“We praise what the pioneers’ unselfishness and sacrifice have done for us, but that is not enough. We should also assure that these same qualities are guiding principles for each of us.”

Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Following the Pioneers,” Ensign, Nov. 1997, 72.

Raising the Standard of Virtue

Dressed in their homemade, bright yellow, tie-dyed shirts, the young women of the Concord Second Ward in Walnut Creek, California, raised their flag of virtue after hiking to the top of nearby Mount Diablo.

Following an inspiring fireside focused on the importance of virtue, each young woman took a strip of yellow fabric and wrote her pledge of virtue on it. Then they tied all the strips of fabric to a discarded tree branch. The next morning, the young women carried their banner on a hike around the summit of Mount Diablo, hoisting it high as a standard to the world at a point overlooking their homes in the valley below. The young women linked arms, symbolizing their unity in following the standards of the gospel and in their love for each other and for the Savior.

Beehive Morgan March said, “As we stood together as a group of Young Women, it made me feel grateful for all of the girls who had the same values as me. As we go through hard times we always know that there are people with our same standards.”

Photograph courtesy of Laura Berrett

The Church in Uruguay

Uruguay’s first contact with the Church occurred at the 1940 South American basketball championship game held in Montevideo. One of Argentina’s star players, Rolf Larson, served as a missionary for the Church in Argentina and brought publicity to the Church as a team member.

In 1944, the first congregation was organized for North Americans working in Uruguay. By the end of 1948, a mission and 14 congregations were organized. By 1957, nearly 500 converts joined annually. Church membership in Uruguay has increased 80 percent in the past five years.

Here are a few facts about the Church today in Uruguay:

Membership

90,292

Missions

2

Temples

1

Wards & Branches

162

Family History Centers

21

Montevideo Uruguay Temple © Nestor Curbelo

Spreading Happiness in Alabama

They came bearing gifts. After collecting donated items such as toys, clothing, and school supplies, about 30 youth and children from the Semmes and Theodore Wards of Mobile, Alabama, made a visit to the St. Mary’s Home for Children. The youth didn’t just drop off the gifts, but they spent the morning at the community shelter singing Primary songs and playing games with the children who live there.

Lauryn McCullough, a Mia Maid from the Semmes Ward, remembers how much fun they had. “The children really broke out of their shells and enjoyed our visit,” she said. Seeing these children in difficult circumstances also made Lauryn grateful for what she has. “It made me really appreciate my family. We often take for granted what we have.”

Plans for a return visit are already under way in response to numerous requests from both the LDS youth who visited the shelter and from the children living at St. Mary’s Home.

Photograph courtesy of Lisa Schloemer

The Twelve Apostles Word Search

See if you can find the names of the original Twelve Apostles plus Matthias and Paul. There are also six other words associated with these special witnesses of the Savior.

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My Favorite Scripture

My favorite scripture is 2 Nephi 29:3–8 because it shows that the Book of Mormon is meant for us in these latter days and it will teach us as well today as it did in ancient times.

Jackie B., 16, Utah, USA

Tell us about your favorite scripture in one or two sentences. Go to newera.lds.org and click Submit Your Material.

Photograph courtesy of Jackie B.

By the Numbers

700,977

Number of students enrolled in seminary and institute worldwide.