The New Era has posted a new music download titled “The Tender Mercies of the Lord.” Both the vocals and accompaniment are performed well, and it has a nice, simple message about recognizing the Lord’s tender mercies in our lives. There is also a piano-only version on the New Era‘s Music Downloads page, and the sheet music is available in the March 2009 issue of the magazine.
The New Era has posted a survey for teens, asking them to select from a list of possible online features those items that would be most important to them. For instance, do they want more photos, videos, or stories by teens? Or do they want a mobile Web version of Church Web sites? Or perhaps they would like guest blogs by teens. Whatever their preference, they can tell the New Era about it. If you know any teens who would like their voices to be heard, encourage them to take this survey.
The New Era has posted several additional photos related to the February article “Generations” about the West Indies island of Guadeloupe. The photos give a good sense of the place and the people featured in the article.
In the Ensign this month is an article that discusses the Prophet Joseph Smith’s 1844 campaign for President of the United States and asks what he hoped to accomplish. For those who don’t know much about this episode in Church history, this article explains Joseph Smith’s motivation for running, as well as the platform he ran on. Most of the information in the article has been readily available to students of history for some time, but through the Ensign it will now reach a wider audience.
I find it fascinating to see how Joseph Smith’s patriotism held up under the strain of the persecutions the Saints endured, all of which were either sanctioned or permitted by local governments and ultimately ignored by the federal government. Joseph’s reaction was not to condemn the nation and its government but to seek to reform it.
In addition, I find his platform fascinating. It contains some intriguing, practical approaches to the serious issues of the day.
This article doesn’t offer a great deal of analysis, but it doesn’t need to. Its intent seems to be to give basic information about Joseph Smith’s run for President,and it does so mostly through quotations from original documents and contemporary statements. I imagine there are several people in the Ensign‘s readership for whom this article will be something completely new. This sort of thing isn’t necessarily a new direction for the Ensign, but it is something I rather hope they do more of.
(By the way, for what it’s worth, the article takes the opportunity to yet again affirm the Church’s political neutrality.)
Check out the latest Mormonad video from the New Era. It is based on the Mormonad titled “Wish You Were Here,” and it has to do with respect and courtesy, specifically text-messaging courtesy.
The New Era has added another music download on its Web site. This one is a recording by a group of siblings featured in the January issue. This family apparently allowed the New Era to post the song as a free download, though it is also available commercially. It has an interesting piano line, as well as a nice, sentimental message about the love of a grandpa.