For Little Friends

By Samuel Pulsipher

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    The Most Thankful Thank-You of All

    Melissa gave the opening prayer at family home evening. After she said amen, Daddy thanked her and said, “We each agreed to bring a reminder of something we want to thank Heavenly Father for. Melissa, would you like to go first?”

    She shook her head firmly, swinging her hair back and forth. “Not this time, Daddy. I have the most thankful thank-you of all, and I want to save it till last.”

    Daddy nodded. “Very well then, since baby Billy is too young to take part, I guess it’s Mommy’s turn.”

    Mommy lifted a picture that had been facedown on her lap. “Who can tell me what this is?”

    Melissa raised her hand. “It looks like a big blue-and-white marble.”

    “It does,” Mommy agreed. “But it’s really a picture of the earth that was taken from space. All the trees and flowers and other beautiful things we see around us are part of the earth, and I feel very grateful for such a wonderful place to live.”

    “Thank you,” Daddy said. “So do I.” He picked up a chalkboard. A frowny face was drawn on it. “Even though I love Heavenly Father, I still make mistakes, and that makes me sad.” With an eraser Daddy wiped away the frowny face and drew a smiley face. “I’m grateful for repentance because it lets me change my actions and be happy again.”

    Mommy reached over and squeezed his hand. “So am I.” She turned to Melissa. “And now let’s hear your thank-you. I’m sure it is a good one!”

    With a huge smile, Melissa picked up a copy of the Liahona and slowly opened it to reveal a picture. “I’m thankful for Jesus,” she said.

    Mommy hugged Melissa. “Jesus Christ helped create our beautiful world, and his Atonement makes repentance possible.”

    “You were right,” Daddy said. “You do have the most thankful thank-you of all.”

    [illustration] Illustrated by Mark Robison

    Window Picture

    This is a picture to hang on your window, where the sun can shine through it. Carefully remove page 15 and tape it tightly against your window, with the picture of Jesus Christ facing you. The pictures will remind you of who made the world. Doctrine and Covenants 88:7 [D&C 88:7] says of Christ, “He is in the sun, and the light of the sun, and the power thereof by which it was made.” The light shining through your window picture is Jesus Christ’s own light.

    [photo] The Christus, by Bertel Thorvaldsen

    [photo] Photograph courtesy of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration