Trying to Be Like Jesus

By Connie D. Haws


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

Selling Cookies

Sadie is my granddaughter. Her dad is studying to be a pediatrician, a doctor who helps children. Her mom told her that there are a lot of children in Afghanistan who need help. In wintertime, many of them don’t have warm clothes. After talking about how they could help the children, Sadie and her mom decided to make cookies and sell them, then send the money to United States President George W. Bush for his Afghanistan Children’s Fund.

They made cookies one whole afternoon, then set up a booth with a sign and a flag. They made $70, which they sent to the fund. Sadie said, “I hope the money we earned will help some children in Afghanistan to be able to have warm clothes. I feel happy that I could help them.”

[photo] Sadie Ann Tullis, age 3, is a member of Centreville Second Ward, Centreville Virginia Stake.

My Baptism

My baptism was the best day of my life. I had many friends there, some of them members of other churches.

I like to play sports. I like being a Wolf Scout and being in senior Primary. I always try to be a good friend.

[photo] Sean Howard, age 8, is a member of Auburn Third Ward, Auburn Washington Stake.

Thoughts

We went on a boat. A money machine there was stuck. A woman said, “Why did the machine give me one euro (about 88¢) when I was supposed to get 20 marks (about $2.96)?” A man told her to look for the code on the left, but the woman couldn’t find it.

I looked for it and found it. The woman didn’t tell me thank you. I thought, “What a silly woman!” But then I thought about what I was thinking and was sorry. I prayed and said, “Heavenly Father, I am sorry for what I was thinking, so I am apologizing. I am very, very sorry about it.”

[photo] Meri Laineenkare, age 8, is a member of Turku First Ward, Tampere Finland Stake.

Michael’s Faith

One Saturday, all of our family, except Dad, hurried into the car to attend the wedding of a friend who is not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Because we were in such a hurry, I had forgotten to take the directions to the church where the wedding would be held. By the time I realized this, we were very far from home, and it was almost time for the wedding.

The first thing we tried to do was phone Dad. But there was no answer. Next, we drove around the area to try to find the church, but there were so many that it seemed impossible to find the right one in time.

Michael said, “Why don’t we ask Heavenly Father to help us?”

I was a bit embarrassed because I had not thought of praying. I asked him to pray, and he asked Heavenly Father to help us find the church where the wedding was.

In just a few moments, we found it—in time, too. We were very happy that Michael reminded us that Heavenly Father answers prayers and that no prayer is too small for Him to hear. He showed us his great faith in the power of prayer.

[photo] Michael Walker, age 7, is a member of Georgetown Ward, Round Rock Texas Stake.

[illustration] Illustrated by David Deitrick; Photo by Christina Smith

Special Assignment

I started working for my Gospel in Action Award when I was nine years old, including learning the Articles of Faith. I earned the Award just after my tenth birthday.

My Primary leader tested me, and my dad, who is the bishop of our ward, tested me, too, to make sure that I knew the Articles of Faith well. I received my certificate and my pendant in sacrament meeting, and I wear it every Sunday.

The Primary presidency has given me a special assignment—to help teach the younger children in Primary the Articles of Faith. I am grateful for the opportunity to help others achieve their awards. I look forward to helping them each week.

[photo] Chloe Jarvis, age 10, is a member of Kettering Ward, North Hampton England Stake.