For Little Friends

By Julie McNamara


Debbie, My Friend

Based on a true story
Add to your faith … brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity (2 Pet. 1:5, 7).

Debbie is two years older than I am, and a few inches taller. She is my sister and my friend.

We play together, and she pushes me on the swing. We work together, and I help her tidy up the living room.

Debbie just learned how to ride a bike, and now she’s teaching me. When I fall, she helps me up and makes sure that I’m OK. After she teaches me to ride the bike, I’ll teach her to draw an airplane. I’m good at drawing airplanes.

We like to do everything together. When a neighbor asks Debbie to come and play, she says, “Can Josh come, too?”

Sometimes when our family goes on trips, Debbie tells stories to me and baby Jennie. We like her stories. She knows lots of stories from Primary because she’s five, and she’s been in Primary for two whole years.

When she tells the story of David and Goliath, she lets me say David’s part, because now I know the story, too.

Now that I’m in Primary, I’m learning lots of new stories, just like Debbie. Maybe next time we take a trip, I’ll tell stories to her and baby Jennie. I’ll let Debbie do Goliath’s part because she knows it so well.

The first time I went to Primary, I was excited and I wasn’t scared, because Debbie was sitting right behind me. She always brings me right to my row and says, “Don’t worry, Josh—I’ll be right back there.”

I’m glad Debbie’s my sister. She plays with me, helps me, and teaches me. She’s my friend.

Apricot-Coconut Candy

confectioners’ sugar

2 tablespoons softened margarine

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1 tablespoon water

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

2/3 cup nonfat dry milk

2 cups chopped dried apricots

2 cups flaked coconut

  1. 1.

    Pour about 1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar into a shallow bowl. Place a piece of waxed paper next to the bowl; set aside.

  2. 2.

    Mix the margarine with the corn syrup in a large bowl. Stir in the water, vanilla extract, almond extract, and dry milk. Add the apricots and coconut to the mixture.

  3. 3.

    Using clean hands, mix the dough thoroughly. Pinch off a small piece and roll it into a 1-1/2″ (4 cm) ball. Roll the ball in the confectioners’ sugar, then put it on the waxed paper. Repeat until you have used all of the dough. Store in an airtight container.

Illustrated Valentines

Glue this page to heavy paper and cut out the hearts. Draw a picture of each person you’ll give the valentine to on the back of his or her heart. Then give it away with a hug and a kiss.

Valentines(click to view larger)

Illustrated by Julie F. Young

Dear Mommy,
Your touch is soft,
Your smile is bright.
Your love has filled my world with light.
I love you back with all my might.
Dear Daddy,
You are so strong
And good and wise.
No valentine of any size
Could hold my love—but
this one tries.
Dear Bishop,
You are so caring,
And so kind
That even if this doesn’t rhyme,
I know you’ll be my valentine.
Dear Primary Teacher,
You taught me
Shining truths divine.
When I grow old, they’ll still be mine,
And I’ll still be your valentine.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Julie F. Young