One day when we were on our way home from church, I felt something in my heart that made me feel very happy. I felt that the Holy Ghost was with me, and I wanted to preach the gospel to all the people who don’t know about this marvelous work that has changed my life and my family. When we reached home, I went to my room and read in the Book of Mormon. My favorite scripture is Mosiah 2:17, where it tells me that when I serve others, I am serving Heavenly Father.
Roberto C., age 10, Bolivia
I will never forget how happy I felt when I was baptized. My father baptized me, and my siblings sang songs for me. My mother asked if I wanted to bear my testimony, and I told her that I wanted to sing a Primary song I had learned that expressed how I felt. I sang, “I like to look for rainbows whenever there is rain and ponder on the beauty of an earth made clean again” (“When I Am Baptized,” Children’s Songbook, 103). While I sang, I felt as if my heart would come right out! I will never forget the faces of my family and how I felt that day. It was the most special day of my life.
Esther F., age 8, Costa Rica
Elena Z., age 9, Belarus
Joshua A., age 12, Philippines
My parents were baptized before I was born, so I have been in the Church my whole life. My father named me Joseph because of the great things done by the Prophet Joseph Smith and also by Joseph who was sold into Egypt. Joseph in Egypt saved many from famine, and the Prophet Joseph Smith restored the true Church to the earth. These two great Josephs inspire me to live the gospel.
I like Primary, and I love Book of Mormon stories. My favorite is in Alma 8, where Alma obeys the Lord and returns to teach the gospel to the people of Ammonihah with Amulek. I want to be a missionary with a persevering heart like Alma.
Joseph O., age 11, Ghana
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Illustration of baptism by James Johnson