Making the Most of This Issue


Strengthening Your Family

  • Teach your family to respect and appreciate people who have disabilities as you read and discuss “Prepared by Our Bus Friends,” p. 72. Or start a discussion about how adversity can actually bless our lives by reading “Why Was My Life Preserved?” p. 71.

  • While you’re feeding your children at lunchtime, you can feed their spirits too. Learn how scripture stories from the Gospel Art Picture Kit provide ready-made lessons for times like these, p. 68.

For Parents and Leaders of Youth

If you are a parent or a youth leader, the changes in Aaronic Priesthood Duty to God and Young Women Personal Progress involve you too. To find out how parents and leaders can team up to help youth achieve their spiritual objectives, see p. 7.

Eyes on the Goal

Are you looking for an effective way to set and achieve goals in 2002? One family makes posters to help them remember theirs throughout the year. Learn more on p. 69.

The Touch of a Master Teacher

Have you ever learned from someone who was clearly a master teacher? President Harold B. Lee was such a man, and this year you will have the opportunity to learn from him in Melchizedek Priesthood or Relief Society lessons. For a brief look at his life, see p. 14.

To Love and Care for Each Other

Want to build a stronger relationship with your husband or wife? Five suggestions based on concepts in “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” offer valuable help. See p. 20.

Helping Them Get the Point

Ever asked a question in family home evening or in a Church class that no one wanted to answer? Try adjusting your teaching style with the suggestion on p. 23. It will make a difference!

How to Enjoy the Old Testament

You can find and enjoy countless lessons for daily living in the first and oldest testament of Jesus Christ. Several articles in this month’s Ensign suggest some possibilities:

  • Learn from Elder Henry B. Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles how the Old Testament can help you find the way of happiness, p. 30.

  • Tap into the power of Old Testament stories, pp. 35–44.

  • Discover how the Book of Mormon can help your Old Testament study, p. 45.

  • Tie together thousands of years of Old Testament history, pp. 50–55.

  • Follow a few simple suggestions to take the stress out of starting to read the Old Testament, p. 56.

Home Teachers and Visiting Teachers

Find the monthly messages on p. 2 and p. 67.

Did You Know?

This year’s Visiting Teaching Messages have a new format focusing on the scriptures and the inspired teachings of Church leaders. The new format also encourages more sharing of personal experiences. For ideas on how visiting teaching can lend spiritual strength to everyone involved, see “‘For Such a Time as This,’” p. 64.