Trying to Be Like Jesus

By Braden Walden


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

A Story of Kindness

My mom was talking on the phone, and my little brother kept asking her to read him a story. My mom told him she was busy, but he still kept asking.

I decided to do what I thought Jesus would do. I read my little brother a story. Afterward my mom thanked me, and I felt good inside because I had helped my mom and my little brother.

Braden Walden, age 11, is a member of the Potomac Ward, Washington D.C. Stake.

I Will Seek Good Friends *

On my block there is a lady who is about to die. Mrs. Gettman is 86 years old and one of my best friends. Our friendship started a few years ago when my mom made banana bread and asked me to deliver small loaves to the four older single ladies on our block. All four of them were really happy to have company and a treat. Mrs. Gettman felt good about the visit so I kept going back. I sometimes took my cousin and other friends with me to visit. We would play games or watch TV or just talk. I really grew to love those visits.

One day, Mrs. Gettman gave me a croaking frog and said it would be something to remember her by. Two weeks later my dad got a call saying that Mrs. Gettman wasn’t doing well and that her family wanted me to come see her one more time. I was sick that day, but I decided to go visit my friend anyway. I held her hand and told her I loved her. As I got ready to leave, her children told me how special my visits were to their mom. She had told them how glad she was that I would visit her even though she wasn’t a Latter-day Saint. My testimony is that Heavenly Father loves everyone. I know that people will be resurrected and live again because Jesus gave us that gift.

[photo] Eric Pollard, age 10, is a member of the Cedar First Ward, Pocatello Idaho Central Stake.

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A Christlike Example

The elementary school in our area was having a program in the gymnasium for both parents and students. The students sat close together on the floor. The fifth graders were seated near the back of the room with students from the special education class who had physical and mental disabilities.

During the program, one of the older boys in that class began to cry loudly. Many in the room either ignored him or stared at him in embarrassment. Shanie Atwood, a fifth grader, leaned close to him and kindly began to rub his back. This calmed him, and soon he was quietly enjoying the program again.

Jesus would not have ignored the boy or given him unkind looks. He would have helped, and that is exactly what Shanie did. She was a Christlike example that day.

[photo] Shalayne (Shanie) Atwood, age 11, is a member of the Paradise Third Ward, Hyrum Utah Stake.

Children Can Be Leaders

I was playing a game with some other children on a camping trip. Some of them started using bad words. I asked them to stop. Then another girl said we should play the game without using bad words. After that none of the children used bad words, and we had a lot of fun.

When I told my dad what happened, he said that I was a leader. He said a leader is someone who shows others the way and that my friend and I had shown the children how to play without using bad language. Now I know that even children like me can be leaders.

[photo] Hannah Anderson, age 8, is a member of the Andover Ward, Anoka Minnesota Stake.

The Two-piece Bathing Suit

On a hot summer day, I went to play with a friend who is not a member of the Church. She wanted to go swimming, but I didn’t have a bathing suit. She said I could borrow one of hers. She pulled out a two-piece bathing suit. I said no. Finally she found a modest bathing suit that fit me.

I’m glad I chose the right by not wearing the two-piece bathing suit. I’m glad I was born in the Church and that my parents teach me what is right and what is wrong. I hope I can always choose the right so I can live with Heavenly Father someday.

[photo] Laura Jett, age 10, is a member of the Cape May Branch, Cherry Hill New Jersey Stake.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Apryl Stott