“Bulletin Board,” Friend, July 2011, 12–13
These words are from the hymn “Have I Done Any Good?” (Hymns, no. 223). This song is full of questions! Read the questions, and then make a goal to answer “YES!” to them at the end of a few weeks.
Have I done any good in the world today?
Have I helped anyone in need?
Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad?
Has anyone’s burden been lighter today because I was willing to share?
Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?
When they needed my help was I there?
These children try to do good in their lives by being kind to others.
In Cub Scouts we are taught to help others and to give goodwill. One night my family was weeding in our yard. I noticed our neighbor was weeding her yard too, but all by herself. I quickly walked over to her yard to help her weed. Helping my neighbor made me feel good inside.
Joshua N., age 8, Nevada
My dad and I went to watch the Boy Scouts race their cars at the Pinewood Derby. When it was over, there were cupcakes for everyone. When I went to eat mine, I remembered my mom and sister at home. They didn’t get a cupcake, so I took mine home to share it with them. We cut it into three pieces and each had some. It makes me happy when I can think of others before myself.
Morgan N., age 9, Utah
This month, write about things you like to do outside. Do you like hiking in the woods or collecting shells on the beach? Do you enjoy reading under a tree or drawing chalk pictures on the sidewalk? Write about a new outdoor activity you would like to learn.
Enjoy these cool treats on a hot day! With a parent’s help, cut three strawberries into small pieces and drain the liquid out of one small can of mandarin oranges. Mix the fruit together with one cup of orange juice. Fill an ice-cube tray with the mixture and put a toothpick into each section. Freeze overnight.