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I love reading the New Era. It’s wonderful having a magazine written for us youth. Each time I read an issue, I find at least one article I feel was written just for me. Often I find more. The articles inspire me to be better. They give good advice and offer words of warning that often help. It really shows how very important we are to the leaders of the Church, and more importantly to our Savior and Heavenly Father. One of the articles from the April 2001 issue that especially hit me was “The Currant Bush” by Elder Hugh B. Brown. I have a hard time handing over my problems to the Lord and letting Him answer my questions. I guess I forget who the gardener is. Thank you so much for all the work that is put into the magazine.
Melba, Idaho (via e-mail)
I am 19 and I love to read the New Era. I never used to read any Church magazines, but since I started reading the New Era it has changed my life and has helped me understand more about the Church and its teachings. It has also really helped me with the preparation for my mission that I am due to serve very soon. I love reading the beautiful stories and articles in this magazine. So thank you so much for making a great magazine which I can be proud to read every month.
Leyland, Lancashire, England (via e-mail)
I really enjoy reading the New Era. Although I’ve only been reading it for about two months, I find it is very uplifting. A lot of magazines for youth these days are totally nasty, but I’m glad I have the New Era to read. Thank you for everything and the time that you put into the magazine.
Laura M. Smith
East Lyme, Connecticut
The New Era has been such a positive influence in my life. Thank you for all the hard work you put into it. When nonmember friends ask me hard questions about my religion, I’ll sometimes give them a copy with the answer. Thank you for all the Q&As. They are awesome.
Beaverton, Oregon (via e-mail)
My 14 year old is an avid reader. She was hooked on reading romance novels, and her interest in these books led me to be very concerned that my daughter was getting the wrong impression of what a relationship between a man and a woman should be. This concern led to many talks, lectures, and fights between the two of us. After discussing the situation with my sister-in-law, she asked if I had given my daughter a subscription to the New Era. I was inactive at the time and had not thought of this. The next thing I knew, my brother and sister-in-law had purchased a subscription to the New Era for her. Now a year later I am not having the same battles with her over what she reads and I am no longer so concerned about what she is learning about relationships. She now understands she does not have to settle for an empty, go-nowhere relationship based on sexual attraction. She is no longer disappointed to be a young woman and now understands the differences between the way the world and the Lord tells us relationships should be. I contribute this change to the magazine’s layouts and stories on temple marriage and respecting your mate, whether you are dating or married. Thank you for doing what the Lord has asked of you.
Name Withheld (via e-mail)