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Thanks for the New Era

I really enjoy the New Era. I like the stories and the morals they teach. I like to spend my time reading it. When I’m upset, I will read it, and it gets my mind off of what I was mad at. I also like the clean jokes. I like hearing how the Holy Ghost helps people. I also like hearing from the leaders of the Church. I also like hearing about all the service being done.

Jacob D., Idaho

Extra Smile

Reading the New Era for the first time in 12 years and seeing the Extra Smile helped me laugh and smile a bit. Being disabled and alone gets kind of hard sometimes. It also showed me that young adults can teach the gospel and that we can be a good influence on others.

Brenton F., Oklahoma

Past Issues Online

I live in Texas, and I like it there. I started reading the New Era a few weeks ago, and it is helping me a lot with teenage problems. I am reading the old issues online, and I cried when I read the Christmas 2006 issue. “Mom’s Christmas Coat” was so sweet. Thank you for posting them online.

Haemin H., Texas

Editor’s note: You can find past issues of the New Era online at newera.lds.org.

Seminary

Every morning I wake up an hour before my friends do. I do this every morning to go to seminary. Every morning I have to leave my house at 5:30 to get there at 6:00, but for what? It’s for my day to be better. After seminary I feel better and more awake, more spiritually strong, and that makes a great addition to my day. It drives away temptations and makes everything seem easier and more fun. I feel like a stronger person because of seminary, and I’m glad I have the opportunity to go to it every morning.

Kevin R., Nevada

Visit to the Family History Center

Our ward’s young women recently visited our local Family History Center. Our goal is to learn to gather family names to take to the temple. We went with our family group sheets and pedigree charts in tow. The staff was so helpful and answered all our questions. The young women learned to use the PAF program and look for ancestors on the FamilySearch site. They are all very excited about connecting with their ancestors and learning more about their families. While still at the Family History Center, the girls were planning the next time they would get together to help each other do research.

Stacie V., Utah

Overcoming Shyness

The ugly duckling story (Oct. 2009) is a great story, and it teaches you how not to be shy. I am rather shy myself, and this story helped me. I remember hearing the story about the ugly duckling a couple of times, but I never really cared about it. Now I think that I am going to read the story again. Your family will always be there for you.

Alan K.

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I am stronger because of seminary and I’m glad I have the opportunity to go to it every morning.

Illustration by Cynthia Clark