News of the Church

By Chad Phares, Church Magazines


President Hinckley Travels the World

President Gordon B. Hinckley visited members in seven cities and dedicated a temple in Aba, Nigeria, as he traveled around the world in July and August, adding several thousand miles to his extensive travel as Church President.

President Hinckley’s meetings with members ranged from small groups gathered on airport runways to thousands of Latter-day Saints participating in cultural celebrations.

Vladivostok, Russia

While making a brief stopover for plane refueling in Russia, President Hinckley greeted 200 members at an airport in Vladivostok. President Hinckley’s visit to the city was the first by a President of the Church.

“Live the gospel and establish the work in this great place,” President Hinckley said to the group.

President Hinckley told the members that they reminded him of a small congregation of Saints he met in Korea 50 years ago. He said that group of Saints now numbers in the thousands and told the Russian Saints he believes that in the future, thousands of Saints would live in their town. President Hinckley said if they would be true and faithful the Lord would bless them.

Seoul, South Korea

President Hinckley spoke in Seoul, South Korea, to members gathered for a regional conference. The meeting was broadcast throughout the country and to locations in the United States and Australia.

President Hinckley spoke of previous stopovers in Korea. He apologized for missing a cultural celebration involving 1,500 adult and youth performers the evening prior to the conference due to a travel mishap.

He said: “God has poured out His blessings upon this people, and the security and the peace and the well-being of this nation rests on the righteousness of the nation. I believe with all my heart that if the Saints will live the gospel they will be spared from war and other afflictions.”

Taipei, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, China

While visiting in Taipei, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, China, President Hinckley met with members, and he dedicated Church office buildings in both cities. Both buildings have chapels, classrooms, and Church office space.

In the meeting with members in Hong Kong, he described receiving inspiration about the Hong Kong China Temple being part of a multistory building; it was a pattern, he said, that was used again for the Manhattan New York Temple. President Hinckley also expressed his gratitude for the members. He said, “I just want to tell you how much I love you. You are wonderful people.”

Aba, Nigeria

When President Hinckley arrived in Nigeria on August 6, the day before dedicating the Aba Nigeria Temple, Latter-day Saints in Nigeria welcomed him by lining the street leading to the temple grounds. They also performed “The Day of Rejoicing,” a cultural event to celebrate the arrival of the prophet and the completion of a new temple.

The program involved nearly 1,500 youth and children who had prepared for almost a year practicing music and dance routines. Youth from five stakes in Nigeria participated in the event. The audience, including local Church leaders, parents, and the prophet, sat on chairs or stood on a sloping hill just below the temple for the program.

The day after the cultural celebration President Hinckley dedicated the Aba Nigeria temple. The temple is the third operating temple in Africa and the Church’s 121st operating temple worldwide. (See accompanying article on p. 73.)

A Million Miles

During the trip President Hinckley also met with small groups of members during brief stops in Delhi, India, and Nairobi, Kenya. He told the members during these visits to continue “keeping the faith, living the gospel, doing what they ought to do, taking care of their families, providing for them, giving them spiritual strength.”

President Hinckley has traveled more than one million miles since becoming President of the Church in 1995.

Church News contributed to this report.

[photo] President Hinckley attends a meeting in Korea. (Photograph by Greg Hill, Church News.)

Members Celebrate Progress on New Temples

Apia Samoa Temple

After fire destroyed the original Apia Samoa Temple, members waited two years for a new temple to be built. Their wait ended on September 4, 2005, when a new temple was dedicated on the same ground where the original temple had stood.

The Apia Samoa Temple today has more than 16,000 square feet (1,486 m2), slightly larger than the former temple built in 1983.

After two decades of attending a temple close to their homes, members in and around Samoa said they have learned gratitude from traveling to a temple farther away for two years. While the temple was being built in Samoa, members had to travel 475 miles (760 km) to the Nuku‘alofa Tonga Temple.

“I believe members now have learned to be more appreciative of having the new temple,” said Uele Va’aulu, Church public affairs representative in Samoa. “They are now more eager to do their family history and are filled with the Spirit of Elijah.”

Newport Beach California Temple

The Newport Beach California Temple was dedicated on August 28, 2005, becoming the Church’s 122nd operating temple. Before the dedication more than 150,000 people attended the temple open house. Newport Beach stake president Weatherford Clayton said many visitors commented on the beauty of the temple. “I believe they can appreciate why it is an incredibly sacred building for us,” said President Clayton.

With more than 770,000 Church members in California, the state has the largest population of Latter-day Saints in one state, outside of Utah. The Newport Beach California Temple is the seventh operating temple in California, serving 50,000 members.

Aba Nigeria Temple

President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Aba Nigeria Temple on August 7, 2005. The temple is located near the Ogbor River. As part of the temple construction, the Church built a bridge over the river and a road leading to the temple.

During the dedication ceremonies, President Hinckley said the temple would be a blessing to the people just as the Accra Ghana Temple has been to African Saints since being dedicated in 2004.

Rexburg Idaho Temple

After waiting 19 months since President Hinckley announced that a temple would be built in Rexburg, Idaho, more than 8,000 members attended the temple’s groundbreaking services held on July 30.

“Members and even some nonmembers are excited the day has arrived, and they are looking forward to watching the temple go up,” said Farrell Young, a Church member in Rexburg.

The Rexburg Idaho Temple will join operating temples in Boise and Idaho Falls as the third temple in Idaho. A fourth temple for Idaho was announced for Twin Falls in October 2004. The Rexburg Idaho Temple will serve 17 stakes in the area. Rexburg’s temple will also serve the almost 12,000 students attending Brigham Young University–Idaho.

[illustration] The Apia Samoa Temple was dedicated on September 4, 2005.

[photo] President Hinckley is greeted by members at the Aba Nigeria Temple.

Dedications Bring Operating Temples Worldwide to 122

With the recent dedications of the San Antonio Texas, Aba Nigeria, and Newport Beach California Temples, the total number of operating temples around the world has now reached 122.

Since President Gordon B. Hinckley was called to lead the Church in 1995, the Lord has directed temple construction in a way few expected. In the last 10 years, 84 temples have been announced or dedicated—nearly double the 47 temples dedicated in the previous 118 years.

President Hinckley has said that the temple is a place where we can learn more about life after death and the purpose of this life.

“Every temple that this Church has built has in effect stood as a monument to our belief in the immortality of the human soul, that this phase of mortal life through which we pass is part of a continuous upward climb, so to speak, and that as certain as there is life here, there will be life there,” he said. “That is our firm belief. It comes about through the Atonement of the Savior, and the temple becomes … the bridge from this life to the next” (“Inspirational Thoughts,” Ensign, Apr. 2002, 4).

The 122 operating temples include the Apia Samoa Temple, which was rededicated on September 4, 2005, after the original structure was destroyed by fire in 2003. An additional nine temples are under construction or have been announced.

Temples by the Numbers

1877

Year the St. George Utah Temple was dedicated, the oldest currently operating temple.

16

Temples dedicated in the following 100 years, ending with the São Paulo Brazil Temple in 1978.

26

Temples dedicated during the 1980s, the most in any decade until 2000—including the 25 dedicated in the 1990s.

34

Temples dedicated in 2000, the most in any year.

4

Temples dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley in an eight-day period from June 11–18, 2000, the most ever in that time span.

6

Countries with at least one dedicated temple in 1978.

40

Countries with at least one dedicated or announced temple in 2005.

40

Years the Salt Lake Temple was under construction.

4

Calendar years since 1980 during which no temple was dedicated: 1982, 1988, 1991, and 1992.

26

Years between the dedication of the Salt Lake Temple and the Laie Hawaii Temple, the longest span between dedications among currently operating temples.

4

Times two temples have been dedicated on the same day since the small temple building program was announced.

253,015

Square footage (23,500 m2) of the Salt Lake Temple (including annex), the largest temple in the Church.

280

Height, in feet (85 m), of the Washington D.C. Temple, the tallest in the Church.

Temples around the World

 

Operating Temples

Dedication Date

1

St. George Utah

April 6, 1877

2

Logan Utah

May 17, 1884

3

Manti Utah

May 21, 1888

4

Salt Lake

April 6, 1893

5

Laie Hawaii

November 27, 1919

6

Cardston Alberta

August 26, 1923

7

Mesa Arizona

October 23, 1927

8

Idaho Falls Idaho

September 23, 1945

9

Bern Switzerland

September 11, 1955

10

Los Angeles California

March 11, 1956

11

Hamilton New Zealand

April 20, 1958

12

London England

September 7, 1958

13

Oakland California

November 19, 1964

14

Ogden Utah

January 18, 1972

15

Provo Utah

February 9, 1972

16

Washington D.C.

November 19, 1974

17

São Paulo Brazil

October 30, 1978

18

Tokyo Japan

October 27, 1980

19

Seattle Washington

November 17, 1980

20

Jordan River Utah

November 16, 1981

21

Atlanta Georgia

June 1, 1983

22

Apia Samoa

August 5, 1983

23

Nuku‘alofa Tonga

August 9, 1983

24

Santiago Chile

September 15, 1983

25

Papeete Tahiti

October 27, 1983

26

Mexico City Mexico

December 2, 1983

27

Boise Idaho

May 25, 1984

28

Sydney Australia

September 20, 1984

29

Manila Philippines

September 25, 1984

30

Dallas Texas

October 19, 1984

31

Taipei Taiwan

November 17, 1984

32

Guatemala City Guatemala

December 14, 1984

33

Freiberg Germany

June 29, 1985

34

Stockholm Sweden

July 2, 1985

35

Chicago Illinois

August 9, 1985

36

Johannesburg South Africa

August 24, 1985

37

Seoul Korea

December 14, 1985

38

Lima Peru

January 10, 1986

39

Buenos Aires Argentina

January 17, 1986

40

Denver Colorado

October 24, 1986

41

Frankfurt Germany

August 28, 1987

42

Portland Oregon

August 19, 1989

43

Las Vegas Nevada

December 16, 1989

44

Toronto Ontario

August 25, 1990

45

San Diego California

April 25, 1993

46

Orlando Florida

October 9, 1994

47

Bountiful Utah

January 8, 1995

48

Hong Kong China

May 26, 1996

49

Mount Timpanogos Utah

October 13, 1996

50

St. Louis Missouri

June 1, 1997

51

Vernal Utah

November 2, 1997

52

Preston England

June 7, 1998

53

Monticello Utah

July 26, 1998

54

Anchorage Alaska

January 9, 1999

55

Colonia Juárez Chihuahua Mexico

March 6, 1999

56

Madrid Spain

March 19, 1999

57

Bogotá Colombia

April 24, 1999

58

Guayaquil Ecuador

August 1, 1999

59

Spokane Washington

August 21, 1999

60

Columbus Ohio

September 4, 1999

61

Bismarck North Dakota

September 19, 1999

62

Columbia South Carolina

October 16, 1999

63

Detroit Michigan

October 23, 1999

64

Halifax Nova Scotia

November 14, 1999

65

Regina Saskatchewan

November 14, 1999

66

Billings Montana

November 20, 1999

67

Edmonton Alberta

December 11, 1999

68

Raleigh North Carolina

December 18, 1999

69

St. Paul Minnesota

January 9, 2000

70

Kona Hawaii

January 23, 2000

71

Ciudad Juárez Mexico

February 26, 2000

72

Hermosillo Sonora Mexico

February 27, 2000

73

Albuquerque New Mexico

March 5, 2000

74

Oaxaca Mexico

March 11, 2000

75

Tuxtla Gutiérrez Mexico

March 12, 2000

76

Louisville Kentucky

March 19, 2000

77

Palmyra New York

April 6, 2000

78

Fresno California

April 9, 2000

79

Medford Oregon

April 16, 2000

80

Memphis Tennessee

April 23, 2000

81

Reno Nevada

April 23, 2000

82

Cochabamba Bolivia

April 30, 2000

83

Tampico Mexico

May 20, 2000

84

Nashville Tennessee

May 21, 2000

85

Villahermosa Mexico

May 21, 2000

86

Montréal Québec

June 4, 2000

87

San José Costa Rica

June 4, 2000

88

Fukuoka Japan

June 11, 2000

89

Adelaide Australia

June 15, 2000

90

Melbourne Australia

June 16, 2000

91

Suva Fiji

June 18, 2000

92

Mérida Mexico

July 8, 2000

93

Veracruz Mexico

July 9, 2000

94

Baton Rouge Louisiana

July 16, 2000

95

Oklahoma City Oklahoma

July 30, 2000

96

Caracas Venezuela

August 20, 2000

97

Houston Texas

August 26, 2000

98

Birmingham Alabama

September 3, 2000

99

Santo Domingo Dominican Republic

September 17, 2000

100

Boston Massachusetts

October 1, 2000

101

Recife Brazil

December 15, 2000

102

Porto Alegre Brazil

December 17, 2000

103

Montevideo Uruguay

March 18, 2001

104

Winter Quarters Nebraska

April 22, 2001

105

Guadalajara Mexico

April 29, 2001

106

Perth Australia

May 20, 2001

107

Columbia River Washington

November 18, 2001

108

Snowflake Arizona

March 3, 2002

109

Lubbock Texas

April 21, 2002

110

Monterrey Mexico

April 28, 2002

111

Campinas Brazil

May 17, 2002

112

Asunción Paraguay

May 19, 2002

113

Nauvoo Illinois

June 27, 2002

114

The Hague Netherlands

September 8, 2002

115

Brisbane Australia

June 15, 2003

116

Redlands California

September 14, 2003

117

Accra Ghana

January 11, 2004

118

Copenhagen Denmark

May 23, 2004

119

Manhattan New York

June 13, 2004

120

San Antonio Texas

May 22, 2005

121

Aba Nigeria

August 7, 2005

122

Newport Beach California

August 28, 2005

Announced or under Construction

   

Announcement Date

A1

Harrison New York

September 30, 1995

A2

Kiev Ukraine

July 20, 1998

A3

Helsinki Finland

April 2, 2000

A4

Sacramento California

April 21, 2001

A5

Curitiba Brazil

August 23, 2002

A6

Panamá City Panamá

August 23, 2002

A7

Rexburg Idaho

December 20, 2003

A8

Draper Utah

October 2, 2004

A9

Twin Falls Idaho

October 2, 2004

New Online Training Available

New interactive training available at www.lds.org uses e-learning technology to train members serving in Church callings. Online training is currently available for Church record keepers, Primary teachers, and Young Women leaders. Topics include learning to manage unit finances and membership records, teaching children reverence and appropriate behavior in Primary, and using Personal Progress.

The training lessons are presented in a downloadable slide show format and have been posted on the Internet to increase availability to members. Each slide show requires between 15 to 30 minutes to complete. Slide shows include video and audio clips, printable application questions, practice scenarios, interactive dialogues, and tables and charts with suggestions related to the training topic.

Training Clerks and Auditors

Eleven slide shows are available in English for clerks and local unit leaders learning to record and manage unit finances and membership records. Currently, German and Spanish translations of some of the lessons are available. The lessons will eventually be translated into 12 other languages: Cantonese, Dutch, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Samoan, Swedish, and Tongan. Translations will be posted online as they become available.

The lessons mimic the personal training a newly called priesthood holder with record-keeping responsibilities might receive from his predecessor. A narrator guides each of the lessons, periodically asking viewers to answer questions, take notes, or participate in interactive learning activities.

Six of the lessons address the roles of bishops, stake presidents, stake auditors, stake audit committees, and stake and ward clerks in caring for historical, financial, and membership records. Other lessons discuss “how to” procedures for processing weekly donations, handling expenses, and updating membership records using the Member and Leader Services software.

By examining interactive forms and watching choreographed charts, clerks and auditors learn how to properly complete data fields on Church records and how to support their local priesthood leaders by keeping accurate records. Along with the lessons, clerks and auditors can download a 22-page question-and-answer sheet. The list of more than 60 questions and answers covers many of the basic questions that clerks and auditors ask upon beginning their callings.

To view this lesson, click on “Serving in the Church” listed in the left column at www.lds.org, click on “Melchizedek Priesthood,” then “Record-Keeping and Auditing Training.”

Teaching Children Reverent Behavior

Six slide shows in English provide teachers and leaders suggestions for overcoming common behavior concerns many Primary teachers face.

Topics covered by the training include dealing with disruptive and inattentive students, setting rules for acceptable Primary behavior, caring for students with special needs, responding positively to negative behaviors, talking to disruptive children, and using ward resources to encourage reverence.

Each lesson uses a real-life scenario to describe suggested approaches to teaching appropriate behavior.

For example, one segment shares Sister Pond’s approaches to dealing with a disruptive student. Sister Pond learns that teaching Primary means becoming an example to the children as well as teaching lessons. Viewers watch as Sister Pond obeys promptings from the Spirit to enhance preparation for her lesson and prayers for her students. The online training pauses several times to ask viewers how they would respond in Sister Pond’s situation.

To view this lesson, click on “Serving in the Church” listed in the left column at www.lds.org, click on “Primary,” then “Help Children Behave Appropriately.”

Using Personal Progress

Eight slide shows in English are now available online to help leaders and parents encourage young women to use Personal Progress to remain temple worthy and prepare to become future leaders, wives, mothers, and homemakers.

The set of lessons opens with a video clip from Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He relates the Savior’s parable of the 10 virgins and teaches of the importance of preparation. In the same slide show, viewers can click on a map of seven areas around the world to hear young women testify about how Personal Progress helped them prepare for the future.

In another lesson, viewers observe a conversation between Sister Chan, a Young Women leader, and Lin, a young woman in her class. Viewers review how Sister Chan learned and recognized Lin’s interests and helped Lin set Personal Progress goals that matched her interests. At the end of the lesson, visitors are asked to apply the lesson’s principles to members of their own class.

A conversation in another lesson teaches leaders how to meet with parents and introduce the Personal Progress program. Viewers watch a ward Young Women president ask Maria about her future goals and then suggest how Personal Progress could help her reach those goals.

Other topics addressed in the lessons are how to modify a value experience, how to use Mutual to support Personal Progress, how Young Women leaders can gain a testimony of Personal Progress by earning their Young Womanhood Recognition award, and how to encourage young women to continue setting Personal Progress goals.

To view this lesson, click on “Serving in the Church” listed in the left column at www.lds.org, click on “Young Women,” then “Encouraging Young Women to Work on Personal Progress.”

[photo] The Church is using the Internet to provide interactive training.

Online Braille Resources Opens “New Era” for the Visually Impaired

There was a time when Nolan Crabb of the Jefferson City Ward, Columbia Missouri Stake, rarely commented on anything out of the manual during priesthood meeting. When he did, it wasn’t because he had read it.

But that was before the Church introduced downloadable and printable Braille curriculum on www.lds.org.

Now Brother Crabb, who has been blind since birth, is able to search the manual using a specialized computer about the size of a laptop. He uses the device to read downloaded curriculum during class.

“This is just about as revolutionary as the Gutenberg press,” Brother Crabb said, comparing the way modern technology has opened scriptures to the blind with the way early printing equipment opened the Bible to the masses.

Thanks to the online Braille resources that the Church introduced last year, Brother Crabb and many other Church members who are visually impaired have easy access to the curriculum and scriptures that many members have had for years.

“With new technology, we knew providing Braille resources online was a possibility,” said Doug Hind of Special Curriculum.

In addition to the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price, Braille versions of the Friend, New Era, and Ensign are also available online. Each First Presidency Message and Visiting Teaching Message since August 2004 can be found as well.

“This is a great blessing for those who have the technology,” Brother Hind said.

In addition to having easier access to Church curriculum, people can save storage room with online Braille resources. Because Braille type requires more space than regular type, books in Braille are larger. The Braille Book of Mormon alone is five volumes long.

“I teach Sunday school, and I tell my children to bring their scriptures,” said Don Mitchell, of the Columbia Heights Ward, Vancouver Washington Stake. “But I can’t bring mine because if I did, I’d have to carry them around on a cart.”

Although Brother Mitchell doesn’t own a special device from which he can read Braille, he is able to choose the curriculum he wants to bring to church and print it on an embossing printer, thus eliminating the need to lug bulky books.

The Church is currently prioritizing what curriculum material to post online in Braille. Meanwhile, visually impaired members are excited for what is to come.

“It’s a whole new era for people who are blind,” said Brother Crabb.

New Web Site Features Joseph Smith’s Life, Mission

The life and mission of Joseph Smith are the subjects of a new Church Web site featured at www.josephsmith.net. Presented in a multimedia format, the site is a compilation of history, art, and academic research about the Prophet’s life, the places he lived, and the events he influenced.

The Church has launched the site during the bicentennial year of the Prophet’s birth to increase members’ access to commentaries, testimonies, and artwork about the Prophet. Much of the information was previously unavailable online.

“Josephsmith.net takes the most authoritative statements about the role of the Prophet in restoring the gospel and consolidates them into one location,” said Steven Olsen, assistant managing director of the Church’s Family and Church History Department.

Content on the site is divided into five sections that detail Joseph Smith’s mission as a prophet to restore the Church, the historical events of his life, and comments from Joseph Smith’s contemporaries.

The “Mission of the Prophet” section includes information on seven important events and blessings of the Restoration, such as temples, the translation of the Book of Mormon, and the restoration of priesthood authority.

In the “Life of the Prophet” section, visitors can choose one of 14 categories describing time periods in Joseph’s life, including his call from God, his trials and persecutions, his marriage to Emma Smith, his role in temple building, and his Martyrdom.

The “Witnesses of the Prophet” section includes 45 testimonies, including statements from all 14 Presidents of the Church since Joseph Smith and testimonies from the present First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Sections contain six tabs that allow visitors to navigate extra resources: quotes about Restoration events from Joseph Smith and his contemporaries; responses on why each event is significant; and a list of further readings from the scriptures, Church curriculum, and academic papers. Each section also has a multimedia slide show displaying images of the Prophet’s letters or journal entries and artists’ depictions of Restoration events, places, and people.

Brother Olsen said the site is designed in multiple layers to allow members to research according to the degree of information they need. The site includes a topical search function to help visitors easily locate quotes or statements.

Josephsmith.net also features 21 virtual tours of Church history sites, including the Sacred Grove; the Peter Whitmer home, where the Church was organized in 1830; and the room at Carthage Jail where Joseph and Hyrum Smith were martyred in 1844. The virtual tours were included so that members who may never be able to visit the sites can see the locations of the Restoration.

The site, created by the Family and Church History Department, is just the beginning of attempts to increase members’ access to information from the Church’s library and historical archives.

Many of the scanned images of the Prophet’s original writings were available only upon special request at the Church archives in Salt Lake City. Previously, only a handful of authorized visitors saw these documents each year. Brother Olsen said he anticipates additional original-document images will be added to the site in the future.

“This is the best site to get information on the Prophet and his role in the Restoration,” said Brother Olsen.

Comment

A Sacred Gift

Thank you for your July 2005 article “The Body, a Sacred Gift.” For more than seven years an eating disorder has been the lens through which I see my body. My battle to turn to the Lord and the healing power of the Atonement was considerably aided by your article and its timing. I appreciate your constant sensitivity to today’s problems and your courage in addressing them. Name Withheld

“Strengthening Future Mothers”

I am currently serving as a bishop, and I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the article “Strengthening Future Mothers” in the June 2005 Ensign. We have had discussions about this article in our ward, and it has had a beneficial impact here. I appreciate the tone of the article and the specific messages it presented. James N. Ricks, Highland 21st Ward, Highland Utah South Stake

Inner City Hope

I want to thank you for the article “Building Hope in the Inner City” (Aug. 2005). I was born and raised in East St. Louis, and the article gave me hope for the city. My family moved out of East St. Louis in the early ’70s. I joined the Church with my husband in 1979 in Minnesota. The article made me proud to have been from East St. Louis. I hope I will be able to visit and see the chapel there. Cathy Whiteside Johnson, Pietown Branch, Eagar Arizona Stake

Shayla’s Helper

Thank you so much for the inspirational article on helping children with special needs in your August issue (“Embracing Members with Special Needs”). I have been called to be “Shayla’s helper” during Primary, and it is the most humbling calling I have ever held. Shayla has many health problems and is in a wheelchair. My being Shayla’s helper allows her mother and father to have their own callings because Shayla needs constant care. Sometimes when Shayla is ill and not able to go to church, I go to her home after sacrament meeting to be with her so her mother and father can attend their meetings.

Shayla is an amazing daughter of God, and He loves her so much. Shayla’s Primary class includes her in activities during class time and Sharing Time. It is wonderful to see how kind and loving the other children are toward her. Without knowing it, Shayla teaches others about compassion, patience, long-suffering, and other virtues needed in this earth life.

Your article inspired me to try to do more for Shayla. She has taught me so much, and I love her as my own. Annette Tucker-Matkin, River Fifth Ward, South Jordan Utah River Stake

Call for Articles

Members are invited to submit personal accounts that demonstrate the power of gospel principles in overcoming spiritual, physical, emotional, mental, or social challenges. These accounts may touch hearts or reflect a dramatic situation, but all should bear testimony in a powerful way of how the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the application of gospel principles can change lives. Stories of conversion, activation, family history, challenges with children, dealing with the death of a loved one, challenges with health, divorce, overcoming addictive behaviors, or stories of survival are all possible topics.

Send 1,000–2,000 word responses by June 20, 2006 to Ensign Editorial, 50 E. North Temple St., Rm. 2420, Salt Lake City, UT 84150–3220, USA, or to ensign@ldschurch.org. Clearly mark your submission “Narrative,” and at the top of your submission, write your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and ward and stake (or branch and district).

While we cannot acknowledge receipt of individual responses, authors whose submissions are selected for publication will be notified. If you would like your manuscript returned, enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope and allow up to a year.