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Now Is the Time

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.


4 Responses

  1. Incidentally, my mother is acquainted with the missionaries who provided much of the information for the article (not sure how much they provided, but they mentioned it in a recent family letter). Also, my sister served in that mission. It is so inspiring to see what the Church is like in such new areas. Those Ukrainian pioneers are my heroes!

  2. Thank you for the comment, M Baker. I agree.

  3. Hey! I’m the intern who wrote that story. I worked with Sister Myreel Linton, who was serving a mission there with her husband. She collected the photos and worked with the elders in Ukraine to ask these kids about their conversion stories. I just put everything together. It really should have had her name listed as an author, too, and the last draft I saw had her name on it as well. And those kids are my heroes too. I seriously doubt I could’ve been primary president at 17!

  4. Good to hear from you, Janessa. I hope you’re doing well. Are there any stories you’re still working on for us? (I’ll bet you’ll never guess who this is. Perhaps you were wondering how I knew that this article was written by an intern. I mean, nobody reads the staff listing, right?)

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