The Ten Lepers

Be ye thankful (Col. 3:15).

While Jesus Christ was walking to Jerusalem, He came to a village. As He entered the village, Jesus saw ten sad lepers. A disease called leprosy covered their bodies with sores.

They were not allowed to live with their families. They had to stay by themselves, wandering around the countryside.

“Jesus, Master, have mercy on us,” they called out (Luke 17:13).

Jesus felt sorry for the lepers. “Go,” He said, “[show] yourselves unto the priests” (Luke 17:14). The lepers knew that only the priests could decide if their disease was gone. Excited, they set off.

As they hurried along, their sores disappeared. They were healed!

One of the lepers stopped. He turned around and ran back to Jesus, loudly praising God. When he reached Jesus, he fell on his face and thanked Him. “And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? … And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.” (Luke 17:17, 19.)

[illustration] Ten Lepers painting courtesy of Providence Lithograph Company; Painting by John Steel

Pretzel Sparklers

Note: Ask an older person to melt the white chocolate chips for you.

1 cup white chocolate chips

15–20 (8″/20 cm) pretzel rods

red or blue colored sugar

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    Cover your work area with newspaper. Then cover a cookie sheet with waxed paper.

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    Have an older person heat the white chocolate chips in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until melted. Remove the pan from the heat.

  3. 3.

    Frost the top half of a pretzel rod with the chocolate, remove, sprinkle with colored sugar, and place on the waxed paper to dry. Repeat this process with each pretzel.

[photo] Photo by Allexis Duce

Good Books for Little Friends

Busybody Brandy by Jessie Haas A farm dog, Brandy helps oversee all the other animals. They think that he is a busybody, but Brandy is only doing his job. And he does it very well—especially when the weasel and the fox come around!

P is for Pioneers by Melanie Zabriskie Carmack Each letter in this alphabet book presents poetically something of importance for LDS children. A scripture about each beautifully illustrated subject is included. Could be used for family home evening lessons or Primary talks.

The Brook by Alfred Tennyson Lovely, lively illustrations follow the brook as it chatters and babbles past fields and farms, fishermen and sweethearts, and under “half a hundred” bridges till it at last joins the “brimming river.” A few unfamiliar words are explained at the end of this classic poem.

Alejandro’s Gift by Richard E. Albert Living in the desert with only his burro, Alejandro was lonely. But when he watered his garden, a squirrel came for a drink. As more small desert creatures came, he wondered if he could help the thirsty larger desert animals. This beautifully illustrated story ends with an interesting glossary of some of the plants and animals shown.

I Don’t Want to Go Back to School by Marisabina Russo Ben had liked first grade, but what if his friends didn’t remember him now? What if his teacher was mean? What if he didn’t know any answers to the teacher’s questions? It didn’t help that his older sister teased him. …

Reverent Hands

To prepare these hands to help you give a reverence lesson in family home evening or a talk in Primary, you will need: a pencil, three 8 1/2″ x 11″ (22 cm x 28 cm) pieces of colored paper, scissors, glue, and the pictures on this page.

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    Trace your hand twice on each piece of paper, then cut them out.

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    From this page, cut out the six pictures along the heavy black lines, and glue one on each paper hand.

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    Use these reverent hands in family home evening or Primary to tell and show how we can be reverent in church.

Reverent hands(click to view larger)

Illustrated by Elise Black