For Little Friends

By Joy Rodriguez


A Day for Jesus

Call the sabbath a delight (Isa. 58:13).

Mom has always told me that Sundays are special days. They did not seem special to me, though. I didn’t get to play with my friends or have fun at the park. I thought Sundays were boring. Mom said that Jesus asked us to give Him just one day of the week for His very own. She said that there were many things that I could do to give Jesus His one day.

One Sunday when I was feeling especially restless, I decided I would try to give Jesus more of the day. I remembered that Grandma and Grandpa wanted me to send them a letter, so I sat down and colored a picture of Jesus for them. I put it in an envelope and got it all ready to mail. It made me feel good inside to think about how happy Grandma and Grandpa would be when they got my picture.

The next Sunday when I found myself with nothing to do, I decided to give Jesus more of that day, too. I looked at my Friend magazines and found some pictures of Him that I liked. I showed them to my dad, and he read me a story. It made me feel good inside to spend some quiet time like that with my dad.

Each Sunday after that, I found things that I could do to give Jesus His one day. Every time I do something special for His day, I feel good inside. Now I believe my mom. Sunday is a special day. It’s true that I don’t play with my friends or have fun at the park. I have a different kind of fun—the kind you feel inside your heart when you’ve given Jesus the one day of the week that He’s asked for: the Sabbath Day.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Elise Black

[illustration] Detail from Christ and the Rich Young Ruler by Heinrich Hofmann

[illustration] The Second Coming by Harry Anderson

Joseph Smith Finger Scenes

The true Church of Jesus Christ was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. In family home evening, you can teach some of the important events of the Restoration using your own ten fingers.

Glue page 33 onto heavy paper and let it dry. Then cut out the scenes and glue the ends of each tab together to make finger rings (see illustration). Let the glue dry. Be sure to make the thumb rings large enough.

Just before your presentation, slide the scenes onto your fingers (see illustration) in the order of the story, starting with your left thumb and ending with your right thumb. During your presentation, hold your hands in front of you with your fingers (and restoration scenes) bent toward you. Raise each finger, beginning with your left thumb, as you tell that part of the Restoration story. You can tell the story in your own words, or one of your parents can be ready to read parts of the scriptures listed for each scene.

If you like, use a brother or sister’s hand to help you tell the story. Either way, you’ll be giving your family a hand in understanding the vital mission of the Prophet Joseph Smith.

Paintings from Church history Finger puppets(click to view larger)

Paintings courtesy of Visual Resource Library. Detail from The First Vision © 1980 Gary E. Smith

Scenes (In order starting with the left thumb and ending with the right thumb.)

Left thumb: Joseph Smith—History 1:11–12 [JS—H 1:11–12]

Left index finger: Joseph Smith—History 1:13–15 [JS—H 1:13–15]

Left middle finger: Joseph Smith—History 1:16–20 [JS—H 1:16–20]

Left ring finger: Joseph Smith—History 1:29–35, 42 [JS—H 1:29–35, 42]

Left little finger: Joseph Smith—History 1:51–54, 59–60 [JS—H 1:51–54, 59–60]

Right little finger: Joseph Smith—History 1:66–67 [JS—H 1:66–67]

Right ring finger: Joseph Smith—History 1:68–72 [JS—H 1:68–72]

Right middle finger: D&C 27:12–13; Explanatory Introduction

Right index finger: D&C 20:1

Right thumb: D&C 138:47–48

[illustration] Illustrated by Elise Black