For Little Friends

Things Will Get Better

By Chad E. Phares

Church Magazines

(Based on a true story)

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    The Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease (Mosiah 24:15).

    1. It was Elliott’s first day at a new school, and he was nervous.

      Mom, I’m going to miss my old friends.

      I know you will, but you can make new friends.

    2. After arriving at school, Elliott sat down in a new classroom. A lot of the children already knew each other. They were talking and laughing. Elliott sat quietly.

    3. At recess Elliott couldn’t find anyone to play with. He didn’t know whom to ask. A couple of the boys on the playground said something unkind to him. Elliott was not happy.

    4. Elliott returned home from school feeling sad.

      What’s wrong?

      I had a hard day at school. You said I would make new friends, but I didn’t. Some boys were mean to me, and I didn’t even do anything to them.

    5. I’m sorry you had a bad day. If you keep trying, things will get better. Maybe we should pray about this. What do you think?

      OK. I really want to have a good time at school.

    6. Day after day Elliott prayed for help so he could have good days at school. Some days were a little rough, but he slowly started to find friends to play with.

    7. Elliott kept praying for help. After a few weeks, Elliott was playing with new friends every day. Even though some kids were not always nice, he wasn’t bothered by them as much. Elliott knew Heavenly Father blessed him so he could be happy at his new school.

    Illustrations by Adam Koford