Making the Most of This Issue


Affirming Motherhood

“I want all of you to know the great joy I feel in being a mother, wife, and homemaker,” writes Susan W. Tanner, Young Women general president. “We should express our joy often through our words, actions, and countenances.” Too often the realities and expectations of our modern world crowd out this message, but our young women need to hear it. See page 20.

Talking with Teens

Has your teen tuned you out? Do the two of you live in the same house but maybe not the same universe? C. Ross Clement gives six suggestions that might help you reconnect with your troubled teenager. See page 32.

Zion’s Camp

Some members of Zion’s Camp felt it was a failure, but for the Prophet Joseph Smith and other early Church leaders, Zion’s Camp was a refining and defining experience. See Alexander L. Baugh’s discussion of this march to rescue the Saints in Missouri, page 42.

An Interview with Elder Nelson

Do you wish you were more committed to the gospel but can’t seem to get it all together? Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles tackles this and other important questions. See page 16.

Confessions of a Perfectionist

Could your idea of the perfect life be someone else’s idea of hell? When this wife and mother discovered she was using Satan’s methods to achieve righteous goals, she took a closer look at her life and adjusted her attitude. See page 64.

The Second Coming

When you think about the “great and dreadful day of the Lord,” do you overlook the “great” and accentuate the “dreadful”? Elder Spencer V. Jones shows us how to find hope in the Second Coming. See page 58.

Stories for Teachers

If you need a story for your lesson about conversion, listening to spiritual promptings, or the blessings from paying tithing, see Latter-day Saint Voices, pages 70–73.

Grieving

What do you say to someone who has lost a loved one? Ensign readers offer wise counsel on page 12.

Home Teachers, Visiting Teachers

Find the monthly messages on page 2 and page 61.