Conference Connection

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Sometimes life isn’t easy. However, trials are an essential part of mortality. Here’s what several Church leaders taught about this during the October 2013 general conference.

President Thomas S. Monson

“Our Heavenly Father … knows that we learn and grow and become stronger as we face and survive the trials through which we must pass.”

President Thomas S. Monson, “‘I Will Not Fail Thee, nor Forsake Thee,’” Ensign, Nov. 2013, 87.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

“Patiently enduring some things is part of our mortal education. … There is still much in life to be hopeful about and grateful for.”

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Like a Broken Vessel,” Ensign, Nov. 2013, 41–42.

Linda S. Reeves

“The Lord allows us to be tried and tested, sometimes to our maximum capacity. We have seen the lives of loved ones—and maybe our own—figuratively burned to the ground and have wondered why a loving and caring Heavenly Father would allow such things to happen. But He does not leave us in the ashes; He stands with open arms, eagerly inviting us to come to Him. He is building our lives into magnificent temples where His Spirit can dwell eternally.”

Linda S. Reeves, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, “Claim the Blessings of Your Covenants,” Ensign, Nov. 2013, 119.

Scripture Mastery with the Guys

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Photograph courtesy of Brennon K.

It’s not at all uncommon for a group of high school kids to throw an evening party. But a party where the sole purpose is memorizing scripture mastery verses? That’s about as common as a surf shop in Arizona!

Yet when Brennon K., a 17-year-old from Colorado, USA, decided to plan a Friday night scripture mastery party at his house with his guy friends—in place of the more typical video-game-themed gatherings they usually held—he received an enthusiastic response. They wanted to “memorize as many of the 100 seminary scripture mastery verses as we could in one school year,” Brennon explains.

Five of Brennon’s friends showed up for the scripture mastery get-together. They worked long into the evening, helping one another memorize scriptures while taking occasional breaks to clear their minds. One such break was playing night games outside in the rain. However, most of the evening was reserved for the goal at hand. “I memorized 14 scriptures that night,” Brennon says.

Afterward, Brennon and his friends all felt energized. “We hadn’t played any video games or watched any movies,” Brennon says. “We had not idled away our time” (see D&C 60:13).

As a result, they were all eager to put that energy to good use in a wood-stacking serving project the next morning. Brennon knows the party was well worth the effort. He says, “As long as we surround ourselves with good friends and good standards and follow Christ, we are much better protected from the adversary’s grasp.”

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We’ve Got Mail

Conducting Meetings

I really liked “How Do I Conduct a Meeting?” in the February 2013 issue. I was recently called as a deacons quorum president, and your article helped me get used to that particular part of the calling. I now feel more comfortable, and the article helped me avoid that awkward silence that can come when you don’t know what you’re supposed to do. Thank you.

Dallin K., 13, Delaware, USA

Planning a Date

The day after I read “A Change of Plan” (May 2013), I was in almost the same situation. I was going on a group date and my date told me we were planning to go to a movie I felt uncomfortable seeing. After I read this article, I had the courage to call my date and ask if we could do something else. We ended up playing games instead and had a lot of fun while also keeping our standards high.

Julia B., 17, Utah, USA

By the Numbers

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40,500

Number of shelves in the Church History Library. Placed end to end, they would stretch 28 miles. The shelves are filled with a wide variety of materials about the Church.

Triple the Awesome

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Photograph courtesy of Ryan S.

When triplet brothers Ryan S., Trent, and Nathan all received their mission calls on the same day, they could barely contain their excitement. And then things really got exciting.

All three brothers were called to serve in the same city—Mexico City, Mexico—albeit in three different missions there. Their friendships with one another have only deepened now that they’re in the mission field. “We continue to be a strength to each other,” says Ryan.

The brothers had a chance to meet up when their missions came together for a special meeting with Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “We’re progressing together stronger than ever before,” says Ryan.

My Favorite Scripture

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Photograph courtesy of Hanisha A.

2 Nephi 2:9 “[Jesus Christ] shall make intercession for all the children of men; and they that believe in him shall be saved.”

In this scripture, the word intercession has great meaning. It means “acting as a mediator to help two parties resolve a problem.” In this case, the Savior is the Mediator who helps all people who have become separated from Heavenly Father because of sin.

This scripture helped me know the importance of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I am grateful for His Atonement. Only through Him can we live again with our Father in Heaven.

Hanisha A., India