“There are two little words in the English language that perhaps mean more than all others. They are ‘thank you.’” —President Gordon B. Hinckley, “A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth,” New Era, Jan. 2001, 4.

Test Your LDS I.Q.

Here’s a crossword puzzle that will help you review the topics in For the Strength of Youth. If you need more clues, you can always turn to the pamphlet.

Crossword puzzle

Illustrated by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki

Across

  1. 4.

    Bad language

  2. 8.

    With agency comes ______

  3. 9.

    “Learn ______ in thy youth” (Alma 37:35)

  4. 10.

    If righteous, it’s a prayer unto God (see D&C 25:12)

  5. 12.

    They influence how you think and act

  6. 13.

    Helping others

  7. 14.

    Physical intimacy is reserved for ______

  8. 15.

    Opens the windows of heaven (see Mal. 3:10)

  9. 16.

    Not until you’re 16

Down

  1. 1.

    Attitude of ______

  2. 2.

    It’s on Monday night

  3. 3.

    Seen any good ones lately?

  4. 5.

    Smart (and healthy) text

  5. 6.

    Made possible through the Atonement

  6. 7.

    Not bearing false witness

  7. 10.

    Keep it holy

  8. 11.

    Your body is a ______

  9. 12.

    “Thy ______ hath made thee whole” (Matt. 9:22)

Answers:

BYU Writing Contest 2006

It’s time to prepare your entry for the Brigham Young University English Department writing contest for high school students, 9th through 12th grades (ages 14–18). Cash prizes will be awarded in the categories of fiction, poetry, personal essay, and critical essay. You can submit one entry per category.

Submit your entries between January 1, 2006, and January 31, 2006, to High School Re:Writing Contest, 4198 JFSB, Provo, UT 84602-6701. You can get all the rules and an application form at the contest Web site: http://english.byu.edu/contests. If you have questions, call 1-801-422-4939 or e-mail english@byu.edu.

They Spoke to Us

Many general conference talks have messages directed to you. See “They Spoke to Us” in the November Ensign and Liahona for specific ideas like these on how to apply the conference talks to your life:

  • What did President Gordon B. Hinckley call “the great principle emphasized in all of scripture, both ancient and modern”? He said, “It may be the greatest virtue on earth, and certainly the most needed.”

  • Have you ever been chosen last to play on a team? President Thomas S. Monson knows how you feel; he’s been there, too. See how things turned out in the game President Monson played as a youth and why he says, “Never give up.”

  • What is the difference between going on a mission and becoming a missionary? See what Elder David A. Bednar says is the single most important thing you can do to prepare for a mission call.

Building Temples

When the Newport Beach California Temple was under construction, the youth of the Orange California Stake did a little constructing of their own at youth conference. With the conference focus on temples, the youth were given two hours and challenged to build models of 12 temples.

Two hours later, the floor of the cultural hall was covered with Styrofoam “snowflakes,” but the 175 amateur builders had created masterpieces that wowed local architects.

Huddling in groups of about 15 each, the youth began the project. With only Styrofoam, glue guns, and bits of black paper, grass, and flowers, they created amazingly detailed replicas of the Bern Switzerland, Bountiful Utah, Edmonton Alberta, Houston Texas, Laie Hawaii, Los Angeles California, Mount Timpanogos Utah, Nauvoo Illinois, Oakland California, St. George Utah, Salt Lake, and Washington D.C. Temples.

The youth found that as they built the temples and began to focus on the beauty and peace they symbolize, they became more unified and creative. “We understand more now what it will mean to have our own temple here in Orange County,” said one participant.

[photo] Photograph by Matt Reier

[photo] Photograph courtesy of the Orange California Stake

Across: 4. profanity 8. responsibility 9. wisdom 10. song 12. friends 13. service 14. marriage 15. tithing 16. dating. Down: 1. gratitude 2. family home evening 3. movies 5. Word of Wisdom 6. repentance 7. honesty 10. Sabbath 11. temple 12. faith