Flowers by the Dozen

empty egg carton

acrylic paints

colored pipe cleaners

  1. Cut out the individual cups from an egg carton. Each cup will be a flower.

  2. Paint the cups and let them dry completely.

  3. Poke a hole in the bottom of each cup and pull a pipe cleaner through the hole to make a stem. Make a small loop at the top of the stem to secure it inside the cup.

  4. Place flowers in a clean jar or vase to display in your room or give to a friend.

  5. You can try different things when creating your flowers—twist two pipe cleaners together, cut the egg cups to have petal shapes around the edges, or add colored tissue paper.

Advice from You

For you Friend readers who have turned 12, what advice do you have for those going into Young Men or Young Women soon? What made your transition from Primary easier? Let us know, and we’ll share your advice in an upcoming issue of the Friend. Your older brothers or sisters can share their advice too! Turn to page 48 to find out how to send us your letter and photo. Submissions need to be received by May 31, 2010.

Mini Crunches

Make these small sandwiches for a snack or share them with friends. Spread a small amount of cream cheese on a mini rice cake. Place a second rice cake on top of the cream cheese and press down gently. Use different flavors of cream cheese to make your snack sweet or spicy.

Journal Junction

On April 6, 1830—180 years ago—The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was officially organized by the Prophet Joseph Smith. Take some time this month to read D&C 21:1–5 and the section heading. Then write in your journal how you feel about Joseph Smith and what the Restoration of the Church means to you.

Missionary Moments

Joseph Smith called missionaries to preach the gospel in the United States, Canada, and England. Today, there are more than 50,000 missionaries and 17 missionary training centers around the world. Even though you won’t serve a full-time mission until you are older, there are things you can do now to be a missionary. Here are some things children like you have done to share the gospel.

My class was doing an “around the world” project. Part of it was to drink tea. I told my teacher about my religion and that I do not drink tea. My friend asked me if the tea was bad for him. I said in my religion we believe it is. He said thanks and put his tea away. I am glad I obeyed the commandments and shared the gospel.

Brock S., age 10, Colorado

When my best friend was moving, I wanted to give her a nice gift. So I gave her the Children’s Songbook CDs and Book of Mormon Stories. I also invited her to go to church and Primary with me a few times. I felt so good inside!

Estelle A., age 6, Utah

When I was at my friend’s house, we were really scared because someone told a scary story. I was the only member of the Church, so I asked my friends to join me in a prayer. I asked Heavenly Father to help us not be afraid. Afterward, we all felt better and braver. I felt happy that I chose to do the right thing.

Caitlin B., age 10, Oregon

Photographs by Cody Bell