Summer Fun

Summer is time to have lots of fun.
We eat a ton of hot dogs on a bun.
We go to the pool
To get nice and cool.
We like to go on hikes
And ride our bikes.
It’s fun to go on trips
And have lemonade to sip.
The monsoons
Don’t start till after June.
We daydream
While eating ice cream.
We go to the mall
And love when our friends call.
We read lots of books
From the library we took.
We love to eat watermelon.
How hot it gets,
There’s no tellin’!

Chandler, Gillian, and Nelson L., ages 12, 9, and 4, Arizona, with help from their parents


Like a flower in the sunshine,
I warm your heart with a song.
Like a sister unto others,
I will be your little one!
With a warm heart you are the one and only sister I know.
I surely love you, and I know you love me too.
Like flowers in the sunshine
We are warmed with gentle love,
And by our mother and father
We are cared for with love.

J’nae B., age 10, Oregon


Be happy! Be happy! For the Church.
Be happy! Be happy! For a prophet.
Be happy! Be happy! For the Friend.
Be happy! Be happy! For life.

Jacob M., age 9, Utah

The Church of Jesus Christ

I learn from prophets and scriptures.
Like a map they guide my way to Heavenly Father.
I’m learning about the gospel by
Listening to the bishop in the chapel,
Listening to my father in family home evening,
And from choosing the right every day,
Helping others when in need,
Praying every day and night,
Keeping watch for a good deed.
I learn from Joseph Smith praying
About the churches,
Asking which one is true.
Jesus Christ says none are for you.
I want to be like the Savior,
And I can.
He died for all of them and us
So when I die I can go to the celestial kingdom.
Like my father I want to go on a mission.
I’ll help teach others about the gospel
So they will go to Heavenly Father too.

Jacob N., age 9, Kentucky


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4 Emily F., age 5, New Hampshire

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6 Andrew L., age 9, Idaho

7 Kevin H., age 7, Wisconsin

8 Ephraim O., age 5, Utah

9 Spencer C., age 8, Arizona

10 Joseph M., age 9, Florida

11 Paige S., age 4, Maryland

12 Madison J., age 9, Oregon

13 Megan R., age 6, Texas

14 Derek C., age 8, Nebraska

15 Halle N., age 8, Utah

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