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Elder Dallas N. Archibald Eulogized

Elder Dallas N. Archibald

After a fishing accident on 14 December 1998 near Concepción, Chile, Elder Dallas N. Archibald of the Seventy, President of the Chile Area, was discovered drowned some days later. At his funeral held on 28 December in Salt Lake City, speakers included all three members of the First Presidency, Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and Elder Harold G. Hillam of the Presidency of the Seventy. Elder Joe J. Christensen of the Presidency of the Seventy conducted the funeral service. Elder Archibald’s wife, Linda R. Archibald, and their daughter, Teresa D. Archibald, also spoke.

President Hinckley said: “Nobody can tell the consequences of that which he has done. A baptism here, a teaching of the truth there will go on bearing fruit for generations yet to come.” President Hinckley continued: “He’s gone. None of us can understand why, but we know that there is someone who does understand why and that there’s a purpose in all of this. Nobody could think for one minute that a life so vital could be snuffed out and come to no eternal good.”

President Thomas S. Monson, First Counselor in the First Presidency, said: “Dallas Archibald was a man with no chink in his armor, no guile in his soul, no flaw in his character. There wasn’t room, because love was so dominant in his heart.” He continued: “In Dallas Archibald our Heavenly Father had a choice servant, one who would answer, ‘Here am I, send me.’”

President James E. Faust, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, said: “Dallas Archibald was both righteous and favored. We are all shocked by his sudden passing. Of course we grieve. Of course we mourn. But I should like to look on the positive side of his life. We recall a life of service.” He continued, “He’s done so many things, brought to pass so much righteousness, particularly among the Latin people.”

Born on 24 July 1938 in Logan, Utah, Elder Archibald eventually became an international business executive. He was sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy on 6 April 1996, after four years of service in the Second Quorum of the Seventy. Before his assignment in Chile, he served in the Brazil Area Presidency. Elder Archibald served as president of the Spain Seville Mission from 1979 to 1982, and his Church callings also included regional representative, stake high councilor, and bishop.

Hurricane Mitch Victims Receive Christmas Gifts

During the First Presidency Christmas Devotional on 6 December 1998, President Gordon B. Hinckley recalled how a two-year-old Honduran girl was left an orphan when her father died during Hurricane Mitch. “I would hope that at this Christmas season, when there will be no gift-giving among these devastated people, this small orphan girl might receive perhaps a little taste of candy, something sweet and delicious,” President Hinckley said. “I must see that that happens. Perhaps just a little will be present enough for that tiny child in La Lima, Honduras.”

As a result of President Hinckley’s remarks, about 4,000 pounds of candy and 35,000 pounds of toys and clothing were shipped to children in Honduras and Nicaragua. Church-organized shipments during December 1998 also included school supplies, cleaning and building equipment, disposable diapers, and additional emergency supplies. Gathered and packaged at the Church’s Humanitarian Center in Salt Lake City, the Christmas donations were provided by corporations, government agencies, Church wards and stakes, and individuals of numerous faiths.

“Our hope is that this will reach out to many of those in need,” said Garry R. Flake, director of Church humanitarian service. “Wonderful, generous donations have come from many groups, both in Utah and throughout the United States. There was an immediate response to President Hinckley’s remarks.”

Of ongoing assistance efforts, Elder William R. Bradford of the Seventy, President of the Central America Area, said, “We don’t think there has been any area where members were adversely affected who haven’t been cared for.” Concerns remain about the spread of disease, particularly conjunctivitis, foot fungus, and mosquito-carried dengue and malaria. “While there are problems of health among the members, there are not any serious cases,” reported one stake president in Honduras.

[photo] During the Christmas season, about 35,000 pounds of toys and clothing were shipped to children in Central America. (Photo by Don Grayston, Deseret News.)

Temple Update

Open Houses and Dedications Announced

The First Presidency has announced open house and dedication dates for the Madrid Spain Temple and Mexico’s Colonia Juárez Chihuahua Temple, which will be the Church’s 55th and 56th temples operating worldwide.

The Madrid Spain Temple will open its doors to the public from 20 February to 13 March 1999, and the dedication will occur in 10 sessions on 19–21 March. The 46,800-square-foot Madrid temple will serve more than 53,000 members living in Spain, Portugal, the Canary Islands, and parts of France. The temple was announced on 4 April 1993, and ground was broken on 11 June 1996.

The Colonia Juárez Chihuahua Temple will open to the public for tours on 26–27 February, and four dedicatory sessions will be conducted on 6–7 March. The small temple will be Mexico’s second operating temple and will serve about 5,000 members living in the Colonia Juárez and Colonia Dublán stakes. The Colonia Juárez temple was announced in October 1997, and ground was broken on 7 March 1998.

Columbia South Carolina Temple Groundbreaking

“As the contractors and building people prepare and begin construction, let us also begin a program of personal construction that we will be as exemplary as this beautiful temple when it is completed,” said Elder Gordon T. Watts of the Seventy, First Counselor in the North America Southeast Area, at groundbreaking ceremonies held 5 December 1998 for the Columbia South Carolina Temple. “If changes are required in your life to gain entrance into the temple, let us begin now.”

More than 3,500 people attended the event, which took place on a southeastern Columbia site purchased more than 20 years ago for a potential meetinghouse. Area Authority Seventies Elders Brent H. Koyle and Alvie R. Evans participated in the service, and community dignitaries in attendance included state senator Warren Giese, Christian Action Council executive minister L. Wayne Bryan, and Richland County councilman-elect Jimmy Bales.

Two local members spoke during the groundbreaking service. Evan D. Ginn of the Asheville North Carolina Stake described how his grandparents met missionaries in 1899 and joined the Church, and reported that their descendants have since served 65 full-time missions and entered into 85 temple marriages. Gwen Slay Llewllyn of the Columbia South Carolina Stake said, “I was 13 when the stake was organized. My relatives and I would have to clean tobacco out of rented buildings before services could be held.”

After Church leaders and other dignitaries turned shovels of dirt to symbolically begin construction of the temple, Elder Watts invited several children and youths to come forward and “represent the young people whose lives will be benefited now and in the future as a result of the temple.”

The Columbia temple will serve members living in two Georgia stakes, four North Carolina stakes, four South Carolina stakes, and one Tennessee stake.

Two Temple Groundbreakings in Mexico

Elder Eran A. Call, President of the Mexico North Area, presided over two recent temple groundbreakings in northern Mexico. About 930 people attended the groundbreaking for the Tampico Tamaulipas Temple on 28 November, and about 1,200 people attended the groundbreaking for the Hermosillo Sonora Temple on 5 December.

“Having a temple near will open doors to growth, and as we attend we will receive blessings that we can’t even begin to comprehend or understand at this time,” said Elder Call in Tampico. “Men and women will grow in their strength and power so that Satan will have less power over them.”

In Hermosillo, Elder Call said: “A temple is an island of importance in our eternal journey to return to the presence of our Father in Heaven and live with him again after this life. The work done in the temple is eternal. It is a work of love.”

Hermosillo is a city of about 232,000 people located near the Gulf of California. When completed, the Hermosillo temple will serve about 9,000 members living in two stakes and four districts. Tampico has about 212,000 people and is located on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. When completed, the Tampico temple will serve about 18,000 members living in four stakes and three districts.

Mexico currently has eight temples operating, under construction, or in planning stages. The Mexico City Temple was dedicated in 1983, and the Colonia Juárez temple will soon be dedicated. Ground has not yet been broken for temples planned in Mérida, Monterrey, Ciudad Juárez, and Villahermosa.

[photo] More than 3,500 people attended the Columbia South Carolina Temple groundbreaking. (Photo by Rick Gay.)

[photo] Church leaders break ground for Mexico’s Hermosillo Sonora Temple. (Photo courtesy of Elder Eran A. Call.)

Policies and Announcements

Member Communication with Church Headquarters

The First Presidency issued the following letter, dated 24 September 1998, to be read aloud in sacrament meetings worldwide:

“With the blessings of an ever-increasing membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, correspondence directed to Church headquarters as well as individual requests delivered to General Authorities present an almost insurmountable task, making it difficult for the Brethren to fulfill the duties for which they are alone responsible. We love the members of this Church and do not want anyone to feel they are without available resources. However, all things need to be done with wisdom and order.

“One of the great blessings enjoyed by the members of this worldwide Church is that of having a bishop or branch president and a stake, mission, or district president who have been set apart to provide spiritual counsel and guidance to those within their stewardship. We have great confidence in these leaders who are in the best position to be of assistance and to whom members should turn. We believe that both members and local leaders will be blessed as they pray and counsel together in an effort to resolve matters of concern to them.”

Missionary Communication with Families

The following letter, dated 7 December 1998 and signed by President Boyd K. Packer, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, was sent to priesthood leaders worldwide:

“As missionaries write to their families each week, they normally should not use electronic forms of written communication (such as E-mail or fax communication services).

“In areas where serious postal service problems exist, the mission president may, in consultation with the Area Presidency, allow missionaries to communicate with their families once each week by electronic means of communication. In such cases the mission president should take care that the missionaries do not impose on Church members who have computers or fax machines, nor should they use facilities that would be inappropriate for missionaries to visit.”

Elder Merrill J. Bateman

Conversation: The Role of Brigham Young University

The main campus of Brigham Young University is located in Provo, Utah, but the influence and benefits of the Church-owned university reach throughout the world. To ask about BYU’s role in the spread of the gospel and growth of the Church, the Ensign recently spoke with Elder Merrill J. Bateman of the Seventy, the first General Authority to serve as president of BYU.

Elder Merrill J. Bateman

Elder Merrill J. Bateman

Question: Would you share your perspective on the role of BYU?

Response: My belief is that the Lord is interested in Brigham Young University and that BYU is an integral part of the Church. We are all familiar with scriptures that show the value the Lord places on learning: “The glory of God is intelligence” (D&C 93:36); “If a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life … , he will have so much the advantage in the world to come” (D&C 130:19); “It is impossible for a man to be saved in ignorance” (D&C 131:6). Brigham Young University represents a unique opportunity not only for intensive religious scholarship but for the teaching of secular subjects in an atmosphere of faith.

Some months after John Taylor became President of the Church, he was approached by Zena Young Williams, daughter of Brigham Young and dean of women at BYU’s predecessor, the Brigham Young Academy. Sister Williams expressed concerns about the academy’s financial situation and future. In reply President Taylor said: “I have been visited by your father. He came to me in the silence of the night clothed in brightness and with a face beaming with love and confidence told me things of great importance and among others that the [Brigham Young Academy] was accepted in the heavens and was a part of the great plan of life and salvation; … and there was a bright future in store for the preparing for the children of the covenant for future usefulness in the Kingdom of God, and that Christ himself was directing, and had a care over this school” (quoted in The Presidents of the Church, ed. Leonard J. Arrington [1986], 109).

Q: How does this university bless the whole Church?

R: BYU’s influence is reaching far beyond the 29,000 matriculated students who study here each fall and winter. First, BYU has recently begun a spring and summer visiting students program, during which anyone with an ecclesiastical worthiness endorsement and a high school diploma may attend BYU. The visiting students enjoy an intensive BYU experience ranging from courses and devotionals to campus activities and social opportunities. This past summer marked the debut of the program, and just over a thousand students participated, 70 percent of them from outside Utah. The university could handle many more thousands of students during the spring and summer visiting students program.

Even more exciting, however, are the opportunities provided by the Internet for the spread of BYU’s Latter-day Saint approach to faithful scholarship. The existing independent study enrollment is among the largest in the United States, with more than 40,000 enrollments for classes via exchange of written materials through the mail. But the Internet opens up a whole new world of electronic study. Currently more than 60 distance-learning university, high school, and personal enrichment classes are available online, and within the next three years the university hopes to offer close to 400 courses online.

As the number of Internet-based courses multiplies, so will the number of students served across the world at a much-reduced cost. We expect the number of students enrolled in BYU distance-learning courses to multiply as students become aware of opportunities. The quality of interactive, multimedia material available online will improve considerably with time and become even more effective in transmitting knowledge and providing learning experiences. The first person to sign up for an online BYU course was a Church member in Japan, which demonstrates the worldwide reach that a BYU education can now have.

Tying all these new opportunities together, the university has just launched a bachelor of general studies (BGS) program with eight areas of emphasis so far, including American studies, English and American literature, family history, family life, history, psychology, management, and writing. Former BYU students can count the credits they earned previously, and all BGS students may take courses toward the degree through independent study, BYU’s Salt Lake Center, local institutions of higher learning, and LDS institutes of religion as well as at the BYU campus through evening classes, during spring or summer, or on a space-available basis during fall and winter.

President John Taylor said: “You will see the day that Zion will be as far ahead of the outside world in everything pertaining to learning of every kind as we are today in regard to religious matters” (The Gospel Kingdom, ed. G. Homer Durham [1987], 275). I believe BYU is at the forefront of realizing that vision. I foresee the day when LDS students will be able to complete a university degree by taking a combination of BYU courses over the Internet and courses in person at a local university. Pilot programs in Mexico and Brazil are already laying the foundations for that eventuality.

Q: How would you describe the influence of BYU in the world?

R: First of all, we should consider the positive influence of some 300,000 BYU alumni who we hope are applying gospel principles in their families, professions, and communities throughout the world. About 8,000 new graduates leave the campus each year not only prepared to make a contribution in the world but with deepened testimonies, and we hope they will be strong members of the Church wherever they go.

The BYU faculty is having a tremendous worldwide influence through their publications, research, discoveries, inventions, and creations. They have leadership positions in professional organizations, and they collaborate with other scholars, participate in faculty exchanges, and host educational, political, and business leaders on campus. The university provides worldwide leadership and support for faithful scholarship in scripture and history. For example, BYU is emerging as the world leader in the recovery and preservation of ancient texts from various religious traditions, including Judaism, Islam, and Syriac Christianity. The university does require considerable Church resources, but the benefits in the growth of the kingdom are immeasurable, from making faith-informed progress in scriptural, historical, cultural, scientific, and other areas of understanding to sending out uniquely prepared graduates, opening doors at the highest levels of governments, businesses, and institutions, and touching individuals on a personal level.

BYU initiatives have often been at the forefront of opening positive relations with other nations for both the Church and the United States. For instance, numerous BYU performing groups continually warm hearts and spread gospel messages worldwide, not only through performances but through extensive media coverage. Just this past summer alone, the jazz band Synthesis performed in Russia and Finland; the Ballroom Dance Company performed in England and Scotland; the Young Ambassadors performed in South Africa, Swaziland, and Botswana; the Living Legends performed in Canada; the Chamber Orchestra performed in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Poland, and Ukraine; and the Folk Dance Ensemble performed in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and China. In addition, during the past year about 400 other students participated in field-study and development projects throughout the world.

Q: What else would you communicate to members about BYU?

R: I would remind members that although BYU is putting much effort into developing efficient ways to spread its unique educational opportunities, the Church’s seminary and institute programs remain the most important means for youth worldwide to add a spiritual dimension to their educations.

Brigham Young University is a force for good of which all members everywhere in the world can be proud. Maintaining a world-class university brings the Church many benefits and blessings. The links between the Church and the university will continue to be strengthened and refined. As John Taylor said, the Lord is directing the university’s course.

[photo] From its beginnings in 1875 with 29 students, Brigham Young University has grown into a widely known institution with about 29,000 students and 1,500 faculty. (Photo by Mark A. Philbrick, Brigham Young University.)

[photo] About 8,000 students receive degrees at BYU every year. (Photo by Mark A. Philbrick, Brigham Young University.)

LDS Scene

BYU Library Wing Named After Elder Perry

The new special collections wing of Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library in Provo, Utah, will be named in honor of Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Scheduled to open later in 1999, the new wing will house the university’s most rare and valuable materials, including about 280,000 books, 8,000 manuscript collections, and 500,000 historical photographs. Many of the holdings deal with early Church and Utah history.

“In the age in which we live today, education is absolutely essential,” said Elder Perry. “No one without a good education can really excel. We have a great responsibility in the Church to encourage everyone to have a lifetime search for education.”

Chinese Ambassador Turns on Christmas Lights

Li Zhaoxing, China’s ambassador to the United States, and Elder John K. Carmack of the Seventy, President of the North America East Area, together switched on some 300,000 lights to launch last December’s Festival of Lights on the grounds of the Washington (D.C.) Temple.

“I cannot help but think of the positive relationship of exchange and cooperation between the Mormon Church and religious and educational circles in China,” said Ambassador Li. He continued: “The Church has emphasized the role of family and attached great importance to teaching children knowledge, culture, moral conduct, and rule of law to bring them up as level-minded members of society with compassion, love, teamwork, and dedication.”

Director of Church international affairs Ann Santini said, “Two nights of consecutive lighting ceremonies introduced the basic beliefs of the gospel of Jesus Christ to our international guests, members of the media, and local government, business, and religious leaders against the majestic backdrop of one of Washington’s most well-known landmarks.” Several Latter-day Saint congressmen as well as ambassadors and diplomats from a total of 51 nations participated in the lighting ceremonies.

Brooklyn Pioneers Honored

On 12 October 1998 Elder David B. Haight of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated bronze plaques on the graves of three people who sailed on the Latter-day Saint pioneer ship Brooklyn in 1846. “Perhaps we’ve underemphasized the heroic developments and accomplishments of those who came on the Brooklyn,” Elder Haight said. “They helped in settling the West and in planting the seed of the Restoration, many of them with great valor and distinction.” The graves are located in Farmington, Utah.

Spanish-Speaking Family History Conference

On 19 September 1998 the first Church-affiliated family history conference held in Spanish in the United States took place at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Some 500 adults and 200 youth attended Uniendo Familias, which was sponsored by the Spanish-speaking arm of the Utah Genealogical Association.

Among 51 hour-long workshops were sessions appropriate for all levels of expertise, such as “Beginning to Organize Records,” “Catholic Parish Archives,” and “Spanish Genealogy Resources on the Internet.” Workshops offered specialized information for family history work in Mexico, Central America, South America, Spain, and the Caribbean, and one workshop was presented in Portuguese.

A separate youth program included a family history fireside, baptisms for the dead, and a testimony meeting. “The youth have responded very well because they are doing something for their own families,” said Ivette Bori, Young Women president in the Suncrest Eighth (Spanish) Ward, Orem Utah Suncrest Stake. “They want to be the best they can be so they can be worthy to perform baptisms for their families.”

Remembering the Julia Ann

When the three-masted Julia Ann blew into a hidden coral reef during an 1855 storm, the ship was carrying 21 Australian converts on their way to the Salt Lake Valley. Five Latter-day Saints were killed, and the survivors lived for two months on coconuts, crabs, and sea turtles while crew members repaired the ship’s boat. A traveling exhibit titled “The Wreck of the Julia Ann” was on display through 21 February 1999 at the Museum of Church History and Art in downtown Salt Lake City. On loan from the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney, the exhibit featured artifacts, a video, and an interactive kiosk.

Football at BYU and Ricks College

Brigham Young University played in the 40th annual Liberty Bowl on 31 December in Memphis, Tennessee, where they lost 41–27 to 10th-ranked, undefeated Tulane University of Louisiana. That left BYU with a nine-win and five-loss 1998 football season.

The top-ranked Vikings football team of Ricks College, Rexburg, Idaho, played for the junior college national championship in the Real Dairy Bowl on 4 December in Pocatello, Idaho, where they lost 22–18 to second-ranked Butler County Community College of Kansas. “There are about 60 on the team who are former missionaries,” said Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who attended the championship game. “That says something, doesn’t it? They produce great football players here who live the gospel and go on missions.”

California Picnic for Diplomats

“Our day with the consuls general, their families, and staff members was a delightful experience,” said Elder John B. Dickson of the Seventy, President of the North America West Area, after a western-style picnic held by Church members for international diplomats living in the San Francisco area.

“During the interchange of cultures and traditions, friendships were established that will enhance positive, lasting relationships with good people and the countries they represent,” he said.

Countries represented at the picnic included Bolivia, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji, Germany, Hungary, Madagascar, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, the Russian Federation, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Venezuela. About 95 percent of the Church’s missionary visas are issued by consuls general in California.

[photo] Elder John K. Carmack (left) greets Li Zhaoxing, China’s ambassador to the United States. (Photo by Cari Miller.)


The First Presidency has called new presidents for six missionary training centers located around the world. The new presidents began their two-year terms of service following a week of training in January 1999.

Archie O. Egbert of the Garden Heights Ward, Salt Lake Wilford Stake, is president of the Colombia MTC. He is assisted by his wife, Mary Ann Egbert.

Richard L. Millett of the Edgemont Fourth Ward, Provo Utah Edgemont Stake, is president of the Mexico MTC. He is assisted by his wife, Denna Jena Phelps Millett.

James R. Palmer of the Alpine Sixth Ward, Alpine Utah Stake, is president of the Brazil MTC. He is assisted by his wife, Shirley Cloward Palmer.

David K. Richards of the East Millcreek 15th Ward, Salt Lake East Millcreek Stake, is president of the Spain MTC. He is assisted by his wife, Sharon Louise Peterson Richards.

L. Stephen Richards of the Monument Park Fifteenth Ward, Salt Lake Monument Park Stake, is president of the Philippines MTC. He is assisted by his wife, Annette Parkinson Nibley Richards.

Norman N. White of the Edgemont Fifth Ward, Provo Utah Edgemont Stake, is president of the England MTC. He is assisted by his wife, Kay Irene Moser White.

New Resource Guide for Young Women

The Young Women Resource Guide 1999 was recently published for use by Young Women leaders and advisers. It is anticipated that this publication will be produced annually, the Young Women general presidency announced.

Designed to supplement the current Young Women manual, the resource guide includes an index of current Church magazine articles and other materials that can be used to update and enrich Sunday lessons. It also contains a message from the Young Women general presidency, information about the annual general Young Women meeting, examples for using resource materials, recommendations for teacher improvement, and suggestions for emphasizing gospel principles.

“We’re grateful to have this new resource guide to use in updating the Young Women lesson manual,” said Young Women general president Margaret D. Nadauld. “This will be a welcome aid for teachers as they seek current Church-approved articles, quotes, and stories to enrich their lessons.”

Copies of the resource guide have been shipped to units throughout the Church. Additional copies (item no. 99390) are available at no charge through Church distribution centers.

Changes in Temple Square Music Groups

Changes and appointments have been announced that affect Church-sponsored musical groups based at Temple Square in Salt Lake City: the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Mormon Youth Chorus and Symphony.

Beginning in summer 1999, a new choir, the Temple Square Chorale, will take the place of the Mormon Youth Chorus. This new chorus will be a training choir for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. At the same time, the Mormon Youth Symphony will be renamed the Orchestra at Temple Square and will accept qualified musicians without regard to age. Prior to the changes, the Mormon Youth Chorus and Symphony will perform its traditional Easter concert on 16–17 April and a culminating concert on 21–22 May. Robert C. Bowden, musical director of the chorus and symphony for more than 25 years, is retiring.

Also this summer, the minimum age to audition for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will be lowered from 30 to 25. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Temple Square Chorale, and the Orchestra at Temple Square will be united under one Church-service president, Wendell Smoot, who is assisted by a full-time administrator. Jerold D. Ottley continues as musical director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, with Craig Jessop serving as associate director.

The First Presidency has named two new associate directors of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Mack Wilberg, professor of music at Brigham Young University, and Barlow Bradford, director of orchestras at the University of Utah, will join the choir on 1 May 1999 upon completion of their current academic responsibilities. In addition to their Mormon Tabernacle Choir roles, Brother Wilberg will be responsible for the Temple Square Chorale and Brother Bradford will be responsible for the Orchestra at Temple Square.

Of the new appointments, President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “With the rapid growth of the Church and the planned completion of the new assembly building in the year 2000, it becomes more important than ever before to provide the very best musical talent and leadership to meet the demands of the coming century.”


“God Setteth the Solitary in Families”

I was touched by the article regarding those who join the Church alone (“‘God Setteth the Solitary in Families,’” Dec. 1998). I am one of those members. I joined the Church at age 15. I was moved to tears when I read the article. I know so well those feelings of enjoying a tender moment of inspiration but not having anyone to share it with, or at least not someone as intimate as a family member.

I am now happily married eternally to a wonderful man and have been blessed with three children so far. I hope to pass on my experiences and testimony to my children so they may understand and be sensitive to those who join the Church without much support.

Janet Carver Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington

Teens and Credit

Congratulations on publishing the article on teen credit and the abuse of it (“Teaching Teens about Credit,” Dec. 1998, 61). Credit is very important and usually always necessary when you purchase a home. Businesses use credit routinely. Credit card debt, however, that is carried over from month to month is, in my opinion, a curse. Please continue publishing practical articles on everyday living.

Thomas R. Pocock Fairfax, Virginia

“Solace through Sacred Music”

Thank you for “Solace through Sacred Music” by Karen R. Merkley (July 1998 Ensign). I have often wanted to express thanks to the inspired writers of hymns and composers of music. My own testimony of my Heavenly Father’s love for me is strengthened when in times of doubt, loneliness, or confusion an appropriate hymn comes into my mind, bringing with it relief from worry.

David W. Airey Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada