It’s the Law

(Based on a true incident)
He that keepeth the laws of God hath no need to break the laws of the land (D&C 58:21).

“So, Christopher, what did you do in Primary today?” Dad asked after church.

“We talked about being honest,” Christopher answered. “And we worked on the Articles of Faith. I have all but the thirteenth memorized.”

“Good for you!” Dad said. “Mom and I are really pleased that you’re learning them.” He looked at Sarah. “What did you do today, honey?”

“We ate crackers, and we sang songs, and I colored this picture for you.”

“It’s beautiful, Sarah. Thank you.” Dad pulled his keys out of his pocket, unlocked the car, and opened the door. “Get yourselves strapped in. Mom will be here soon.”

“Why do I have to wear a seat belt?” Christopher asked as he and Sarah buckled up.

Before Dad could answer, Sarah added, “Why do I have to sit in a car seat? I’m not a baby.”

Dad smiled. “There are two reasons. First, we use seat belts and car seats because they will protect us if we are in an accident. Second, we do it because it’s the law and we obey the law.”

“I know lots of people who don’t wear seat belts,” Christopher protested.

“Whether to wear a seat belt or not is each person’s own choice, but they have to live with the consequences,” Dad explained. “That’s part of Heavenly Father’s plan.”

“Oh, Dad,” Christopher laughed. “Heavenly Father doesn’t care about seat belts.”

“Or car seats,” Sarah chimed in.

“You don’t think so?” Dad asked. “Christopher, let me hear you say the twelfth article of faith.”

“‘We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.’”

“Very good. Now, what does it mean?”

“It means that we believe it’s OK to have a president or a king or something like that—right?”

“That’s part of it,” Dad said, “but it also means that we believe in obeying the laws set by the president or king or whoever is in the government. And I believe that that applies to laws about seat belts and car seats.”

Just then Mom came. “Sorry to keep you waiting,” she said. “We can go now.”

“Not until you fasten your seat belt,” Sarah told her.

“It’s the law, you know,” Christopher added, “and we believe in obeying the law.”

[illustrations] Illustrated by Julie F. Young

Heart Gift Box

To make this gift box, you will need: a pencil, tracing paper, scissors, red construction paper, crayons, miscellaneous trimmings (optional), and glue or tape.

  1. 1.

    Trace the pattern and cut it out, then trace it on the red construction paper, and cut it out.

  2. 2.

    Draw a picture on one side or decorate it with lace, ribbons, valentine stickers, or other trimmings (optional).

  3. 3.

    Fold on the broken lines, and ask an older person to cut a slit at Slot A.

  4. 4.

    Fold into a box, and tape or glue the outside of Tabs 1 and 2 to the inside of Tab 3.

  5. 5.

    Fill with small gifts or treats, then close by slipping Tab A into Slot A.

Party for the Birds

Picture story(click to view larger)

Illustrated by Julie F. Young

Good Books for Little Friends

Lazy Lion by Mwenye Hadithi Lion thought that because he was king, he could make the other animals do what he should do. When he ordered them to make him a house, they tried their best, but they just couldn’t make one that was right for him. Then the great rain came.

Winter and Spring by Ron Hirschi Marvelous colored photographs—all labeled—of animals and plants make the few words on each page come alive.

The Empty Pot by Demi The Emperor had given each child a seed. “‘Whoever can show me their best in a year’s time,’ he said, ‘will succeed me to the throne.’” At the end of the year, all the other children had pretty flowers to show the Emperor. Only Ping had an empty pot. But Ping was chosen to be the next Emperor—because of his honesty! Truly beautiful art illustrates this truly beautiful Chinese tale.

Too Many Chickens by Paulette Bourgeois At first, there were only a dozen eggs in the classroom, but twenty-one days later, there were chicks. Then there were hens and a rooster—and more eggs. Then there were rabbits. Then a goat. Then a farm!

Raggedy Ann Salad

lettuce broken into pieces

1 canned peach or apricot half

2 raisins

1 cherry slice

shredded carrot or yellow cheese

  1. 1.

    Spread pieces of lettuce in a small dish.

  2. 2.

    Place the peach or apricot half on the lettuce.

  3. 3.

    Use raisins for the eyes, the cherry slice for the mouth, and the shredded carrot or cheese for the hair.