I Will Seek Good Friends and Treat Others Kindly *
I can be like Jesus by being nice to my friends. One of my friends has a lot of video games. While I was at his house one day, he kept playing games without giving me a turn. I wanted to play, too, and I felt like whining and complaining. But I remembered that my mom had told me complaining wasn’t nice. So I let him play and waited my turn. I try to be like Jesus so I can live with Him and Heavenly Father again.
See My Gospel Standards, Faith in God guidebook, back cover.
One night, my family was playing a game about geography. My sister and I were playing against our two brothers. There was an outline of the United States on the game board. The person whose turn it was had to name the state my dad pointed to. If that person couldn’t answer the question, his or her partner could help. There was a U.S. map on the wall, but we weren’t supposed to look at it during our turn. Once while my sister was trying to remember her state, I glanced at the map and saw the name of the state next to hers.
Soon Dad pointed at the state that I had seen, and I named it. I felt bad. I knew that I shouldn’t have looked. After we named all the states we could, my dad added up the points. We got eleven points, and my dad was about to write it down, but I said, “No, ten points! I looked at the map.”
My dad said, “Wow, thanks for being honest.”
We still lost the game, but I was happy that I told the truth.
The other day I was playing outside with my younger brother. As I was walking on the grass outside our apartment, I spotted something pink and shiny. I picked it up and saw that it was a pen with pictures of naked women on it. I remembered the story about pornography in the March 2004 Friend that my mom read to us during family home evening just two weeks ago. I immediately threw the pen over the fence and ran upstairs to tell my mom what happened. My mom asked me to show her where the pen was so that she could throw it away where no one else might find it. I felt good inside and knew that the Holy Ghost helped me to choose the right.
Following the Prophet
For several months our family had been planning a vacation to a theme park. We had been doing chores and saving our allowance to have spending money. We were counting the days.
At the beginning of May, we held a family council where Mom reviewed our family budget and explained that money was tight. Dad presented a travel budget, and we realized that we couldn’t go on the trip without going into debt. We had a hard decision to make. We could go to the park and add to our debt, or wait until we could pay it off and save enough for next year. We talked about the prophet’s counsel to get out of debt and stay out of debt. Although it was a very difficult decision and some of us even cried, we chose to wait till next year.
We still wish we could go this year, but we are happy that we are following the prophet and know that we will be blessed for doing it.