For many years now the Mormon church has been producing monthly magazines. Three main magazines have been produced in recent years and are currently in distribution:
"The Friend" - A publication for younger members of the church, this magazine has puzzles, pictures, games, and other activities that younger children enjoy. There is also a section called "Our Creative Friends" which contains artwork created by the youth of the church. The purpose of "The Friend" is to help build testimony and gospel knowledge in children.
"The New Era" - A church magazine for older youth and teens. This includes stories and articles to help teens and youth to come to a greater understanding of gospel principles through inspirational quotes from church leadership. This magazine also includes artwork and mormonads - pictures with catch phrases that teach a moral principle.
"The Ensign" - For adult members of the church, this publication has instruction direct from the leadership of the church. It includes a message from the first presidency, the highest governing body in the church as well as articles from other general authorities and church members. The magazine is filled with LDS art and other Mormon artwork.
Magazines have been an important part of the Mormon church from the early days as a way of spreading news of the church, sharing spiritual experiences and to providing gospel insights. LDS art has been used to help bring visual aids to make the articles more interesting. In every issue of "The Ensign", they have a spot on the back featuring art from well known LDS artists. "The New Era" has LDS art used to inspire youth to make right choices. In recent years "The Friend" magazine has had cartoon artwork that has a similar style to modern cartoons to capture children's interests.
LDS magazines give members of the church information and help build spiritual strength.