Gift of Myself

It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).

Have you ever wanted a toy, a game, or a piece of sports equipment so much that you asked for it over and over again, and even imagined how happy you would be playing with it? If you finally got it, was it everything you expected? Were you disappointed? Did you tire of playing with it? Did it break or wear out? Sometimes we think that having things will make us happy, but lasting happiness does not come from that.

Happiness often comes, however, from doing something kind or thoughtful for someone else. Have you ever planned a special surprise for a friend or family member? Wasn’t it fun! Have you ever worked hard to give someone a gift that you knew he would like? Wasn’t it exciting! Have you ever helped a younger child do something that he couldn’t do by himself? Or spent time with someone who needed your love and attention. The happy feelings that come when we love and serve others can stay with us for a long, long time.

The thirteenth article of faith helps us remember that “We believe in … doing good to all men.” When we do good to others, we receive great happiness.

Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” You could say that it will make you happier to give than to receive.

Instructions: Mount or trace the gift box pattern on a heavier sheet of paper.

Decorate or color the pattern, then cut it out along the solid lines. Punch out the two holes. Fold the sides and the tabs along the dotted lines. Glue the top and bottom tabs together.

Think of a family member or friend you would like to surprise with a special gift of time and love. Write down what you will do for that person on one of the gift slips. Slide the slip through one of the side openings in the gift box. Thread a piece of string through the holes at the top, and tie the ends together. Now your gift box is ready to hang on the tree or give away. You may use this gift box as a pattern and cut out many others from heavy gift wrapping or wallpaper.

Illustrated by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki