In September 2004, lots of hurricanes hit Florida, where I live with my mom, dad, and sisters Morgie and Maddie. Our family had never been in a hurricane. We prepared to be inside for a few days and to maybe go without power for a few days. We also prayed that we would be kept safe during the storm. On September 5, church was cancelled because of Hurricane Frances. That Sunday was stormy and ugly outside, but inside we were safe. My mom and dad got permission from the bishop for us to have sacrament meeting at home. Mom and Morgie played the piano, and we sang. Dad blessed and passed the sacrament. Then everyone gave a talk. Morgie, Maddie, and I all gave our talks from the Friend. The storm was still blowing outside, but I felt peaceful inside.
On September 26, 2004, Hurricane Jeanne came. When I found out church was going to be cancelled again, I knew we would sing songs, give talks, and have the sacrament at home. I was happy. Again it was stormy outside, but we felt peace inside. Rozzie Smith, age 8, with help from her mom, Orange Park, Florida
I like to read the Friend because it helps me learn and live the gospel and set a good example for my friends. It also helps us have a happier family. Since the Friend started coming, there is less contention in our home. Jessica Lynne Larsen, age 11, Bakersfield, California
About a month ago, my family went to the local fair. My mum and I went up to a stall that was all about being healthy. The lady said that if I could answer a question I would win a prize. She asked, “What can you do instead of smoking?” I quickly said, “Pray.” She seemed surprised but very happy with my answer. She gave me my prize, and Mum said that I was a good boy for being a good example and “shining my light.” Zachary Ainge, age 5, with help from his mum, Burpengary, Queensland, Australia
Feeding the Chickens
One day my mom asked me to feed the chickens. I tried, but I could not open the container of chicken feed. I prayed and asked Heavenly Father to give me strength. I was able to open the container and feed the chickens. Afterward I said another prayer to thank Heavenly Father. I’m thankful that I know how to pray and that Heavenly Father answers our prayers. Taylor Trejo, age 7, St. David, Arizona