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The Miracle of the Conference Magazines

I suppose the more often a miracle is repeated, the less miraculous it seems. That said, I’d like to remind us of one those miracles that affects all of us in the Church but goes somewhat unheralded.

The general conference issues of the Ensign and Liahona should be arriving in most people’s mailboxes this week—and what a miracle it is. Of course, the conference issue of the Ensign has been delivered in the May issue for some years now, but the same has been true for the Liahona only in recent years.

Think of it—over three dozen addresses, as well as biographies of around 20 new General Authorities and members of auxiliary presidencies, all totaling over 140 pages, and, oh, by the way, it has to be edited, designed, approved, translated into dozens of languages, printed, and distributed all over the world one month later.

We all marvel at the wonderful communications technology that allows general conference to be broadcast by satellite and the Internet every six months, but I wonder whether we truly appreciate the magnitude of the task of publishing the conference issues of the magazines in print. I daresay that, in spite of the quicker and more ubiquitous availability of the conference addresses online, the printed conference issues of the Ensign and Liahona are the most highly used versions of those addresses in the months (and perhaps years) immediately following the conference.

So, there’s a simple reminder of the semiannual miracle that is the conference issue of the Church magazines.


2 Responses

  1. What a great reminder! I admit that I use the online versions a lot (and have been re-reading some of the addresses already), but there’s nothing quite like actually reading the actual magazine. They do a tremendous job with it.

  2. Thanks for the comment, lds9999. The online versions are nice to have because they’re convenient and quick. Of course, they have to go through the same kind of approval process that the print versions do, and so they’re miraculous in themselves, but they also don’t have quite the polish, presentation, or general feeling that the print magazines have.

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