Matt and Mandy
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“Matt and Mandy,” Friend, Feb. 2010, 45

Matt and Mandy

Mandy sitting outside with her friend Sarah

Illustrations by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki

What’s wrong, Sarah?

I’m not smart.

Who’s been teasing you?

It doesn’t matter, because it’s true—I’m not smart. I’m no good at math or English or anything else.

Heavenly Father, please help me know what to say.

Sarah, my dad read a scripture to my family last night. It says, “The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth.”*


So you may not be the top student at math or English, but you’re full of light and truth. It shines from your face. Sarah Mercer, you are intelligent!

You’re a child of God, and His glory is in you.

If you say so.

I do say so.