October 2006

Volume 36, Number 10

Ensign, Oct. 2006
[photos] On the cover: Photographs by John Luke and Christina Smith, posed by models

[illustration] Inside back cover: Salt Lake Temple, by Mitch Johnson. May not be copied.


In This Issue

Welcome to This Issue of the Ensign

Rejoicing in the Gospel
Latter-day Saints from around the world share their testimonies.

What I Wish Every New Member Knew-and Every Longtime Member Remembered
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
You may be new to the Church, but don't feel alone. We are all in this spiritual journey together.

Loving Families, Different Faiths
Elder Walter F. González
Are you the only Latter-day Saint in your family? A member of the Seventy recalls what it was like to come into the Church alone as a young man.

The Breath of Life
Marilyn Faulkner
Two members of this young girl's ward family donated parts of their lungs so she could live.

Where Do I Go from Here?
Richard M. Romney and Victor D. Cave
Here are answers to some of the questions you may have as you progress in the Church.

Learning How the Church Works and Finding Your Place in It
Jan Pinborough
The Church may seem like a big, complicated organization, but there is a class or group waiting to welcome you.

Helpful Words to Know
What do they mean when they talk about "General Authorities" or "Mutual"? Here are handy definitions for terms you'll hear.

New Members, New Traditions
Elder F. Melvin Hammond
Now is the time to make new, gospel-based traditions part of your life.

Restoring the Kingdom of God
This visual time line depicts the main events of the Restoration.

Andy Cargal
Images and historical information on this new Web site help us learn about the Prophet and his life.

Plain and Precious Truths Restored
Clyde J. Williams
The Book of Mormon contains many significant doctrines known to ancient prophets but not taught in the Bible.

Meeting the Challenges
Larry Hiller
There is so much to learn and to do as a member of the Church. Was baptism really the right decision? Yes, and you are up to the challenges.

Resources to Support Gospel Living
Emily Metheny
Looking for ways to strengthen your own gospel knowledge or to help teach your family? How about guidebooks, music, videos, and more?

Regular Features

First Presidency Message: A Perfect Brightness of Hope: To New Members of the Church
President Gordon B. Hinckley
A modern prophet testifies that this is indeed the Church of Jesus Christ.

Visiting Teaching Message: Receive the Blessings of the Priesthood

Latter-day Saint Voices
Prayer over a load of hay; tithing, or food; and yes, this is the right place for you.

Questions and Answers
How can I overcome my fear of participating in class or bearing my testimony?

Random Sampler
Scripture study tools, common questions from new members, preparing for Sunday.

News of the Church

Learning and Sharing

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Do you have a story or experience that could help other members of the Church? We'd like to hear from you. Send manuscripts you'd like to share to the address at right. If you want your manuscript returned, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Allow several weeks for review.

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