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DURING THE CHILDHOOD OF JESUS SOMETHING HAPPENED THAT IS VERY
INTERESTING. ONE DAY HE WENT TO HIS FRIENDS' HOUSE TO GREET THEM
AS HE NORMALLY DID. AS HE WAS ON HIS WAY TO HIS FRIENDS' HOUSE,
THE FRIENDS WERE SEVEN IN NUMBER AND WERE OF THE SAME PARENTS.
THEIR MOTHER SAW JESUS COMING, SHE RAN IN AND INFORMED HER
CHILDREN THAT JESUS WAS COMING BUT SHE DID NOT WANT JESUS TO
SEE THEM THAT DAY, THUS, SHE TOLD THE CHILDREN TO QUICKLY
HIDE UNDER THEIR BEDS. THEY HAVE JUST FINISHED DOING THIS
THEN JESUS CAME. JESUS KNOCKED THE DOOR, AND THE MOTHER OF
THOSE CHILDREN OPENED THE DOOR. "WHERE ARE MY FRIENDS?" JESUS
INQUIRED, "THEY HAVE GONE SOMEWHERE" ANSWERED THE WOMAN.
THUS, JESUS DECIDED TO LEAVE. AS HE WAS GOING OUT HE HEARD SOME
MOVEMENT UNDER THE BEDS, AND HE INQUIRED FROM THE WOMAN WHAT
WERE MOVING, THE WOMAN SAID THAT THEY WERE PIGS. JESUS SAID "BYE"
AND HE WENT OUT. AS JESUS LEFT, THE WOMAN COMMANDED HER
CHILDREN TO COME OUT. SURPRISINGLY, PIGS WERE COMING OUT, THE PIGS
WERE SEVEN IN NUMBER. SHE COULD NOT BELIEVE HER EYES THAT HER
CHILDREN HAVE TURNED TO PIGS. SHE RAISED AN ALARM, HER HUSBAND
AND THEIR NEIGHBORS RUSHED OUT. THE PEOPLE FOUND PIGS ALL OVER
THE PLACE, AND THEY ASKED HER WHAT HAPPENED, THUS,
THE WHOLE STORY TO THEM. THEREFORE, THEY DECIDED TO GO AND LOOK
FOR JESUS. LUCKILY, THEY FOUND HIM AFTER SOME TIMES. THE MOTHER
OF THE CHILDREN AND THE OTHER PEOPLE APOLOGIZED TO JESUS FOR HAVING
BEEN TOLD LIES BY THE MOTHER OF THE CHILDREN THAT HIS FRIENDS
HAD GONE SOMEWHERE WHEN THEY DID NOT GO ANYWHERE, AND MOREOVER
THAT SHE TOLD JESUS THAT IT WERE PIGS THAT WERE UNDER THE BEDS
WHEN IT WERE REALLY HIS FRIENDS. AFTER THEY TOLD JESUS THIS,
HE COMMANDED THAT HIS FRIENDS BE CHANGED BACK TO HUMAN BEINGS.
HE TOLD THOSE PEOPLE TO GO BACK HOME THAT THEY WOULD FOUND
HUMAN BEINGS AND NOT PIGS. WHEN THE PEOPLE GOT HOME THEY FOUND
THAT THOSE PIGS HAVE CHANGED TO CHILDREN.

Submitter comment: MY SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER TOLD ME THE STORY WHEN I WAS SIX YEARS
OLD. THE STORY STAYED VERY CLEAR IN MY MEMORY, THAT I CAN NEVER
FORGET IT. ANY TIME THAT I HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GATHER WITH
CHILDREN I USE TO TELL THEM THE STORY. I BELIEVE THAT THE
MESSAGE ONE CAN GET IN THE STORY IS THAT ONE SHOULD NOT TELL LIES.
MOREOVER TELLING LIES CAN BE DANGEROUS SOMETIMES, BECAUSE IF ONE
TELLS BAD LIES ABOUT ONESELF TO SOMEONE, IT IS LIKELY FOR THAT
PARTICULAR LIES TO COME TRUE. I HAVE REALLY GAINED A LOT FROM
THIS STORY, IT HAS HELPED ME A LOT IN MY LIFE.
HOPEFULLY, I HOPE IT WILL HELP THOSE CHILREN I HAVE TOLD .

Where learned: NIGERIA ; LAGOS

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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