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Architectural Renderings of Four New Temples

[illustrations] Architect’s renderings show four of the Church’s temples now under construction. Top Left: Ground was broken on 17 April this year for the Anchorage Alaska Temple, one of the first three small temples announced by President Gordon B. Hinckley. Top right: For the Billings Montana Temple, ground was broken on 28 March this year. Lower left: Ground was broken on 10 November 1996 for the Cochabamba Bolivia Temple. Lower right: Groundbreaking for the Recife Brazil Temple was on 15 November 1996. (Temple renderings by James Porter.)

New Family History Software

The Church’s Family History Department has released a new software program called Family History SourceGuide™ and two resource files on CD. The new products are part of a plan to assist members in pursuing genealogical research from their homes, making it faster and easier to access vital information and resources.

Family History SourceGuide™

The first automated Windows® or Folio®-based product of its kind produced by the Church, Family History SourceGuide compiles more than 150 research guides available at the Church’s Family History Library™ in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Users type the location where their ancestor lived and indicate what they would like to learn, such as information about birth date, birthplace, marriage, adoption, occupation, immigration, military service, or living relatives. Though the product will not show information about individuals, it will list the types of records and sources needed to find the requested information. The CD is designed for use by those who know basic information about their ancestors but need to search original sources to complete their personal records.

Family History SourceGuide is designed for both amateur and experienced researchers. Novices will find information about where to start, what to do, and how to access a variety of different records as well as a glossary that defines research and genealogical terms. Experts who specialize in a particular locality will find guides for places outside their area of expertise. The product gives a broad perspective of the Family History Library’s worldwide sources, which include more than 2 million microfilms, 700,000 microfiche, and 274,000 books. Many records described in the product can be accessed through the Church’s Family History Centers™ located around the globe.

The three main features of the software are:

1. How-to Guides

Research outlines. Seventy-six outlines describe records and research strategies for finding ancestors who lived in a particular area. Outlines for all 50 U.S. states and several countries are provided.

Address lists. Lists include addresses of major Family History Centers in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the British Isles, and Europe.

Letter-writing guides. These guides will help persons who must request genealogical records from German and French speakers. Sample sentences are provided along with translations.

Blank forms and census worksheets. More than 20 worksheets are formatted according to various U.S. census records so that needed information can be copied quickly. A blank research log is provided to track research steps.

Research guides. These guides include steps for basic research and for research in the Family History Library and Family History Centers, including specific instructions on how to use various indexes.

Maps. Various maps of the British Isles are included.

2. Word Meanings

A Word Meanings function provides approximately 1,700 definitions and related words to help users better understand the terminology used in SourceGuide and the genealogical community.

3. Catalog Helper

Based on an individual’s research goal, the Catalog Helper identifies the best subjects to search for in the Family History Library Catalog™, which is part of the FamilySearch™ software program that provides lists and descriptions of the extensive records, books, microfilms, and microfiche in the Family History Library.

Family History SourceGuide is available through Church distribution centers worldwide (item number 50176). System requirements include:

  • Pentium processor

  • Windows 95 or NT 4.0+

  • 8 MB RAM (16 MB recommended)

  • CD-ROM drive

Comment

Call for Articles

The Ensign invites articles on how the gospel has made a significant difference in members’ lives. Examples of previously published stories, some printed as “Name Withheld” articles, include a member who overcame a history of family abuse, a family who resolved economic problems, parents who went through a child’s rebellion, and members whose faith helped them overcome serious trials or endure serious illness. Whether our challenges are physical, mental, emotional, social, or spiritual, the gospel offers guidance, comfort, and hope.

If you wish to share your experiences, send submissions to Ensign Magazine, 50 East North Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150-3224. Write “Impact” at the top of the first page. Persons wishing their manuscript returned if unused should enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

The “Most Powerful” Book of Mormon

Recently I came across an impressive quote about the Book of Mormon that readers perhaps will be interested in. It is found in a large, thick, cumbersome, 2,336-page book entitled The Volume Library, first copyrighted in 1911. Within its covers there is an encyclopedia of information on almost any imaginable subject. Under the heading of “Literature of Power” (p. 190) is this quote:

“Of all the American religious books of the 19th century it seems probable The Book of Mormon was the most powerful. It reached perhaps only 1 percent of the people of the United States, but it affected this 1 percent so powerfully and lastingly that all the people of the United States have been affected, especially by its contribution to opening up one of our great frontiers.”

It is true that the majority of Americans were affected by the Book of Mormon only indirectly and without realizing it. Yet the Book of Mormon’s influence is not something past and over with. It is a book for the present and is destined to be a powerful and significant book for the future in all countries of the world. The Savior himself said of it, “As your Lord and your God liveth it is true” (D&C 17:6).

Sterling Workman Salt Lake City, Utah

Seizing the Joy

I felt compelled to write and tell you how much I enjoyed Winnie Dalley’s article “Seize the Joy!” All too often mothers are dragged down by the world’s negative views of domestic life. As the mother of two small children, I felt as if the article was written just for me. It’s true that the routine of the work we do can make it hard to see the rewarding joy that comes from it. I’ll be keeping this article handy to review on future occasions.

Dana A. Chadderdon Mosinee, Wisconsin

Managing Credit Cards

I would like to comment on Max W. Brown’s “I Have a Question” response in the December 1997 Ensign [62]. I recommend not using credit cards for credit—use them as charge cards. An effective method is to treat each transaction with the credit card as a check that has been written from your checkbook. Log the transaction into your checkbook, file the receipt, and subtract it from your balance, just like a check. Then when the card statement comes in, go back and reconcile all of your card transactions, write one check, and that is it. You are not in debt, you carry no exorbitant interest rates, and you have established a very good accounting system. I have found this a simple way to manage the ease and accessibility of credit cards and to simultaneously build an excellent credit history.

Robert Joseph Justice II Cross Lanes, West Virginia

Remembering the Marines in Kiribati

Thank you for “Kiribati Flowers in the Pacific,” published in the December 1997 Ensign [Joyce Findlay, 68–70]. Reading about the establishment and growth of the Church on Tarawa caused me to reflect with gratitude upon the courageous U.S. marines that liberated the island from captivity during World War II, including Captain James Fox and other members of the Church who sacrificed their lives on its now-beautiful beach.

Van Davis San Diego, California