Friends in the News


Salem Ward

The children of the Salem Ward, St. Johns Arizona Stake, decorated posters that said, “We Love You!” They had their picture taken with the posters, and the pictures were sent to their ward members who are missionaries or serving in the military.

Nathan A., 8, Arizona, was baptized on his birthday and received a special gift—the gift of the Holy Ghost. He has a Friend magazine from 1979 that has a picture of his dad in it when he was nine.

Reagan Eliza W., 4, Colorado, enjoys singing Primary songs. She is a good example and helps her little sister say her prayers. She likes baking with her mom, gymnastics, drawing, and swimming.

David S., 7, Texas, likes to sing, play the piano, and ride his bike. He enjoys sports and is happy that his dad is the coach of his soccer team. He loves being a brother.

Erin B., 5, California, is thoughtful, helpful, and fun. She likes to read, draw, dance, play with her cousins, and give her mom hugs. She is a bookmark contest winner at school.

Josalyn R. and Madisen B. H., 4 and 6, Utah, are sisters and best friends. They enjoy playing the piano and singing. Madisen likes art, and Josalyn likes horses. They both love to see the temple lit up at night. They strive to follow the Savior’s example every day.

Hansen Ward

The Primary children of the Hansen Ward, Kimberly Idaho Stake, took a challenge to read the scriptures with their families for one year. With every book that was read, each family received a block. The goal was to build a temple from the blocks as they watched the Twin Falls Idaho temple being built.

Mountain View Eighth Ward

The Primary of the Mountain View Eighth Ward, Payson Utah Mountain View Stake, had a Scripture Heroes activity. The children learned about David and Goliath, Nephi, and the brother of Jared. Then they sang songs about scripture heroes and latter-day prophets.

Savanna H., 6, Utah, likes to sing, dance, and do gymnastics. Her favorite foods are doughnuts and spaghetti. She is a fantastic sister and a good example.

Brayden Hunter N., 5, Washington, has an older sister and a younger sister. He likes kindergarten and riding to school on the bus. He enjoys making new friends. His favorite things to do are ride his bike, play family games, and play soccer.

Noah B., 4, Russia, likes family home evening and reading the Book of Mormon with his mom and dad. He wants to go on a mission when he is 19. He enjoys sledding with his friends during the cold Siberian winters.

Aydan H., 5, North Carolina, enjoys school, swimming, drawing, crafts, and dance lessons. She loves her little sister and is a good friend. She likes every Primary song.

Alex R., 5, Illinois, enjoys going to Primary and learning about Jesus. He wants to wear his CTR ring every day. He likes to listen to books, ride his bike, and play pretend with his little brother, Ben.

Cade and Kyler C., 7 and 5, Tennessee, enjoy spending time with their family. Cade is excited to be baptized. He likes riding his bike, playing soccer, and figuring out math problems. Kyler lights up the room with his smile. He never gives up, even when something is hard.

Courtney W., 11, Washington, competes in Irish dance competitions. Recently, she competed against 74 of the top Irish dancers in the western U.S. and placed 16th! She also won first place in her age category. She enjoys working hard.

Carrollton First Ward

For an activity, the children of the Carrollton First Ward, Carrollton Texas Stake, learned about temples and visited the grounds of the Dallas Texas Temple (below).

Jill, Hailey, Claire, and Cole Z., 9, 8, 5, and 3, California, enjoy each new year when they get the poster in the January Friend. In this picture they are holding the posters they’ve done at family home evening. They always find the hidden CTR ring and do the activities.