Trying to Be Like Jesus

By Alyssa Smith

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

Saturday Swimming

This summer my brothers and sister and I were on the Bitterroot Valley swim team. Competitions were held on Saturday and Sunday. Our coach and teammates wanted us to swim on Sundays so we could help our team get more points. But we just told them, “Sorry, we are keeping the Sabbath day holy.” We decided that we would only swim relays and IMs (individual medleys), both of which are on Saturday. IMs are the most difficult events because you have to swim a lap of each stroke. We were able to keep the Sabbath day holy and still bring our team some points. We knew that we were doing the right thing when we went to church the next day. We had a good feeling inside when we listened to Sister Northcott, our Primary president, talk about how we should keep the Sabbath day holy. We hope we can continue to choose the right.

[photos] Alyssa, age 12, Annie, age 10, Zander, age 8, and Adam Smith, age 6, are members of the Hamilton Ward, Stevensville Montana Stake.

[illustration] Illustrated by Mark Robison

Helping My Sister

One day my sister scraped her neck. I cleaned the scrape and put a bandage on it. Then I let her pick a TV show to watch. Jesus took care of people who were sick and hurt while He was on the earth. I felt good when I helped my sister, and I know I did the right thing.

[photo] Katie Schrecengost, age 11, is a member of the Buffalo Grove Second Ward, Buffalo Grove Illinois Stake.

The Two Balloons

My mom took my four-year-old brother and me to a new frozen custard store. My brother and I each got a balloon. Mine was white, and my brother’s was blue. The wind blew away his blue balloon. I said, “You can have my white balloon.”

My brother said, “Thank you, Wendy.” I felt good.

Wendy Kay Nitta, age 6, is a member of the Manoa Ward, Honolulu Hawaii Stake.


I am only 11 years old, but for the past few years I’ve received a lot of opposition for my decision not to watch PG-13 movies. Several friends, and even some of their moms, have tried to convince me that a particular movie would be OK for me to watch because they had seen it and thought it was good. Once I chose not to attend a birthday party because they were going to see a PG-13 movie. At another party, out of 20 girls ages nine to twelve, only one other girl and I didn’t want to watch a PG-13 movie.

In My Gospel Standards it says, “I will only read and watch things that are pleasing to Heavenly Father.” There are reasons why a movie is rated PG-13. So even though I’ve been laughed at and made fun of, I feel good knowing that I am choosing to do what I feel Jesus would want me to do.

[photo] McCall Peterson, age 11, is a member of the Crescent Park Second Ward, Sandy Utah Crescent Park Stake.

I Can Make Hard Decisions

This summer I was in a 4-H club. At the county fair I showed my lamb, Queenie. I won two trophies for showmanship and was invited to a round robin competition for a big trophy. When the judge told me that the competition was going to be on Sunday, I felt a weird feeling inside, as if my heart had stopped pumping blood. I told him that I couldn’t go. I was disappointed, but the Holy Ghost let me know that I was doing the right thing. It was hard, but now I know that I can make hard decisions. This will help me the next time I have a hard decision to make.

[photo] Spencer Zeyer, age 9, is a member of the Melba Second Ward, Kuna Idaho Stake.