“Contents,” New Era, Nov. 1996New EraNovember 1996 Volume 26, Number 11ContentsThe Message: A Reason to SmileElder Joe J. ChristensenThis is no time to be discouraged. Look at all of the blessings you have.Happy Birthday, Sarge!Lindsay GunnellHe was just a mean old soldier until someone baked him a cake.Called to GrowKazuko TamakiThe Lord does know me, and he blesses me with callings I need for growth.Everyday Heroes: Puppy LoveLaury LivseyWhen Janna got the dog she wanted, she picked one she knew she’d give away.Q&A: Questions and AnswersSo many people seem to have a negative outlook on life. How can I help my friends be happy and look at things in a positive way?Mormonad: Don’t Give Mixed SignalsSharing the LoadJanet ThomasNorwegian youth reach new heights and find help with some of life’s challenges.The Golden QuestionPat MeyersI’m glad she wasn’t too shy to ask one of the most important questions I would ever answer.Follow the ProphetLisa M. GroverPresident Hinckley speaks, and young women worldwide listen—and respond.Fat-free FeastingBonnie D. ParkinFor good spiritual health, just follow this diet.FYI: For Your InfoFiction: LonerAlma J. YatesI didn’t need friends or the Church until Tyler showed me what I was missing.MormonismsOne Dropped PassEric D. SniderThe real heroism in this championship football game took place after the final whistle.FeedbackLetters to the editorsPoem: Seeing ThingsEmily L. GrobergPhoto of the MonthLane V. EricksonCover: Ida Podhorny, 17, of the Moss Ward, Oslo Norway Stake, was one of 43 priests and Laurels who attended a special youth conference to strengthen friendships and find answers to some of life’s questions. See page 20. Cover photography: Janet Thomas (front), Bryant Livingston (back).