“Contents,” New Era, Oct. 2001 New Era October 2001 Volume 31, Number 10 Contents Words of the Prophet: You Can Be ForgivenPresident Gordon B. HinckleyRepentance is one of the first principles of the gospel. It offers hope and happiness for the future. Spiritual CrocodilesPresident Boyd K. PackerSpiritual crocodiles can kill or mutilate your soul. Fortunately, there are guides in life to prevent this from happening. Everyday Heroes: Friend PowerShanna GhaznaviOne invitation between friends led to the waters of baptism. Q&A: Questions and AnswersIn school I am always surrounded by words that are offensive to me. Every day I hear these words, and now they are repeated in my head subconsciously and I don’t like it. How do I avoid these words and get them out of my head? New Era Poster: Standing Tall My Family, My FriendsJanet ThomasIn the Weirich family of Fredericksburg, Texas, the brothers and sisters are making friends for eternity. New Era Classic: Every Soul Is PreciousPresident Joseph Fielding SmithWhat does it mean to be sealed? And what will eternity be like? Carry On, RecruitAaron J. LetteerWhen the going got tough, my mom always said to sing. But in the middle of boot camp? Everyone Said ItJeniann JensenI didn’t have a vision as Joseph did, but I could feel that the Church was true. Your Special PurposeElder H. Burke PetersonYour mission on this earth is unique and distinctive for you. Find out what your purpose is. Idea List: Rough Day?Here are some things to do to help your days go right. I Broke My PromiseName WithheldI promised never to date someone who did not believe as I did. The Extra Smile Storm WarningElder Neil L. AndersenHow to build your spirituality on a good, strong foundation to survive life’s storms. How the Spirit WorksElder Douglas L. CallisterThe Spirit of God can tell you the truth. You need to learn how to listen. Reader’s Guide We’ve Got Mail Poem: Eternal QuestionsAdele Maurine Marcum Photo of the MonthCrystal Christison Cover: Victor Weirich of Fredericksburg, Texas, takes care of the puppies his family raises together. See “My Family, My Friends” on p. 20. Cover photography: Janet Thomas (front), © 1997 PhotoSpin (back).