• 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

Music Download: “The Tender Mercies of the Lord”

The New Era has posted a new music download titled “The Tender Mercies of the Lord.” Both the vocals and accompaniment are performed well, and it has a nice, simple message about recognizing the Lord’s tender mercies in our lives. There is also a piano-only version on the New Era‘s Music Downloads page, and the sheet music is available in the March 2009 issue of the magazine.

New Mormonad Video: “Gossip”

Check out the latest Mormonad video from the New Era. It is based on the classic Mormonad titled “Gossip,” and its message is pretty self-explanatory.

New Era Survey: Teens and the Internet

The New Era has posted a survey for teens, asking them to select from a list of possible online features those items that would be most important to them. For instance, do they want more photos, videos, or stories by teens? Or do they want a mobile Web version of Church Web sites? Or perhaps they would like guest blogs by teens. Whatever their preference, they can tell the New Era about it. If you know any teens who would like their voices to be heard, encourage them to take this survey.

New Era Photo Gallery: Guadeloupe

The New Era has posted several additional photos related to the February article “Generations” about the West Indies island of Guadeloupe. The photos give a good sense of the place and the people featured in the article.

New Mormonad Video: “Wish You Were Here”

Check out the latest Mormonad video from the New Era. It is based on the Mormonad titled “Wish You Were Here,” and it has to do with respect and courtesy, specifically text-messaging courtesy.

New Era Music Download: “Grandpa”

The New Era has added another music download on its Web site. This one is a recording by a group of siblings featured in the January issue. This family apparently allowed the New Era to post the song as a free download, though it is also available commercially. It has an interesting piano line, as well as a nice, sentimental message about the love of a grandpa.

Mormonad Videos

The New Era has added a YouTube channel with videos based on its Mormonads. You can view them at the New Era‘s Web site, or you can view them on YouTube. These videos are a great addition to the offerings from the Church magazines online and are hopefully a harbinger of more things to come.

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.