As a teenager, I know I’m very vulnerable to many things—especially peer pressure. The story “Catch a Snapping Turtle” (July 1996) is a very serious subject, and not everyone thinks so. I know. Lots of my nonmember friends have become trapped just like those turtles.
Thank you so much for the article “I Found Peace” in the March 1996 issue. I have been through some hard times. I went on a camp for a week, and when I came back I found out my uncle had died. I got mad at the Lord because I really loved my uncle, and I had been looking forward to seeing him the next week. But when I read that story, I knew Heavenly Father loves me and will help me deal with my uncle’s death.
Canyon Country, California
In September 1995 I moved from Washington to Missouri. I had to leave all my friends and family behind. I really missed them and the members of my former ward. It was then I decided I didn’t like my new ward very much, and that I never would. But I read “The High Way to Happiness” in the June 1996 issue and it got my attention because I felt like the girl in that story. I realized in order for me to be happy I have to put forth some effort. Ever since I read that, I have been trying to be a happier person. And I now really enjoy my ward and the members here.
Thank you so much for printing the FYI in the July 1996 issue. I did not know what to do for a Laurel project, and I prayed for ideas. I even looked through old New Eras for ideas. Then the next day the July issue came and the suggestions were a good help.
Thank you for publishing a magazine that can be looked through without the fear of stumbling upon an article that speaks of things that are not repeatable. I know I can read the New Era whenever I’m otherwise lacking good reading material. Thank you for making a magazine that can be used as a resource and is pleasurable reading material.
Camano Island, Washington
Thank you for printing “Noteworthy Norwegians” and “Joseph’s Journey” in the July 1996 New Era. Music plays a very important role in my life, and I plan to pursue music as a career. More importantly, though, I feel that music has been the primary means by which I have gained and strengthened my own testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Whether I am performing or listening to others perform, I can often feel the Spirit being shared through this wonderful gift Heavenly Father has given us. I hope these stories will help many other youth to see how instrumental music can be in building their testimonies.