Has a parent, teacher, leader, or friend been a “shepherd” in your life by warning you of danger or leading you on the right path? If so, please share your experience with the Friend. Send a letter to “Shepherds,” Friend Magazine, Rm. 2420, 50 East North Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150-3220, United States of America. Or e-mail us at friend@ldschurch.org. Please respond by July 13, 2007. A written statement signed by a parent or legal guardian granting permission to publish your photo and submission must be included.

[illustration] Illustration by Mark Robison

Lessons from My Pet Goat

I have a pet goat named Cashmere. I feel like I’m her mom. I give her food and water. I brush her hair. I put her in the barn at night to protect her. Sometimes she tries to get out. Cashmere doesn’t understand that staying in the cage protects her from getting lost, from animals, and from other dangers.

Sometimes we are like my pet goat. We have lots of shepherds in our lives. Some of them are our parents, our teachers, and our bishops. Our shepherds help us do what’s right and stay away from danger—if we listen and follow them. Jesus Christ is the best shepherd. I want to be one of the sheep in Jesus’s flock. Quincey B., age 10, Texas

Baptism Doll and Beyond

I was nearing my seventh birthday when we went to Grandma’s house. I ran into the house yelling, “Grandma, we’re here!”

“Aren’t you excited?” she asked. “This is your present.” She was sitting at a table with a nearly finished porcelain doll that she had made to look like me! It had brown hair and blue eyes like me. It was in a white dress. She explained that the white dress was to help me prepare for my baptism in a year. The doll was holding a bouquet of flowers, which she explained were the colors of the Young Women values.

The white dress was for faith, the blue flowers for divine nature, the red flowers for individual worth, the green leaves for knowledge, the orange flowers for choice and accountability, the yellow flowers for good works, and the purple flowers for integrity. She said that she is going to give me a new doll each year representing these value colors to help me prepare for Young Women.

I wore a dress very much like the doll’s to my baptism! Krystel A., age 8, Utah

I Love the Friend

I love the Friend. It inspires me to stay on the right path. I like the cartoons. I always try to read the Friend right when it comes. The stories are inspiring. Tom B., Missouri