Trying to Be Like Jesus

By Rebeca F.

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

CTR Rings in the Principal’s Office

One day at school before I was eight, they were inspecting our hands and nails to see if they were clean, and the principal saw my CTR ring (“HLJ” in Spanish). After the principal checked the rest of my row, she came back to me and said, “Rebeca, come with me to the principal’s office.” Then she said to my teacher, “Can I take Rebeca for a while?”

In her office, she asked me what the ring meant. I said, “Choose the right.” I explained that at church they teach us to do good, pray, and read the scriptures. She asked which church I went to, and I said, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” Then she asked me what that church was about, and I told her about Joseph Smith going into a grove to pray and seeing the Father and the Son. I told her about going to the temple to be sealed to my parents and that I would be baptized when I was eight. She said, “You can tell me more later.”

Later I took the principal a copy of the Book of Mormon with my testimony inside.

I have a goal to be a missionary when I grow up. But right now I am trying to share the gospel with my friends.

Rebeca F., age 12, Guatemala

[photo] Photograph by Christina Smith

Sweet-smelling Service

As a family service project, Jessica and Rebecca V. made about 90 sweet-smelling potpourri bags for elderly people in local nursing homes. With the help of their mom they cut the fabric, sewed and filled the bags, and decorated them with yarn. The girls felt really happy about the project and are looking forward to the next one.

[photo] Jessica and Rebecca V., ages 6 and 5, with their baby sister, Christina, New Jersey

Extra Pound

One Sunday morning before church I was playing our piano. I decided to open the piano top to watch the hammers move. When I lifted the top, a large glass vase full of flowers fell off the piano and crashed to the floor. My mom came running to find out what had made such a loud noise. She was unhappy when she saw that her new vase had been broken. She asked me if I had done it. At first I said “No,” but then I said “Yes,” because I knew it was the right thing to do. I asked my mum how much the vase cost, and she told me two pounds. But she said that I only needed to give her one pound to help buy a new one. I went upstairs to my room and got the money out of my piggy bank. I gave her a one-pound coin and then surprised her by hiding another one for her to find. I felt good when I told the truth and paid for the new vase. It made Mum happy too. I want to be like Jesus every day and give more than people ask of me.

[photo] Sammy W., age 6, England

[photo] Photograph by Mark Robison

A Close Call

Once I was helping my brother clean his room. He got frustrated with me and threw his soccer cleats at me. That made me angry. Later, when we were in our pajamas, I noticed a tan spot on my brother’s shoulder. I looked closer and saw that it was a scorpion! I remembered the soccer cleats and wondered if I should tell him about the scorpion or not. I decided not to, but then I thought, “He is my brother, no matter what.” So I told him and told my mom too. She flicked the scorpion off his shoulder. I’m glad I made the right choice.

[photo] Meagan T. W., age 11, Arizona

[illustration] Scorpion illustration by Mark Robison