“Feedback,” New Era, Nov. 1996, 50
Thank you so much for “Coming Back” (Nov. 1995). It really helped me see how important going to church is. I enjoy church more now, and I don’t talk to my friends during class because I know I need to learn the gospel. Sometimes I am the first one ready for church because I want to be on time.
When you don’t follow the crowd
I was pleased with the story about Sarah Koyle in the November FYI. Standing up for what is right is hard where I live. I am surrounded by people with different morals than mine, and every day I face issues about what movies to watch or dating before the age of 16. People think you are strange when you don’t follow the crowd. The other day we had a substitute teacher in my health class, and the other kids convinced her to put in a different movie than what was originally planned. The video was very violent and had a lot of bad language. Rather than watch it, I turned around and read my book while holding my hand over my ear. I may have looked funny, but I didn’t need those thoughts in my head. It is sad to see the shadow of immorality creep over our society. I’m very glad I have the Church to guide me in my life.
Become more in tune
A while ago my family started to receive the New Era. I always thought it was a children’s magazine. But one day, out of boredom, I picked it up and to my amazement I read it cover to cover. I want to thank you for the inspiring messages and caring advice. I know the teachings will help me when I go on my mission. Even though the New Era is a great source of comfort, I would like to see the subjects and content become more in tune with today’s teenagers. Being 17, I am aware that the challenges in life extend beyond the pages of a magazine. But if you could capture some of them, maybe we would all understand what it means to be a Latter-day Saint teenager surrounded by worldly temptations.
Wyatt A. Darling
The story “He Was Somebody Special” in the January 1996 New Era really was a great story that inspired me a lot. It made me wonder if I would give the shirt off my back for one of the young women.
Something for everybody
I really liked the article “Playing above the Rim” (Nov. 1995), and that is the reason I like the New Era. In every issue there is something that relates to everybody. For example, I like to play sports and in almost every issue there is something that seems to combine sports with the Church.
Relates in some way
My sisters and I have greatly appreciated the New Era for as long as I can remember. I can usually relate to all of the stories in some way, and almost always I need the messages that the magazine brings. I especially enjoy Q&A. It answers many of the questions I have, and it gives me a better understanding of life.