For Little Friends

By Bettyanne Gillette


What If Everyone Played in the Chapel?

All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them (3 Ne. 14:12).

Danny’s sister poked him in the side. “Mom wants you,” she whispered. Danny looked down the row past his brothers, sisters, and father to his mother. She was leaning forward in her seat and staring at him. She pointed to the empty seat next to her. Danny knew what that meant. He stepped slowly past the whole family and sat beside her.

“You need to be quiet,” she whispered in his ear, then looked back up at the speaker.

“But I want to play,” Danny whispered back. He put his head down and closed his eyes. His chin started to tremble.

His mother pulled him close and whispered, “Danny, you’re a good boy, and I love you. But what would it be like in here if everybody started playing?”

“That would be great!” he whispered back.

“Are you sure?” she asked, more softly still. “Think about it.”

Danny turned to look around the chapel. He saw Brother and Sister Lund and their two children sitting quietly in their seats. Danny imagined Brother Lund turning to his family and holding up a chalkboard with a word game on it. Sister Lund and the children held their hands high in the air, waving them as they yelled, “Pick me! Pick me!” Danny giggled. That would be fun! he thought.

Danny looked the other way and saw the Clark family sitting on the front row. He wondered what it would be like if all the Clark children were playing “Guess What Animal I Am?” He pictured Adam, who had just returned from his mission, hopping up and down as his family yelled, “A rabbit! A rabbit!” That would be fun too. Then he wondered, But would it be fun for the speaker and the people who were trying to listen?

Danny saw his friends Sam and Billy. What if they brought their small video games to sacrament meeting? He could almost hear the music and beeping noises. He imagined Sam and Billy jumping out of their seats, yelling each time they won or lost. Danny frowned. What if Sam and Billy and the Clarks and the Lunds were all playing at once? They would hardly be able to hear themselves, and no one else could hear anything.

What if everyone in the chapel started playing? Danny asked himself. He pictured balls being tossed back and forth, children skating down the aisles, fathers watching television, and mothers talking loudly to their friends. It would be so loud that my ears would hurtand could anyone think about Heavenly Father?

Danny looked up at the pulpit. He was sure he wouldn’t be able to understand anything the speaker was saying, but he tried. To his surprise, she was talking about how much Jesus Christ loved little children. Danny felt a warm glow spread through him. If everyone was playing,I wouldn’t have this good feeling.

Danny snuggled up closer to his mother and kept listening. There would be plenty of times to play, but this wasn’t one of them.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki

King of Me

I said to my feet, “Keep still!”
I said to my hands, “Just stay!”
I said to my all-over-everywhere-self,
“I’m in charge of you today!”
I’m ruler of my mouth,
And I’m the King of Me,
So when I tell me it’s reverence time,
I’m as quiet as can be!

Good Books for Little Friends

Pretend You’re a Cat by Jean Marzollo “Can you climb? / Can you leap? / Can you stretch? / Can you sleep? / Can you hiss? / Can you scat? / Can you purr / Like a cat? / What else can you do like a cat?” Beautiful pictures of children, a cat, and twelve more familiar animals illustrate the verses.

Just My Size by May Garelick The little girl received a beautiful coat that she wore and wore—even while playing tennis! Although she grew as time went by, the coat changed, too, and it was always just the right size.

Pig Pig Gets a Job by David McPhail Pig Pig is only a little pig, but he has big ideas about getting a job. He thinks about being a cook, a house builder, and an animal trainer (among other things). And his mother hires him to be all those things!

Waiting-for-Papa Stories by Bethany Roberts To help her children keep from worrying about Papa, Mama Rabbit tells them several cute imaginary stories about him while they wait for him to come home.

The Memory Box by Mary Bahr Gramps and Gram and Zach made the memory box of photos and written accounts of things that were special to them, such as the time Zach climbed the water tower, the time Gramps taught Zach’s mom to ride a bike and she rode over his foot, and the time they watched a raccoon watch them while it ate a trayful of cookies Gram had set on the picnic table to cool. And they made the box just in time. …

Reverence Crown

Whenever you have ruled as king of yourself by feeling and showing love and respect for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, you may wear this reverence crown at home. Your mother or father can read the directions to you and help you make the crown, but only you can decide when you have been reverent and deserve to wear it. It may be after church, family home evening, family prayer, or even after watching a sunset. It’s up to you.

To make the crown, you will need: a pencil, white paper, scissors, white or gold poster board, colored markers, glue, two paper clips, a coin, and colored paper.

  1. 1.

    Make a pattern by tracing the crown segment on this page onto white paper and cut it out.

  2. 2.

    Trace this segment three times end-to-end onto the poster board.

  3. 3.

    If the poster board is white, color the crown. Then have someone write KING OF ME on it.

  4. 4.

    Cut out the crown and overlap the ends to form a circle.

  5. 5.

    Put the crown on your head and adjust it to the right size. Glue or staple the ends together. If you have brothers or sisters, join the ends together with two paper clips instead so that the crown can be adjusted to other head sizes.

  6. 6.

    Using the coin as a pattern, cut round “jewels” out of the colored paper.

  7. 7.

    Each time you earn the right to wear the crown, glue on a jewel.

  8. 8.

    Try to be king of yourself often. You’ll find that being reverent feels even better than wearing a crown.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki