For Little Friends

By Connie Parker


Katie’s Prayer

Give thanks unto God in the Spirit for whatsoever blessing ye are blessed with (D&C 46:32).

Before getting into bed, Karen and Katie knelt to pray. Karen soon finished and jumped back into bed. Katie was still praying.

Karen fluffed her pillow a few times and curled up under her nice warm quilt. Katie was still praying.

Karen closed her eyes. After a while, she opened her eyes again. Katie was still praying.

Karen adjusted her quilt again and snuggled in. Katie finally finished her prayer.

“What could you possibly be praying about for that long?” Karen asked.

“Well, I was thanking Heavenly Father for all He gave me today.”

Karen sat up. “Really? He gave you that much today?”

“Oh yes!”

“Like what?”

“Well,” Katie said, “when I woke up this morning, I opened the curtains, and the sun warmed my face. I was thankful for sunshine. I got dressed and rushed downstairs for breakfast. When we all knelt for family prayer, I thought, I’m so thankful to have a wonderful family!

“After breakfast, I went for a bike ride. I heard birds singing. I saw flowers of all colors and shapes. I saw the big shady trees up and down our street. I could smell the fresh air. I thought, I’m so thankful for this wonderful world!

“Then I saw my Primary teacher, Sister Smith, in her front yard. She waved and said hello. I felt blessed to have a nice Primary teacher who loves me and teaches me.

“When I got home, Brady was there to wag her tail while I petted her. I was thankful for Brady.

“Tonight at family home evening, Mom and Dad taught us more about Jesus Christ. I’m thankful for them. I’m most thankful for Jesus and all He’s done for me.”

“Wow!” Karen exclaimed. “I never realized how much there is to be thankful for.”

“There’s more,” Katie said. “When Mom reminded us to say our prayers, I was thankful for prayer itself. Not only can I talk to Heavenly Father any time and thank Him for all He’s given me, but I can ask for help with my problems.”

With that, Katie turned off the lamp and snuggled down in her bed.

Suddenly Karen turned the lamp back on.

“What’s wrong?” Katie asked.

“Nothing. I just need to say another prayer. I have a lot to thank Heavenly Father for, too.”

Katie closed her eyes tight and turned toward the wall. She had a feeling that Karen would be praying a long time.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Julie F. Young

[illustration] The Lord Jesus Christ by Del Parson

Turkey Blessings Puzzle/Game

Cut out this page and glue it to heavy paper. When the glue is dry, print the name of a favorite blessing on the tip of each tail feather. Color each feather a different color or combination of colors. Cut out the whole turkey, and then cut out each tail feather separately.

Your family can put the turkey together like a puzzle, each person choosing a blessing and telling why he is grateful for it as he adds that feather. Or you can play Pin the Blessings on the Turkey. Tape the turkey body on the wall. Put tape on the back of each blessing feather. Blindfold each player in turn, spin him around, and let him try to “pin” a feather on the turkey where it belongs.

Puzzle(click to view larger)

Illustrated by Julie F. Young

It’s tough to be a turkey
Who’s plain old boring brown.
Please count your many blessings
And turn my life around.
A feather for each blessing
Will make a brighter me.
And every color will reveal
How grateful you can be.

My Book of Prophets

NOTE: These pages are to be added to the book started in the Friend, September 2001, pages 32–33.

Instructions: Remove page 39 from the magazine, glue it to heavy paper, and color the pictures. Cut out the pages and punch holes on the circles. Stack the four pictures with Harold B. Lee on the bottom, then Joseph Fielding Smith, then David O. McKay, and George Albert Smith on top. On the back of each page, write what you have learned about that prophet during the year. Add the pages to the back of the book you started in September. The last four prophets will appear next month.

Book of Prophets(click to view larger)

Illustrated by Beth Whittaker