In January 1970, the first issue of the Ensign appeared, replacing a previous LDS magazine, the venerable Improvement Era. As just announced, the Ensign is being phased out, more or less replaced by the current international magazine, the Liahona. I think the Ensign goes out with a whimper, not a bang. People don’t read magazines much anymore, much less rather dull church magazines. So they’ll save a few bucks and just print more copies of the Liahona in English. For me, it’s a big meh I guess.

So what do you think? Anything you’re going to miss about the Ensign? Anyone ever served as a Ward Magazine Rep (do they even do this anymore?) with some insider stories to share? What do you make of renaming The New Era to be For the Strength of Youth? Are you surprised they didn’t rename The Friend to be You’re Going to Serve a Mission Someday, Aren’t You?