• Quote of the Day

    “Surely the reason Christ said, ‘Father, forgive them,’ was because even in that terrible hour He knew that this was the message He had come through all eternity to deliver.”
    —Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Making Church Magazines

This month’s Ensign and Liahona contain an article that pulls back the curtain on how the Church magazines are created. Although it is titled “Making Church Magazines,” the article really ought to be called “Making the Liahona,” since it focuses so much on the cycles, deadlines, and processes for that particular publication.

As dry and boring as this article is, it does shed some light on the internal processes governing the magazines’ production. In addition, it explains how members can contribute articles and, perhaps more interestingly, what kinds of articles they should contribute. In a sidebar, the article says:

“You can send us manuscripts on almost any topic, but you will probably notice that articles teaching the meaning of doctrine or the meaning of scriptures are usually written by General Authorities.

“Your best opportunity to contribute to the magazines will be to write about your own spiritual insights or experiences. When you write about what you know and have experienced, your writing carries the weight of truth and authenticity. Please remember that what you write needs to be applicable in principle to readers in many nations and cultures.”

So there you have it. The reason the Church magazines rejected your deeply insightful treatise on the doctrine of premortal agency is because they would rather publish General Authorities on such matters. You would do better to write about the time your CTR ring saved your life. So get cracking. The magazines need you.

2 Responses

  1. Articles written by the Lord’s one and only true prophet need to be edited AND passed through committee before appearing in the Ensign?

    I guess that makes sense for the institution but not so much for the Lord.

  2. measure76, your comment is sarcastic and critical of the Church, but thanks just the same. The editing spoken of can mean a great many things, including proofreading. The committee spoken of doesn’t necessarily review and approve material written by the President of the Church. The article simply states in general terms that magazine articles are sent to a committee for review. Now, I don’t presume to know what makes sense for the Lord, but I see nothing wrong with the process involved in creating the Church magazines and distributing them to members throughout the world.

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