“Contents,” Ensign, May 2006, 1 Ensign May 2006 Volume 36, Number 5 Contents Conference Summary for the 176th Annual General Conference Saturday Morning Session To Act for Ourselves: The Gift and Blessings of Agency Elder Robert D. Hales Tender Hearts and Helping Hands Bishop H. David Burton An Outpouring of Blessings Julie B. Beck As a Child Elder Henry B. Eyring True to the Faith President Thomas S. Monson Saturday Afternoon Session The Sustaining of Church Officers President Thomas S. Monson Church Auditing Department Report, 2005 Robert W. Cantwell Statistical Report, 2005 F. Michael Watson “I Will Remember Your Sins No More” President Boyd K. Packer That We May Always Have His Spirit to Be with Us Elder David A. Bednar Your Mission Will Change Everything Elder David F. Evans The Gift of Agency Elder Wolfgang H. Paul Nurturing Marriage Elder Russell M. Nelson As Now We Take the Sacrament Elder L. Tom Perry Priesthood Session See the End from the Beginning Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf Our Rising Generation Elder Ronald A. Rasband Repentance, a Blessing of Membership Elder Richard G. Hinckley A Royal Priesthood President James E. Faust Our Sacred Priesthood Trust President Thomas S. Monson The Need for Greater Kindness President Gordon B. Hinckley Sunday Morning Session The Restoration of All Things President James E. Faust Broken Things to Mend Elder Jeffrey R. Holland The Great Plan of Happiness Elder Earl C. Tingey To Grow Up unto the Lord Anne C. Pingree All Men Everywhere Elder Dallin H. Oaks Seek Ye the Kingdom of God President Gordon B. Hinckley Sunday Afternoon Session Creating a Gospel-Sharing Home Elder M. Russell Ballard Now Is the Time to Serve a Mission! Elder Richard G. Scott Zion in the Midst of Babylon Elder David R. Stone Instruments of the Lord’s Peace Elder Robert S. Wood Prayer, Faith, and Family: Stepping-Stones to Eternal Happiness Elder H. Bruce Stucki The Abundant Life Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin Until Again We Meet President Gordon B. Hinckley General Young Women Meeting “I Am the Light Which Ye Shall Hold Up” Susan W. Tanner You Have a Noble Birthright Julie B. Beck It Shows in Your Face Elaine S. Dalton Your Light—a Standard to All Nations President James E. Faust Teachings for Our Time They Spoke to Us: Making Conference Part of Our Lives Aaronic Priesthood and Young Women Resource Guides General Auxiliary Presidencies News of the Church ImageImage Icon On the cover: Front: Photograph by Welden C. Andersen. Back: Photograph by Craig Dimond. ImageImage Icon Inside front cover: City Creek, by Al Rounds. © Al Rounds, may not be copied. A depiction of the Salt Lake Temple in about 1893 features one of four mills on City Creek, northeast of the temple. This mill processed silk that had been sent from the Saints in St. George, Utah. President Brigham Young promoted the raising of silkworms as a home industry to provide fabric for clothing. ImageImage Icon Inside back cover: Esther’s Doll from 1856, by Dan Speakman. © Dan Speakman, may not be copied. Between 1856 and 1860, nearly 3,000 people in 10 handcart companies traveled to the Salt Lake Valley. Most were emigrants from Wales and Scandinavia. Handcarts proved to be a less expensive and faster means of travel than wagons. June 9, 2006, marks the 150th anniversary of the first handcart company leaving Iowa City, Iowa. ImageImage Icon Conference photography: Scenes of general conference in Salt Lake City were taken by Craig Dimond, Welden C. Andersen, John Luke, Matthew Reier, Christina Smith, Les Nilsson, Scott Davis, Amber Clawson, Rod Boam, Joel Remke, and Candelaria Atalaya; in Korea by Lee Hyun Kyu and Lee Min Hee; in Mexico by Cristian Barragan; in the Philippines by Athley Barba Glori; in Uruguay by Abel Gómez; and in Missouri, USA, by Brent Jones.