Trying to Be Like Jesus Christ

By Katherine Thompson, age 10

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He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (John 8:12).

At the Pool

One day at the public pool, Arlene * brought one of her cousins, who was slightly disabled. The cousin came up to me and asked, “Do you want to play?” I played with her and then asked her if she wanted to go to the deep end. She said, “I can’t go past four feet because I can’t swim.” So I taught her to swim. I went home that day, knowing that I had done something nice for Arlene’s cousin and that she also went home feeling good because she had learned to swim.

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  • [photo] Photo © Dynamic Graphics


    Matthew is a very good example of Christlike love. He is very loving to his family, and he is a good example to the teachers and other students in his kindergarten class. His teacher says that he has no enemies, and he sticks up for others if he thinks that they are unfairly treated. He isn’t afraid to stand up for the right. Last year when terrorists attacked, Matthew raised his hand and said, “We need to remember that they have babies, too. Just because some of them do something bad to us doesn’t mean that we need to do something bad back.”

    [photo] Matthew Sandstrom, age 5, Enid, Oklahoma

    Bedtime Prayers

    The day the bad people flew airplanes into buildings and killed lots of people, I said in my bedtime prayer, “Bless all the good people, but don’t bless the bad people.” After I finished my prayer, my mom explained that we need to pray for bad people to help them choose the right. In my next prayer, I said, “Bless all the bad people so they will turn into good people.” I am glad I can pray to help people be good and choose the right.

    Tithing and Other Offerings

    Chelsea’s grandparents gave her some money for her birthday. Her mother and I encouraged her to begin a savings account, and we explained that first she should pay tithing on the money.

    When she started to fill out the tithing slip, she asked about the other offerings mentioned on it. Her mother explained each one. Then Chelsea decided that after paying for a few other things, she had enough left over to put two dollars in each of the other offerings. Because of the tragedy in New York City, New York, last year in September, she wrote “New York” in the “Other” column. This tremendous example of trying to help others touched our hearts. We thank Heavenly Father for sending such a sweet child to our family.

    [photo] Chelsea Lynn Thompson, age 7, Oregon City, Oregon

    [photo] Photo by Matt Reier