“Contents,” New Era, Feb. 1998New EraFebruary 1998Volume 28, Number 2ContentsThe Message: It’s Your ChoiceElder Joseph B. WirthlinAgency is a priceless gift. Use it to follow righteous examples.How I Know: I Wanted ProofRyan MonsonI put Moroni’s promise to the test and gained the testimony I wanted.A Family TieErika DeHartMy little sister with Down’s syndrome taught me a great lesson in patience.Everyday Heroes: Three to Get ReadyLaury LivseyIn Paterson, New Jersey, a new deacon doesn’t just clean up for church; he cleans up the church itself.Idea List: Great Group DatesDarrin LythgoeLooking for fun things to do together as friends? Try some of these.Q&A: Questions and AnswersMy friends and I try to rent good videos, but we often have to stop them and take them back. How can we make good decisions about which movies to watch?Mormonad: Merit BadgeHave I Done Any Good?Richard M. RomneyEagle Scout projects in Alabama and Tennessee are making a real difference in the community.Scouting for IdeasFinding a good, worthwhile Eagle project may be a little easier after you read this.History in the MakingLisa M. GroverUnderstanding grows when the Pensacola Florida Stake gets together with local African American congregations.Courting DisasterName WithheldI loved him, but we were headed in the wrong direction. Here’s what I did.MormonismsThe Bulletin BoardFiction: Deirdre’s SecretLisa Torcasso DowningSome wounds can’t heal if they remain hidden.Checking InBrad JacobsenWe can’t all go to the Sacred Grove, but we can—and should—discover where we stand with the Lord.The Kindness of StrangersMarice TamanahaI thought the people at the shelter were scary. But an act of kindness changed my mind.FeedbackLetters to the editorsPoem: From Centuries to SecondsChartina JarrettPhoto of the MonthLisa MuranakaCover: Enoch Jones, 15, of Cullman, Alabama, is one of many Scouts who find that Eagle projects can satisfy more than just a requirement. See “Have I Done Any Good?” p. 20. Cover photography: Richard M. Romney (front), Tamra Hamblin (back).