“Contents,” New Era, Sept. 2014, inside front cover–1New Era ContentsIn Every Issue28Sunday Lesson HelpWhen Your Friends Want to Know Why*Understanding others helps you explain your standards to them.40To the PointHelping a friend who puts herself down; showing love to those who are unkind.41Come, Follow MeKeeping the Commandments*Use these cards to help you prepare for Sunday lessons on keeping the commandments.43The Extra Smile44Questions & Answers“How can I learn to show respect and love for my younger siblings when they sometimes seem to be so difficult?”46Instant MessagesMaking a difference on the football team; studying on the weekend; getting a blessing from Dad.48From Church LeadersHow to Learn by the SpiritSignificant faith and effort are required to learn by what you feel from the Spirit.Elder Richard G. Scott49Conference PosterOn Your SideBishop Gary E. StevensonFeatures24Get Ready for BattleGear up to enter your school.30I Knew What I Had to DoOne young man was faced with a choice: deny the Church or be kicked out of school.31Praying Like Alma for My FriendA young man wanted his friend to keep coming to church, and the scriptures gave him an example of how to pray for him.3210 Secrets of True PopularityWant to be truly popular? Try these time-tested tips.34Susume!“Go forward with faith” is a phrase that should guide our lives.Elder Kazuhiko Yamashita37Real Obedience Is More Than Just Not Sinning*See what it means to be truly obedient.38What Is the “Work of Salvation”?Find out how amazing—and doable—the things are that you can contribute to the Lord’s work right now.Special Section: Be Life Smart2The MessageWill You Choose to Increase in Learning?Education is the difference between wishing you could help other people and being able to help them.Elder Russell M. Nelson4How to Learn for RealFind tips for how to get an education instead of just getting through school.7MormonadGet Carried Away850 Fun Things to LearnThere are all kinds of awesome things to learn. Here are 50 just to get you started.12Preparing for Life’s OpportunitiesSee what the First Presidency has said about the value of education.14Life Prep 101Hear stories of how youth were prepared for the next stages of life through the different things they learned in and out of school.17Why Memorize Scriptures?A memorized scripture can really help you out on a mission and in many other circumstances.18Washing Greasy Pots, Repairing RVs, and Other Tough JobsDo you know a job nobody else wants? You may want to take it. It’s amazing what you can learn.21The College DecisionOne young woman’s college search took a different turn after some surprising advice from an uncle.22Seminary Starts at SevenIf mornings are so hard, why did this young man take early-morning seminary?