Trying to Be Like Jesus

By Nathan Woolley with help from his mom


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

The Pizza Example

One night our family went out for pizza and games. When I finished eating my pizza slices, I was still hungry. I wanted to take a slice from my sister Eden, but my parents said not to. A minute later she decided to give me her last slice. That made us all smile.

Two nights later, Eden finished eating her dinner first. It was one of her favorite meals, and she wanted another helping. When I heard my mom tell her it was all gone, I decided to share mine. Eden was happy, and I felt good sharing something with her that she really likes. I remembered the good example Eden was to me when she shared her pizza.

[photo] Nathaniel Woolley, age 4, is a member of the North Dartmouth Ward, Hingham Massachusetts Stake.

Sunday Recital

I take dance lessons, and every year we have a recital. I have been practicing for three months for this year’s recital. Some years the costumes are not very fancy, and some years they are. This year they are very fancy, and I have really been looking forward to dancing in mine. I just found out that the recital is on Sunday. My mom asked if I wanted to dance in it. I chose not to because it would not be keeping the Sabbath day holy.

[photo] Kelsie Lauren Phelps, age 6, is a member of the Sunset Valley Ward, Austin Texas Oak Hills Stake.

Sharing the Gospel

Our neighbor’s husband died several months ago, and my family and I have been helping her with yard work and just being friends with her. She is a very nice lady who believes in Jesus but doesn’t go to any church.

A few months ago the missionaries came to our Primary class and talked to us about missionary work. They encouraged us to share the gospel with someone. On the way home I told my parents I wanted to share the gospel with our neighbor.

As soon as we got home, I took a plate of cookies and my scriptures to her house. We read the Articles of Faith together, and then I visited with her and helped her do things in her house. I felt good inside when I shared the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that we should all share the gospel when we can.

[photo] Shevaun Ames, age 6, is a member of the Lewiston Second Ward, Lewiston Idaho Stake.

Standing Up

A couple of years ago I was at my cousin’s birthday party. She had invited two of her other friends to the party, and we were having lots of fun when one of her friends said, “Let’s watch a movie.” We all agreed. Then they said they wanted to watch a PG-13 movie.

I had a sick feeling in my stomach. I wasn’t allowed to watch PG-13 movies, and I knew what I had to do. I’d been baptized and confirmed a member of the Church. I had to stand up for myself. That was really hard because I’m kind of shy.

Finally I said, “I can’t watch PG-13 movies.”

I felt a little better then, but they started making suggestions like, “Just plug your ears.” I wouldn’t do it. Finally my cousin said, “OK, we won’t watch the movie.” I’m glad I listened to the Holy Ghost and obeyed the rules my mom and dad made for me.

[photo] Traci Lundquist, age 10, is a member of the LaBelle Second Ward, Rigby Idaho East Stake.

The Right Decision

When I was 10 years old, I was on a swim team. One day when I was leaving the pool, I noticed something on the ground. It was a wallet. I picked it up and looked inside. There was about $250 in it.

I wanted to keep it and almost decided that I should. But I prayed for Heavenly Father’s help to guide me to the right decision. The Spirit prompted me to take the wallet inside to the front desk. Even though I really wanted the money, I gave the wallet to the lady at the desk, and she thanked me. I’m glad I made the right decision.

[photo] Trevor Free, age 12, is a member of the Cedar Hills Third Ward, Cedar Hills Utah Stake.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Mark Robison