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Illustration by Thomas S. Child

Going Bananas

Daniel J., age 7, Illinois, USA

Daniel loves the Friend and always wants to try out the recipes. One night while his dad and older siblings were at church activities, he made chocolate-dipped bananas (from the July 2012 issue) with his mom.

Loving My Dad

Naomi M., age 10, California, USA

When I read “Glad You’re My Dad” (Feb. 2013), I felt really happy. My dad doesn’t go to church with the rest of my family. Like Mark, I still love going to church too, even though my dad doesn’t go with my family. But I know he will someday.

Excited for the Friend

Rosemary A., age 11, Arizona, USA

My stepmom says, “Rosemary, will you please go check the mail?” I do, and when I find that the Ensign, New Era, and Friend are in the mailbox, I rush home, set the mail on the counter, grab the Friend, and read it in my bedroom immediately. I love the Friend! And I am so thankful to have it!

How We Read the Friend

Kyle, Matthew, Seth, and Jed O., ages 5, 8, 9 months, and 3, Virginia, USA

We like pretending to be missionaries!

Dear Friends,

Each month as we plan the Friend, we think a lot about you. We also think about many other children—those who don’t know about the gospel. This month’s Friend is all about making the world better and brighter by sharing the light of the gospel. Look for a candle on each special story or activity about sharing the light. Then color a candle on the “Share the Light” coloring page (page 3).

Keep sharing!

The Friend

Was there a letter or a story in this month’s issue that helped you? Tell us about it. Turn to page 48 to find out how.