“Contents,” New Era, Oct. 1998 New Era October 1998 Volume 28, Number 10 Contents The Message: Lessons I Learned as a BoyPresident Gordon B. HinckleyThe Prophet learned some lessons in his youth that can help you, too. Taking the ChallengeLisa WilliamsonCarrying the Book of Mormon in plain sight wasn’t easy at first, but it brought me a great blessing. Everyday Heroes: Noble EffortJanet ThomasHere’s one track-and-field star who’s willing to go the distance for her beliefs. Idea List: Be a Super ServerJennifer HaslamLooking for ways to serve without making a big project of it? Try some of these. Q&A: Questions and AnswersRepenting sounds awful and hard. No one else knows what I did. Why can’t I just forget about it and go on? Mormonad: Some Assembly Required I, Too, Must GiveLaury LivseyIn Cherry Hill, New Jersey, they’re learning that the greatest gift you can give is yourself. Starting with NoStephanie DavisIt’s a strange way to get someone interested in the Church—turn them down for a date. I Love to See the TempleJanet ThomasThe Vernal Utah Temple brings blessings into the lives of young Latter-day Saints in the area. Call for Entries: Every Good GiftAnnouncing the 1999 New Era contest. Mormonisms The Bulletin Board Fiction: Dad’s BookAdrian Robert GostickSeems like Dad liked Sam better than me—and Sam’s not even my brother. Not If, but WhenTimothy R. GoodmanI knew I was going on a mission, so why did the Lord want me to pray about the timing? DisharmonyChris D. WalkerHe learned the hard way that when you’re arguing, you’re not doing missionary work. FeedbackLetters to the editor Poem: Midas TouchDeborah Thompson Photo of the MonthTanya Schlup Cover: David Conrad of the Cherry Hill New Jersey Stake is one of many local LDS teens who’ve learned to turn their talents to service. See “I, Too, Must Give,” p. 20. Cover photography: Brent Petersen (front), Jody Irey (back).