• 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

Ensign Online: Elder Marlin K. Jensen on Future Joseph Smith Papers Volume

Elder Marlin K. Jensen, the Church Historian and Recorder, has written an online article about an upcoming volume of The Joseph Smith Papers in the “Revelations and Translations” series in the project. According to the Ensign’s Web site, the volume “contains many of the earliest known copies of the revelations received by Joseph Smith and provides insights into the revelatory process.”

Church history buffs will not want to miss Elder Jensen’s insights into the editorial process of the project, as well as the specific content of the “Revelations and Translations” series, the first volume of which will be released sometime in 2009.

New Era Christmas Music Download: “Little Baby”

The New Era has made available an MP3 download of the Christmas song “Little Baby,” which appears as sheet music in the December issue of the New Era. This pretty tune is sung by a young female vocalist on the recording, giving it just the right feeling, I think. An instrumental version is also available for those who want to sing along.

Believe It to the Bone

This month’s New Era features LDS teens in the Caribbean island of Trinidad, located just north of Venezuela in the West Indies. The people there speak English, and the LDS youth have a lot in common with their counterparts in other parts of the world. In “Believe It to the Bone,” you get to know young people who stand tall among their peers because of their testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and because of their commitment to the standards of the Church.

Some of these teens are converts, and all of them feel a duty to set an example. As one of them, named Curfew (great name), says, “I try to be a good example to those around me, because they may want to come unto Christ, too.”

A girl named Peaches (another great name), says, “Before I understood the gospel, I didn’t really have any idea of who I am. But now, I feel like I have purpose. I am a child of God, and He put me here for a reason, so I had better fulfill it.”

Read the full article (including the story behind the title) here, and see the PDF (with colorful pictures) here.

True Beauty

In this month’s New Era, Elder Lynn G. Robbins of the Seventy has a message for girls about “True Beauty.” He tries to combat the message too often reinforced by our consumer/media culture that a glamorous appearance (through clothes, cosmetics, and so on) is the measure of beauty. He even dares to suggest that good men see happiness and virtue as keys to true beauty. He says:

“The world prizes body-baring ‘beauty.’ Hollywood markets it, advertisers exploit it, and the media promote it. The Lord, however, ‘seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart’ (1 Samuel 16:7). The kind of a man a virtuous woman wants to marry also ‘seeth not’ as the natural man seeth.”

Anyone who is married knows that Elder Robbins is right. Anyone who has a daughter knows he is right. Anyone who has any sort of loving relationship with any woman knows he is right. Individual tastes in looks, hairstyles, clothing, and other outward things will vary, but any man (or woman, for that matter) who is honest will acknowledge that a woman’s true beauty does indeed come from the heart. It’s a corny concept, I know. But its corniness doesn’t make it any less true.  And I hope that the teenage readers of the New Era take this message to heart.