For Little Friends

By Esther Kindred


Brother Lenstrom’s Carrying Case

Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me (Matt. 25:40).

Why is Brother Lenstrom’s carrying case so beat-up? Katie wondered. She was waiting for her dad after church, and Brother Lenstrom’s brown leather carrying case was the only interesting thing to look at. She decided that at church next Sunday she would watch him carefully to see how his case had gotten so shabby.

The next Sunday, when her family got to church, Brother Lenstrom was just ahead of them. Katie ran to see if he had his carrying case. An elderly couple in front of him was struggling with the door, so Brother Lenstrom hurried over and stuck his carrying case in it before it closed on them. The door left a big mark on his carrying case, but Brother Lenstrom just smiled.

Katie took out her piece of paper and wrote:

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    1. Held door open

    When she got to Primary, Katie was glad to see that Brother Lenstrom was a substitute teacher. Now she could keep watching him and his carrying case. He kept it on the floor until singing time, then, to the delight of all the children, used it to beat out the rhythm of “Book of Mormon Stories.” Katie quickly scribbled on her paper:

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    2. Drum for Primary

    Katie persuaded her family to sit in the row behind Brother Lenstrom in sacrament meeting. Sister Brown and her two little boys were sitting next to him. He smiled at the squirming boys, asked Sister Brown something, then took a Friend magazine out of his carrying case. He opened it to the For Little Friends section and gave it to the boys. Katie took out her list and wrote:

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    3. Holds FRIEND to share

    During the meeting, when one of the boys was trying to color a picture, Brother Lenstrom let him use the carrying case as a drawing table. Katie got out her list and wrote:

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    4. Drawing table

    After sacrament meeting Katie didn’t think she’d see Brother Lenstrom again, but she did—at the drinking fountain. He was helping a small boy reach the water by using his carrying case as a stepping stool. Katie wrote on her list:

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    5. Stepping stool

    On the way home, while she looked at her list, she realized that Brother Lenstrom’s beat-up carrying case was always used in the service of others. It was more than an ordinary carrying case—it was a “caring case!”

Valentine Spool

To make valentine cards to give to friends and family, you will need: an empty wood thread spool, a pencil, glue, rice or string, paint, and blank paper to use as stationery.

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    Draw a picture of a heart or other design on one end of the spool.

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    Fill the design in with glue, then arrange the rice or string on the glue. Press firmly and let dry.

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    When the glue is dry, dip the design-end of the spool into the paint, then press it onto the stationery. Let the stationery dry, then write or draw a valentine greeting and give the card to someone you love.

Valentine Punch

1 cup strawberry ice cream

1 package (10 ounces/280 g) frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed

2 cups milk

1 can (12 ounces/354 ml) lemon-lime soda

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    With an adult’s help, put the ice cream, strawberries, and milk into a blender. Blend on high speed until the mixture is smooth.

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    Pour the mixture into a wide-mouth pitcher. Add the soda and gently stir until mixed. Serve immediately.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Carol Stevens