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Summarized by Deseret Book Press Release

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of CTR Rings with New Children's Book

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Thirty years ago, then Elder Gordon B. Hinckley of the LDS Church's Council of the Twelve Apostles launched the CTR program with this declaration, "A new day has dawned, a wonderful day for the children of the Church."

CTR, an acronym for "Choose the Right", was introduced in September 1970 as a new program from the Children's Correlation Committee. The Church's Primary organization for children 12 and under began instituting the program for 6 and 7 year olds who attended the new CTR-A classes. Along with the program came the CTR ring, and two new songs, "The CTR Song" and "A Ring on my Finger."

"Since their introduction, the phrase and the ring have ingrained themselves to millions of church members," Wendy Nelsen, co-author of the new book My CTR Ring (Bookcraft, $15.95) stated. "The familiar image of those three letters, encircled about in a shield of green, is an inspiration to make wise decisions, and follow principles of honor and virtue in the course of daily life."

Recently, the Church Distribution Office revealed for the first time that since the ring's unveiling, more than five million CTR rings have been distributed, not including the countless other CTR rings purchased from independent jewelry companies through the years. The rings have been designed in 30 different languages to meet an ever growing international demand.

CTR rings have also been featured in many national publications, including the anniversary issue of Teen People magazine and in numerous Associated Press articles.

The new book by authors Michael and Wendy Nelsen, My CTR Ring (Bookcraft, $15.95), is designed to help young children learn the meaning of choosing the right, and the significance of those three letters that have adorned the fingers of millions of church members the past three decades.

Illustrated by artist Jodi Jensen, My CTR Ring uses rhymes and stories to help children understand honesty, obedience, sharing, and peacemaking. Each true-to-life situation asks the child to decide what he or she ought to do and urges them to "choose the right."

For parents wishing to teach their children the importance of making good choices and understanding the consequences of what they do, My CTR Ring is the perfect way to help them choose the right.


About the Authors: Michael and Wendy Nelsen are a husband-and-wife creative team. They enjoy both writing and design. The parents of five children, the Nelsens live in Clinton, Utah. My CTR Ring is their first children's book.

Jodi Jensen received her degree in art from Brigham Young University. She has illustrated calendars, greeting cards, posters, and limited edition prints. She and her husband live in northern California with their three children.

My CTR Ring
By Michael and Wendy Nelsen, Illustrated by Jodi Jensen
Bookcraft, $15.95
Hardcover, ISBN# 1-57345-467-2


Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of CTR Rings with New Children's Book
Deseret Book Press Release 11Sep00 A6


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