Trying to Be Like Jesus Christ

By Colleen and Greg Shafer

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Helping Grandpa

It is not meet that I should command in all things; … men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will. (D&C 58:26–27.)

When his grandpa had a mild heart attack, Chris gave up his bedroom to his grandpa and grandma so that they could stay at his house. He did this and many other things without complaint. He helped Grandpa with his IV (medicine that Grandpa had to carry around with him), got him something to drink when he was thirsty, brought him his supper, and did anything else he needed when he couldn’t get around very well. Chris even helped Grandma in the kitchen. A happy, loving child, Chris always has a smile on his face and a song in his heart. He is active in the ward Primary and has borne his strong testimony in fast and testimony meeting at church.

[photo] Grandpa and Chris Shafer, age 10, Warsaw Ward, South Bend Indiana Stake

Sunday Party

Observe the Sabbath day to keep it holy (D&C 68:29).

I received a party invitation. The party was to be on a Sunday. I knew that going to a party on Sunday would not be keeping the Sabbath Day holy. I told my friend that I couldn’t go to his party because I go to church on Sundays and I try to keep the Sabbath Day holy. When I told my mom what I had said, she was very happy that I was trying to be like Jesus by choosing the right. She told me that I am a very good example to my little sisters, Malah (3) and Zilke (1).


God shall give unto you knowledge by his Holy Spirit (D&C 121:26).

Every summer I get to go all by myself for one week to visit my grandma and grandpa. One day when I was there, Grandma, a friend of hers, and I went to the store. Grandma ordered coffee for herself and her friend (they are not members of the Church) and hot chocolate for me. When the lady put the first cup on the counter, Grandma told me it was the hot chocolate and to take it. I took it and went outside to a table. Something kept telling me, “Don’t drink it, don’t drink it.” I thought, Why? I’m thirsty! So I opened the lid and saw that it was coffee. I knew it was the Holy Ghost warning me. I’m so glad I was baptized and have the gift of the Holy Ghost to help me!

[illustrations] Illustrated by Dan Burr