Category Archives: Mormon Church Magazines

Brother Russ Ballard in the Instructor

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As I’ve mentioned before, I recently borrowed some old issues of the Instructor magazine (see The Busy George Romneys – Juvenile Instructor May 1958 and April 1957 Juvenile Instructor – Draw It With Chalk… note: I erroneously called the magazine Juvenile Instructor). The July 1970 issue of the magazine had an article by some guy named Russ Ballard:

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Russ Ballard is president of the Family Achievement Institute and the organizer of several business in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he and his wife, Barbara Bowen, make their home. The couple have seven children and are members of the Monument park (Utah) Stake. Brother Ballard completed a mission to Great Britain in 1950, has served as a high councilor and twice as a bishop. He currently teaches Sunday School in the Monument Park 13th Ward.

Yes, that is Elder M. Russell Ballard, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. I’m not exactly sure why, but I love stuff like this. I loved hearing Presidents Hinckley, Monson and Faust, referring to themselves or each other as Gordon, Tommy, and Jim (I wonder if Dieter has an short-form). We show so much respect and reverence for their positions, that sometimes we forget these are men, who at one point lived just like me. I actually find it more faith-promoting to think of these men as regular men who have overcome the average challenges of life to become who they are, rather than as these perfected beings that we seem to associate with Prophets, Seers and Revelators. I wonder what type of a person Russ was… Was he a good Sunday School teacher? Did his members like him when he was a bishop? Was there any sign in 1970 that 15 years later he’d be an Apostle?

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April 1957 Juvenile Instructor – Draw It With Chalk

As I mentioned before, I borrowed a few old Church magazines from a long-time member of my ward. I previously shared some from a May 1958 issue that had a picture of the Romney family (including a young Mitt).

Here is the cover of the April 1957 Juvenile Instructor (note: this and all other pictures are clickable so you can see a larger version):

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I love the description inside the cover of the picture:

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Anyway, the main reason why I’m posting about this is because of a fascinating article in it called “Draw It With Chalk”.

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Wow, they are both excellent artists! I can’t imagine talking the time to punch holes in a pattern, put dots on the board, then connecting all the dots. In today’s technologically advanced world, it seems so funny to have someone draw something so elaborate on a chalkboard. Today, you’d find a nice picture online and either photocopy it or maybe even show it on a projector.

The one thing I can say, is that I’m impressed the Church was providing this sort of help to their instructors. If you have a teacher who is willing to put in that much time into preparing their lesson, you definitely have a very dedicated, and most likely good, teacher.

Church magazine web sites (sub-domains, actually)

Although the Church does have a variety of separate domain names, but it seems like it tries to keep everything on the main LDS.org domain. Many of the separate domains redirect to a section of the LDS.org domain. The same is true for most of the sub-domains. For example, I recently found out that each of the three main magazines have their own sub-domain that redirects to the appropriate section of the LDS.org domain.

I’ve updated the Official web sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints page with these sub-domains.

New Era Survey

Speaking of surveys… (again, from LDS Media Talk):

Tell the New Era magazine what you think of their most recent covers by filling out an online survey.

Add this to the New Family Search survey, and that makes 3 in just a few days…

Ensign Survey

Via LDS Media Talk

The Church’s Ensign magazine has just posted an online survey to gather information to help make the Ensign even better. Please take a moment to take the survey.

I took the survey. It only took a few minutes. There questions about which sections you read, what you would like to read, etc. One question that for some reason seemed a little odd to me was one about on a scale of 1 to 10 how important is the Ensign in your life. I’m a very active member of the Church; I have a calling; my wife has a calling; but I have to say that the Ensign is not very important in my life. It’s just a magazine. I wonder how other people are answering that questions…

Pearl of Great Price Sudoku

I don’t get the New Era (yet… I subscribed on Monday), but apparently the July issue has a neat word Sudoku with 9 words from or about Moses 1:39. The words are:

  • Moses
  • 1:39
  • For
  • Behold
  • Work
  • Glory
  • Immortality
  • Eternal
  • Life

This is a neat idea. Hopefully they will do more of them.