“There is no greater search in life that we can embark upon than the quest to gain a testimony of the truth.” —Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “The Importance of Receiving a Personal Testimony,” Ensign, Nov. 1994, 22.

Honoring Veterans in Kelowna

At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 1918, an armistice, or truce, was signed, bringing an end to World War I. Since that time, many nations have celebrated November 11 not only as the end of the “Great War,” but also as a day to honor all veterans who have served and sacrificed for the cause of freedom and international peace.

In British Columbia, Canada, Scouts of the Fifth Kelowna Troop arranged a special Remembrance Day recognition evening. The young men, ranging in age from 11 to 13, moved out of their comfort zones to interview LDS veterans in the Vernon British Columbia Stake, the troop’s sponsor.

Patrol leader Michael Edis of the Kelowna Second Ward conducted the evening as master of ceremonies. After a flag ceremony, the singing of the Canadian national anthem, and a presentation on the history of Remembrance Day, each Scout gave a short biography about the veteran he had interviewed. Each veteran was then presented with a “thank you” crest.

“They risked their lives for us,” said Brady Wilson. “It was fun to give out the thank-you awards and listen to their stories.”

It Happened in November

November 1, 1850 The Italian Mission was organized. Today there are three missions in Italy.

November 3, 1896 Martha Hughes Cannon became a member of the Utah State Senate, becoming the first woman in the United States to be elected to a state senate.

November 9, 1990 Terrence H. Rooney became the first member of the Church ever elected to the British Parliament.

November 28, 1869 Happy birthday, Young Women! Brigham Young organized the Young Ladies’ Department of the Cooperative Retrenchment Association—now known as the Young Women organization.

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:

  • Are there members of your class or quorum who are struggling? What can you do to help them? Read what President Thomas S. Monson and Henry B. Eyring say about fulfilling our duty and caring for others.

  • Have you ever been asked strange questions because you are a member of the Church? Even General Authorities encounter this! Read about President Boyd K. Packer’s experience.

  • What is integrity? Read Bishop Richard C. Edgley’s story about the lodge towels. Think about examples of integrity from your own experiences.

  • Read what Elder David A. Bednar says you should do if someone at church says something hurtful or rude to you.

You can also read, listen to, or watch these talks online at www.lds.org.

BYU Re:Writing Contest for 2007

It’s time to prepare your entry for the BYU English Department writing contest for students in the 9th through 12th grades. Cash prizes will be awarded in the categories of fiction, poetry, personal essay, and critical essay. You may submit one entry per category.

Submit your entries between January 1 and 31, 2007, to the BYU English Department, 4198 JFSB, Provo, UT 84602-6701, USA. You can get the rules and an application form at the contest Web site: http://english.byu.edu/contests. If you have questions, call 801-422-4939 or e-mail english@byu.edu.

“Go Forth with Faith”

The hymn “Go Forth with Faith” (Hymns, no. 263) was originally titled “Go Forth, My Son.” Ruth and Lyall Gardner wrote this hymn when their son Paul was preparing to leave for his mission to Japan. The ward choir performed the hymn in sacrament meeting as a surprise for Paul before his departure. Although the hymn was written for just one performance, family and friends asked for copies, and the hymn soon became popular. Today its missionary message touches members of the Church across the world, reminding them of the importance of missionary work.

[photo] Photograph courtesy of the Vernon British Columbia Stake

[photo] The Pisa Branch meetinghouse is part of the Florence Italy District. (Photograph by Don L. Searle.)

[illustration] Illustrated by Dale Kilbourn

[illustration] Go Ye into All the World, by Clark Kelley Price