Small & Simple Things

Small and Simple Things

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“By small and simple things are great things brought to pass” (Alma 37:6).

Ways to Help New Members Feel Welcome

  • Introduce yourself to new ward or branch members and go out of your way to sit by them in classes and sacrament meeting.

  • Make an effort to remember their names.

  • Priesthood leaders and members of the Sunday School and Relief Society presidencies can invite new members to introduce themselves before the lesson begins.

  • Offer to assist newcomers in moving in and becoming familiar with the area.

  • Invite them to ward or branch activities.

  • Be a friend! Continue to become acquainted with new members in the ensuing weeks and months.

Engaging in Family History Work

Perhaps you are the only member of the Church in your family and are new to family history work. Or perhaps others in your family have done much of the family history and temple work for your ancestors. Whatever your situation, there are still many ways you can contribute to this important work.

If you’re not sure where to start, start with what you know best: yourself. After all, family history isn’t just about your loved ones who are deceased. It’s also about capturing your personal history as you live it. Here are some ways you might begin:

  • Find an archival-safe box and put your important records inside: your birth certificate, diplomas, awards, journals, photographs—anything representative of your life.

  • If you have access to scanning equipment, consider scanning old photographs to create digital copies of important photos.

  • Keep a journal of inspiring thoughts, feelings, and events in your life.

  • Interview your family members to record their life histories. Start with your oldest living relative. Ask questions like these: How did you get your name? What were your family traditions when you were young and later in life? What can you tell me about your family’s special talents or characteristics? Compiling others’ histories will be a family treasure for generations to come.

  • Register for an account at and input the genealogical information you gather about yourself and family members. Online tutorials will help you step by step.

  • If possible, attend the temple to perform ordinances for your ancestors.

If you have questions about family history work, your ward or branch family history consultant can help.

Treasures in Heaven

President Boyd K. Packer

“When we research our own lines we become interested in more than just names or the number of names going through the temple. Our interest turns our hearts to our fathers—we seek to find them and to know them and to serve them.

“In doing so we store up treasures in heaven.”

President Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Your Family History: Getting Started,” Liahona and Ensign, Aug. 2003, 17.

Church History around the World


Although the first Latter-day Saint missionary arrived in Hungary in 1885, he had little success and left after about three months. The first Hungarian known to join the Church, Mischa Markow, was baptized in Constantinople in 1887. He subsequently served a mission in Europe, but he was later banished from Belgrade and later from Hungary because of his preaching.

For many years the political climate of Hungary limited missionary work there. During the 1980s, publicity about the Church caused many Hungarians to investigate it, and late in 1986, Hungarian government officials agreed to allow missionaries to enter the country.

Since then, missionary efforts have met with great success. The Book of Mormon was published in Hungarian in 1991, and the first stake was created in 2006.

The Church in Hungary









Wards and Branches


The Hungarian Parliament Building, completed in 1904, sits on the banks of the Danube River in Budapest.

Dealing with Adversity

Living the gospel has helped my family and me overcome temptation. I know that through fasting, paying tithing, and daily prayer, combined with hope in the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can overcome temptation.

But that doesn’t mean that our lives will be free from adversity. I have also learned that the more obstacles we face, the more we can qualify for blessings and learn from our experiences. I like to think of adversity as the wind that blows a kite. The stronger it blows, the higher the kite can fly.

Chhoeun Ravuth, Cambodia

Presidents of the Church

How well do you know the Presidents of the Church? Take this quiz and find out. Answers are below.

  1. 1.

    After Joseph Smith, who served the shortest time as an Apostle before becoming President of the Church?

  2. 2.

    Who served for the longest total time as a General Authority?

  3. 3.

    Who served the longest time as Church President?

  4. 4.

    Who was the only Church President born outside the United States?

  5. 5.

    Before President Thomas S. Monson, who was the only Church President to have served as a bishop?

  6. 6.

    Who served a mission to what is now the Hawaiian Islands when he was only 15?

  7. 7.

    Who served as the United States Secretary of Agriculture while also serving as an Apostle?

  8. 8.

    Who was the longest-living President of the Church?

  9. 9.

    Who broke bones in his arms and legs, accidentally split his foot with an ax, was bitten by a rabid dog, had his legs crushed by falling trees, nearly died of blood poisoning, nearly drowned, nearly froze to death, and survived the wreck of a speeding train?


Joseph Smith

Brigham Young

John Taylor

Wilford Woodruff

Lorenzo Snow

Joseph F. Smith

Heber J. Grant

George Albert Smith

David O. McKay

Joseph Fielding Smith

Harold B. Lee

Spencer W. Kimball

Ezra Taft Benson

Howard W. Hunter

Gordon B. Hinckley

Paintings by Larry Winborg © 1990

  1. 1.

    Brigham Young, 12 years

  2. 2.

    David O. McKay, nearly 64 years

  3. 3.

    Brigham Young, 30 years

  4. 4.

    John Taylor, born in Milnthorpe, England

  5. 5.

    Howard W. Hunter

  6. 6.

    Joseph F. Smith

  7. 7.

    Ezra Taft Benson

  8. 8.

    Gordon B. Hinckley, age 97

  9. 9.

    Wilford Woodruff

From left: photo illustration by John Luke © IRI; photograph by Robert Casey; photograph of Hungary © iStockphoto; illustration by Thomas S. Child © IRI