Making the Most of This Issue


Entertainment: You Set the Standards

Helps for you to set family standards on entertainment in a world where spiritual values are so often ignored. See p. 26.

Ways to Strengthen Your Family

  • With a few simple props and a little imagination, you and your children can re-create many scenes from the scriptures and bring them alive for your family. See p. 69.

  • Ever had a “laundry party” at your house? Learn how this and other ideas help children develop good work habits. See p. 68.

  • Most stories from Latter-day Saint Voices can be used for family home evenings. If you want to teach your family about how God knows and loves each of us, read and discuss “On a Country Road,” p. 64.

  • Begin a family discussion about spiritual gifts by reading “The Gift of Hands,” p. 63.

Do Miracles Occur Today?

“Miracles worked by the power of the priesthood are always present in the true Church of Jesus Christ,” says Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. So, too, are miracles that come through the power of faith. See p. 6.

Making Single Adults Welcome

Ever wondered how you could help a friend who is single become interested in the Church? See how members and missionaries in one area help single adults come into the Church and feel welcome, p. 40.

What the Savior’s Mercy Means for You

How do the doctrines of justification and sanctification apply in your life? Turn to p. 18 for clear insights from Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Presidency of the Seventy.

Struggling with Shyness?

Find out how some members have enlisted the Lord’s help in learning to manage their shyness, p. 56.

Talking with the Hearing-Impaired

For six simple tips on improving your communication with people who are hearing-impaired, see p. 68.

You Can Come Back

Have you ever worried that you or someone you love might have strayed too far from the iron rod to find the way back? Read this moving personal account of one woman who shows how it can be done, p. 36.

Home Teachers and Visiting Teachers

Find the monthly messages on page 2 and page 61.

Did You Know?

Each month’s Ensign has an article supporting the family. Some articles focus on preparing for or strengthening marriage. Others are intended to help members become better parents, regardless of their situation. Because the principles in these articles are based on gospel truths, you can apply them whether you are 22 or 82, whether you are a single parent or part of a long-married couple, whether you have one child or 11.