For Little Friends

Thomas S. Monson

First Counselor in the First Presidency

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The Spirit of Christmas

Ensign, December 1998, page 2
Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people (Luke 2:10).

As a young elder, I had been called to the old Primary Children’s Hospital on North Temple Street … in Salt Lake City. There were children to be blessed. It was the Christmas season. I had never been in a children’s hospital before.

As our group entered the foyer, we noticed an attractively decorated Christmas tree, with beautifully wrapped gifts beneath its boughs.

A feeling of sympathy welled up within me as I noticed these tiny children, many with legs or arms in large plaster casts. Some were ever so weak and pale.

A young lad called out to us, “Will you give me a blessing?” Of course the blessing was given. I shall ever remember placing my hands on the … head of that faithful boy who was desperately ill. As we left his side, he looked up into my eyes and said, “Thank you, Brother Monson.”

We walked away, only to hear him call out, “Oh, Brother Monson, merry Christmas to you.” I could scarcely see him for the tears in my eyes. He had that glow about him that comes only at Christmastime. That boy trusted in his Heavenly Father. He acknowledged the priesthood of God. His faith was unwavering. I felt I was on holy ground.

What made the glow emanate from the presence of this faithful boy? It was the Christmas spirit.

Paper Plate Snowman

You will need: glue, two paper plates of different sizes, a black marker, scissors, construction paper or cloth, buttons, and two twigs.

Glue the smaller plate to the larger one, bottoms up (see illustration).

Draw coal-chunk eyes and a smile on the small plate. Cut a vest out of construction paper or cloth, and glue it to the large plate. Glue buttons to the vest. Glue the twigs to the large plate as arms. Cut out a hat, and glue it to Mr. Snowman’s head. Add a cloth scarf around Mr. Snowman’s neck, if you wish. If you want a snow missionary, just glue the buttons and a paper name tag to Mr. Snowman’s paper-plate white shirt, and a paper Book of Mormon to one of his “hands.”


Merrie Olde England Toffee Dip

1 package (8 ounces/227 g) cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

10 ounces (284 g) crumbled English toffee

1 large red apple, sliced

1 large green apple, sliced

Beat the cream cheese, sugars, and vanilla in a bowl. Fold in the English toffee. Serve with the Christmas-colored apple slices for dipping. Enjoy a jolly good yule treat!

[illustrations] Illustrated by Dick Brown

Door Sign

The inns of Bethlehem had no room for Joseph and Mary. There was simply no room, no choice. But we do have a choice. Each of us must decide if we have room in our heart for Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. To let everyone know your choice, glue the sign on page 33 to heavy paper and hang it on the door of your room.

Christ in Gethsemane(click to view larger)

I WILL MAKE ROOM FOR HIM (Detail of Christ in Gethsemane by Harry Anderson.)