Stayed up late reading

I look forward to hearing President Gordon B. Hinckley speak during general conference broadcasts, and reading in the New Era what he said. I was especially thankful for his message in the January 2002 New Era titled “God Will Make a Way.” I had come home one night and stayed up late reading my scriptures and New Eras. I picked up the January 2002 issue and saw President Hinckley had this talk in the beginning of the magazine. While reading it, I could feel the Spirit in my room. It is such a wonderful feeling to have. I’m so thankful to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ and especially for our modern-day prophet who receives revelation to lead and guide us.

Jeana Hoffman
Gresham, Wisconsin (via e-mail)

Total answer

Let me just say how much I love the New Era. It always seems that when I have certain questions or problems in my life, that month’s issue is a total answer to me. I also love how you write so much about missionary work. A few years ago the New Era did a special magazine on missionaries and what goes on at the Missionary Training Center (June ’00). I have read and reread that issue. Good friends are starting to go on their missions, and it’s so awesome to know what they are teaching and to know that they are helping to spread the gospel.

Kisa Caldwell
Washington, Utah


I would like to thank you for printing the story “The Nauvoo Temple: Cornerstones of Faith” (May ’02) because in the article it mentioned two girls, Lisa and Joanne Church, who were related to Hayden Wells Church. I want them to know that he was my great-great grandpa, and I’m proud that one of my distant relatives is the temple engineer.

LoraLynn Church
Glendale, Arizona (via e-mail)

Just like in the article

My seminary teacher used the article “Extra Strength” (Jan. ’02) in one of her lessons. That very day, a friend from school was asking me questions about the Church while we were in the weight room. I tried to answer him the best I could but didn’t feel my words were very influential. But I felt impressed to do as the young woman in the article did. The following day I gave my friend the new For the Strength of Youth and told him it contained the guidelines written for teenagers to follow. It felt good to have done this small missionary effort.

Marek de Savigny
Dunrobin, Ontario, Canada

Perfectly put together

The New Era is one of the best influences in my life as a teenager. Its articles always leave an impact on me every time I read it. The talks from Church leaders, the short stories that are very straight to the point, and all the contents are just perfectly put together. Every volume teaches me a lesson. I’m forever grateful knowing there are people out there who care about the well-being of the young women and young men of the Church. I adore this magazine and can’t wait to get hold of it. I only wish it came out twice or more a month.

Ilisapesi H. Uipi
Hihifo, Tongatapu, Tonga (via e-mail)