Lately I have been devouring each issue of the Ensign to help me in the daily challenges of life. The articles are so timely. Who could have known what many Church members would need following the events of 11 September in the United States, but the Ensign was full of timely answers and important information.
Now I often incorporate the Ensign in my personal scripture study and have received inspiration as I refer to the scriptures cited in particular articles. My Ensign has truly become a tool of light and knowledge as I underline, highlight, and write in the margins.
Power through Hymns
I would like to thank Elder Merrill J. Bateman for his article “The Power of Hymns” (July 2001). I especially enjoyed the wonderful story he shared about how a young girl with severe physical disabilities was able to express her testimony through a hymn.
Port Stewart, Londonderry, Northern Ireland
A Great Teaching Help
I so enjoyed all the articles about the Doctrine and Covenants that ran in the Ensign in 2001. I love the information about our Church history. Each article seemed to give new insight into the early Church—what a great teaching help!
Maxine Lund Breinholt
Salt Lake City, Utah
Beyond Prison Bars
I recently read the article “I Saw Beyond the Prison Bars” (July 2001). The story of the author’s participation in a Church meeting in prison touched me because I am a Church member who is also an inmate.
I would like to thank all those who take the time to visit a prison to share their presence and spirit with those who desperately need to know that they can be forgiven, that people care for them, and that God loves them. I am grateful for the brethren that faithfully come to the prison where I am every Sunday to share a lesson. They have made such an impact on my life, and I appreciate them more than they will ever know. Their gift is one of the greatest I have ever received.