Making the Most of This Issue


What We Owe Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve faced a most important decision: to partake or not to partake. One choice would have thwarted God’s plan for His children. The other opened “the door to bring you and me and everyone else into this world.” To read more about “Adam’s Role in Bringing Us Mortality,” see this month’s Gospel Classic by President Joseph Fielding Smith, page 52.

For Newlyweds and Future Mothers

  • How can newlyweds develop appropriate relationships with their parents and yet establish their own independent family? For counsel that can help in forging strong relationships, see “For Newlyweds and Their Parents,” page 27.

  • Some newly married women may be wary about having children because of common myths and misconceptions perpetrated in the media and in society in general. “The Joyful Surprise of Motherhood” dispels several of these myths. See page 54.

Choices, Choices

  • One of the greatest gifts Heavenly Father has given us is the gift of agency. “Correctly used,” writes Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Seventy, “moral agency enables us to overcome obstacles, develop the characteristics of godliness, and qualify for eternal life.” See page 8.

  • Young adults face many important decisions—whom to marry, what career to pursue, how much education to obtain, whether or not to serve a mission. How do you make sure you’re making the right decision? See page 12 for some ideas to help.

Feeling Inadequate in Your Calling?

  • Have you ever received a calling and felt like Moses? “Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh?” he asked the Lord. Bishop Richard C. Edgley teaches us that we can receive divine help in our callings, even as Moses did. See page 46.

  • Sheila Kindred learned through accepting callings—and turning one down—that the Lord gives us callings not just so we can serve but also so He can bless us in specific ways. See her story, “Blessed by My Callings,” on page 44.

“This Is Our Day”

“The work that began with a humble plowboy in 1820 is not yet finished,” says Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “This is our day, it is our time, it is our turn to put our shoulders to the grand wheel that was set in motion nearly 200 years ago.” To read more about the Restoration of the gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith, see page 32.

Improve Your Teaching

In “A Lesson That Changed My Life,” members from around the world tell how teachers touched their lives. See page 58.

Wilford Woodruff

The course of study this year for Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society focuses on the teachings of one of this dispensation’s greatest missionaries. To read about President Wilford Woodruff’s life and teachings, see “Wilford Woodruff: Contending for the Faith,” page 20.

The Nature of the Godhead

The first in a series of short articles about basic doctrines of the restored gospel examines the nature of the Godhead and our relationship to Them. See page 50.

Home Teachers, Visiting Teachers

Find the monthly messages on page 2 and page 65.