Trying to Be Like Jesus

By Augusto B.

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He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (John 8:12).

Surprising Things

The other day I went to the house of a friend who owns a swimming pool. He is a member of a different church, so I taught him about Joseph Smith. It surprised him to learn that Heavenly Father and Jesus appeared to Joseph Smith. I taught him about the Book of Mormon. He didn’t know about it, just the Bible. Since he didn’t have a Book of Mormon, he didn’t know about Nephi or anyone.

I taught him about the Word of Wisdom. I had asked him once before if he would smoke or drink when he got older. After teaching him the Word of Wisdom, I asked him again. And now he isn’t going to drink alcohol or smoke.

I wanted him to come to our Church, so I invited him. He was going to be gone this week, so I’m going to invite him again when he’s back.

He liked learning these things.

[photo] Augusto B., age 10, Argentina

[illustration] Illustration by Thomas S. Child

Fighting Isn’t OK

One day a couple of my friends were fighting about a girl in my grade. They wanted her to like them.

I told them, “Enough, enough!” and pushed them apart. I didn’t want them to hurt each other or stop being friends.

I wasn’t afraid I’d get hurt, but when I separated them, they got mad. “What are you doing in the middle of this?” they asked. I told them to chill out because I wanted them to be friends and Jesus wants us to be kind to each other.

They made up and stopped fighting over the girl.

[photo] Alan S., age 11, Argentina

The Bad Magazine

Once when I was in second grade I was riding the bus home after school. Some high school boys were sitting in front of me looking at a magazine. The one who was holding the magazine came back and sat by me. The magazine had pictures of immodest girls. I knew that the prophet had said not to look at bad magazines or pictures. I closed my eyes and turned away. The boys tried to get me to look, but I kept my eyes closed. I’m glad I chose the right by doing what the prophet said.

[photo] Brinna J., age 11, Wyoming

The Example of Jesus

I want to be with Heavenly Father and Jesus someday. I want to be with my family, and that is what Heavenly Father wants too. I know He will bless me when I make good choices. I feel happy inside when I am with my family. Jesus is a good example for me, and I want to follow Him.

I was trying to be like Jesus when I was at my friend’s house. She was sad because her older sister had been mean. I used the example of Jesus to teach her not to be mean back to her sister. It made her feel better.

[photo] Hannah V., age 9, Arizona

Picture of Peace

There was a girl in my class who was not being nice to me. Even though the teacher told her to stop, she kept calling me names and kicking me. My mom told me that I should draw a picture for her. It worked! After I gave her the picture, she started being nice to me. I’m happy that I chose the right.

[photo] Emily B., age 6, Germany

Missionary Bear

For a first-grade class project we were asked to dress up a paper bear to look like someone we want to be when we get older. I decided to dress my bear as a missionary. My mom helped me cut out a white shirt, vest, and pants. I glued them onto the bear. My dad made me a missionary nametag. I wrote a few sentences about how education would help me become what I had dressed my bear as. I wrote that education would help me learn to read, write, and even learn a new language. We had a teddy bear parade for all the first-grade children and their parents. I do plan to be a missionary.

[photo] Tucker N., age 6, Florida