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You Mean the World to Me

I was never the most popular girl in my school, but I had tons of good friends, people to talk to and trust. Most of the students at school, including some of my friends and I, made fun of a girl in my class because she was different. We would tease her and call her names. We thought she looked funny, so we were just using her to entertain ourselves.

One Friday night some of my friends and I were at a friend’s house. We stayed up late talking, and we started talking about this girl. Then one of my friends said that she used to be friends with this girl and that she was made fun of last year, too. She told us that when they were friends, this girl used to call her on the phone every day after school. She said that sometimes it sounded like she was crying.

This made me think twice about how this girl must have felt. So I decided to stop making fun of her. That next week, instead of saying something mean or laughing at her, I would smile at her. After a few weeks, we began saying hi to each other in the halls. The next month we started talking more. We became very good friends.

One day we were walking to the bus, and this girl looked at me and said, “You mean the world to me, and I am so glad you’re my friend because you’re so nice to me. You respect me for who I am, and you make me so happy. You give me a reason to come back to school every day.”

After she told me this, I couldn’t speak. All I could do was say thanks and think about how much our friendship meant to her. It made me feel like someone out there loved me and respected me for how I acted toward them. It made me feel like I was worth something.

[illustration] Illustrated by Keith Larson

The Shining Moments

I served as a full-time missionary in the Ghana Accra Mission. As the only Church member in my family, I was very happy and grateful to our Heavenly Father to have been a missionary of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I was so happy to serve the Lord for two years.

Besides the sacrament hymns, one of my favorite hymns is “Improve the Shining Moments” (Hymns, no. 226). This hymn is very lovely, comforting, and inspiring to me whenever I think of its words. This hymn teaches me that I have to do my best to make use of my opportunity to serve the Lord by bringing more souls to Him through faith, repentance, and baptism.

Vickson Bockarie is a member of the Sewa Road Branch, Bo Sierra Leone District.

Jordan’s Advice

A couple years ago, I was very frustrated. I was trying to make new friends, and my family was having problems. After the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001, I was worried about the possibility of war and was scared that something else bad would happen to the United States. Focusing on all the negative things going on around me made my own battle with Satan more difficult. I needed to be comforted.

My brother, Jordan, had just left on his mission. He was the peacemaker in the home, and I could always talk to him when I was troubled. In a letter, his advice to me was to read the scriptures. I opened the scriptures and read D&C 75:10: “Calling on the name of the Lord for the Comforter, which shall teach them all things that are expedient for them.”

I got a feeling to pray for comfort and answers. When I did, the Spirit came to me, and my heart felt warm. I felt that the scriptures are true and that if I lived righteously, I didn’t have to worry. My prayer calmed me, and I didn’t worry anymore.

[photo] Photograph by Christina Smith

Emily Craw is a member of the Greenfield Ward, Logan Utah Cache Stake.