The March 1997 First Presidency Message, “The Importance of Bearing Testimony,” by President James E. Faust, touched my soul. Before I even received that issue of the Liahona (English), I had decided that March would be the month I would be more courageous in bearing my testimony. I am the only member of the Church in my family, and it is not always easy to share my testimony. But I know that if I will do as President Faust suggested, I will be blessed and strengthened.
Christie Leigh Oliveros, Cebu City First Ward, Cebu City Philippines Stake
Preparing to Serve
I just received my first issue of A Liahona (Portuguese), and I am happy that the Church has this means of communication for members. I am planning on serving a full-time mission, and I’m sure that the information in A Liahona will help prepare me to teach others. I am grateful to be a member of the true Church and for the missionaries who taught me of its truthfulness.
Marcilene Rodrigues Alves, Divinopolis Branch, Contagem Brazil Stake
Beautiful and Unifying
The Liahona (Spanish) is a beautiful publication. Each month it includes exquisite works of art. I especially admire the April 1997 cover, Ecce Homo (Behold the man!), by Antonio Ciseri. I often take the magazine with me on the bus or the metro; people ask me about it, and I am able to share its beauty and spirit with them.
I also love to see the works of art created by members of the Church. I look carefully at all of them and admire how the artists have created works dealing with spiritual topics. For those of us who live far from Church headquarters, the Liahona provides an opportunity to see and enjoy these paintings and pictures.
The magazine also helps me to feel a part of the great worldwide work of the Church. The articles by and about members in other countries remind me of the Lord’s admonition to seek unity: “Be one; and if ye are not one ye are not mine” (D&C 38:27).
Simón González, Monte Rey Ward, Montreal Quebec Stake