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A Prayer for Rylee

My sister Rylee is allergic to nuts. If she eats any, they can make her stop breathing. One night we ate some salt water taffy, not knowing that some of the pieces had nuts in them. Rylee’s mouth started burning. Mom gave her some medicine, but it didn’t help. Next, Rylee’s throat started to burn, and she couldn’t swallow. Then her chest started to burn. It soon became hard for her to breathe.

Dad was out of town, so he wasn’t around to give her a blessing. Mom decided to call 911. The operator told her to stay on the phone until the paramedics arrived.

My sisters Kelsey and Haley and I were really worried about Rylee. We knelt on the kitchen floor and said a prayer asking Heavenly Father not to let Rylee die. Soon the paramedics arrived, but Rylee was already doing better. Mom was really surprised at her recovery.

Later, after everyone had left, we told Mom about our prayer and asked if she thought it had helped. She told us that it was probably the reason why Rylee was all right. I am grateful that Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers. Mason Cate, age 4, with help from his family Layton, Utah

Good and Warm

My oldest brother is a Marine serving in Kuwait. I pray for him in every prayer. My mom used to have to help me, but now I can pray for my brother all by myself. I miss him so much, but when I pray for him I feel good and warm. I feel that he will be all right and come home again. Austin Abaroa, age 4, with help from his family Gilbert, Arizona

Choosing a Book

One day at school, a friend and I were choosing a book to read together. The book my friend wanted to read was a ghost story. When we had read a few pages, I had an uneasy feeling because I remembered that my mom had told me not to read that book. My brother Ben had read it earlier, and it had bad things in it. After that we chose a different book. I was glad that the Holy Ghost had helped me remember. Laura Jossie, age 9 Wichita, Kansas

[illustration] Illustrated by Elise Black