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“Contents,” Ensign, Apr. 2007, 1–3


April 2007

Volume 37 Number 4

Do You Have a Story to Tell?

The Ensign welcomes submissions that show the gospel of Jesus Christ at work in the lives of Latter-day Saints. This month we invite you to share what you have learned about the spiritual and physical benefits of living the Word of Wisdom. How have you been blessed by eating right, exercising, and taking care of your body?

Please label submissions “Word of Wisdom” and send them by May 15 to ensign@ldschurch.org or Ensign Editorial, 50 E. North Temple St., Rm. 2420, Salt Lake City, UT 84150-3220, USA. Include your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and ward and stake (or branch and district).

Writers’ guidelines: Information about publication criteria is located online. From www.lds.org, select “Gospel Library,” then “Magazines,” then “Ensign.” Under “Resources,” click on Ensign Magazine Writers’ Guidelines. Due to the volume of submissions, we cannot acknowledge receipt. Authors whose work is selected for publication will be notified. If you would like your manuscript, photos, art, or other material returned, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Using This Issue

Expanding family history research. After reading about descendancy research (p. 44), visit www.familysearch.org and click on the Search tab. Resources listed in the left navigation pane of this page are useful in ancestry research; they also provide information to help find descendants in other branches of your family.

Teaching through living. Several articles in this month’s issue deal with the power of example. In the last paragraph on page 64, Elder Bruce L. Hafen pleads with members to introduce someone to the Church. Prayerfully consider ways you might share your beliefs with someone you know, keeping in mind the power of example.

Carrying others’ burdens. Read “The Letter I Didn’t Receive” (p. 54), and reflect on a time you have been genuinely comforted by someone who was willing to share your pain. Consider various ways to “mourn with those that mourn” when you encounter someone who is suffering (Mosiah 18:9).

Coming in May

Addresses from the 177th Annual General Conference

On the cover: Front: Why Weepest Thou, by Simon Dewey, may not be copied. Back: Photograph by Matthew Reier.

Inside front cover: Consider the Children, by Carol B. Johnson. This quilt from the Seventh International Art Competition reminds us to consider the children as we read of the mission of Elijah in Doctrine and Covenants 2:2–3: “And [Elijah] shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers. If it were not so, the whole earth would be utterly wasted at [the Lord’s] coming.”

Inside back cover: John the Baptist Appearing to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, by Del Parson. May not be copied. On May 15, 1829, on the bank of the Susquehanna River, near Harmony, Pennsylvania, John the Baptist ordained Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to the Aaronic Priesthood. He said, “Upon you my fellow servants, in the name of Messiah I confer the Priesthood of Aaron, which holds the keys of the ministering of angels, and of the gospel of repentance, and of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins” (D&C 13:1).