• 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

The Pipers of Nauvoo—with Video

New Era, June 2008—BagpipersOne of the things the New Era is about is variety. It tries to show LDS teens from a variety of places, exploring a variety of interests, and doing a variety of things. This month’s issue contains a story about a group of teens who volunteer to play the bagpipes at the Nauvoo Pageant for a couple of weeks each summer. As the article, called “The Pipers of Nauvoo,” says, “It’s an opportunity for them to develop their talent, make friends, experience old Nauvoo, learn about early Church history, draw closer as a family, build testimony, and share the gospel.”

It’s unusual, it’s fun, and it has a connection to a deeper spiritual experience for these teens. In other words, it’s a good New Era article. Now, I’m not a pageant sort of person, but I do think this sort of thing is great for getting teens involved in something fun and for showing them that they’re part of something bigger than themselves.

You can view a video of these bagpipers in action at the New Era’s Web site, newera.lds.org.


A Note to the Good Guys, A Note to the Good Girls

A good New Era article is like a good lasagna—meaty with just the right amount of cheese. Or is it cheesy with just the right amount of meat? Anyway, I would turn your attention to an article in this month’s New Era that seems to have the right recipe. It’s made up of two small articles written as anonymous “notes” like those that might get passed around at school. “A Note to the Good Guys, A Note to the Good Girls” contains a list of things that a young woman or young man secretly admires about someone of the opposite sex who is upholding Church standards. (By the way, these particular notes have bylines, so they apparently are real and weren’t made up by the New Era editorial staff.)

I guess the idea behind this article is to strengthen these good guys and good girls so that they know their goodness is being noticed and admired. If it helps just one boy or girl feel better about continuing his or her efforts to keep high standards, it will have been worth it.

Personally, I recall the girls I admired in high school because they quietly did the things they knew were right. I particularly admired the ones who weren’t ever mean to anyone and who didn’t take on worldly or trendy styles and attitudes. And, yes, I really appreciated the ones who dressed, talked, and acted modestly. Of course, many of these things applied equally to LDS and non-LDS girls, but I suppose I had higher expectations of the ones I knew to be LDS. I can only imagine that the girls felt the same way about the guys around them.

After reading these notes, think of the reasons you admired certain people you knew in your teen years, and add to the list.