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The New Era is a magazine printed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for youth ages 12-18 and their parents. The New Era began in 1971 when the Church consolidated its numerous magazines into just four different magazines (see Church Magazines). The New Era is published on a monthly basis and includes messages from the First Presidency and other General Authorities, fiction stories, stories from members such as their conversion or missionary experiences, a question and answer section, Church history, poetry from readers, music, photos, and mini posters known as Mormonads.
The following is the mission of the New Era magazine:
- As an official line of communication to the youth of the Church, the New Era is to provide a positive, uplifting voice for young people to hear. Therefore, each issue must be an example of editorial, photographic, and artistic excellence. The New Era shows every twelve- through eighteen-year-old Latter-day Saint what blessings can come from living the restored gospel. Readers learn from the examples and testimonies of others that being spiritually committed, wholesome, and LDS is the most desirable way to be, that righteous living is the only source of peace and happiness in life (Encyclopedia of Mormonism, 1-4 vols., ed. Daniel H. Ludlow, 1992, p. 1008)
The editors of the magazine encourage creativity and hold an annual contest with different areas to enter such as music, poetry, fiction pieces, photography, and so on. Winning entries are published in the magazine. The magazine also provides scholarships for college students who show promise in writing and editing.
Church leaders encourage parents of teenagers to read the New Era with their kids and use it for Family Home Evening or as a way to start discussions. They remind families with children in this age group that the New Era can be an important resource. One LDS youth said this about his experience reading the New Era:
- I’m so grateful for this magazine because it seems like everything contained in it is meant for me. Every time I read it I feel the Spirit of the Lord (from "We've Got Mail," New Era, April 2006, p. 48).
Subscriptions can be ordered online, by going to www.ldscatalog.com and clicking Subscribe. You can also get a subscription by talking with your ward or branch leaders or through any Church distribution center. Gift subscriptions can also be ordered. In some areas, magazines cannot be delivered directly to people’s homes. In these cases, the magazines are mailed to the ward or branch for distribution to its members. Full PDF versions of the New Era and other Church magazines are also available on the Church's website, www.lds.org