“Contents,” New Era, Nov. 2002 New Era November 2002 Volume 32, Number 11 Contents The Message: Crisis at the CrossroadsPresident Thomas S. MonsonThe way to exaltation is not a freeway. Fortunately, our Heavenly Father has provided a road map. Idea List: Learning MattersNeed to do better in school? Here are tips to help you improve your ability to learn. New Era Classic: Live for the FuturePresident Spencer W. KimballThere is a special light that goes with righteousness. It can be yours if you keep the commandments of the Lord. Baking a DifferenceJudy Kay W. FromeLaurels in the Suitland Maryland Stake found a way to support the priesthood. I’m Worth ItI will never forget that I truly am a daughter of God, who loves me. Q&A: Questions and AnswersI will soon turn 12 and receive the priesthood. I know this means I will have more responsibilities even though I’m not sure yet what those responsibilities are. What should I do to prepare? New Era Poster: Discover the Beauty Within One Step AheadJanet ThomasSpence McArthur of Lovell, Wyoming, finds each step leads to a brighter future. A Tear and a RosePatricia Reece RoperAfter the death of my father, the only way they could help me was to cry with me. Double DutyArianne BaadsgaardChanelle Cann of West Jordan, Utah, earns both Personal Progress awards. Formula for SuccessElder Earl M. MonsonHave faith, be patient, and persevere. Then come the blessings. The Extra Smile True FriendsElder Monte J. BroughA little black dog and a pinto pony taught me a lot about friendship. Sweet ComfortWendy Kathryn BoutonI missed my mother’s hugs, but I found One who will always comfort. Progress Times TwoAnita SchillerTwo Laurels from Saratoga, California, found working together makes progress in Personal Progress. Why Obey?Elder Athos M. AmorímThe most beautiful examples of obedience and service are often given by ordinary people living close to you. Of All Things Resource Guides We’ve Got Mail Poem: One LeafTerry E. Loveless Photo of the MonthLane V. Erickson Cover: Spence McArthur of Lovell, Wyoming, isn’t letting anything stop him from serving a mission. See “One Step Ahead” on p. 20. Cover photography: front, Janet Thomas; back, © PhotoDisc 1995.