September 26, 2011
Aleksey Dobrovolskiy, Ukraine: “Youth in Front of the Kyiv Temple”
During the year, the youth of the Central Nikolaev Branch worked hard on their spiritual perfection to merit a trip to the Kiev Temple. This work has included regular reading of the scriptures, attending seminary, and working on the programs Duty to God and Personal Progress. Because the temple is located 310 miles away from their place of residence, the priesthood and auxiliary leaders decided to pay for this trip for those who fulfill all the requirements of the program designed for them by their leaders, thus bringing their personal sacrifice to God. For three of the children it was their first visit to the temple, and this spiritual event strengthened them a lot. All of them are pioneers in the gospel, first-generation members of the Church in Ukraine. Each of them is the only member of the Church in their school and sometimes family, an example for their peers. This requires a lot of spiritual powers! This visit to the temple has helped them to gain these powers.
В течении года молодёжь Николаевского Центрального прихода работала над своимдуховным совершенствованием, чтобы заслужить поездку в Киевский храм. Эта работавключала в себя регулярное чтение Священных писаний, посещение занятий семинарии,работа над программами «Долг перед Богом» и «Совершенствование личности». Посколькухрам находится в 500 километрах от места их жительства, руководители священства и вспомогательных организаций решили оплатить это путешествие для тех, кто выполнит все условия программы, разработанной их руководителями, принеся таким образом свою личную жертву Богу. Для троих из ребят это было первое посещение храма и это событие духовно укрепило их. Ведь все они — пионеры в Евангелии, первое поколение членов Церкви на Украине. Каждый из них является единственным членом Церкви в своем учебном заведении, примером для своих сверстников, а для этого нужно очень много духовных сил! Посещение храма помогло им набраться этих сил.
—Алексей Добровольский, Украина
September 19, 2011
Montserrat Wadsworth, Nevada: “Girls Giggling”
One sweltering summer evening my children and I were outside trying to find some relief from the heat. We had been inside all day and wanted some fresh air. One part of the yard was shady and a little cooler than the rest. We lay on the lawn looking at the clouds in the sky.
Eventually one of the children suggested rolling down the grassy hill. Of course the rest yelped their approval, and soon rolling races ensued. I ran into the house to grab my camera. This particular picture is the result of my two youngest daughters (at the time) rolling down the hill at the same time and landing together, giggling and laughing hysterically. I just love the pure joy and happiness that is captured on their faces.
September 12, 2011
Jodi Garbanati, Utah: “A Child’s Prayer”
Nine years ago when my second child was getting ready to be baptized, I decided to take pictures of him to create an announcement to give to friends and family. I continued to do this with the rest of my children, and this picture is of my youngest, showing his complete faith and trust in a loving Heavenly Father.
The pictures that I have taken of my children for their baptism reflect many of my favorite Primary songs, and I titled this picture “A Child's Prayer” because it looks as if he is waiting patiently and earnestly for the answer to his prayer. He knows that his Father is there and that He hears and answers every child's prayer. It also causes me to reflect on the sweet innocence of a child. “Jesus once was a little child. … He was pure and meek and mild, as a little child should be.”
2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
As my children grow older and become independent and learn to be more and more accountable, I enjoy looking at their pictures that I took for their baptism and remembering their sweet innocence, their humbleness, and their trust. And I remember that deep inside of them, in each of us, is a child of God. If we will remember the teachings in the scriptures, we know that we must humble ourselves and become as a little child.
3 Nephi 9:22
22 Therefore, whoso repenteth and cometh unto me as a little child, him will I receive, for of such is the kingdom of God. Behold, for such I have laid down my life, and have taken it up again; therefore repent, and come unto me ye ends of the earth, and be saved.
September 5, 2011
Paula Heusser, Nevada: “High on the Mountain Top”
My family decided to live the song, “High on the Mountain Top.” We each created a banner to wave to the world that stated our commitments that we will live by. We picked the highest mountain in our area and set off for the top. It didn't come without challenges, especially because my oldest child, who is pictured here, was only 10 years old. The last mile was by far the hardest; the peak seemed to move farther away with each step we took. But during that challenging mile I got to see the power of will and determination in my kids. This picture attempts to portray the strength of the rising generation, their ability to see the big picture, and to overcome any challenge that tries to stop them from achieving their purpose.
- Paula Heusser