what it’s like for her to be a teacher.
  • “When I Grow Up … I Want to Be an Engineer” (March 2014 Friend)
    Learn about Ron who is an engineer and has worked on space shuttles.
  • “When Martin Grows Up” (June 1989 Friend)
    A rebus story about a boy who talks about what he will do when he grows up.
  • “Working On a Farm” (January 2007 Liahona and Friend)
    An illustrated story showing things President Spencer W. Kimball (1895-1985) did growing up on a farm.
  • “Young Women Strong!” (November 2015 Friend)
    Maya tells about all the things she loves about being in Young Women. 


  • Family Home Evening Idea: Children of God Growing Up
    Invite a young family member to tell the story “Hannah” (March 2003 Friend). Pass a mirror around. As each person looks at his or her reflection, have each say something like “I am a child of God, and He will help me to grow and to develop my talents.”
  • Family Home Evening Idea: Goals and Destiny
    Read President Thomas S. Monson’s “Crossroads” (April 2004 Liahona and Friend). The Cheshire Cat tells Alice that if she doesn’t know where she wants to go, it does not matter which path she takes. President Monson explains that each of us knows where we want to go. Discuss where you wish to go in the future (for example, on a mission, to the temple, etc.). Set goals to follow the path that will take you there.
  • “Growing” (April 1984 Friend)
    An action poem.
  • “Growing Up with the Temple” (January 2002 Friend)
    Cut out and color pictures of a boy in front of a temple to create a flipbook.
  • “Hop and Touch Activity” (February 1992 Friend)
    A simple action poem.
  • “A House of Order” (March 2009 Friend)
    Find hidden objects in this picture of children fulfilling their family responsibilities.
  • “I Have Many Talents” (August 2001 Liahona and October 1999 Friend)
    This activity includes 15 illustrated cards showing different talents children can have.
  • “My Busy Body” (November 2007 Friend)
    An illustrated action poem about the things our bodies can do.
  • “Talents Game” (March 2003 Friend)
    Use these cards to play a game that helps you learn how talents can be used to help people.