“Find the Books,” Friend, July 2002, 26
Hidden in this story are the names of these books in the Book of Mormon and the Pearl of Great Price: Abraham, Alma, Enos, Ether, Helaman, History (Joseph Smith—), Jacob, Jarom, Matthew (Joseph Smith—), Mormon, Moroni, Moses, Mosiah, Nephi, Omni. Can you find them?
A. J., Phillip, Amos, and their sister, Rachel, were going to the state fair. It was next to a dairy farm at the western edge of town.
They were all eager to go. Rachel was going to be a real manager of one of the food booths, and she was in a very good humor. “Money!” she exclaimed. “Our booth is going to make lots of money for our secret Helping Others Club!” She ran to get her sign for the booth. “I’m ready to go as soon as everyone else is.”
Amos especially wanted to be there early. That evening he was going to be in a musical at the fair. It was about King Arthur. He asked, “Can you be ready to go at one, Phillip? I just need to try my armor on. I need to see if it fits. Then I’ll be ready to go.”
Phillip, who was always practicing magic tricks, told his brother, “Amos, I, ah, don’t know how to tell you this, but A. J. and I have been ready to go all morning. Last year, someone gave A. J. a cob of corn that was roasted on the coals, and he can’t wait to get another one.”
It was true. A. J. had seldom nibbled on anything so tasty. Even so, for A. J., aromas wafting from all the food booths were almost as good as eating the corn and cotton candy and other wonderful things. Rachel teasingly told him, “Don’t be ‘nosy.’”
“Don’t worry,” A. J. told Rachel. “A man has things besides food on his mind, you know. Phillip and I are going to the book tent first. We won’t even think about food for a while.”
Amos had been trying on his armor while the others were talking. “It fits fine,” he announced. “And it’s one o’clock. Let’s go.”
At the fair, he hurried to the stage for a final rehearsal. Rachel skipped over to the food booth to oversee the pricing of the baked goods. Phillip and A. J. ran to the book tent.
“Hi! The book we’ll read today is about magic,” the greeter said. “And we have a real magician to perform all the tricks in the book. Each of you take a piece of homemade bread, but don’t eat it yet. Wait and see what the magician does with it.”
Phillip chose white bread. A. J. took a slice of raisin bread.
When the magician demonstrated the tricks in the book, she took their pieces of bread. A. J. was amazed when she turned his to rye bread. Phillip was even more amazed when, upon the magician saying, “Abracadabra,” ham, cheese, and lettuce appeared on his white bread!
All too soon, the fair came to a close. A. J. was full of good food and their smells. Phillip was eager to learn some of the magic tricks he had seen. Amos was thrilled to have taken three curtain calls for his performance as Sir Galahad. And Rachel? She was perhaps the happiest—her food booth had earned enough money for the Helping Others Club to have a Christmas party that year for poor children.