“5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.”
1. Savior, may I learn to love thee,
Walk the path that thou hast shown,
Pause to help and lift another,
Finding strength beyond my own.
Savior, may I learn to love thee–
Lord, I would follow thee.
2. Who am I to judge another
When I walk imperfectly?
In the quiet heart is hidden
Sorrow that the eye can’t see.
Who am I to judge another?
3. I would be my brother’s keeper;
I would learn the healer’s art.
To the wounded and the weary
I would show a gentle heart.
I would be my brother’s keeper–
4. Savior, may I love my brother
As I know thou lovest me,
Find in thee my strength, my beacon,
For thy servant I would be.
Savior, may I love my brother–
“Read or summarize “To Be More Like Christ” and talk about the ways we can act to be more Christlike.
Be gentle and loving in deed and in thought, For these are the things Jesus taught(Children’s Songbook, page 79).
Several years ago, an elderly sister in my branch passed away. Everyone called her Abuelita (Grandma) Flores. At her funeral, I noticed that some of her family who are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were sobbing. My mom explained that they probably thought that they would never see Abuelita Flores again. I don’t like to see people suffer. I told my mom, “When I grow up and marry in the temple, I will have a daughter and I will call her Abuelita Flores so that they won’t cry anymore.” I believe that trying to comfort people who are sad brings us closer to being like Christ.
I have an illness called miastenia gravis. I also have attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity. Because of these things, I act differently than other children. Lots of people don’t understand, and many don’t even try.
Children in my school often want to hit me, but I don’t fight with them. Recently I began learning karate—for my health, I am supposed to get exercise. My schoolmates want me to teach them—or at least demonstrate—the different karate moves and techniques. I always say no, because I’m not learning them in order to fight but to gain discipline and the values that come with it. I want to be able to defend myself if I have to, but I never look for a fight. Jesus Christ always taught with calmness and love. Avoiding contention makes me more like Him.
*For The Whole Family*
Read and summarize “People Noticed” . Talk about the times you have decided to change your actions because you are trying to be more like Christ or whenyou have done something automatically that surprised you or others.
When I tried to be more Christlike, it affected people.
My mission companion left her camera sitting on the table next to me. I was delighted. Whenever she got hold of my camera, she would take random, funny pictures for me to find later. Now it was my turn.
I was a young missionary. I was in a new area but serving with a companion I knew well from the missionary training center. We were attending a branch family home evening with some investigators. Lots of people had been taking pictures of the games, including my companion. I picked up her camera and turned it on. I was sitting by a whiteboard, so I decided to write my companion a note and take a picture of it. Using our mission language of Czech, I was about to write “Jsi bláznivá!” meaning, “You’re crazy!” I knew she would take it as a joke. But something stopped me. I was a representative of Jesus Christ. I didn’t want anyone to misinterpret my actions. So I wrote instead, “Jsi úžasná!” meaning, “You’re amazing!” I took a picture, erased the message, and set the camera back down.
As I turned back to the game, I caught the eye of one of our investigators. He had been watching me the whole time. He smiled his approval.
Throughout my mission, I tried to be aware of my actions and act as a representative of Christ. I often gave up my seat on public transportation. One companion taught me to notice mothers with strollers in the Prague subway. None of them ever refused help in carrying a stroller up the stairs and out of the subway. I made a conscious effort to thank others for little things they did to serve, and I avoided negative remarks.
In my last area on my mission, I had another experience that caught me off guard. My companion and I were speaking to a man on the street when a lady tripped on the cobblestone and fell nearby. Without thinking, we both turned to her and took a step forward to see if she needed help. She quickly stood up and walked away unhurt, so we turned back to the man and continued our conversation. He asked a question that surprised me. “As soon as that young woman fell down,” he said, “you both turned to help her. It was your natural reaction. A lot of people don’t do that. Why do you? And why don’t we?”
These experiences taught me about being a disciple of Christ and serving others in love. On my mission, I spent a year and a half focusing on being more Christlike. And it changed me. What started as conscious choices became second nature. I started out trying to act more like Christ. In the end, I was becoming more like Christ.
The Savior’s Example
“Jesus loved all and He served all. Centering our lives on Jesus Christ will help us acquire this attribute of benevolence. For us to develop these same Christlike attributes, we must learn about the Savior and ‘follow in His ways.’”
Cherry Turnovers or Butterscotch Custards
- 1 1/4 lb. (625 g) purchased puff pastry
- 2 1/2 cups (12 1/2 oz/390 g) Bing cherries, pitted and halved
- 1/4 cup (2 oz/60 g) granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- Flour for rolling out the dough
- 1 large egg, beaten
- Turbinado sugar for sprinkling
- Have ready a stainless steel bowl set in a larger bowl of ice water. In a heavy, medium saucepan, combine the cherries, sugar, and lemon juice. Cover and cook over-medium-low heat, stirring often, until the cherries give off their juices and are tender, about 5 minutes. Taste and add more sugar, if desired. In a small bowl, sprinkle the cornstarch over 1 tablespoon of cold water and stir to dissolve. Stir into the simmering cherry mixture and cook until thickened, about 30 seconds. Transfer to the stainless steel bowl set in the bowl of ice water and let stand until chilled, about 20 minutes.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface into a 15-inch (38-cm) square about 1/8 inch (3 mm) thick. Using a pastry wheel, cut nine 5-inch (13-cm) squares. Place about 2 tablespoons of the chilled filling just off the center of a pastry square. Fold the square in half diagonally so two points meet and enclose the filling. Using a fork, press and seal the edges closed. Place on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining pastry squares and filling. Refrigerate, uncovered, for 15-30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Brush the tops of the pastries with some of the beaten egg. Sprinkle the tops with the turbinado sugar. Bake until the turnovers are puffed and golden brown with no sign of uncooked dough, 20-25 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for 10-15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 9 turnovers.
- 3 Tbs. unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup (6 oz./185 g.) lightly packed dark brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups (12 fl. oz./375 ml.) heavy cream
- 3/4 cup (6 fl. oz./180 ml.) whole mnilk
- 5 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tbs. butterscotch flavoring (optional)
- 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
- Whipped cream for serving
- NoteCustards are delicate, and to keep them smooth and silky (and not overbaked and curdled!) it’s important to bake them at a low temperature and ideally in a water bath, which helps insulate the custard. Check the custard regularly, ,and take it out while it still jiggles.
- Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Have ready six 1/2-cut (4-fl. oz./125-ml.) custard cups or ramekins and a shallow baking pan large enough to hold all the cups.
- In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the brown sugar and, using a heatproof rubber spatula, stir to combine with the butter and cook until the sugar starts bubbling like molten lava, about 3 minutes. Stir in the cream, and let it bubble away, stirring with a big whisk until the mixture is smooth and slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the milk.
- Whisking constantly, slowly pour the egg yolks into the hot cream mixture. Stir in the vanilla, whisky, if using, and salt. Pour the custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher.
- Divide the custard evenly among the custard cups. Place the cups in the baking pan and carefully pour hot water into the pan to reach halfway up the sides of the cups (we recommend adding the water once you place the pan on the oven rack). Bake until the custards are set but still jiggle slightly when shaken, 25-30 minutes.
- Carefully transfer the baking pan to a wire rack and let the custards cool slightly, then carefully lift the cups out of the water bath. Let the custards cool on the wire rack for 20 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap pressed directly onto the surface of the custards to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until the custards are well chilled, about 4 hours or up to overnight.
- Serve cold with dollops of whipped cream. Makes 6 custards.
(From Williams-Sonoma )
- Plan a day of service! Find someone who you can help around the neighborhood.
- Play a game in which you help each other, such as sardines (how to play).
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.