Sunday, June 28, 2009

Josh's Primary Puppet Show

If any of you are in primary and need a fun sharing time, try a puppet show. My class was assigned to do sharing time today.
For those who don't know what I am talking about, it is the last hour of church. All the kids come together and you do a group activity. Each teacher is assigned a topic every few months. I teach the 8 and 9 year-olds at church.
I was assigned forgiveness.
Below is the puppet show I wrote for my kids to perform. We made puppets out of brown lunch bags. It was a lot of fun.
To top it off, I prepared microwave popcorn for everyone. I think I might have disturbed Relief Society when I was using the microwave.
To Forgive or Not To Forgive
Brother Ault’s Primary Class
Puppet Show 2009

Narrator: Once upon a time there was a girl named Sandy. She was very popular with everyone at school. She made straight A’s and loved to help others. She was also very happy. One day a girl named Natalie did something that was very mean.

Sandy: Hi Natalie! How are you doing today?

Natalie: I’m fine. Leave me alone. You are so annoying. Why are you so happy?

Sandy: I just love life. There is so much to be happy about. The beautiful earth we live on, the fresh air to breath, and the opportunity to learn new things here at school.

Natalie: Well . . . I don’t like anything. I hate it all. Leave me alone, and never talk to me again.

Narrator: Sandy was shocked; she couldn’t believe Natalie was so mean. She ran to the bathroom and started to cry. She didn’t know Natalie that well, but couldn’t understand how someone could feel that way. The next day things changed.

Bobby: Hey, my name is Bobby. Are you Sandy?

Sandy: Yes, I’m Sandy. Can I help you?

Bobby: I am new here, and the principal said you would show me around the school, and take me to my first class.

Sandy: Sure! It is so nice to meet you. You will love school here, the teachers are great, and there is so much to do here.

Bobby: Do you know that girl named Natalie? She knocked my books out of my hands this morning. She called me a pig, and told me to never look at her again.

Sandy: I do, she has been mean to a lot of people. I don’t know what is wrong with her.

Bobby: I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was taught that you need to be nice to those who are mean to you, and forgive those who do bad things to you. You never know when someone is going through a difficult time. It is always good to listen, and try to understand.

Narrator: After Bobby told Sandy about what he learned in church, she decided to make an effort to see what was bothering Natalie, so one day at lunch she saw her sitting alone and decided to sit next to her.

Sandy: Do you mind if I sit here?

Natalie: Leave me alone! Do you understand English?

Sandy: Natalie I really am worried about you. Last year you were not so upset, and I feel something is wrong. I want to let you know I am not mad, but really want to be your friend.

Narrator: Natalie began to cry.

Natalie: I am not OK. My mom was put in the hospital last week, and she was diagnosed with cancer. They said it’s really bad, and she might not make it.

Sandy: I am so sorry. Your mom is the best. I will say a prayer for your family tonight.

Natalie: Thanks. That means a lot to me. I am just mad. I don’t think it is fair my mom has to go through this. I love her very much, and I don’t want her to die.

Sandy: Natalie, I know families are forever. We will be together after this life. I know our Heavenly Father loves us, and wants us to be happy. We go through trials, and we grow from these experiences. It might be tough, but we just have to remember the positive things, and know we are not alone.

Natalie: Thanks Sandy, I never thought about it that way.

Sandy: I want to let you know I am not mad at you for how you have been acting. I just didn’t know. You can always talk to me if you need to. I am here for you.

Natalie: Thanks Sandy.

Narrator: From that day on, Sandy and Natalie become good friends. Natalie’s mom did get better, and Sandy learned a good lesson. Always be forgiving, even when others are mean to you. You never know when you can be an example, and help others.


Saturday, June 13, 2009

Josh covering Christie Scott Trial - mother accused of killing her 6-year-old son in a house fire

This week started a long trial in Russellville, Alabama. In August 2008, Christie Scott was charged with killing her 6-year-old son. Investigators say she intentionally started a house fire that killed him. On Friday, they showed very graphic photos of Mason Scott's body after the fire. The trial is supposed to continue all next week. On Thursday, I got to report in front of the courthouse, and on Friday the judge allowed me to take a camera inside the courtroom during a break.

Here are two links of me covering the case: