The New Era

Inspired to Share

When two missionaries in Russia felt prompted to give one man a Book of Mormon, they didn’t know it was actually meant for another young man eager to learn about the gospel. See “One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure” on page 16.

Paying Tithes Brings Blessings

Elder Cecil O. Samuelson of the Seventy teaches how obedience to the law of tithing brings blessings, as it has for generations in his family, in “My Grandfather’s Testimony of Tithing” on page 40.

Answers in the Scriptures

Joseph Smith found his answer in James 1:5. Angelica Nelson found her answer three verses later—and it gave her the strength to remain active in the Church. See “The Answer in Verse Eight” on page 6.

The Friend

Ideas for Journal Writing

On pages 24–25 of the July 2011 Friend, find entries from four journals that were kept more than 150 years ago by early pioneers. By looking carefully at the journal entries, you and your children may get ideas of what you can write in your own journals. You also can learn more about some of the important works of people like Eliza R. Snow and Thomas Bullock.

Conference Spotlight

Use the Conference Spotlight cards on page 11 to reinforce some of the important messages delivered by speakers at the April 2011 general conference. For more Conference Spotlight cards, see page 14 of the January 2011 Friend.


Thanks for Shorter Articles

My husband and I have been in the Church over 40 years. When I was younger I couldn’t wait for the Ensign to come so I could read it cover to cover.

In the last eight years I’ve had several surgeries. Perhaps because of them I’ve lost interest in reading and now only read the shortest stories.

I’m in my 70s and this month I read a short story and then found another, and another, and the next thing I knew I had read the whole Ensign. I was shocked. I looked through the Ensign again and realized that all the articles are short. I was thrilled to be able to read all of the magazine like I did when I was young.

Thank you again.

Theresa Skeen

Indiana, USA


In March’s Ensign there was a quiz about the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on page 71. The answer to statement K, “As a college student he worked as a radio announcer,” was 7, Elder Dallin H. Oaks.