Caring and Coconuts

“Caring and Coconuts,” Friend, September 2018

Shine Your Light

Caring and Coconuts

Friend Magazine, 2018/09 Sep

Photographs by Michael Angelo Ramirez

Mālō e lelei! I’m Lui, and I shine my light by sharing what I have with others.

A Big Island and a Big Family

I live on a big island in Tonga. I have six sisters and four brothers. We live close to the Nuku’alofa Tonga Temple.

A Science Lover

Our beautiful island has many plants and animals. I’m in class four at the Ocean of Light Primary School, and science is my favorite subject.

Sharing Our Food

My father grows crops, so we have plenty to eat. But many widows (women whose husbands have died) and other families don’t have their own crops. So my parents take them some of our food. I like going along to help!

Helping with Husks

The widows we visit use coconut husks to make fires to cook their food. When we take food to them, I remind my parents to take coconut husks too. I like to help get the fire going!

Why I Help Others

Heavenly Father blesses me when I help others—not with money but with wisdom and knowledge. I love to help and share what I have with others.

How Can You Shine?

  • Take food to someone who needs it.

  • Give food to a community food bank.

  • Give clothing to a homeless shelter.

Send Us a Star!

Jesus asked us to “let [our] light so shine” (Matthew 5:16). How do you let your light shine? Send us a star with your story, photo, and permission. See page 39.