Good work

I want to thank you for the “Are You His Friend?” article in the April 1997 issue. It made me wonder if I’d ever qualify to be one of Jesus Christ’s friends. Your articles are great. Keep up the good work.

Tami Martin West Valley City, Utah

More real

I want to thank you for the work you do. I really enjoy reading the articles whenever I get a chance. I’m a missionary, so the chance to read the New Era doesn’t come very often. I want to thank you in particular for an article I read during one of my preparation days. The article was titled “My Brother” from the January 1996 issue. As I sat on the cold floor of my apartment reading that beautiful article, the Savior’s sacrifice became more real and personal to me. I felt wrapped in the warmth of the Lord’s love as I sat and allowed my tears of gratitude to fall. The article was a great source of comfort to me.

Elder Jay L. Johnson Italy Catania Mission

In the future

I really appreciated “Great Group Dates” (Feb. 1998). Even though I’m not old enough to date, the article still presented ideas that I can prepare for in the future.

Annie Smith Bridgeville, Delaware

Back into reality

I’ve written to you before but for nothing like this. I am writing to thank you for your article “How to Find Safety and Peace” (Nov. 1997) because I don’t think you’ll ever know truly how much it has helped me. I have had my fair share of sins, and pornography is probably the worst of them all. I had four magazines hidden that I would look at. I would make excuses to myself, but it got to the point where I was wondering if I could get away with buying a pornographic movie. Well, when I read your article, it knocked me back into reality. As soon as I was done reading the article, I went into my room and threw the disgusting magazines away. Thank you.

Name Withheld Washington

Improving a bad day

I really enjoy reading your Mormonisms. They always make me laugh, especially when I’ve had a bad day. I enjoy reading the New Era. The stories are exciting, and I learn a lot from them. Please keep up the good work.

Merrita Paula Bates Granite, Utah

Good lists a good idea

Thank you so much for the article “The Good List” in the January 1998 New Era. I hadn’t been feeling great about myself for a while so I invited my family to make “good lists” at family home evening. And because of that I realized how much my family really loves me.

Andrew Irvin Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada

Great comfort

Both of my parents are disabled, and they are having very difficult financial problems. I talk to other missionaries, and it seems that their lives back home always seem to be picture perfect. I wondered why my family had all of the problems. The article in the August 1997 Questions and Answers gave me great comfort. I now know that I am not the only one who feels that way. Thank you so much.

Elder Kenneth Courter California Sacramento Mission