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I love your magazine. Madison H., age 10, Texas

A Second Family

Last summer my family became part of a new ward because of boundary changes. Then my grandma died. It was very hard for my family to lose her. The night she died, our new bishop came to our house. Also we got a couple of phone calls from people expressing sympathy. We had to leave the next day and were gone for a week. When we got home we had nine phone messages. It didn’t matter what people gave us. Bread, cookies, a phone call, and visits all made the family feel better. I lost someone close to me, but I also found out that a ward can be a second family. Katelynn W., age 11, Colorado

Baptism Decision

One Saturday my family went to a store. We noticed a man there who looked familiar. It was President Thomas S. Monson. When he saw us, he shook my hand and asked me how old I was. When I told him I was eight years old, he asked me if I had been baptized yet. I was so happy that I had made the decision to be baptized and could tell him, “Yes, I have.” He told me to make sure I planned for a mission later. I am thankful I got to shake President Monson’s hand and talk to him. I am thankful that I got baptized. I am planning to go on a mission when I am 19. Kyle M., age 8, Utah

Feeling the Holy Ghost

My Aunt Shannon needed to get a lung transplant because she has cystic fibrosis. I had been praying for her morning and night. One night right after I said my prayers, I had a strong feeling that she would get the transplant. The next morning my mom told me that Aunt Shannon had been called by the doctors. They said, “We have a pair of lungs for you.” I know that my feeling came from the Holy Ghost. Chase C., age 11, Arizona

[illustration] Illustrated by Brad Teare