Today I want to tell you about a sweet children's book by Thomas S. Monson, called One Little Match. There are two things that really struck me about this book.
First of all, the illustrations are incredible. It's about two little boys who are enjoying their summer holidays in a cabin with everything a little boy could ever want---fishing, running through fields, collecting treasures. The pictures of them are good enough to be framed. I loved them!
The second thing was the message of the story. I loved reading it to my children because the story was so relatable (and my kids loved the pictures as much as I did!). We were also able to talk about how seemingly small decisions can have very real consequences for not just the person, but everyone around them. I also was able to start a conversation on how rules are in place to protect us, not limit us.
This is a great story for all ages, really, and is one our family will treasure. Especially with all the boys I have in my family!
About the Author:
Thomas S. Monson was set apart as the sixteenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in February 2008. He was called to the Quorum of the Twelve in 1963 and served for twenty-two years in the First Presidency. His ministry has been characterized by his compassion for the needs of individuals and his gift for one-on-one service.
Thomas S. Monson loved spending summers at his family's cabin in Utah's Vivian Park. One summer day, he and his best friend, Danny, decided to clear a field so they could gather with their friends and have a campfire that night. The tall, stubborn weeds would not pull out easily. So Tommy had the idea to burn them up instead.
He knew he shouldn't use matches without permission from his parents. But he ignored the feeling that warned him of the danger and raided the matchbox in the cabin. Back in the field, he lit one little match and prepared to set the parched June grass abaze...
Readers of all ages will resonate with this wonderful true story that demonstrates the blessings of obedience and "the dangers that can come from something as small as one little match."