Jimmy’s Church

I love my Heav’nly Father, And I will try to be Rev’rent when I’m in his house (Children’s Songbook, page 28.)

Three-year-old Jimmy was having a hard time being still in sacrament meeting. He couldn’t stop wiggling. Mother pulled him onto her lap. She locked her fingers together in front of him with her knuckles together and her pointer fingers and little fingers touching above them. Then she whispered, “Here’s the church. Here’s the steeple. Open the door, and there are the people.” When Mother moved the heels of her hands apart, her other fingers were wiggling inside.

Jimmy wanted to do it. Mother helped him build his own little church as she whispered the verse. Jimmy wiggled his fingers too. He liked his little church. He thought it was just like the real church. But when he looked around him, he didn’t see very many people wiggling.

Jimmy asked his mother to say the verse again. This time when he opened his hands, he held his fingers very still. He looked up at Mother and whispered, “My people are reverent.”

Mother smiled and said, “They must love Jesus and Heavenly Father very much.”

Jimmy sat quietly with his hands folded in his lap for the rest of the sacrament meeting. Every once in a while, he would open his hands to see if the people were still being reverent—just like him.

Pumpkins and Cats

1 package ginger snaps

1 can white frosting

pretzel sticks


candy corn

Frost the cookies. Use candy corn and raisins for pumpkin faces. To make a cat face, use pretzel sticks for whiskers, raisins for eyes, and candy corn for nose and ears.

Hanging Spider

To make a spider, you will need: white paper, a pencil, scissors, black construction paper, glue, and a string.

  1. 1.

    Trace the spider body on this page onto white paper and cut it out.

  2. 2.

    Use this pattern to trace the body onto the black paper, then cut it out.

  3. 3.

    Cut eyes and nose from white paper, and glue them in place.

  4. 4.

    Cut narrow strips of black paper for legs, crease them in several places, and glue them in place.

  5. 5.

    Poke the string through the body, tie a knot in the end under the spider’s body to secure it, and hang up your spider.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Jerry Harston