“Contents,” Ensign, Sept. 2011, 1–3Contents September 2011Volume 41 • Number 9MessagesFirst Presidency Message4General Conference—No Ordinary BlessingPresident Dieter F. UchtdorfVisiting Teaching Message7Strengthening Families by Increasing SpiritualityFeatures40Relief Society History: A Look at the Lord’s Vision for His DaughtersJulie B. BeckOur Relief Society history helps us know where we have been, where we are now, and where we are going.44A Little Heaven on EarthElder Robert D. HalesTemple marriage happens in a place. Celestial marriage is created throughout lifetimes.52Giving God a Chance to Bless UsMichael R. MorrisFor these Argentine couples, obedience was the key to marrying in the temple.58A General Conference Just for MeAnn SingletonFrom beginning to end, I was comforted and felt I was an audience of one.Our Homes, Our Families12Building My Eternal MarriageRosana Pontes Barbosa NevesLearn how this Brazilian sister used the gospel to build a strong marriage.14Repentance and Forgiveness in MarriageRichard MillerDiscover how these gospel principles can strengthen your marriage.Living as Latter-day Saints18Setting Their Sights on the TempleVicki Phillips CastoSix ways to help your children set goals to marry in the temple.20Duty to God and Personal ProgressPaul VanDenBerghe and Melissa MerrillWhen parents and youth work together, good things can happen.22Courage to ServePreparing to serve a mission? Find out how other young adults overcame the opposition that often accompanies a good choice.26Preparing for the FutureElder M. Russell BallardDon’t let anything that’s going on in the world slow you down in your progress in mortality.30Dreams, Covenants, and Secondhand BusesTom Gandolph Jr.Two families. One goal. And 2,200 miles between the nearest temple and us.66Our Family History GameCynthia GreenOur ancestors used to be just names to us. Now we know and love them.Teaching, Learning, Serving34Valiant in the Testimony of Jesus ChristElder Lawrence E. CorbridgeBeing valiant requires that we choose the right regardless of the consequences.By Study and By Faith50Gospel Classics: The Eternal Nature of MarriagePresident N. Eldon TannerLike all of God’s truths, marriage is eternal.Gospel Solutions60Anticipating the Need to ForgiveA. Dean ByrdDeciding ahead of time to forgive those who hurt us—even intentionally—empowers us to move forward.DepartmentsWhat We Believe8The Sealing Ordinance Links Families EternallyFamilies are meant to be together forever.We Talk of Christ10Finding Peace in Troubled TimesElder Per G. MalmFaith in our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will bring us hope.Serving in the Church38Qualified through Church ServiceAlice A. LewisServing in the Church blesses others’ lives as well as our own.68Latter-day Saint Voices72Small and Simple Things67Family Home Evening Ideas74News of the Church79In Other Church MagazinesUntil We Meet Again80Temple Blessings Now and EternallyStacy VickeryFinding hope and joy in temple blessings.On the CoverFront: photo illustrations by Robert Casey.