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Rainier Oregon Stake

Respect His Name

By Lance McDowell, age 6

Spencer Branch Sioux City Iowa Stake

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain (Ex. 20:7).

My name is Lance McDowell. I am six years old and live in Spencer, Iowa. My family likes to study the scriptures together. We read them and talk about what they mean. One of the people I’ve enjoyed reading about is the prophet Moses. The Lord gave the Ten Commandments to us through him. One of the commandments says that we should not take the name of God in vain. My family decided that one way to obey this commandment is to always speak His name reverently.

Some of my friends in school use Heavenly Father’s name in vain. It had always bothered me, but now I thought about it even more. I wondered what I could do about it. I wanted my friends to know that Heavenly Father is special. I decided to ask my mom and dad about it. I wanted to say something to my friends, but I was afraid that they would be mad at me and not play with me anymore. My parents told me two stories that helped a lot.

My mom told me about when she was in school. She wasn’t a member of the Church and didn’t know a lot about Heavenly Father’s commandments. She used His name in vain sometimes without thinking much about it. One day a girl told her that it really upset her when she heard Mom use His name that way, and she asked Mom to stop it. Mom thought about it and made a promise to herself to never use God’s name in vain again. She said she has always been grateful to that girl for standing up for the right.

My parents also told me about one of our modern prophets, President Spencer W. Kimball, who had to have an operation. When he was being taken to the operating room, one of the people helping him used the Lord’s name irreverently. Even though he didn’t feel well, President Kimball said, “Don’t say that. He’s my friend.”

After hearing that, I decided I would try to be like those I had heard about and stand up for the right. The next day at school when I heard one of my friends say something bad, I asked him not to say it anymore. I was still afraid, but it turned out OK. He agreed and is still my friend. I felt good inside because I had done the right thing, just like Jesus always did.

Filed under: Lesson 43: Honoring the Names of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, ,

Sharing with Barbara

By Hayden Hemenway Harman, age 8

Hillcrest Ward Mesa Arizona Citrus Heights Stake

For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat (Matt. 25:35).

One day a stranger came to our door. She introduced herself as Barbara and told us that she was looking for household work so that she could pay her power bill. My mother invited her in and listened to her. Mother told her that we didn’t have much money but that we would share what we had. Mother asked if she would clean a window to earn some money. While she was cleaning, we talked to her and found out that she had three young children and no job and had just recently moved from another city.

As she cleaned the window, we felt impressed that she needed some clothes, toys, and food for her children. My little sister, my mother, and I began preparing a box for her to take home. I put some of my toys in the box for the children. I wanted to give something more, so I decided to give her the money that I had been saving for a toy that I really wanted, money I had earned by working at my Grandpa Brown’s house.

I also wanted to share the gospel with her. I knew it would help her. It is so important to my life, and I knew it could help her family, too. I gave her a copy of the Book of Mormon and explained that we belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I bore my testimony. I taught her the plan of salvation, using a chart that I had. She listened and took the Book of Mormon.

After some lunch, Barbara left. My mother read Matthew 25:34–40 [Matt. 25:34–40] to my little sister and me and told us that when we helped Barbara, it was as if we had done those things to the Savior. I felt the Spirit, and I knew that I had done something that Jesus would have done for another.

Filed under: Lesson 44: Do unto Others, ,

Thomas S Monson

Filed under: Lesson 43: We Have a Living Prophet, Prophets, Thomas S. Monson,


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And he also spake concerning the prophets, how great a number had testified . . . concerning this Messiah, . . . this Redeemer of the world (1 Nephi 10:5).

Great are the words of Isaiah.”*

These words of the Savior to the Nephites tell us just how important Isaiah’s prophecies are to us, too. Isaiah, a prophet who lived over seven hundred years before Jesus Christ, told how we should live our lives by having faith in Him and by obeying His commandments.†

Because the Savior had not yet come to live on the earth, Isaiah told of His birth, His ministry here, and His death and resurrection:

“For unto us a child is born, . . . and his name shall be called Wonderful,  counsellor, The mighty God. . . .

“[He will be] a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy . . . , a refuge from the storm. . . . “He [will be] despised and rejected of men; . . . taken from prison and from judgment: . . . for the transgression of my people [will he be] stricken. . . .
“He will swallow up death in victory.”‡
Isaiah also told about the Second Coming
of Jesus Christ:

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that
. . . the Lord’s house shall be established in the top
of the mountains, . . . and all nations shall flow unto
it. . . .

“And he shall judge among the nations, and . . . nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. . . . “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid[,] and the  calf and the young lion . . .; and a little child shall lead them. . . . “The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord. . . . “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces. . . .  “And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God;. . . we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
“Now therefore, . . . saith the Lord, . . . my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak.”**
As we study the words of the prophets and do our best to live the gospel, we, too, look forward to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. As we hear the gospel from our parents and teachers, and as we study the scriptures and listen to our living prophets, we can say with Isaiah, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that .

STRING PICTURE By Holly Dougherty


1. Cut a piece of poster board 11” x 14” (28 cm x 35.6 cm). Draw a line 3/4” (2 cm) from the edge of the long sides on both the top and the bottom. Mark places for six holes on each line 2” (5 cm) apart so that they line up from the top to the bottom; punch the holes (see illustration).

2. Cut six pieces of string 24” (61 cm) long. Thread a piece of string through a top and a corresponding bottom hole, tie taut, and trim ends. Repeat this procedure with the remaining strings (see illustration). Pull the knots to the bottom holes.

3. Cut a piece of poster board 5 1/2” x 14” (14 cm x 35.6 cm). Tape three outside edges of this poster board over the bottom of the strings poster
board (unknotted side) to form a pocket over the strings (see illustration). Print “Isaiah Prophecies of the Savior” on the pocket.

4. Mount this page on heavy paper, and cut out the pictures. Tape the back of each picture to the corresponding numbered string so that each shows above the pocket (see illustration).

5. Lower the pictures behind the pocket by raising the string knots on the back. Pull each picture into view as you retell “Isaiah Prophesies of the Savior”

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