For Little Friends

By Marianne Wilson McKnight


Jeremy John, the Wiggler

It shouldn’t be hard to sit tall in my seat, To listen politely, to quiet my feet. It shouldn’t be hard, even though I am small, To think about Jesus, not hard at all. (Children’s Songbook, page 71.)

Jeremy John was a wiggler. When he sat on the front row in Primary, he wiggled. When it was singing time, he wiggled. Even when he listened to his Sunbeam teacher, Sister Cardon, give a lesson, he wiggled.

“Jeremy John,” his teacher would say, “please stop wiggling.”

He tried to sit still. He really did. But then his legs would start swinging back and forth, back and forth. And before he knew it, he was wiggling again.

Then one Sunday, Sister Cardon said, “Boys and girls, I have a special Book of Mormon story to tell you.”

Jeremy John liked stories. He scooted his chair a little closer to his teacher.

“This story is about Jesus Christ visiting the Nephites,” she said.

Jeremy John really loved stories about Jesus, so he scooted his chair even closer.

Jesus Christ taught the Nephites many wonderful things,” Sister Cardon said. “The people loved to listen to Him. And they loved to be near Him.”

She held up a picture of the Savior blessing the children. “He had all the children come to Him,” she said. “He took them one by one, and He prayed for them and blessed them.” Jeremy John could see that his teacher’s eyes were shiny with tears as she said, “Jesus Christ loves every child. He loves you.”

Jeremy John felt cozy and warm inside just like he felt when he snuggled up in his fuzzy green blanket. How he wished he could have been there with Jesus!

He looked at the picture again. There, sitting beside Jesus, was a little boy about the same age as Jeremy John. The boy was sitting very, very still, looking up at Jesus.

I could do that, Jeremy John thought. I could sit still if I were sitting by Jesus. All of a sudden, he knew how to stop being a wiggler.

Now whenever he sits in Primary, he imagines that Jesus is sitting right beside him. And Jeremy John hardly wiggles at all.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Dick Brown

Dog-Bone Reindeer Ornament

To make a reindeer ornament to hang on your tree or to decorate a package, you will need: a 6″ (15 cm) piece of rusty-brown chenille stick, glue, a small bone-shaped dog biscuit, two 8″ (20 cm) lengths of narrow ribbon or thread, two small wiggle eyes, and a 3/8″ (1 cm) red pom-pom.

  1. 1.

    For antlers, bend the chenille stick in half and glue the bent part 1″ (2.5 cm) below the top of the bone.

  2. 2.

    Take one piece of ribbon or thread, form a loop for hanging, and glue the ends on the back of the antlers near the bottom; let dry.

  3. 3.

    Turn the bone over with the antlers at the top. Tie the remaining piece of ribbon or thread into a bow, trim the ends, and glue near the top of the bone (see illustration).

  4. 4.

    Look at the picture, then glue on the wiggle eyes and pom-pom nose; let dry.

Dog bone ornament

Photo by Kelly Larsen

Peanut-Butter Bugs

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup cocoa mix

1 cup peanuts

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup toasted wheat germ

1 cup coconut

pretzel sticks

tiny cinnamon candies

  1. 1.

    In a medium bowl, mix all the ingredients together except the coconut, pretzel sticks, and cinnamon candies.

  2. 2.

    With clean hands, form the mixture into walnut-size balls.

  3. 3.

    Spread the coconut on a dinner plate. Roll the balls in the coconut to coat.

  4. 4.

    Follow the picture to make each bug. Store them in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Peanut butter bug

Photo by Kelly Larsen

Baby Jesus Book Instructions

  1. 1.

    Carefully remove page 35 from the magazine and mount it on heavy white paper.

  2. 2.

    Cut out each strip along the solid black horizontal lines.

  3. 3.

    Accordion-fold each strip on the broken lines, with the beginning page on the top (see illustration). Where indicated, punch holes through all the layers of each folded strip.

    Baby Jesus book

    Photo by Kelly Larsen

  4. 4.

    With the title on the top, stack the strips in numbered order. Secure the book with a ribbon or metal rings.

Baby Jesus

Baby Jesus book(click to view larger)

Illustrated by Elise Black

Little Baby Jesus
had no place to rest His head.
So Mary wrapped Him tenderly
And held Him close, instead.
Underneath the brightest star,
Joseph took clean hay
To make a little manger bed,
Where Baby Jesus lay.