Two Birds

(Based on experiences from the author’s family)
The prayers of the faithful shall be heard (2 Ne. 26:15).

“Look, [Mom] !” [Becky] said. “There are [two] [birds] in the grocery store.” “Yes,” [Mom] said. “There are [two] [birds] . [I] wonder how they got inside the store.” [Becky] helped [Mom] put [apples] in the [cart] while she looked at the [birds] . Then [Becky] helped [Mom] put [bananas] in the [cart] as she kept her [eyes] on the [birds] . When [Becky] put the [oranges] in the [cart] , she [saw] the [birds] take flight. She watched as the [birds] flew back [and] forth. “The [birds] are tired,” [Becky] said. “How [can] we help them?” Then she remembered a story she had heard about a [bird] that got lost in the [tabernacle] . People tried opening all the [doors] [and] chasing the [bird] out with a [net] . But the [bird] would [not] fly out any of the [doors] . Finally, a man named John said a [prayer] . Heavenly Father answered John’s [prayer] [and] helped him know what [to] do. “Turn off all the [lights] ,” John said. “[And] close all the [doors] except [one].” Then the [bird] flew out the [door] . [Becky] ran [to] a woman who worked at the store [and] told her about the [bird] in the [tabernacle] . “Thank [you],” the woman said. “What a good idea.” [Becky] smiled. [Becky] was glad she could help Heavenly Father’s [birds] [too] .

Lori Mortensen is a member of the Cameron Park Ward, El Dorado California Stake.

Daniel and the Lions’ Den

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    Darius, the new king of Babylon, chose men to help him. He made Daniel their leader. The men did not want Daniel to be their leader. (See Dan. 6:1–5.)

  2. 2.

    The men knew Daniel prayed to God. They asked the king to make a new law saying that anyone found praying to God would be put in a den of lions. The king agreed. (See Dan. 6:4–7.)

  3. 3.

    Daniel knew about the law, but he still prayed. The men spied on Daniel. When they saw him praying, they told the king. (See Dan. 6:11–13.)

  4. 4.

    The king was sorry that he had made the law. He knew Daniel had to be punished. Before Daniel was taken to the lions’ den, the king told him that God would have to save him. (See Dan. 6:14–16.)

  5. 5.

    Early the next morning, King Darius hurried to the den. He called to Daniel. Then Daniel said, “My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me.” King Darius decided that his people should worship Daniel’s God. (See Dan. 6:19–22, 25–27.)

[illustrations] Illustrated by Julie F. Young

Daniel, Lions, and Me

Daniel faced the lions in his life. He showed great faith and courage. We need to have faith and courage to help us make the right choices in our lives.

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A lion(click to view larger)

Illustrated by Mark Robison

Daniel had to face lions in his life. I can face the lions in my life. I will make the right choices. I will be honest. I will pray morning and night. I will keep the Sabbath day holy. I will obey my parents. I will take care of my mind and body.

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