“Contents,” New Era, Nov. 1997New EraNovember 1997Volume 27, Number 11ContentsThe Message: How to Find Safety and PeaceElder M. Russell BallardHere are simple steps to help you keep and strengthen your faith.An Instrument in His HandsEric D. SniderMy talent for the piano was most satisfying when I used it to help convey the Spirit.In Tune: Our Father and Our GodDouglas L. IpsonScripture Lifeline: All Is Not WellName WithheldMy family life is difficult, but the scriptures bring me needed strength.Idea List: Doing TimeTamara Leatham BaileyAlways in a panic to get things done? Here are some time management tips.Q&A: Questions and AnswersI know it’s wrong to cheat. But so many kids at school do, that I’m afraid they’ll beat me out for scholarships. Don’t I deserve an equal chance?Mormonad: Good CallParadise FoundLisa M. GroverYoung testimonies bloom like tropical flowers in the Bahamas.Close CallAndrea DensleyWhen our bus skidded to a halt, I was relieved to find I was as sound spiritually as I was physically.Dirty Hands, Pure HeartsJanna NielsenIn Richmond, Virginia, young Saints are up to their elbows in service and loving it.Are You a Mormon?Marissa D. ThompsonJoseph F. Smith answered the question while staring down the barrel of a gun.MormonismsThe Bulletin Board: Keeping You PostedFiction: Last on the ListTerrie Lynn BittnerThe Lord was ready to tell me who my counselor should be—when I was ready to listen.Everyday Heroes: Adam’s GameMichael J. GrayThis was one basketball game both teams won.Out of the AshesJared BarlowWhen our house burned, we found treasures no flame could touch.FeedbackLetters to the editorsPoem: Divine MusicAnna Marie MechamPhoto of the MonthAnselm SpringCover: Chris Odell, Richmond Ward, Richmond Virginia Stake, worked on his first service project as a member and loved it. See “Dirty Hands, Pure Hearts,” p. 28.Cover photography: Janet Thomas (front), Tamara Hamblin (back).