John’s New Sled

Remember in all things the poor and the needy (D&C 52:40).
Picture story(click to view larger)

Illustrated by Julie F. Young

John woke up one morning.
John jumped out of bed.
“It’s snowing!” John yelled.
“I can use my new sled.”
John put on his coat,
His pants and socks and shoes,
And raced down the stairs
To tell Mother the news.
John ate toast and eggs,
And hurried outside.
Then John and his sled
Went to take a fast ride.
They went to a big hill
All covered with snow.
John saw many sleds
Whizzing down in a row.
As John and his new sled
Were ready to slide,
A poorly dressed boy said,
“May I please have a ride?”
John looked at the boy
Who was standing alone.
He could see that this boy
Had no sled of his own.
John thought for a minute;
He looked at his sled.
He looked at the big hill.
Then John nodded his head.
“You may ride down with me.
My sled is brand new,”
John said. “It’s a big one
And just right for two.”
They whizzed down the big hill,
Down, down, down to its end—
John, his shiny new sled,
And John’s brand-new-found friend.

The First Vision

A Shoe-Box Panorama

To make this panorama, you will need: a shoe box, scissors, lightweight cardboard, and glue.

  1. 1.

    Cut out the background scenery and glue it to the inside bottom of the shoe box. Then turn the shoe box on its side so that the scene is upright (see illustration).

    Shoe-Box Panorama
  2. 2.

    Glue the trees, the Joseph Smith figure, and the beam of light with Heavenly Beings to the cardboard. Let the glue dry, then cut out all the figures.

  3. 3.

    Fold the tree tabs backward on the broken lines, put glue on the front (picture side) of each tab, and glue the tabs in the box (see illustration).

  4. 4.

    Fold the Joseph Smith figure tabs back so they can’t be seen from the front.

  5. 5.

    Make a slit—ask an adult to do this—the width of the beam of light in the top side of the shoe box near the back (see illustration).

    Shoe box
  6. 6.

    Using the panorama as a visual aid, tell the story of the First Vision in family home evening. (Or ask a parent to read Joseph Smith—History 1:14–17 [JS—H 1:14–17].) When Joseph Smith prays, put his figure between the trees. When Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appear, slide the beam of light down through the slit on the top.

Trees(click to view larger) Joseph Smith(click to view larger)

Illustrated by Julie F. Young