For Little Friends

By Carmen de Hernández

“You Choose!”

Thou shalt not steal (Ex. 20:15).

Juanita and Miguelito live with their parents in a small house in Guatemala. They love each other very much. Each Sunday, Juanita and Miguelito go to Primary and learn about the Savior and His teachings.

The Veliz family just moved into a big house close to Juanita and Miguelito’s house. Juanita and Miguelito like to play with the Veliz children. The Veliz children have toys that are bigger and more expensive. Their toys seem to be more fun, too.

One day Juanita and Miguelito were alone in the Veliz’s playroom. Miguelito put a toy racing car he liked to play with into his pocket. “Don’t say anything,” he told Juanita. “They have so many toys that they will never know if I take just one.”

“Miguelito, one of the commandments is ‘Thou shalt not steal.’ * Don’t you remember what Sister Campiz said in Primary?” Juanita asked. “She said that when we keep the commandments, we show Heavenly Father that we love Him and are willing to obey Him.”

Miguelito kept playing. He pretended that he didn’t hear his sister.

“You choose!” Juanita told him.

After a few minutes, Miguelito took the car out of his pocket and put it with the other toys. He smiled at Juanita.

Before they went to bed that night, Juanita heard Miguelito praying, “Heavenly Father,” he said, “I am thankful to have the commandments to help me choose between right and wrong.”

[illustrations] Illustrated by Fumi Kosaka

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    Ex. 20:15.

Animal Manners Banners

Instructions: Remove pages 18 and 19 from the magazine and mount them on lightweight cardboard. Cut out each animal along with the banner it is holding. Tape or glue a stick to the back of each animal. To present this lesson on manners in family home evening or as a Primary talk, read (or ask an older person to help you) the banner the animal is holding, and then show everyone the animal. You could talk about how each of us can show better manners, too.

If you get a present
from Crocodile,
thank him with a great big smile.
If you step on a toe
of Chimpanzee,
don’t forget to say, “Excuse me.”
When Lion comes for dinner,
don’t talk with your mouth full of food
—it’s rude.
When Raccoon phones to talk to Mom,
be sure to say,
“I’ll run and get her right away.”
When you’re at Elephant’s house
and need to sneeze,
always remember to say, “Tissue, please.”
In the presence of Giraffe,
say, “Excuse me,” if you burp,
or he will think you are a twerp.
Always knock on his door when it’s shut
when you visit Hippopotamus,
or he will make a terrible fuss.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Mark Robison