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When Douglas Holt of Tucson, Arizona, was asked to speak to a Young Women’s group about applying the scriptures in their lives, he asked his 18-year-old daughter Marianne what helped her. They sat down with the family during a home evening and came up with this guide.

Called to Serve

Two new counselors have been called to serve with Bishop Robert D. Hales in the Presiding Bishopric.

H. David Burton, 54, of Salt Lake City, Utah, has been called as first counselor. He had been serving as executive secretary to the Presiding Bishopric. He and his wife, Barbara Matheson Burton, have five children.

Bishop H. David Burton

Bishop H. David Burton

Richard C. Edgley, 56, of Centerville, Utah, has been called as second counselor. He had been the managing director of Finance and Records for the Church. He and his wife, Pauline Nielson Edgley, have six children.

Bishop Richard C. Edgley

Bishop Richard C. Edgley

Elder Henry B. Eyring and Elder Glenn L. Pace were sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy.

Elder Eyring had been serving in the Presiding Bishopric. He will serve as the Commissioner of Education for the Church Educational System as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. He and his wife, Kathleen Johnson Eyring, are the parents of six children.

Elder Pace had been serving in the Presiding Bishopric at the time of his call to the First Quorum of the Seventy. He and his wife, Jolene Clayson Pace, have six children.

“I believe in Christ as I believe in the sun at noonday. Not because I can see it, but by it I can see everything else.”—C. S. Lewis

Performance Plus

All that performing at stake conference and seminary graduations paid off for Carolyn Rickford of the Solihull Ward, Birmingham England Stake. It gave her the self-confidence to earn a spot at the Coventry Centre for Performing Arts, a very prestigious school. Carolyn plays the flute and the piano. Congrats!

The Perfect Program

Young women in the Olympia Third Ward, Olympia Stake, in Washington know how important it is to “Come unto Christ.” They put on a program with that title to help others realize the importance as well.

The girls invited non-LDS friends and family members to one of the two musical performances. There were 13 solos, seven ensembles, and a ballet number, with about 40 young women performing.

The Gang’s All Here

In most places, it’s unusual to have 100 percent attendance every day at early-morning seminary. But not in the Alcala De Henares Branch, Spain Madrid Mission. All 12 students generally show up five days a week to take classes from their stake president/seminary teacher. Here’s a look at the entire class, with seminary vice-president Isabel Quiles and president Roberto Heita in front.

Hands Across L.A.

When a call went out for the people of the Los Angeles area to join hands in an interfaith demonstration of unity and peace, LDS youth couldn’t help but respond.

Their stake center was located about a block away from where the human chain, 30,000 people strong and seven miles long, was to form. You couldn’t miss seeing the ashes and rubble from the recent civic unrest. There were enough Church members to line several blocks.

The youth made up a good portion of the LDS group. “It’s exciting to be a part of this,” said Kurt Turley, 14, of the Westwood Second Ward, Los Angeles Stake. Kurt was a youth block captain. “It’s a good way to get the message out that we support this community. We all need to cooperate and help it.”

Finnish Touch

What do you do for fun in Finland? If you’re like 12-year-old Laura Alakoski, you’d probably bake, ski, read, sew, or play music.

At home, Laura does cakes, cookies, and elaborate gingerbread houses. She also knits, crochets, and makes clothes from her own patterns. She’s involved in downhill and cross-country skiing, biking, and ice skating.

Musically, she loves playing piano and was called to be the Primary pianist at age 11. Now she accompanies her ward during sacrament meeting. There aren’t many LDS young people around, but Laura is good at making friends everywhere.

Write On!

Interesting Tales of the Obvious, Teen Ghost, and the Life of a Twelve-year-old haven’t exactly made it on a best-seller list. In fact, the author has only one publication pending—in the school literary magazine.

But that hasn’t stopped would-be book writer Carolyn Jess, 14, from sending her manuscripts to “heaps and heaps of publishers.”

“It’s helped me to bring out my talents and to encourage other people to write,” Carolyn, a member of the Holywood Road Ward, Belfast Northern Ireland Stake, says. She also writes poetry and creates illustrations to accompany her work.

Her favorite story is set in Belfast and New York, and includes some LDS characters.

Signs of the Times

Once you look up hymn number 140 to see what DYTTP means, you might want to clip it out and put it up on your mirror or near your light switch.

How Sweet It Was!

The youth of the American Servicemen’s District of Okinawa had no idea that Brother Toshimitsu Kina’s broken leg would lead them to fighting off nasty snakes and wielding big knives, but that’s exactly what happened when they volunteered to help him with his sugar cane harvest.

The crop had to be brought in, so the district members took to the fields, learning how to cut the cane using “kamas,” and how to avoid “Habu” snakes. But would you believe they had a great time doing it? “It’s hard work, but it feels good,” said Leslie Sousley, 15.

“This harvest is pretty fun because we’re helping someone, we get to eat sugar cane, and it’s a new experience,” said Troy Baker, 13. What could be sweeter?

[photo] Young women in Washington decided that their program for others helped them learn the most about coming unto Christ.

[photo] “It’s fun to get out and participate with all these different people,” said Kurt Turley, 14, of Los Angeles.

[photo] Laura Alakoski of Finland.