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“Childviews,” Friend, Nov. 2002, inside front cover


My Testimony of Prayer

One Saturday, my family went on an all-day bike ride with the youth in our branch. My sister (8) and I (then 6) rode our own bikes the whole 17 miles (about 27 km). The ride was a lot of fun, but by the end, I was so tired that I didn’t know if I could make it to the end. With about a mile to go, my parents and I fell behind the group. It began to rain.

In a few minutes, the rain was pouring so hard that we couldn’t even see where we were going. Soaking wet and very cold, we stopped for shelter under a tree. We didn’t know if we should stay where we were or try to go on in the rain. My dad suggested that I ask Heavenly Father to help us. I prayed for Him to please stop the rain so that we could go on and meet up with the rest of the group safely and not get lost.

As soon as I finished my prayer, the rain stopped and the sun came out and began warming us up. We felt the Holy Ghost really strong just then, and I was very relieved and happy. We rode the last mile to our group in dry weather, then offered another prayer to thank Heavenly Father for sending us a miracle. I have a testimony that Heavenly Father answers our prayers.

Noah Siddoway, age 7
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Friend Stories

I like to read the stories in the Friend. I also like doing the Funstuf. I think it’s great that we have the Friend to read. It helps me get back on track when I read the stories of problems people have faced. Well, I hope that we keep getting the Friend every month. I am glad we have it.

Daniel Dickson, age 12
Sumner, Washington

The Priesthood and “My Scripture”

One night, I couldn’t sleep because I was very scared about things that weren’t there. I asked my dad if he would give me a blessing. He gave me one, and my mom tucked me back in bed. Then she pulled out my Bible and starting reading from Psalms. When she got to Psalm 4:8, it was all about my trouble falling asleep! It said, “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.” We said it was “my scripture,” and my mom typed it on a piece of paper for me, and I was able to get to sleep. I know that Heavenly Father puts things in the scriptures to help us. I also know that blessings really help you, and I’m glad my dad has the priesthood so that he can give them to me.

Melanie Fry, age 11
Layton, Utah

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