The New Era

Focus on the Family

The December New Era has a special section on the family. “Focusing on a Forever Family” (page 28) shares the experience of two youth in El Salvador who helped their parents return to Church activity. Youth who come from difficult family situations will find ideas in “Overcoming Family Challenges” (page 38).

The Spirit of Christmas

Keep Christ at the center of the holiday season with articles such as “Now There Is Hope” (page 7), “Gifts You Can’t Wrap” (page 42), and “How to Give Gifts to Christ,” by President Henry B. Eyring (page 48).

International Art Competition for Youth

See top entries from this year’s International Art Competition for Youth. This artwork, designed for the 2012 Mutual theme, is a great way to wrap up the year and help youth “arise and shine forth” (see page 24).

The Friend

The December Friend includes a Christmas activity to help children celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ (pages 24–25). The activity encourages children to think about gifts the Savior has given them and gifts they can give to the Savior.

Make some Christmas memories with your children by cooking one of the cultural Christmas dishes found on page 18.


Other Ways to Be a Mom

I am grateful for the article “My Search for Motherhood” in the April 2012 Ensign. It not only spoke about healing from the pains of childlessness but also suggested seeking opportunities to become a mother by serving others.

Jennifer Sisson

Nebraska, USA


The January 2012 First Presidency Message, “Living the Abundant Life,” failed to attribute a quotation to Mary Anne Radmacher. The quotation is found on page 5 of the Liahona and Ensign. Ms. Radmacher’s original quotation reads, “Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” It appears in, among other publications by Ms. Radmacher, Courage Doesn’t Always Roar (2009). We apologize for the oversight.