June 11, 2011 • 5:00 am 0
“Daniel Obeys the Lord,” Friend, Jun 1998, 34
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Prov. 3:5–6.)
When King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon conquered the land of Judah, he brought back to his kingdom some of the well-favored children of Israel. Chosen were those who were without blemish, who were wise and well-educated. Among them were four young men—Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. The king told his servant to feed them rich foods and wines for three years, the same food he would eat himself, and then bring them before him.
Daniel and his friends had been taught to eat a more healthy diet, and he made a request of the king’s servant. “Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse [seeds, grains, vegetables] to eat, and water to drink.
“Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.” (Dan. 1:12–13.)
The servant agreed. The Lord blessed the four young men for their faithfulness, and after ten days had passed, Daniel and his friends were fairer and healthier than those who ate the king’s meat.
You can be like Daniel in the scriptures. You, too, know what the Lord would have you eat and drink. You know what is not good for you (see Doctrine and Covenants 89). If a king, or a friend, or anyone else tempts you to try something that is harmful to your body, say no with the same courage shown by Daniel.
Color the flannel-board figures, then mount them on heavy paper. Cut them out and use them to retell the story of Daniel and his three friends.
June 11, 2011 • 4:53 am 0
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Josiah at age eight, when he became king; The temple being repaired; The book of the law; The high priest; Josiah, grown up, standing by the pillar of the temple.
(Illustrated by Beth Whittaker.)
“Josiah—Believer in the Scriptures,” Friend, Feb 1998, 10
And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things. (Moro. 10:4–5.)
Josiah was only eight years old when he became king of Judah. His father had been a wicked king, but Josiah chose to be righteous. When he had been king for several years, he ordered that the temple be repaired. While that was being done, the “book of the law” (scriptures) was found. The high priest sent it to King Josiah, who studied it carefully. To his dismay, he discovered that he and his people had not been living the gospel. He wept when he realized that they had been worshiping idols (false gods). He ordered that the idols be destroyed.
The Lord saw that Josiah wished to be obedient and live according to the scriptures, and promised him that though Jerusalem would one day be destroyed because of its wickedness, it would not happen while he was king.
King Josiah had all the people brought before the temple. As he stood next to a pillar, he read to them from the book of law. He then had them make a sacred covenant to “walk after the Lord, and to keep his commandments … with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book” (2 Kgs. 23:3). All the people agreed. Josiah tried all his life to live by the scriptures, and he tried to teach his people to do the same.
Though his people did not remain faithful after his death, Josiah was such a righteous man that it was said, “like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him” (2 Kgs. 23:25).
Instructions: Color the flannel board figures, then mount them on heavy paper. Cut them out and use them to retell the story of righteous King Josiah.(See 2 Kgs. 22–23.)
June 11, 2011 • 4:45 am 0
By Robert Peterson
Robert Peterson, “Joshua Served the Lord,” Friend, Nov. 2002, 15
After Moses died, Joshua became the prophet to lead the Israelites. With the Lord’s help, he prepared the children of Israel to enter the promised land. (See Josh. 1:1–3, 9–11.) Can you find these twelve objects hidden in the picture of Joshua: bird, book, boot, fish, fork, knife, man’s shoe, pencil, salt shaker, shovel, spoon, telephone? After you have found them, color the picture.
June 11, 2011 • 4:41 am 0
By Mariam Joyce Grisham
Mariam Joyce Grisham, “Rebekah at the Well,” Friend, May 2002, 36
Abraham wanted his son Isaac to have a good wife. He sent a servant to find one for Isaac.
In the city of Nahor, the servant stopped by a well and prayed that Isaac’s future wife would agree to give him water to drink and offer to draw water for his camels, as well. This prayer was answered, and Rebekah became Isaac’s wife. (See Gen. 24.)
To help Rebekah do her kind deed, color the picture on this page. Then remove it from the magazine and mount it on heavy paper. Cut out piece A, line up the two Xs with piece A on top, and put a brass fastener through them. The arm can now move to lift the jug.
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