“Who Knew?” New Era, August 2018
Heavenly Father knows our path and potential. When we trust in Him and endure our trials faithfully, He can purify us like gold.
To minister: verb to serve or to comfort someone else; becoming part of someone’s life and caring about him or her
Ministering brother or sister: noun someone who ministers to someone else in the Church
Minister: noun in some Christian faiths, a leader or member of the clergy
Esther was a beautiful Jewish woman who was chosen as the next Persian queen to King Ahasuerus. When a law ordering the death of the Jews was made, Esther had her people fast and pray for her for three days so that the king would listen and have mercy on them. Esther’s faith and courage saved her people (see Esther 2–7).
1835 Doctrine and Covenants accepted as a standard work.
1840 Baptisms for the dead announced by Joseph Smith.
1923 Cardston Alberta Canada Temple dedicated—the first temple outside of the U.S.
1985 Johannesburg South Africa Temple dedicated—first temple in Africa.
2004 Mexico became the first country outside of the U.S. to reach 1 million Church members.