Friends by Mail


My Baptism

I live on the island of Lifou, one of the islands of New Caledonia. I was baptized on a Saturday afternoon by my father. We had to travel to another tribal area called Luengóni for my baptism because my tribe lives on the high ground, and we don’t have any beaches. When I went down into the water, I was afraid, and my heart was heavy. Coming out of the water I felt very light and full of joy. My heart was pounding with joy, for I knew that my church is the true Church of Jesus Christ. I love singing the hymns of the Church and reading the Book of Mormon. I bear you my testimony in the name of Jesus Christ, amen. Wajo Elenne Xowi, age 8, Lifou Island, New Caledonia

A Good Magazine

I am writing to let you know how much I enjoy reading the Friend. My family and I have subscribed for a long time, probably from before I was baptized. I think it is cool that I can read about other children around the world. We use the Friend for family home evening and also for scripture study. It helps me relate what I’m reading in the scriptures to things that may happen to me in everyday life. I have also used it to help write talks. I gave my first talk in sacrament meeting in December, and I used the December issue of the Friend. Thank you for publishing such a good magazine. Quinton Stoker, age 12, Eagle Mountain, Utah

Warm Heart

I was wondering if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I prayed about it on Saturday night and didn’t get an answer that night. On Sunday morning I prayed about it again, and right when I said the words “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” my heart got very warm. I felt the Holy Ghost say to me, “Yes, it is the true church.” Audrey Jensen, age 8, South Euclid, Ohio

A Bad Case of the Flu

When I was young I had a bad case of the flu. My dad gave me a blessing. Many people in the temple prayed for me. I got better the next week. I am thankful for fathers’ blessings, temples, prayer, and the priesthood. David Brown, age 11, Duluth, Georgia