Making the Most of This Issue


Picture Yourself in the Temple

  • “To each young adult I emphasize that the temple can bless you—even before you enter it.” Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles teaches about the importance of temples and how we can find inner peace and spiritual strength by maintaining high standards of conduct to qualify for a temple recommend. See page 12.

  • Read how a young man’s prize-winning photograph of himself and the London temple led to his conversion. See page 11.

Afraid of Marriage?

Are you afraid to marry? Afraid of being an inadequate wife or husband? Do you have financial concerns? Do you fear changes that marriage may bring to your lifestyle or goals? See “Confidence to Marry” on page 18.

“Our Stillborn Baby”

Have you gone through the pain of having a stillborn baby? Has a friend or family member experienced this trial? You may find comfort and counsel in Melinda E. Jennings’s story on page 8.

Children and Self-Worth

Do your children lack confidence or struggle with feelings of low self-worth? Two Brigham Young University professors share what they have learned about youth and the activities that build them spiritually and emotionally. See “Helping Children Develop Self-Worth” on page 32.

Improve Your Teaching

  • You are holding in your hand one of the best resources for preparing a fantastic lesson. Church magazines are filled with stories, doctrinal discussions, and quotations to help your lesson hit home. See page 56.

  • Do you struggle with the challenge of teaching by the Spirit? Maybe you’re relying too much on your own abilities and not enough on the Lord. Read about one missionary’s experience on page 58.

For Bishops Only

But not really. Even if you’re not a bishop, if you have ever made a wrong assumption about somebody, you’ll want to read about the unexpected lesson a busy bishop learned one night. See page 23.

What Do You Know about the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Because of the Book of Mormon, Latter-day Saints have a keen interest in ancient records that have come to light in the latter days. But what about the Dead Sea Scrolls? Do they have any relevance to Latter-day Saints? Find the answers to these questions and more in Andrew C. Skinner’s article on page 44.

Preserving Freedom

“Are we doing all we should to establish and preserve our political freedom and liberty?” asks Elder Shirley D. Christensen of the Seventy. What can we do wherever we live? What do the scriptures teach? See “I, the Lord God, Make You Free,” page 26.

Life before Birth

The second in a series of short articles about basic doctrines of the restored gospel examines the crucial doctrine of the premortal existence, a doctrine that helps us make sense of this earth life. See page 30.

In the World, but …

The world is growing consistently more wicked, but “we cannot avoid the world,” says Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Seventy. “In a positive sense, our contribution to the world is part of our challenge and is essential if we are to develop our talents.” See page 53.

Home Teachers, Visiting Teachers

Find the monthly messages on page 2 and page 52.