I read a lot of the comments on here and many of the comments come from people that have been reading it their whole life or for a very long time. But it is just like the scriptures, it was there before we were born, it hasn’t change to be-fit individual standards on what she wants or he wants but for all. The ensign is designed for all adults, of different statuses, and levels of comprehension in the gospel. And that even though we may sometimes dislike what is said or how it looks or what ever, and we may even compare it to the OTHER magazines out there in the world, but those other magazines are out there and not here. And each article within the magazine is made for maybe just that one person that it relates to, or refer too.
But we cannot compare the Ensign to any other magazine in the world. We should support the church in how ever they choose to make the ensign, friend, or New Era. They know what they are doing, but it’s us.. do we trust them to just not complain about how it looks and look at what is being said. If we skim through the Ensign how we skim through the scriptures what are we really fulfilling, who is it really benefiting. Are we cheating ourselves through this? We don’t skim through prayers when we need or heavenly father the most, do we.. So we shouldn’t question what the people He (the lord) has put in charge to lead us in what they are doing!]]>
But in the past year or so, there have been profiles of Saints in other countries–current profiles, not “In 1865 there were two Elders and 3 members in Poland, now their descendants are all in Provo and have been for 2 generations”–and that’s cool. And they feature actual foreign people, not “Brother Johnson moved from Salt Lake to Costa Rica, read about his terrifying encounters with brown people and jaguars here!” We could use more of that, even if it is just to emphasize that there are lots of folks dressing up and schlepping themselves to Sacrament meeting on Sunday.]]>
However, the younger generation— which many of us probably aren’t a part of—likely love the new design. They also probably don’t want the 8-page articles.
I think you underestimate the intelligence of my generation.]]>
“Look how wonderful we are! See, we have good looking models, and cute clip art, and sound bite articles, yaaa for us!!”
For example, since the Ensign is the same every month, year after year, with the same quotes over and over, who really needs the “In this Issue” on the front, followed by catchy little titles. Just the covers look like they belong at the grocery checkout, right up there with Cosmo.
I can just imagine,
“In this Issue-
Super Sacraments- 5 tips for beginning deacons!”
“How to get the most for your tithing dollar!”
“5 GA quotes that will drive her wild!”
I would be more inclined to read it or have it around the house if it didn’t reek of advertising. When I look through it, I get this creepy amway-mlm vibe.]]>
Not sure to whom you are directing this, but yeah, several of us have said this is exactly what we do. And we don’t think it’s a good thing, at all. We want articles to read, to engage with, not to flip past with that sinking feeling that once again we are going to bed without our supper. And as several have said, the art usually turns OFF the interest to look closer, rather than the other way around.]]>
Do men find the soft-focus pictures, cursive flowing fonts, and muted colors feminine???
I personally like the cursive flowing fonts as they remind me of our historical roots and old penmanship.]]>