Ensign, August 2009, 1–3
Front: Photo illustration by David Stoker. Back: Scene from the Church film
The Restoration; photo illustration by Matthew Reier. The right amount of media. Pages 44–51 talk about the influence of media. Although many kinds of media are useful, overusing technological devices can result in distraction from essential spiritual messages. Consider reviewing these articles as a family and discussing ways to maintain proper balance and priorities. The power of prayer. President Henry B. Eyring’s “That He May Write upon Our Hearts” and Elder Yoshihiko Kikuchi’s “Opening the Heavens” both talk about the powerful influence that meaningful prayer can have in our lives. As you read these articles, think about how you feel when you pray “with real intent” ( Moroni 7:9; 10:4). Gospel-based information about mental health. The article starting on p. 62 offers help to women suffering from postpartum depression. The Church offers resources to meet many social and emotional challenges. Visit ldsfamilyservices.org and mentalhealthlibrary.info.
First Presidency Message
That He May Write upon Our Hearts
When we teach those we love that we are spirit children temporarily away from a loving Heavenly Father, we open the door of prayer to them.
Visiting Teaching Message
Seek Education and Lifelong Learning
Elder Neil L. Andersen: Man of Faith
The life of Elder Andersen, the newest member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, is an example of obedience and discipleship.
Mending Quilts, Mending Lives
Repentance truly makes us whole.
Staying Home … Again
The allure of the workplace was pulling me away from my family.
Unspotted from the World
God will bless every man and woman, no matter where he or she may be, who will stand for righteousness and truth.
Holding to the Rod after High School
Young adults share what has helped them stay strong in the gospel through typical periods of transition.
Opening the Heavens
Coming to know the Father and the Son.
A testimony of how fasting draws us closer to Christ.
Joy in the Scriptures
Celebrate the joy of feasting on the scriptures.
Turning Off and Tuning In
Why these three young adults appreciate opportunities to “unplug.”
Just a Game?
Why online role-playing games could be risky to your spiritual well-being.
Guarding against Danger from Within: The Legend of Mixco Viejo
Prophets have warned of dangerous openings through which the enemy may enter, no matter how strong the wall.
Managing Postpartum Depression: A Gospel Perspective
Having a baby is usually a happy time for new mothers. What happens when it’s not?
Lessons from the Doctrine and Covenants
The Steps to the Temple
Overcoming obstacles to temple worship.
The Path to Martyrdom: The Ultimate Witness
Staying true to the faith “for which martyrs have perished.”
Holding long-distance family home evenings, finding service opportunities, what to do about frozen food when the power goes out.
Latter-day Saint Voices
From warning to comforting, the Holy Ghost blesses the faithful.
News of the Church
Look for articles on:
Spiritual and emotional fidelity in marriage.
A religion “to save souls.”
One family’s legacy of service.