For Little Friends

By Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen

The Greatest Treasure

(A Read-Together Story)
If you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God (D&C 14:7).

Child: God has given us great treasures.

Parent: One of those treasures is

Both: The true Church of Jesus Christ.

Parent: The Church of Jesus Christ is a treasure, because it teaches us what we need to do to live with Heavenly Father again.

Child: Jesus told many parables about this treasure.

Parent: One was about a man who found a treasure hidden in a field.

Child: The man was excited. He wanted to keep the treasure. But he had a problem. He did not own the field.

Parent: He also didn’t have enough money to buy the field.

Child: The man thought about the treasure. He knew it was worth more than all he had.

Parent: So, he sold everything, and bought the field.

Child: Finally, he owned the treasure. He was very happy. *

Parent: In another parable, Jesus told about a merchant who was searching for beautiful pearls.

Child: One day, he found a pearl that was greater than all the other pearls. Jesus called it “a pearl of great price.”

Parent: The man wanted that pearl, but it was very expensive. The only way he could get it was to do the same thing that the man who had found the treasure had done—he had to sell everything he owned.

Child: So, the merchant sold all that he had and bought the pearl. **

Parent: Both of these men found great treasures, and both of them gave up everything they had to get them.

Child: God has given us a great treasure.

Both: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Child: He wants us to treasure it.

Parent: How?

Child: By learning and obeying the commandments.

Both: No matter what.

Child: That is the only way we can keep it.

Parent: That is the only way we can receive God’s greatest treasure of all—

Both: Eternal life.

[illustration] Illustrated by Scott Greer

  1.   *

    See Matt. 13:44.

  2.   **

    See Matt. 13:45–46.

Needle Punch Card

To make a needle punch card, you will need: a pencil, an envelope, an extra-large sewing needle, a pen, and a piece of paper.

  1. 1.

    With a pencil lightly draw a simple shape or design on the envelope (heart, flower, butterfly, initials, dots, etc.). Using the needle, poke holes spaced slightly apart on the lines you have drawn on the envelope (see illustrations).

  2. 2.

    Write a message on the piece of paper and sign it. Then lightly draw a design on the paper and needle punch it. Fold the paper and place it in the envelope.

[illustration] Illustrated by Scott Greer

The Birthday Card

Birthday card(click to view larger)

Illustrated by Val Chadwick Bagley

Katy was looking at the calendar when she saw that her mom had a birthday soon. Katy wanted to buy her mom a card, but she did not have any money. Katy looked under the couch cushions, in her drawers, and in her closet, but she could not find any money. She sat on her bed and a few tears ran down her face. Mom saw Katy crying. “Why are you crying, Katy?” Mom asked. “Because I do not have any money to buy you a birthday card,” Katy said. “Oh, Katy, it’s the thought that counts,” Mom said. Katy decided to write all her thoughts about her Mom on paper. Then Katy used her crayons to color the paper yellow and blue. Katy smiled when she saw the pretty birthday card she had made. “Mom was right. It is the thought that counts!” declared Katy.

Honey Butter

1/4 cup honey

2 tablespoons soft butter or margarine

2 tablespoons frozen whipped topping, thawed toast

Mix the first three ingredients together until smooth. Spread the mixture on the toast. The honey butter also tastes good on rolls, French toast, waffles, or pancakes.

Barking Banana

Body: a peeled banana spread with peanut butter and covered with chocolate sprinkles

Ears: a slice off the bottom of the body and cut in half

Eyes: cereal pieces or mini marshmallows

Nose: half of a maraschino cherry or a raisin

Legs, whiskers, and tail: black shoestring licorice or pretzel pieces

[illustrations] Illustrated by Val Chadwick Bagley