“When I think of the Book of Mormon, I think of the word power. The truths of the Book of Mormon have the power to heal, comfort, restore, succor, strengthen, console, and cheer our souls" (“The Book of Mormon: What Would Your Life Be Like without It?” Ensign, November 2017).
2004 - When tropical cyclone Heta devastated the government offices on the island nation of Niue in January, the vital records were destroyed. In a ceremony held at the Auckland City Library in Auckland, New Zealand, the Church presented 28 rolls of microfilmed birth, death and marriage records to the people and government of Niue. The records also included the genealogies of Niuean property owners that are an important part of Niuean property ownership laws. The Church began microfilming Niuean records in 1994.
The chapel in Lindon, Utah, was full, as several families were there to participate with their children. My attention was fixated upon a beautiful young girl named Ashli Hart, who was one of seven being baptized that morning. This sweet little strawberry blond girl is my niece, and the proud uncle buttons were just a popping.
May we remember the eternal nature of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and Their eternal love for each of us. May we learn and grow in our understanding of the plan of salvation, the saving power of the Atonement, and the eternal nature and brotherhood of each of us. May we be more understanding, more loving, and more obedient to the Lord's teachings. "O man, remember, and perish not" (Mosiah 4:30).
Several years ago, I attended the musical production Cheaper by the Dozen being performed at the SCERA Theater in Orem, Utah. I enjoy attending community theater but specifically attended this one to watch my nephew, Steven, who is in the cast. His good friend, Dane, is also in the cast of this perfect family show. From the audience, it appeared both of these young men were enjoying being part of this entertaining show.