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17 things to expect from the 3 new worldwide Church magazines

As the year 2020 comes to a close, Newsroom of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a series of articles highlighting what members can expect from the new Liahona, For the Strength of Youth, and Friend magazines launching in 2021.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the interesting facts from those articles.

Liahona

  • • Liahona will be the magazine for all adult members around the world.
  • • The magazine will contain teachings from Church leaders, inspiring stories and articles that highlight gospel principles, and articles that supplement the Come, Follow Me curriculum.
  • • The magazine will be slightly shorter moving forward, allowing it to be distributed in several languages more frequently.
  • • The name is based on the compass used by Lehi’s family in the wilderness. Relief Society General President Jean B. Bingham explained, “Can you imagine how grateful Lehi and his family were when they discovered that the Liahona would guide them to safety? Hopefully we feel some of that same wonder and gratitude when we receive the words of our prophets and leaders through the Liahona magazine.”
  • • Exclusive digital content will be published online and in the Gospel Library app, including an increased effort to produce content for the Young Adult Weekly section.

Read more about the Liahona magazine on Newsroom.

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For the Strength of Youth

  • • For the Strength of Youth will be the magazine for the youth ages 11–18.
  • • This will be the first time many youth outside of English-speaking countries will be able to subscribe to a magazine just for them.
  • • The magazine will include teachings from Church leaders, testimonies and stories from youth around the world, and materials to supplement Come, Follow Me.
  • • The magazine will be slightly shorter than the New Era, allowing it to be distributed in several languages more frequently.
  • • Additional digital content will be available through the Gospel Library and Gospel Living apps, social media, and the magazine website.
  • • The tagline of the magazine, “Finding Joy in Christ” will be the focus of the magazine’s 32 colorful pages. Young Men General President Steven J. Lund said, “Satan does a pretty good job of painting religion as a drudgery of some kind when, in fact, our religion is the greatest show on earth. It brings to the fore the very reason we came into this life. The promise of this magazine is that it will be able to demonstrate that there is a promised connection between the joy and happiness of our lives and our faithfulness to the gospel.”

Read more about the For the Strength of Youth magazine on Newsroom.

Friend

  • • Friend will be the magazine for children ages 3–11.
  • • This will be the first time many children outside of English-speaking countries will be able to subscribe to a magazine just for them. Before, children had a 24-page section in the Liahona.
  • • The magazine will highlight teachings from Church leaders and stories from children around the globe.
  • • The magazine’s new tagline, “Following Jesus Together,” will be the focus of the magazine. Primary General President Joy D. Jones said, “It is essential for children to feel like they belong and are needed in this glorious gospel of Jesus Christ. Each child needs to know they are remembered, valued, and appreciated in their uniqueness. And it’s important that each be blessed with the same ‘faith-sustaining influence’ in their hearts and homes.”
  • • New to the magazine, a “Helping Hands around the World” story will share real-life stories of children making a difference. A cartoon featuring Margo and Paolo, a Brazilian duo, will teach fun facts about different countries.
  • • Other features include Church History cards featuring people of the Restoration, a feature that highlights the experiences of the Apostles around the world, and a tween section about individuals who help strengthen the Church in their countries.

Read more about the Friend magazine at Newsroom.

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Lindsey Williams

Lindsey Williams joined the LDS Living team with a passion to find the stories that matter most. Previous stops in her career include BYU-Pathway Worldwide, the Special Projects Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Utah Valley Magazine. When she's not searching for stories to write, the Colorado Springs native is most likely on a hiking trail. Follow her on Twitter with the handle @lindsey5brooke.

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