“The Book of Mormon is the most correct of any book on earth because it centers upon the Truth, even Jesus Christ, and restores the plain and precious things that have been taken away from the true gospel.”

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Watching with All Perseverance,” Ensign, May 2010, 41.

More Than 2,000 Ties

The young women from the Las Vegas Nevada Highland Hills Stake collected more than 2,000 ties as part of a service project. They gathered ties for about five months, then boxed them up to send to the 34 missionaries serving from their stake.

“This project made me realize just how amazing our missionaries are,” said Mary Moody, 16. “Sending ties was the least we could do. Serving our missionaries gave me a tiny glimpse of the joy they must feel as they bring others to Christ.”

The ties are being used for the missionaries, members, converts, and investigators from the more than 20 countries where the missionaries are serving.

BYU Re:Writing Contest 2011

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

Submit your entries between January 1, 2011 and January 31, 2011. Rules and entry forms are available at http://english.byu.edu/contests.

Mutual Theme: 13th Article of Faith Sudoku

The objective of a regular Sudoku is to fill the 9×9 grid so that each column, each row, and each of the nine 3×3 boxes (also called blocks or regions) contains the digits from 1 to 9 only one time. For this puzzle, instead of numbers, use the nine words in blue to complete the puzzle.

13th Article of Faith

We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

       

praise- worthy

     

chaste

believe

chaste

honest

   

benevo- lent

praise- worthy

   

benevo- lent

     

chaste

   

lovely

 

chaste

true

hope

 

benevo- lent

   

believe

virtuous

praise- worthy

believe

virtuous

chaste

   

honest

hope

 

lovely

         

chaste

praise- worthy

 

true

benevo- lent

chaste

lovely

 

virtuous

   

praise- worthy

   

believe

praise- worthy

 

true

   

lovely

hope

 

praise- worthy

benevo- lent

 

chaste

 

true

believe

By the Numbers

Number of sacrament cups produced per year.

230,000,000

The Church in USA—Indiana

In 1831, Church missionaries arrived in Indiana and organized congregations. The Prophet Joseph Smith visited Greenville for one month in 1832. In 1834, a group of more than 100 members (Zion’s Camp) marched through Indiana to regain their lands seized by mobs in Missouri. They peacefully crossed the state from Ohio.

Early Church members held meetings in homes until a hall was rented in 1913. In 1927, a meetinghouse was built and then dedicated by President Heber J. Grant.

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

Membership

41,190

Missions

1

Wards & Branches

98

Family History Centers

29

Pedaling to the Temple

After months of logistical planning and bike training, 30 young men, young women, and leaders in the Crossroads and Beech Grove Wards from Indianapolis, Indiana, got on bikes and pedaled from their chapel to the Louisville Kentucky Temple. But this was not just a little Saturday morning ride. The bike trip extended over two days and covered 155 miles (249 km). It was an experience these youth will never forget.

Along the way were devotionals, occasional police escorts, campouts, firesides, overcoming steep hills and illnesses. When they finally arrived, the temple opened an hour early so the youth could have an extra hour to do baptisms; many of the youth doing family names they had brought with them.

My Testimony of Prayer

Prayers are not always answered in the way you hope or expect. Think about what you are praying for and pay attention to what you are feeling. Always remember that the Lord loves you and will answer your prayers. He may already have answered them, and it is a matter of recognizing the answer.

Mary M., 17, England

My Favorite Scripture

D&C 9:13–14

I like this scripture because it tells us to “be faithful, and yield to no temptation,” and that we need to do the things Heavenly Father calls us to do and we won’t regret it. I know I won’t regret anything He calls me to do.

Elisabeth P., 14, Missouri, USA

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

Photos courtesy of the Las Vegas Nevada Highland Hills Stake, Indianapolis Indiana Crossroads and Beech Grove Wards, Robert Casey, and © iStock