For Little Friends

By Jane McBride Choate


Showing Our Love for Jesus

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11).

Jenay watched as Mommy set the freshly baked white cake on the kitchen table. Tonight was Christmas Eve, when her family would celebrate Jesus’s birth.

Jenay liked going caroling with her family, baking gingerbread men, and decorating the tree. But remembering Jesus’s birthday was her favorite thing to do at Christmas.

Can I help you put the icing on the cake?

We need to let it cool first.

Jenay helped Mommy clean off the counters and wash the dishes.

Do you think the cake is cool now?

I think it’s just about right.

Mommy and Jenay spread fluffy white icing on the cake.

After dinner Daddy asked the family to gather in the living room.

Even though we know that Jesus was born in the spring, we like to celebrate His birthday at this time of year.

Mommy read the story of Jesus’s birth from the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Then Daddy bore his testimony of Jesus’s Atonement and Resurrection.

One by one, the family members opened their presents to Jesus and read what they had written on a slip of paper. With Mommy’s help, Jenay had written, “Be more reverent at church.”

I’m proud of each of you. All of your gifts show your love for Jesus Christ.

Mommy cut the cake and served it on fancy dishes. Jenay took a bite of cake and smiled.

I love Jesus, and I know He loves me.

A sweet feeling of peace settled over her like a cozy warm quilt.

Illustrations by Elise Black

Bird Ornament

To make a bird ornament, you will need: pencil, tracing paper, scissors, heavy white paper, crayons or colored markers, large-eyed needle, and 3 1/2 yards (3.2 m) yarn.

  1. 1.

    Trace the bird pattern on this page on tracing paper and cut it out. Use this pattern to trace the bird onto the heavy paper. Cut out the bird, then cut out the large circle.

    bird ornament(click to view larger)

    Illustrations by Mark Robison

  2. 2.

    Color the body, eye, and beak.

  3. 3.

    Cut off 18 inches (46 cm) of yarn and set aside. Thread the needle with the longer piece of yarn and pull the yarn so that the ends meet. Holding the ends of the yarn at the top of the bird’s body, put the needle down through the hole, around the bottom of the body, and up through the hole again. Pull the yarn not quite tight. Now bring the needle up around the top of the body, and repeat the process until all the yarn is gone (see illustration).

  4. 4.

    Cut the yarn at the top and bottom of the bird’s body and fluff it. Poke a hole in the bird for hanging. Thread the 18 inches of yarn through the hole and tie the ends together.

Black Bean and Pineapple Salsa

1 can (15 ounces/425 g) black beans, drained and rinsed

2 cans (8 ounces/227 g) crushed pineapple, drained

1 can (15.25 ounces/432 g) corn, drained

1 can (14.5 ounces/411 g) diced tomatoes

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/3 cup Italian dressing

corn chips

Mix all ingredients together except corn chips. Serve salsa with corn chips.

Photograph by Craig Dimond

Prophets Dedicate Temples

In nature no two snowflakes are alike, but here they are. Match each snowflake with the picture of a temple with another snowflake that is the same shape. Then you will find out which prophet dedicated each temple.

prophets and temples matching activity(click to view larger)

Logan Temple © Steve Tregeagle; Salt Lake Temple © 1996 Steve Tregeagle; Ezra Taft Benson © Busath.com

  • A.

    London England Temple

  • B.

    Curitiba Brazil Temple

  • C.

    Logan Utah Temple

  • D.

    Frankfurt Germany Temple

  • E.

    Melbourne Australia Temple

  • F.

    Laie Hawaii Temple

  • G.

    Salt Lake Temple

  • H.

    Washington D.C. Temple

  1. 1.

    Spencer W. Kimball

  2. 2.

    Thomas S. Monson

  3. 3.

    Heber J. Grant

  4. 4.

    David O. McKay

  5. 5.

    John Taylor

  6. 6.

    Wilford Woodruff

  7. 7.

    Ezra Taft Benson

  8. 8.

    Gordon B. Hinckley

Answers:

1) H, 2) B, 3) F, 4) A, 5) C, 6) G, 7) D, 8) E.