“Contents,” Ensign, July 2011, 1–3 Contents July 2011 Volume 41 • Number 7 Messages First Presidency Message 4 Brother, I’m Committed President Dieter F. Uchtdorf Visiting Teaching Message 7 Come to the Temple and Claim Your Blessings Features 30 Islands of Faith: A Story of Diligence Adam C. Olson The Coilas’ floating island represents physically what they are trying to build spiritually for their family. 34 Mi Vida, Mi Historia Stories of faith and conversion from 10 Latin American Latter-day Saints. 40 Sand and Stone R. Val Johnson Teens in southern Utah pushed and pulled handcarts over the Hole-in-the-Rock trail, and it changed their lives. 48 Faith to Answer the Call Elder Jeffrey R. Holland The conviction that led the pioneers to settle desolate areas can inspire us to give the best we have to the work of God. 55 Traveling Light Sharon Price Anderson The handcart pioneers traveled light but they also followed the light of the Savior. Our Homes, Our Families 12 T-I-M-E Spells Love Breanna Olaveson Make family a priority, even in busy times. 61 A Loving Mother’s Life Mission Peiholani Kauvaka A Tongan mother continually teaches her children what they must do to be an eternal family. Living as Latter-day Saints 16 Start Moving Elder Von G. Keetch A story about firefighters on a mountain can teach us about receiving inspiration in our lives. 20 Strengthening My Back without Removing My Burden Ryan E. Kunz One young man’s struggle to accept his challenge with a speech impediment. Teaching, Learning, Serving 23 “As I Have Loved You” Barbara Thompson Two qualities distinguish us as disciples of Jesus Christ. 26 The Meaning of the Cross for Latter-day Saints Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer Why don’t we place a cross on our churches or wear a cross to show that we are Christians? By Study and By Faith 46 Gospel Classics: We Will Not Turn Back Elder Clifford E. Young May we, like the pioneers, press forward, strong in our testimony of the gospel. Gospel Solutions 56 Be of Good Cheer: Choosing Happiness Camille Fronk Olson Through the power of the Atonement, we can feel happy no matter our circumstances. Provident Living 62 Getting Out of Debt—for Good Luke V. Erickson How to eliminate your debt. Departments What We Believe 8 Work Is an Eternal Principle Rest, work, and keeping the Sabbath day holy are all part of God’s plan for us. We Talk of Christ 10 Drink Deeply of the Living Water Matthew Heaps Clean-water wells in Africa increased my understanding of Christ as the “living water.” Serving in the Church 29 Called of God Ramona Dutton How could I call counselors when I didn’t even know anybody in the ward? 67 Family Home Evening Ideas 68 Latter-day Saint Voices Tender mercies and answered prayers. 72 Small and Simple Things 74 News of the Church 79 In Other Church Magazines Until We Meet Again 80 This Year It’s a Weed—Pull It Mont Poulsen Making the right choice in the right season. On the Cover Front: photograph by Mark J. David. Back: photograph by Kent Miles.