Mom’s Surprise Helper

When we’re helping, we’re happy ( Children’s Songbook, 198).

Marcus sat on the couch and watched cartoons. Mom picked up the toys and clothes he and his little sister, Julie, had left on the floor.

But it was hard for Marcus to hear the TV because Julie was crying.

Mom, can you make Julie be quiet? I’m trying to watch cartoons!

Marcus, it’s time for Julie’s nap. I want you to turn off the TV and do something else.

Marcus didn’t want to turn off the TV, but he did. He looked for something else to do. He saw his crayons, but he didn’t want to color.

He found a soccer ball, but he didn’t have anybody to play with. He picked up a toy, but its batteries weren’t working. He walked to Mom’s bedroom to ask for some new batteries.

When Marcus got to the bedroom, he saw Julie asleep in her crib. Mom was asleep on the bed next to some folded towels and a basket of socks.

Mom’s tired.

Instead of waking her up, Marcus decided to help her.

In the kitchen, he began putting the clean dishes in the cabinets, just like Mom always did—only a little louder.

After a couple of minutes, Mom walked into the kitchen. Marcus was sitting on the counter, trying to put away the plastic cups.

Marcus! What are you doing?

Surprise! I wanted let you rest.

Thank you, Marcus. I was very tired.

Mom gave Marcus a big hug and a kiss. As much as Marcus loved to watch cartoons, doing something to make Mom happy made him feel even better.

Illustrations by Elise Black

May Flowers

garden activity(click to view larger)

April showers brought May flowers for this gardener. Can you find the two gardens that are most alike?


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Jesus Christ Teaches at the Temple

Jesus Christ Teaches at the Temple(click to view larger)

Illustrations by Elise Black

Jesus grew up in the city of Nazareth. As a boy, Jesus learned many things and was strong in spirit. When Jesus was 12 years old, He went with Joseph and Mary to a celebration in Jerusalem. After the celebration, Mary and Joseph started walking home. They thought Jesus was walking with His friends. When Mary and Joseph started looking for Jesus, they could not find Him. They went back to Jerusalem to look for Jesus. They looked for three days. They found Jesus at the temple, talking with some teachers. The teachers were surprised at how much Jesus knew. Mary told Jesus she had been worried about Him. Jesus told Joseph and Mary that He had been doing Heavenly Father’s work. Jesus went back to Nazareth with Joseph and Mary.