Ensign (LDS magazine)

The Ensign of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly shortened to Ensign /ˈɛnsn/, is an official periodical of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The magazine was first issued in January 1971, along with the correlated New Era (for youth) and the Friend (for children).[1] Each of these magazines replaced the older church publications Improvement Era, Relief Society Magazine, The Instructor, and the Millennial Star. Unlike some of its predecessors, the Ensign contains no advertisements.[2]

PublisherThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
First issueJanuary 1971
CountryUnited States

As an official church publication, the Ensign contains faith-promoting and proselytizing information, stories, sermons, and writings of church leaders.

The May and November editions of the Ensign provide reports of the proceedings of the church's annual and semi-annual general conferences. These issues contain the full sermons and business of the conferences, as well as a current photographic list of the church's general authorities and general officers.

The text of every issue of the magazine is available on the church's web site. Each issue since January 2001 is also available in PDF format.[3]

In April 2018, the magazine discontinued its First Presidency message, an article traditionally found at the front of the magazine written by a member of the church's First Presidency. This message was traditionally used by home teachers for a lesson as they visited their assigned families. This change coincided with the church's revamping of the home teaching program into ministering.[4]

In August 2020, the LDS Church announced that the Ensign would cease publication in 2021 and would be replaced by the English-language version of Liahona.[5]


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  1. ^ Taylor, Scott. "LDS magazine Ensign to discontinue monthly 'First Presidency Message'", Deseret News, 19 March 2018. Retrieved on 24 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Church Magazines Celebrate 40 Years of Informing and Inspiring Church Members - Church News and Events". www.churchofjesuschrist.org. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  3. ^ "Ensign Magazine of the LDS Church - Current and Past Issues". www.churchofjesuschrist.org. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  4. ^ Curtis, Larry. "LDS church ends monthly First Presidency message in Ensign magazine". KUTV News. KUTV. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  5. ^ McKenzie Stauffer, "LDS Church to replace 'Ensign,' 'New Era' with global magazines", kutv.com, August 15, 2020.
  6. ^ Encyclopedia of Mormonism: Ensign. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  7. ^ Rex D. Pinegar and Joe J. Christensen were co-editors in 1994.[citation needed]

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