The Greatest Treasure
May 2006

“The Greatest Treasure,” Friend, May 2006, 28

The Greatest Treasure

(A Read-Together Story)

If you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God (D&C 14:7).

Child: God has given us great treasures.

Parent: One of those treasures is

Both: The true Church of Jesus Christ.

Parent: The Church of Jesus Christ is a treasure, because it teaches us what we need to do to live with Heavenly Father again.

Child: Jesus told many parables about this treasure.

Parent: One was about a man who found a treasure hidden in a field.

Child: The man was excited. He wanted to keep the treasure. But he had a problem. He did not own the field.

Parent: He also didn’t have enough money to buy the field.

Child: The man thought about the treasure. He knew it was worth more than all he had.

Parent: So, he sold everything, and bought the field.

Child: Finally, he owned the treasure. He was very happy.*

Parent: In another parable, Jesus told about a merchant who was searching for beautiful pearls.

Child: One day, he found a pearl that was greater than all the other pearls. Jesus called it “a pearl of great price.”

Parent: The man wanted that pearl, but it was very expensive. The only way he could get it was to do the same thing that the man who had found the treasure had done—he had to sell everything he owned.

Child: So, the merchant sold all that he had and bought the pearl.**

Parent: Both of these men found great treasures, and both of them gave up everything they had to get them.

Child: God has given us a great treasure.

Both: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Child: He wants us to treasure it.

Parent: How?

Child: By learning and obeying the commandments.

Both: No matter what.

Child: That is the only way we can keep it.

Parent: That is the only way we can receive God’s greatest treasure of all—

Both: Eternal life.

Illustrated by Scott Greer