For Young Children

By Chad E. Phares


Things Will Get Better

“The Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease” (Mosiah 24:15).
  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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

Choose the Right Way

Kevin has a lot of choices to make today. Making the right choices will help him be happy, but making the wrong choices will make him sad. Help Kevin make the right choice. Each time the path in the road splits, choose the path next to the picture that shows him doing something nice.

right choices maze(click to view larger) right choices maze(click to view larger)

Illustrations by Adam Koford

Helps for Parents

As your child completes this maze, you can discuss how choosing the right helps us be happy, even when we have difficulties. How does serving and making right choices help our problems seem less significant?

The story on pages 70–71 demonstrates that choosing the right and enduring well help us find happiness, even when our problems are not immediately solved. One scriptural example of this principle is found in Mosiah 24:8–22. You could read or summarize the story of Alma and Amulon, pointing out that even though Alma and his followers were living righteously, their burdens were not immediately removed. You could discuss why the Lord doesn’t always fix our problems right away. How does living righteously help ease our burdens?