I was testing the children
in my Sabbath school class
to see if they understood the concept
of getting to heaven.
I asked them, "If I sold my house
and my car,
had a big garage sale
and gave all my money
to the church,
Would that get me into Heaven?"
"NO!" the children
"If I cleaned the church
every day, mowed the yard,
and kept everything neat and tidy, would that get me into Heaven?"
Again, the answer was, "NO!"
By now I was starting to smile.
Hey, this was fun!
"Well, then, if I was kind to animals
and gave candy
to all the children,
and loved my husband,
would that get me into Heaven?"
I asked them again.
Again, they all answered, "NO!"
I was just bursting with pride for them.
Well, I continued, "then how can I get into Heaven?"
A five-year-old boyshouted out,
"YOU GOTTA BE DEAD."