“I know without question, my brothers and sisters, that God lives. I testify to you that this is His work. I testify as well that our Savior Jesus Christ is at the head of this Church, which bears His name. I know that the sweetest experience in all this life is to feel His promptings as He directs us in the furtherance of His work. … I testify that each one of us can feel the Lord’s inspiration as we live worthily and strive to serve Him.”
—President Thomas S. Monson
(“Looking Back and Moving Forward,” Ensign, May 2008, 88.)
Investigating the Scriptures
Do you know how to be a “scripture investigator”? The children of the Central Falls Ward in Providence, Rhode Island, learned how. First their Primary president, Sister Heather Smith, taught them the questions an investigative reporter asks: Who? What? Where? How? and Why? Then they used those questions to “investigate” the topic of baptism. They applied their new skills to investigate Matthew 3:13–17, and here’s what they found out:
Who: Jesus and John the Baptist
Where: the River Jordan
How: by immersion
Why: to fulfill all righteousness
For these children, studying the scriptures is also a great way to practice their reading skills. Many of their parents were born in Cape Verde, an island off the coast of Africa. At home, some of the children speak Portuguese and a language called Creole. At school and church, they speak and read English. But whatever language they’re using, they enjoy learning from the scriptures!
What are some stories from the scriptures that you really enjoy? Take some time this month to read a few of them. Then pick one story and write in your journal about why you like it.
Tournament Trail Mix
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup salted peanuts
2 cups pretzel twists
1/2 cup plain candy-coated chocolates
3/4 cup peanut candy-coated chocolates
Wash your hands.
Pour all the ingredients into a large bowl or plastic zip bag. Stir the ingredients in the bowl or shake the bag to mix.
Put individual servings into small zip bags to carry along for a trip to the park or a long ride in the car.
The Light of the World © Greg Olsen, do not copy; archery illustrations by Scott Greer; John the Baptist Baptizes Jesus by Robert Barrett, © 1999 IRI