For Little Friends

By Marli Walker


The Temple Is His House

(Based on a true story)
I love to see the temple. I’m going there someday (Children’s Songbook, 95).

Three-year-old Natalee shifted in her car seat trying to get a better look out of the window. “There it is!” she exclaimed, excitedly pointing her finger. “There’s the temple!”

Her mother smiled as she saw the beautiful Manti Utah Temple come into view.

“Mommy, is the temple Jesus’s house?” Natalee asked.

“Yes, it is, sweetheart,” Mom replied. “Every temple is the house of the Lord.”

“Will I see Jesus when I go to the temple?” Natalee asked.

“Some people have seen Him in temples. I don’t know if you will, but we can feel His Spirit there.”

“Does He talk in the temple?” Natalee asked.

“Jesus does talk. We learn His words through our prophets, the scriptures, and the Spirit.”

“I take my scriptures to church on Sunday,” Natalee said proudly.

“Yes, you do. The scriptures tell us about Jesus’s gospel and how He wants us to live so we can live with Him again.”

“Will I live with Jesus someday, Mommy?”

“Yes, but you have a lot of things to do first. When you turn eight years old, you will be baptized and confirmed. Then you will be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Someday you will be married in the temple. You also need to be good, kind, and keep the commandments so you can live with Jesus again. We can be with all of our family too. You, Daddy, me, your brothers and sisters, your grandmas and grandpas, and even your cousins can be with us. If we live worthily, we can all live with Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father someday.”

“Is the church building Jesus’s house too?” Natalee asked a few minutes later.

“Yes,” Mom replied. “When we go to church, we learn about Jesus and His commandments.”

“My nursery teacher tells stories about Jesus. Is Jesus nice, Mommy?”

“He is very nice, and He loves you very much.”

“I love Jesus’s houses,” Natalee said.

“I love them too,” Mom said. “And I’m thankful for temple blessings.”

Natalee smiled a great big smile. Then she opened her arms as wide as she could and said, “I want to give Jesus a great big hug because I love Him too.”

[illustration] Illustration by Pat Hoggan

Go Fish

Jesus Christ fed 5,000 people by multiplying two fish and five loaves of bread (see Matthew 14:16–21). Can you find the two fish that look alike on this page?

Another time Jesus caused Peter to catch so many fish that the boat started to sink (see Luke 5:4–7). For every fish on this page, name a blessing Heavenly Father has given you.

Go fish(click to view larger)

Illustrated by Pat Hoggan

When I Begin to Pray

I will fold my arms
And sit so quietly.
My feet behave and I am still.
I listen reverently.
I will bow my head
And close my eyes this way.
My spirit needs this quiet mood
When I begin to pray.

Instructions: Glue pages 34–35 to heavy paper. Cut out the verse and set it aside. Cut out the paper doll parts. Poke small holes in the places marked with Xs and then join the body parts together with brass fasteners. Cut out eyeholes in the head. Center the separate eye piece behind the head so the eyes show through the holes. Tape around the edges, leaving the top open (see illustration). Insert the paper with the tab at the top in the opening in front of the eye piece. Lift the paper up and down to open and close the eyes.

Hold the paper doll in front of you as you recite the verse. Move the paper doll to show the actions as you say them. You could use the verse and the paper doll as a talk, a lesson, or to help your family get ready for prayer.

Paper cutouts(click to view larger)

Illustrated by Pat Hoggan