In the July New Era is an article called “Now Is the Time” about young Latter-day Saints in Ukraine, a country where the Church itself is still quite young. The stories of how they gained a testimony of the restored gospel and how they are learning to serve and lead in the Church are inspiring.
It’s always great to see the modern pioneers around the world and to consider that the Church is still very much a first-generation Church in many places. For those of us whose families have been in the Church for several generations, reading stories like this can put our own membership in a different perspective.
On a side note, if you pay attention to the publication information in the New Era, you’ll notice that the author of this article, Janessa Cloward, was an editorial intern at the New Era earlier this year. The New Era obviously did not send an intern to Ukraine to write the article. She seems to have collected the information and photographs from Church-service missionaries serving in Ukraine. So she didn’t need an expensive trip or an interpreter or translator to get the story. So, all things considered, it worked out well.