The first thing that caught my eye in “Priceless Integrity” (July 1994) was the picture of a girl holding up modest and immodest dresses. I didn’t like how you made the modest dress look ugly. I know you have to make it look like she’s making a sacrifice by choosing the modest, grandmotherly dress over the “style,” but that’s not always the case. I have seen modest prom dresses that are elegant and in style. You just have to look harder. Trust in the Lord—even for a little thing like a prom dress.
Thank you for the article “No Laughing Matter” (June 1994). I have had a very similar incident happen to me at school when a girl from my gym class saw me reading the Book of Mormon before school. She told a number of her friends and they all bowed to me in class and taunted me. It made me ashamed until, just like the girl in the story, I realized that it didn’t really matter as long as I was doing what was right. Thanks for the reassurance.
When I read the suggestion in the story “Quest for Heaven” (July 1994) about hanging Mormonads in your locker, it changed me. I made the decision that it was time for me to let my friends know the truth. When I said my prayers that night, I thanked Heavenly Father for letting me know the truthfulness of the gospel. As I thanked him, I was brought to tears and I felt a warm feeling inside. This experience strengthened my testimony of the gospel. I am more eager now to let my friends know the truth. I also feel closer to my Heavenly Father.
Scarsdale, New York
The Q&A in the July 1994 issue was extremely interesting to me. I would like to caution young people about making judgments regarding their parents’ marriage or divorce. Although I’m not divorced, I have a very difficult marriage relationship. My experience has been that children of a difficult marriage usually do not know all the details about the relationship. Parents, in an effort to avoid criticism or faultfinding, do not share all there is to know. I am also intimately aware of children who want one of the parents to “fix” things. It becomes an extra burden for a parent when children think there is something that can be done and urge some kind of action when none is possible.
I can’t tell you how thankful I am for the article “When You Wish” in the August 1994 issue. I can relate almost perfectly to that story. It made me want to count my blessings, and helped me realize that I am blessed with many things.
I have been receiving the New Era for five years. It always reminds me to walk righteously with the Lord. It is my favorite magazine. It is so helpful for youth and helps me in many ways.
Arlyn A. Baldivino
Ilocos Norte, Philippines