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Temple Quiz

I had my very first experience doing baptisms for the dead, and ever since then I have been doing research on temples. My favorite temple is the Salt Lake Temple. It stands out in the Salt Lake City skyline, and I was sealed to my family in this temple. Your temple quiz (Jan. 2007) was the perfect thing to test my knowledge; I still have a lot to learn. Jake H., Utah

Surfing

I love the story, “Surfing in the No Swim Zone” (Aug. 2006), which included the scripture Mosiah 4:30. It got me thinking about agency and how we can use it in our everyday lives. It shows how to resist peer pressure. I think this can be a lesson for all of us. Travis N., Utah

Teaching

I was glad that you put the “Tips for Teaching” section in the September 2006 New Era. It helps me to know that we are all teachers when it comes to teaching the gospel and that we can always learn more about how to teach. Ryan B., Michigan

Joseph Smith Exhibit

In the December 2006 New Era is a picture on page 22 of some items from the Joseph Smith log cabin. Along with several nails, there is an item listed as a “horseshoe.” However, this is one-half of an ox shoe. Since oxen have split hoofs it was necessary to have two parts of the shoe for one foot. Oxen were the real work animals for freight wagons in the pioneer days. Elder Bryon Knutsen, Idaho

Editor’s note: You’re right! Thanks for the correction.

Suggestion

I really like the New Era; there are some very good stories. I really like the posters, too. I think that you should include more stories about the lives of our prophets. That way youth can know more about the latter-day prophets. I also think it would be a good idea to talk more about Book of Mormon heroes and scriptures that are good to memorize. Jaron G., Oregon

Editor’s note: We are always happy to get suggestions for the magazine. Please send them to the address on the inside front cover of the magazine or to newera@ldschurch.org.

Praise to the Man

My sister and I read “Praise to the Man” (Mar. 2006) and were surprised when it said the tune’s origin is unknown. The tune of “Praise to the Man” is a Scottish bagpipe song called “Scotland the Brave.” It is one of the most well-known bagpipe songs and is also very patriotic. Since W. W. Phelps came to the United States from Scotland, it was probably a very special song to him, and using it to write a song in honor of his beloved Prophet would have signified how close the Prophet was to his heart. Preston S., Oregon

Editor’s note: Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We should have more clearly stated that the tune is a traditional Scottish folk song by an unknown composer.

[illustration] Illustrated by Scott Greer