My Sister Speaks Russian
My sister speaks Russian. Since she came to live with us, I have learned the Russian words for ice cream (morozhennoye), cat (koshka), and thank you (spasibo).
My sister’s name is Sophie, and she is four years old. When she lived in Kazakhstan, her name was Nasipzhan. Mama and Papa changed her name after we adopted her and she came to America to live with us.
Sophie doesn’t look like me or my brother. We have red hair, freckles, and a gap between our front teeth. Papa says we look like peaches with nutmeg and cream.
Sophie has black hair, no freckles, olive-colored skin, and eyes shaped like almonds. Papa says Sophie looks like a porcelain doll. When she smiles, there’s a dimple in her cheek.
We look different, but Sophie is still our sister. We play soccer together. We ride scooters together. We eat popcorn and drink chocolate milk together. We even wear chocolate milk mustaches together.
My brother and I want Sophie to be part of our forever family. So do Mama and Papa. Soon we will go to the temple. We will wear white and meet together in a beautiful room. We will become a forever family.
Until then, Sophie will come to my soccer games. We will go on long walks. We will eat popcorn and chase the cats and make lots of chocolate milk mustaches together.
And I will tell Sophie how much I lubit her. Because lubit is the Russian word for love.
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Temple Blessings Make Us Happy
Heavenly Father has commanded us to build temples for Him. In the holy temple we can hear His word and receive important blessings. Look at each picture below and tell what temple blessing is shown and how it can make you happy. Then in the blank space draw a picture of the temple nearest to your home and tell how it has blessed you and your family.
Illustrated by Beth Whittaker
Frozen Fun Suns
12 paper baking cups
3/4 cup crushed graham crackers
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 package (8 ounces/227 g) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup commercial sour cream
1 package (3 ounces/85 g) lemon gelatin
2 tablespoons hot water
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Place baking cups inside a muffin tin.
Mix crushed graham crackers with melted butter or margarine. Drop approximately one tablespoon of crumb mixture into each baking cup and press it firmly against the bottom to form a crust.
In a bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, gelatin, and water; mix well.
Spoon one heaping spoonful of cream cheese mixture onto each crust and spread evenly.
Form smiley faces with chocolate chips on top of each “sun.”
Freeze suns until firm (approximately one hour). Serve frozen.