“Contents,” Ensign, Jan. 1979, 1 Ensign January 1979 Volume 9 Number 1 Contents Special Features First Presidency Message: The Power of TestimonyPresident N. Eldon Tanner Getting and Keeping the Missionary SpiritElder Jacob de Jager Cold Gravy or Cherry Pie: Keeping the Romance in MarriageMarvin K. Gardner I Was Flunking as a FatherJ. Stephen Larsen To Prepare a PeopleWilliam O. Nelson Kirtland: The Crucial YearsMilton V. Backman, Jr. The First Road West: From New York to Kirtland, 1831Stanley B. Kimball The Way It Looks Today: A Camera Tour of Church History Sites in the Kirtland Neighborhood Kirtland’s Resolute SaintsLavina Fielding Anderson The Best New Year’s Resolution I Ever Made Regular Features I Have a QuestionRichard Lloyd AndersonMary JamesPaul and Marie BergesonElder Hugh W. Pinnock Random Sampler Speaking TodayOur Sisters from the Beginning Elder Bruce R. McConkie Fiction: The MovieJohn Cook Mormon JournalCompassion of a President Ferren L. ChristensenThe Dedicated Daniel Choc Kirt Harmon Keeping Pace News of the Church On the cover: What looks like an impressionistic rendering of autumn foliage is actually the view through the poured glass of a Kirtland Temple window. (Used with permission of Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Independence, Missouri, which owns, maintains, and operates the Kirtland Temple, Kirtland, Ohio.) Back cover: A closeup showing some of the workmanship on the Kirtland Temple spire, one hundred and ten feet above the ground. Photography by Longin Lonczyna, Jr. Inside front cover: The front of the Kirtland Temple as viewed from the east. Photography by Longin Lonczyna, Jr. Inside back cover: An aerial view of Kirtland, Ohio, today, showing the temple in the center of the picture, with the older section of the city beyond. Photography by Jed A. Clark.