Nastya L., age 12, Ukraine

Tina M., age 10, Congo

The Spirit Caused My Heart to Burn

I love going to church. I feel the Spirit there. One day in Primary we talked about the modern prophets. Later I was watching the movie Legacy at home, and I liked the story of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Watching the scene when a man gives the news of the Prophet’s death, I felt really sad. Then the Spirit caused my heart to burn, and I felt that Joseph Smith was truly a prophet of God and that he restored the true Church.

In January I was at the temple in Guayaquil, Ecuador, with many of my family members. I felt so much peace and happiness that I did not want to go home when it was time to go.

I know that Heavenly Father lives and loves us, that Jesus is the way to return to Him, and that Joseph Smith was a prophet.

Aron C., age 10, Colombia

Paying Tithing Makes Me Happy

I help my father clean our house, and I receive money every month for helping. Instead of spending all my money, I set aside 10 percent for tithing and give it to the bishop. I feel good after I pay my tithing because I know the money goes to take care of the chapel and to buy books and many other things. I know that Jesus Christ gave us everything, and when we pay tithing, we give back to Him. I feel happy when I pay my tithing.

Nicholas P., age 5, Brazil

I love to go to the temple, and I can’t wait until I turn 12 so I can receive the priesthood and go to the temple to perform baptisms for the dead.

Humberto V., age 11, Mexico

How Has Following the Prophet Made You Happy?

Tell us how following President Thomas S. Monson’s teachings has made you happy. (You can read or listen to his latest general conference talks in the November 2011 Liahona or at Submit your response at (click “Submit Material”) or e-mail your response to, with “Follow the Prophet” in the subject line. Please include your full name, age, country of residence, and parent’s permission.