Tuesday, August 18, 2020

DISCONTINUED: Ensign Magazine. The LDS Church will cease publication

The Ensign of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly shortened to Ensign is an official magazine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some members would consider this periodical as modern day scripture since it contained a monthly First Presidency Message written by the Prophet or one of his counselors. Every month, Home Teachers shared that message with their assigned families so every member would hear the Prophets' message. Well, that was the goal at least.

Once he was sustained as the Prophet by the members in April 2018, President Nelson never wrote a First Presidency Message for the Ensign. This broke an almost 50 year history of the one of the main purposes of the Church's premiere publication. 

Announced this week, President Nelson takes things one step further. The discontinuation of the Ensign magazine altogether. The December 2020 issue will be the last one printed.

Here is the official announcement:

I know for many whose entire life as a members where this magazine graced their living room coffee table will find the elimination of the Ensign to be surprising. The Church will continue to print the Friend, the New Era (to renamed For the Strength of Youth, and the International magazine, The Liahona formerly known as Tambuli in the English-language version)


It seems like the Church is also discontinuing placing the Angel Moroni's on top of their Temples. In The Church released this week a new rendering of the Taylorsville Temple which will be built in the middle of the Salt Lake Valley. Missing from the top of this to-be-built temple is the Angel Moroni. This is looking like this is the "new-normal" for the Church. 

Rendering of the Taylorsville, Utah Temple that will begin construction in the coming weeks. 

Sidenote #2:

 the latest news about another Temple being built in Tooele about 30 miles away from this Taylorsville, UT Temple.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint leaders have withdrawn their plan to build a residential community surrounding the announced Tooele Valley Utah Temple


“We acknowledge the efforts of those who have raised questions and sincere concerns about the Tooele Valley Temple project, including the residential development surrounding the temple. There is a sincere desire on the part of the Church to avoid discord in the community,” the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a statement released Tuesday.

“Therefore, regardless of the outcome of a pending signature-gathering effort, we have determined to withdraw our rezoning request for the residential portion of the temple project.”