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“Contents,” Ensign, July 2007, 1–3


July 2007

Volume 37 Number 7

Do You Have a Story to Tell?

The Ensign invites you to share your experiences with literacy in the Church. How have you or others been blessed from learning to read or write or from teaching someone to read and write? Please label submissions “Literacy” and send them by August 17.

We also welcome other submissions that show the gospel of Jesus Christ at work in your life. Publication criteria are posted on the Ensign home page at www.lds.org.

Send submissions to ensign@ldschurch.org or Ensign Editorial, 50 E. North Temple Street, Room 2420, Salt Lake City, UT 84150-3220, USA. Include your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, ward (or branch), and stake (or district). 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 material returned, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Using This Issue

Teaching in the home, through the home. In “Three Tools to Build a Sacred Home” (p. 44), Shirley R. Klein points out that “everyday routines have great power in our lives.” In your next family council or family home evening, discuss ways your family can experience the significance of these patterns.

Managing household finances. “Before You Lose It All …” (p. 62) includes several tips for avoiding and eliminating debt. For additional information, review the new online course “Peace in Your Hearts,” available at www.providentliving.org.

Learning eternal truths. After reading “Lay Hold upon the Word of God” (p. 12), consider how the formula of “study, ponder, and pray” has helped you withstand the attacks on faith that are common today. Consider why all three components are essential to the process.

Coming in August

Look for articles on:

  • Overcoming feelings of inadequacy.

  • Becoming equal partners in marriage.

  • The global effort to index family history names online—and how you can help.

On the cover: Front: The Mormon Battalion Arrives on the Shores of San Diego, by Sam Lawlor.

Back: Mormon Battalion cloth banner and personal gear backpack, courtesy of the Museum of Church History and Art.

Celebration on July 4, 1847, Los Angeles, California, by Charles Brent Hancock. Courtesy of Church History Library and Archives. Pioneer artist Charles Brent Hancock designed and created this image of the Mormon Battalion as part of a diorama. From July 20, 1846, to January 29, 1847, the battalion trekked some 2,000 miles from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to Los Angeles, California.

Looking at Sarah, by Lee Udall Bennion. May not be copied. Of motherhood, President Howard W. Hunter (1907–95) said: “Surely we need not look far to see the unnoticed and forgotten heroes of daily life. … I am referring to the uncommon valor of the mother who—hour after hour, day and night—will stay with and care for a sick child. … I am speaking of those who are always there to love and nurture” (“True Greatness,” Ensign, May 1982, 19).