Making the Most of This Issue

“Making the Most of This Issue,” Ensign, Apr. 2005, 80

Making the Most of This Issue

April 2005

Strengthen Your Marriage

  • Three fundamental principles for building an eternal marriage were given to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. To learn how to apply the principles of leaving, cleaving, and being one to your marriage, see page 20.

  • Abortion, nonmarital childbearing, and the reluctance of some married couples to bring children into the world are symptoms of the adversary’s assault on the family. The proclamation on the family, however, offers a steady, sure voice in an uncertain world. See this month’s article in the “Strengthening the Family” series, page 18.

Keep Your Life in Balance

Are you feeling overwhelmed or discouraged by the demands of life and the expectations of a gospel aimed at eventual perfection? Brent Top offers several excellent suggestions for achieving what President Spencer W. Kimball called “quiet, sane living.” See page 26.

“The Light of Christ”

“The more we know about the Light of Christ,” teaches President Boyd K. Packer, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “the more we will understand about life and the more we will have a deep love for all mankind. We will be better teachers and missionaries and parents, and better men and women and children. We will have deeper regard for our brothers and sisters in the Church and for those who do not believe and have not yet had conferred upon them the gift of the Holy Ghost.” See page 8.

“Once or Twice in a Thousand Years”

“Once or twice in a score of generations the hand from heaven clasps the hand on earth in perfect fellowship, the divine drama unfolds, and the whole course of mortal events changes.” It has been 185 years since Joseph Smith sought wisdom in the Sacred Grove. To read Elder Bruce R. McConkie’s stirring account of this first great event of the Restoration, turn to page 54.

Stories for Teachers

If you need a story for your lesson about reactivation, listening to the Spirit, or the miracles that faith and service can create, see “Latter-day Saint Voices,” page 68.

Newel K. Whitney in Kirtland

Successful business owner, bishop in Kirtland, loyal friend of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Newel K. Whitney played a central role in the early development of the Church. To read about this remarkable man and the sacrifices he made to help the restored Church survive its difficult infancy, see page 34.

“The Effective Elders Quorum”

Do you serve in an elders quorum presidency? Or are you an elder and wonder how you can help your quorum leaders? Elder Dale E. Miller of the Seventy offers some wonderful counsel about making your elders quorum an effective arm of the priesthood in blessing the lives of your ward members. See page 30.

Home Teachers, Visiting Teachers

Find the monthly messages on page 2 and page 60.