Making the Most of This Issue


A Beacon for Youth

Look to the lighthouse of the Lord as you face the challenges and opportunities of life, writes President Thomas S. Monson, First Counselor in the First Presidency, to the youth of the Church. In a First Presidency Message addressed to young people, he urges them to look for the Lord’s beacon light and follow these signals: “choose your friends with caution,” “plan your future with purpose,” and “frame your life with faith.” See p. 2.

Family Home Evening Ideas

  • How can you effectively teach the gospel to a child with learning disabilities? Read of one couple’s experiences, p. 66.

  • Most stories from Latter-day Saint Voices can be used for family home evenings. If you want to teach your family about following spiritual promptings, discuss “Go Check on Wendi!” p. 63.

Jesus, the Perfect Mentor

“I remind you of the great encouragement which is also a directive: ‘What manner of men [and women] ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am’ (3 Ne. 27:27). In that discipleship there is joy unbounded that lies ahead,” promises Elder Neal A. Maxwell of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. See p. 8.

The Privilege of Prayer

  • One of the great blessings from heartfelt personal prayers is feeling that Heavenly Father cares about us as individuals. See p. 18.

  • How do we help protect our families from the perils of today’s world? There is no substitute for family prayer. See p. 24.

Called to Share

Can Church activities and callings be used effectively to introduce—or reintroduce—people to the Church? See p. 38 and find out how the Olathe Kansas Stake does it.

Stories behind the Revelations

Would you like to know the story behind sections 3, 13, and 27 of the Doctrine and Covenants? See p. 42.

If Not for Our Home Teacher …

It probably seemed just a small thing, but one home teacher’s watchcare touched three generations, p. 52.

Help with Learning Disabilities

See p. 66 on how you can teach the gospel to a child with learning disabilities.

Home Teachers and Visiting Teachers

Find the monthly messages on p. 2 and p. 69.

Applying the Six “B’s”

Tips for leaders and parents to help youth apply President Gordon B. Hinckley’s counsel, p. 68.

Confronting Pornography

Pornography can shake the foundation of a marriage, but the Lord can help couples fight this devastating sin. Read of one couple’s story, p. 54.