By Corliss Clayton

Parable of the Sower

Jesus Christ sometimes taught using parables. Parables are short stories about everyday things that may be used to teach spiritual truths. On occasion, Jesus also gave the interpretation of a parable to His disciples. Read the parable of the sower, which is given in the correct order in column 1, match it with the appropriate picture in column 2, and with the correct scriptural interpretation in column c.

To play a matching game, remove this page from the magazine and glue it onto a piece of construction paper. Cut out the pieces along the lines. Turn all the pieces upside down. The first player turns over three pieces, trying to match the parable segment with the applicable picture and the interpretation. If the player matches all three, he/she keeps those pieces and gets another turn. If the cards don’t match, they are turned back over and it is the next player’s turn. The game ends when all the cards have been matched.

Column One

Column Two

Column Three

1. “And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, [Jesus] spake by a parable:

“A sower went out to sow his seed” (Luke 8:4–5).

A. Poductive seed

a. “And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection” (Luke 8:14).

2. “And as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it” (Luke 8:5).

B. Thorns

b. “They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away” (Luke 8:13).

3. “And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture” (Luke 8:6).

C. A sower

c. “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God” (Luke 8:11).

4. “And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it” (Luke 8:7).

D. Birds eating seeds

d. “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience” (Luke 8:15).

5. “And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold” (Luke 8:8).

E. Rocks

e. “Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved” (Luke 8:12).


[illustrations] Illustrated by Mark Robison

(1) C, c; (2) D, e; (3) E, b; (4) B, a; (5) A, d.

Handful of Scriptures

Complete this crossword puzzle by filling in all these scriptural events that are related to hands.


  1. 2.

    The Lord stretched out his hand and touched sixteen ________________ with His finger to make them shine and provide light for the Jaredite ships. (See Ether 3:6.)

  2. 4.

    Pilate ________________ his hands before the multitude to show that he was not responsible for the Savior’s death. (See Matt. 27:24.)

  3. 6.

    “Lay your hands upon the ________________, and they shall recover” (D&C 66:9).

  4. 7.

    Nephi made a ________________ with his own hand. (See 1 Ne. 1:1, 3.)

  5. 8.

    “________________ was ordained at the age of one hundred and thirty-four years and four months, by the hand of Adam” (D&C 107:44).

  6. 9.

    ________________ _____ ________________ descended in a cloud of light, laid his hands upon Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, and ordained them to the Aaronic Priesthood. (See JS—H 1:68–72.)

  7. 10.

    We receive the gift of the ________________ ________________ by the laying on of hands. (See Articles of Faith 1:4.)

  8. 12.

    He that hath ________________ hands and a pure heart shall stand in the Lord’s holy place. (See Ps. 24:3–4.)

  9. 14.

    “A man must be called of God, by ________________, and by the laying on of hands” (A of F 1:5).

  10. 16.

    Christ touched the ________________ he had chosen with his hand and gave them the power to give the Holy Ghost. (See 3 Ne. 18:36–37.)


  1. 1.

    The ________________ will roll forth as a stone cut out of a mountain without hands. (D&C 65:2.)

  2. 2.

    When his brothers threatened him, Nephi stretched out his hand to them and “the Lord did ________________ them.” (See 1 Ne. 17:54.)

  3. 3.

    The ________________ was to be revealed by the hand of Elijah. (See D&C 2:1.)

  4. 4.

    Enoch was told by the Lord that men are the ________________ of His hands. (See Moses 7:32.)

  5. 5.

    Christ invited the Nephites to thrust hands into His side and to feel the nail prints in His hands and ________________. (See 3 Ne. 11:14.)

  6. 11.

    “Be thou ________________; and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand (D&C 112:10).

  7. 12.

    Alma ________________ (laid) his hands upon the missionaries traveling with him, and they were filled with the Holy Ghost. (See Alma 31:5–6, 36–38.)

  8. 13.

    “The kingdom of ________________ is soon at hand” (Alma 5:28).

  9. 15.

    Christ sits on the ________________ hand of God. (See Col. 3:1.)


Across—(2) stones, (4) washed, (6) sick, (7) record, (8) Enos, (9) John the Baptist, (10) Holy Ghost, (12) clean, (14) prophecy, (16) disciples. Down—(1) gospel, (2) shake, (3) priesthood, (4) workmanship, (5) feet, (11) humble, (12) clapped, (13) heaven, (15) right.

Climb to the Top

Match these well-known mountains with the places where they are located.

1. Aconcagua

a. Argentina

2. Ararat

b. Australia

3. Ben Nevis

c. Canada

4. Kilimanjaro

d. Egypt

5. Matterhorn

e. Japan

6. Mount Everest

f. Mexico

7. Mount Fuji

g. Nepal/Tibet

8. Mount Kosciusko

h. Scotland

9. Mount Logan

i. Switzerland/Italy

10. Mount McKinley

j. Tanzania

11. Mount Sinai

k. Turkey

12. Popocatépetl

l. United States of America


(1) a, (2) k, (3) h, (4) j, (5) i, (6) g, (7) e, (8) b, (9) c, (10) l, (11) d, (12) f.


Four snakes are slithering in a line. One is black, one is brown, one is orange, and one is green. From the clues below can you tell what order they are slithering in?

  1. 1.

    The brown snake is not first or last.

  2. 2.

    The black snake is at one end or the other.

  3. 3.

    The orange snake is between the black and the brown snakes.

  4. 4.

    The green snake is just in front of the brown snake.


The order is: green snake, brown snake, orange snake, black snake.