For Little Friends

By Delores DeVictoria


Joseph Smith’s First Vision

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God (James 1:5).

Instructions: Carefully remove pages 16 and 17 from the magazine, and mount them on heavy paper. Cut out the story cards. Glue flannel to the back of the mounted figures before cutting them out. Use brass fasteners at the arm and leg joints.

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    Fourteen-year-old Joseph Smith was worried about religion. He didn’t know which church to join. One day he read in the Bible, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, … and it shall be given him” (James 1:5).

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    Joseph decided he would do as the scripture said and ask God which church was the right one to join. He went to a grove of trees near his home to pray.

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    As he prayed, a bright light appeared above his head. Then Joseph saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Jesus told him not to join any of the churches. He also told him many other things.

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    When the pillar of light and the Heavenly Beings left, Joseph was lying on his back. He felt a peaceful joy at what he had seen and heard. Joseph returned home and told his family about his experience.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Julie F. Young

Gooney Grins

red food coloring

1 package (3 ounces/85 g) cream cheese, softened

1 large red apple, cored and sliced

miniature marshmallows

  1. 1.

    Add a drop of food coloring to the cream cheese; blend.

  2. 2.

    Spread a layer of cream cheese on one side of each apple slice.

  3. 3.

    For teeth, put a few marshmallows on top of the cream cheese on half of the apple slices. Cover with the remaining slices, cream-cheese side down. Gently push them together.

Bobbing for Doughnuts

With clean yarn or string, suspend doughnuts in the air about the height of each player’s chin. Have each player keep his hands down while he bobs for a doughnut.

Autumn Leaves

We love to play in autumn leaves
Drifting down from autumn trees,
Dancing, twirling in the breeze,
Settling into golden mounds—
Magic treasure on the ground,
We run, we slide, we hop, we leap,
Falling into the crackling heap,
Falling into the cushioned deep.

Leaf Art

To make fun animals and objects out of leaves, you will need: leaves of different colors, sizes, and shapes; newspaper; heavy books; paper; and glue.

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    Place the leaves between layers of newspaper. Put heavy books on top and let sit one or two days.

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    Arrange leaves on paper to create whatever animal or object you wish to make, then add a small amount of glue on the back of each leaf, and glue it in place.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Julie F. Young