Trying to Be Like Jesus


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

Helping Hands

Ryan V., age 6, Utah

One day I was shopping with my mom at a store. A lady who worked there was pushing a shopping cart stacked high with boxes. After she passed us, some of the boxes started falling off the cart. I stopped to help her pick up the boxes even though no one asked me to. She said, “Thank you,” and she had a big smile on her face. I know that helping others is what Jesus wants us to do.

I Will Only Watch Things that Are Pleasing to Heavenly Father *

Zackary T., age 10, British Columbia, Canada

I was watching a movie in class at school, and the people in it started to swear. I asked my teacher if I could leave the room and read. I got permission, so I grabbed my book and left. I think it was the still, small voice telling me to leave.

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    See My Gospel Standards, Faith in God guidebook, back cover.

An Honest Snack

Matthew D., age 6, Minnesota

Once when I was at a store, I looked inside the vending machine where the candy falls down and found a bag of fruit snacks. I didn’t want to steal it, and I didn’t want someone else to steal it. I decided to give it to a worker. When I explained what happened, she said I could keep it and take it home to share with my family. While we ate the fruit snacks, I felt good inside for choosing the right.

A Job Well Done

Mary Jane M., age 8, Virginia

One morning my parents went somewhere, and my little brother’s friend and his mom came over to babysit. My little sister and brother went outside to play with them. I decided to stay inside and do chores. First, I set the table for lunch. Then I made two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and put them in the refrigerator. Then I mopped the floor with wet paper towels. Then I went upstairs to clean my room. When I was halfway done, I heard the front door open. My mom and dad were home! When I told them what I had done, they were very proud of me. I felt good inside that I was helping my parents.

Listening to Conference

Natalie T., age 9, Arizona

One day I was playing with my friend who is a member of a different church. We began talking about the ways my church and her church are the same. I remembered hearing a talk in general conference by Elder Gary J. Coleman about how we are Christians. Because I had listened well to his talk, I was able to explain to my friend what it means to be Christians, and that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are Christians.

You can find Elder Coleman’s talk on page 92 of the May 2007 Ensign, and at www.lds.org.

Illustrations by Dani Jones