For Little Friends

By Jill Johnson Hymas

The Sunbeam

Jesus wants me for a sunbeam. … I’ll be a sunbeam for him. (Children’s Songbook, page 60.)

When Heather’s mommy came to get her after nursery, she told Heather she had a surprise for her. “Next Sunday you’re not going to be in the nursery. You’re going to be a Sunbeam in Primary,” said Mommy.

“What’s a Sunbeam?” asked Heather.

“Sunbeam is the name of your new class. It has a class song, “Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam.” That means that He wants you to make the world brighter by being cheerful and kind,” said Mommy.

Heather’s mommy taught her the Sunbeam song, and Heather was very happy that she was going to be a Sunbeam.

All during the week Heather thought about being a Sunbeam. She sang the Sunbeam song while she swung on her swing. She sang it to her baby sister and even to her two cats. By the time Sunday came, Heather knew the Sunbeam song by heart.

But when sacrament meeting had ended and Mommy was taking her to her class, Heather looked very sad. “I don’t want to go to Sunbeams.”

“Why not, Heather?” asked Mommy.

“Because I’m scared.”

“Heather, think of Who wants you to be a Sunbeam.”

Heather thought for a moment. She thought about how excited Mommy and Daddy were that she was going to be a Sunbeam. She thought about her baby sister and her two cats. They had liked it when she’d sung the Sunbeam song to them. Then she thought about the words to the song, and she smiled.

“I’ll go to Sunbeams, Mommy, because Jesus wants me to be a Sunbeam.”

[illustrations] Illustrated by Julie F. Young

[illustration] Christ painting by Ted Henninger

Being a Sunbeam

Everyone can be a sunbeam by being cheerful, honest, and kind.

Draw a line from the sentence at the top to what you as a sunbeam would do in each of these situations.

Mom is busy fixing dinner. You … Watch television. Argue with your sister. Set the table.

Your family is having family prayer. You … Reverently pray. Play with your puppy. Fall asleep.

You break one of your father’s tools. You … Hide the pieces. Blame your little brother. Tell your father.


This is a hide-and-seek game that can be played indoors or outdoors. “It” hides while the rest of the players close their eyes and one of them counts to ten slowly. Then they all look for “It.” As each child finds the hiding person, they hide with him or her until everyone has found the hiding place. The last person to find the hiding place becomes the next “It.”

Five Portly Pelicans

Five portly pelicans standing on the shore—
Hold up all fingers on one hand.
One flew away; then there were four.
Fold one finger down.
Four preening pelicans bouncing on the sea—
One dived for a fish; then there were three.
Fold a second finger down.
Three playful pelicans on a sea of blue—
One flew to a ship; then there were two.
Fold a third finger down.
Two peaceful pelicans basking in the sun—
One perched on a buoy; then there was one.
Fold a fourth finger down.
One puzzled pelican, not to be outdone,
Flew off to dinner; then there were none.
Fold the thumb down.
Five portly pelicans, living by the sea.—
Five portly pelicans, as happy as can be.
Hook thumbs on both hands together and flap your hands like wings.

Fishbowl Gelatin

1 package gelatin, any flavor

20 candy gummy fish

  1. 1.

    Make the gelatin according to package directions. Put it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

  2. 2.

    Remove the gelatin from the refrigerator. Gently stir in the candy fish, then spoon the gelatin into small, clear glasses or cups. Return to the refrigerator until set; then serve.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Elise Black