Trying to Be Like Jesus

By Hannah Hill

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

The Homeless Man

I was walking through a parking lot with my mom and two sisters when we saw a homeless man. I asked my mom if we could go into the store and buy him something to eat. My sister and I bought a candy bar and gave it to the man. It made us feel really good, because he was hungry.

[photo] Hannah Hill, age 9, is a member of the Fair Oaks Third Ward, Fair Oaks California Stake.

[illustration] Illustrated by Mark Robison

Wrong Choice/Right Choice

I was invited to a friend’s house. I was excited because he had moved to the other side of town, and I didn’t get to see him very often. On the way there, Mom and I reviewed what is expected of me at a friend’s house.

I was having a good time with my friend when he started playing a movie that was rated PG-13. I told him that I’m not allowed to watch PG-13 movies, and that I would not watch it. Then he put in an R-rated movie. I told him I would not watch that either. My friend would not listen to me. This made me sad.

I called my parents, and my mom came and got me. When she found out what had happened, she was very proud of me and took me out to eat. I am sad that my friend chose what was wrong. But I felt the Holy Ghost when I left my friend’s house, because I chose what was right.

[photo] Steve Flynn, age 11, is a member of the Maple Hill Ward, Boise Idaho Central Stake.

Christmas Dance Decision

Last summer I took a ballet class. I enjoyed seeing my friends there. We practiced for months for a Christmas dance. When December finally came, I was so excited to perform our dance. But two weeks before the performance, our teacher told my mom that it would be on a Sunday. When Mom told me, I said I would not go. I was sad that I would not be able to perform in our Christmas dance, but I was happy that I chose the right.

[photo] Joshi Kirkham, age 5, is a member of the Vinton Ward, Roanoke Virginia Stake.

“What Is Prayer?”

One day on the bus on the way home from school, I was telling my friend James how much I enjoy going to church. When I mentioned prayer, James asked me, “What is prayer?”

“It’s a way of talking to God,” I said. He asked me how to pray, and I told him, “First you bow your head, fold your arms, and close your eyes. Then you start with ‘Dear Heavenly Father,’ thank Him for your blessings, tell Him about your day, ask for anything you need, and then end in the name of Jesus Christ.”

James said his own prayer while we were on the bus. I felt happy inside that I had taught my friend how to pray.

I have invited many of my friends to come to Cub Scouts with me at the church. James and three other friends from school joined our pack. We have a great time together. I am glad I can be a good example.

[photo] Eric Hillman, age 10, is a member of the Stoney Creek Ward, Hamilton Ontario Stake.

A Friend

On the first day of school I went to recess and saw a girl sitting on the swings all alone. I went over to her and asked her if she had any friends. She said she didn’t, so I played with her until it was time for me to go in.

[photo] Jessica Fuller, age 10, is a member of the Highland 17th Ward, Highland Utah East Stake.