“No matter what your past has been, you have a spotless future. … guard that future and remember that when the Judge shall summon [you], he will not look [you] over for medals, for diplomas, for honors, but for scars, and … that there be no stains between the scars.” —Elder Hugh B. Brown (1883–1975) (Improvement Era, Dec. 1969, 95).

“Get a notebook … a journal that will last through all time, and maybe the angels may quote from it for eternity. Begin today and write in it your goings and comings, your deepest thoughts, your achievements and your failures, your associations and your triumphs, your impressions and your testimonies. Remember the Savior chastised those who failed to record important events.” —President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985) (see 3 Ne. 23:6–13) (New Era, Oct. 1975, 5).

Word to the Wise

It’s not just for grown-ups anymore. Type 2 diabetes used to be called adult-onset diabetes, but it affects more and more teenagers and children every year. This disease can lead to serious long-term health problems like blindness, kidney disease, and heart disease.

Lack of exercise and bad eating habits are two major contributors to the increase in the number of young people with diabetes. Exercising regularly and cutting back on excess fat and sugar in your diet can keep you healthier and reduce your risk of developing diabetes.

There’s a reason junk food is called junk food.

Remember to eat a balanced diet with lots of whole grains, fruits, and veggies, and top that all off with regular physical activity.

Unscramble Your LDS I.Q.

Unscramble the names of the people below who appear in the Doctrine and Covenants, and then see if you know what they all have in common.

  1. 1.

    omyringghaub

  2. 2.

    tpartyappler

  3. 3.

    lwoffroofuwirdd

  4. 4.

    olonhartjy

  5. 5.

    themebergtrailsog

Answers:

Missionary Mutual

There are a lot of fun things you could do for Mutual. The youth of the Plymouth First Ward (Plymouth England Stake) used their Mutual night as an opportunity to do missionary work.

Each of the eight young women and seven young men in the ward, which covers about 15 square miles, brought a less-active or nonmember friend to Mutual. At the activity they had a barbecue, played games, and just got to know each other better. The full-time missionaries were invited, too, and they joined in the fun.

“I was so overwhelmed at the success of the activity,” says Ruth Ng, one of the Young Women. “My testimony of missionary work was surely increased.”

Write Away!

We want to hear about your experiences with the new Duty to God and Personal Progress programs. Write to us about your successes and challenges in working with the new requirements, and share any ideas you have that might be helpful to other young men and young women. Send your write-ups to New Era, 50 East North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150. Or e-mail us at newera@ldschurch.org.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Dilleen Marsh

Brigham Young, Parley P. Pratt, Wilford Woodruff, John Taylor, George Albert Smith. They were all members of Zion’s Camp (see D&C 103:29–40).