On the Go with “Just Say No”
Seventeen-year-old Nina Sagay, of the Peckham Ward, Wandsworth England Stake, writes and produces traveling shows that focus on problems common to teenagers. She and other young Church members are trying to help young people see the alternatives to using drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and giving in to other temptations. She tries to present teenagers with choices for a better way of living.
Sometimes the shows are dramatized situations, and sometimes they are direct messages that give solutions to the problems, including ways young people can help each other.
“I love drama, but I plan to pursue a career in business,” says Nina, who lives in London with her older sisters, Sheila and Brenda. Their parents live in Nigeria, where her father is a building contractor.—, Sutton Coldfield, England
Known for her willingness and cheerful excellence in whatever job she undertakes, Eileen Dahl constantly finds ways to serve her family, church, and community. She is the kind of visiting teacher who, with her companion, will clean the home of the sister they visit when they hear she is ill, the kind of alert member who will tend the child of a mother who needs help to do her Church calling on Sunday. She also works tirelessly as a nurse and serves as a Red Cross volunteer.
Eileen joined the Church in Argentina when she was twenty, served a local mission, then became a nurse. With her English heritage, and having lived in the British section of her community in Argentina, Eileen spoke both Spanish and fluent English. And though she had not planned to leave Argentina, she was drawn to Salt Lake City following her mission.
It was there that Eileen married Lawrence T. “Ted” Dahl. Ted had also served a mission in Argentina, but Eileen had not known him well. “Ted’s appreciation for Latin America and my own upbringing gave us much in common from the beginning,” says Sister Dahl. Three of the Dahls’ children accompanied them when Ted was called to serve as a mission president in Argentina.
Since returning from Argentina, Eileen has scheduled her time so she can be ready to serve whenever she is needed. She does all her food preparation one day a month, freezing many ready-for-the-oven casseroles, sauces, and desserts, in order to have free time for other responsibilities. This way, too, Sister Dahl has a meal ready in a moment for company or for a family in need.
Ted is currently president of the Peoria Illinois Stake, and Eileen is ward Laurel adviser. Moreover, they now have three grandchildren. Yet even with so many responsibilities, the Dahls still find pleasure in working together and sharing the vegetables from their garden and bread from their wheat grinder with others.—, Fargo, North Dakota
His Door Is Always Open
When Thomas Moore says that he has never refused anyone entrance to his home, especially religious representatives, he is talking about a lot of people. Brother Moore is eighty-three years old, and he thought he had seen every religion there was to see until LDS missionaries knocked on his door in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
“I let them in, of course, but thought, ‘What can these kids teach me?’ “After the second discussion, says Brother Moore, “I was converted—at age eighty. Better late than never.” His only regret was that his wife of fifty years had died four years earlier. “My goal, of course, is to be sealed to her.”
A cake-baker, Brother Moore enjoys inviting the missionaries into his home “for whatever they’re craving. I see them living on sandwiches!” He especially likes to invite missionaries from the United States over for dinner, “since they get homesick for their own food.” On these nights, he creates American specialties: “You should see how they leave nothing on their plates!”
Brother Moore’s love for the missionaries stems from the sacrifices he sees them making “for people like me, whom they don’t even know.” Calling them “soldiers of God,” he observes that “here they are, leaving the comforts of home just because they love Heavenly Father. What a privilege to help them even just a little!”—, Salt Lake City, Utah
Growing up to be a rodeo cowboy like his father and older brother was the life Grant Fox dreamed of as he grew up near Cardston, Alberta, Canada. Part Indian, Grant “grew up in the saddle” on the Blood Indian Reserve, where he learned you have to be tough to survive a cowboy’s life. Lured to Brigham Young University because of its good rodeo team, Grant went there for his education and some rodeo experience—and some other things he wasn’t expecting.
“We went to one rodeo over the Christmas holiday in 1968,” recalls Grant. “I stayed with a good friend. There was a very special feeling in that home, especially as they prayed, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. I kept thinking, ‘If I ever have a wife and family, I’d like to have this same feeling in my home.’”
In the rodeo, Grant drew a dangerous bull. “The other cowboys just shook their heads at my luck,” he vividly remembers. “Impressed by my friend’s family, I said a prayer for the first time in my life, asking the Lord to help me do my best and, if possible, keep me from harm.” He rode until the buzzer sounded. That was the beginning of Grant’s faith.
Back at school, another influence came from the girl he was dating, Vikke, who later became his wife. “When I first met Grant, I thought he was a returned missionary,” recalls Vikke. “But he wasn’t even a member.” Grant had a testimony of the gospel already, but he wanted to be sure he could live the commandments before he joined the Church. Blessings came into his life as he prepared for baptism, joined the Church, and became a worthy priesthood holder.
Now a chiropractor and an elders quorum instructor, Grant lives on a ranch thirteen miles from Cardston. He and Vikke have five daughters and three sons.
“Grant is an excellent father,” Vikke says. “He works hard to understand and then just stays steady in the saddle.” As happens in all good marriages, Grant and Vikke credit each other for being strong. Whenever life gets hard, the Fox family has its own vocabulary for hanging on for the whole ride. And they learned it from the rodeo experiences of their dad, Brother Bronco.—, Salt Lake City, Utah