Trying to Be Like Jesus

By McKay Meyer, age 7,

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    The Liahona would like to hear about an experience you have had in trying to be like the Savior. The article should not be more than three pages (double-spaced, typed or handwritten). An older person can help you write it. Please include at least one photograph of yourself, along with your name, age, address, phone number, ward or branch, and stake or district. Send your article to Trying to Be like Jesus, Liahona, 50 East North Temple Street, Floor 24, Salt Lake City, UT 84150-3223, USA.

    [illustration] Story Time in Galilee, by Del Parson

    Best Day Ever

    I love to go sledding, especially on the hill by our house. One day, Mom asked my sisters and me if we would like to go. Of course I said yes. Just as we were leaving, Braiden, one of my best friends, called to see if I could play. I invited him to go sledding with us. He hurried over to my house, and we took off for the hill.

    The hill was just as icy and fast as I had hoped it would be. We were having a lot of fun! Then Braiden said his hands were freezing. He had forgotten to bring his gloves. I felt bad that he had such cold hands. I quickly took off my gloves and gave them to him. We kept sledding for another hour or so. My hands were probably freezing, but I didn’t care because I was happy about giving my gloves to a friend. I know Jesus Christ would do the same for His friend. I want to always try to do what He would do. I had the best day ever on the hill because I felt warm inside.

    [photo] McKay Meyer

    [illustration] Illustrated by Robert A. McKay

    A Gift for My Brother

    One day my friend gave me a lollipop. It was my favorite flavor, and I really wanted to eat it. I was starting to unwrap it when my little brother, Steven, saw me and asked me for it. I thought about it for a minute, and then I gave it to him.

    Although I wanted the lollipop, I felt very happy when my brother said, “Thanks, Leaney,” and gave me a big hug. When I do something good, I feel very happy. I know that Jesus Christ wants me to be like Him.

    [photo] Diana Leaney López Ruano

    [illustration] Illustrated by Gregg Thorkelson

    “No, Thank You”

    One day last year, my friend invited me to his house to have a tea party with him and his sisters. I thought they would have pretend tea at their party. Instead, they offered me real tea with honey. I remembered a story I had read about President David O. McKay. Once when he visited the queen of the Netherlands, the queen offered him tea. He politely refused it. I knew that if tea isn’t good for a prophet, it isn’t good for me.

    I told my friends, “No, thank you. Tea isn’t good for you.” They didn’t know about the Word of Wisdom, and they told me that tea was good for me. But I said, “No, thank you,” again. So my friends gave me some water to drink, and we had a good time together.

    When I made this choice, I had a good feeling inside. My mom and dad said I had set a good example for my friends who aren’t members of the Church. I know that Jesus Christ wants me to take care of my body, and I am trying to do what He wants me to do.

    [photo] Jeremy Driggs

    [illustration] Illustrated by Robert A. McKay

    A Prayer for Help

    At my school there are two boys who are always bothering everybody else. Everyone is afraid of them. One time these boys were bothering some girls, and the girls were almost crying. I said a prayer within myself, and feeling very confident, I firmly told those two boys to stop bothering the girls. I didn’t feel alone or scared. They just looked at me, and although they were bigger than I was, they didn’t say a single word, and they left.

    At that moment I tried to do what Jesus Christ would have done. I know that He lives and He loves me. I really like going to church, especially Primary, because I learn about the gospel.

    [photo] Irina Mishell López Ruano

    [illustration] Illustrated by Gregg Thorkelson