The New Era

First Response

A young man has to use his first aid training twice to save lives. In “Guided to Do First Aid” on page 24, he credits the inspiration of the Holy Ghost for being able to respond when needed.

Learn Service

After hearing about tragedies that have happened around the world, have you felt like you wanted to help? Read about what some teens are doing for Samoa, Haiti, and elsewhere in “Learning to Serve” on page 34.

Making Good Choices

Elder Paul V. Johnson of the Seventy uses some stories from his own life as he talks about making choices that affect the lives of teens in “Making Righteous Choices” on page 40.

The Friend

Family History Library

Take a tour of the Family History Library on pages 6–7 in the September 2010 Friend as a part of the “A Year on Temple Square” series. Learn fun facts about family history and find out about why family history work is important. Then turn to pages 24–25 to find out how you and your children can do family history work together.

Conference Fun

Do you have a special activity or tradition that you and your family take part in at conference time? The Friend wants to know about it. Read on page 22 about some of the activities Friend readers do. Then use the form on page 48 to send the Friend some of your own traditions or ideas.


Great Magazines

Each time I open one of the Church magazines, the smiles begin. I am amazed, excited, shedding tears, or a combination of the above. I want to read every single article and to keep most of them in my head or accessible. I advertise the magazines at church and to my family and friends.

I’m thrilled by the new eye-catching format. I marvel that nearly every theme or message is presented in an exciting, inviting manner. Seeing the Lord’s hand in all this, I marvel at the prayers and dedication of your staff as you respond in this season to the greater needs and challenges of Church members.

You have added references to articles and additional resources in the other magazines: games, songs, videos, and other ways to learn and build testimonies. I discover sources of joy, humor, encouragement, and unification for our youth and their families and leaders as they seek strength and hope. Our young people are rising to the challenge, becoming a lighthouse to those seeking a safe journey.

What great inspiration, resources, preparation, and courage you offer to Church members in this new version of the Church magazines. They are road maps to incredible blessings for members throughout the world.

Carol Hansen

California, USA