I was touched by the article “Tell Me It Isn’t True” (February 2007). Brother Anthony Atkins’s experience in coming to the truth of the restored gospel reminded me of my own as a teenager. I was raised in a Protestant sect and was taught in school to know and love the Bible. But that knowledge led me, even as a young child, to have some questions, such as, “If God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, then where are the prophets?”
The analogy of the pond and the hang gliders given to Brother Atkins by the Spirit mirrors the feelings that I experienced while considering baptism. It seemed as if I had already reached the highest way of living I could reach in the church I attended, and I was barely 16 years of age. That church offered me the best the world had to offer in serving others and living the principles I had learned. The restored gospel offered me the universe to learn and explore.
So often we get caught up in the day-to-day demands of living in the world and in a busy church that we sometimes forget the feelings and inspiration that led us to the path we are on. I am grateful for the reminder this article gave me.
Karen Murray, Washington
I noticed in the March 2007 issue of the Ensign the numerous references to the healing power of music—in particular, the hymns of the Church. I want to thank you for including that message. Music is indeed sometimes the only thing that can heal a wounded soul.
Larry Beck, Oregon
Thank you for your article “Having Faith in God’s Timeline” (March 2007). The author expressed thoughts I often experienced as a single member of the Church with eloquence and exactness. Her statement, “I consistently check in on whether what I’m doing is right—if my goals in life match the larger goal of discipleship to the Savior,” is an exceptional benchmark for me. I will use it as such.
I appreciate the personal relevancy I find in each issue. Thank you for this publication.
Rachel Lemblé, Canada
I can’t help but write and tell you how enlightening the article “Confirming the Call” by A. Wayne Baker (April 2007) was to me. The three principles the author shared have so many practical applications, and the personal experiences were easy to relate to. Thank you.
Jeanine Tew, Utah
A news story in the April Ensign reported that The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd ran exclusively in Salt Lake City for five years. While the Joseph Smith Memorial Building is the only location where the feature was shown on 65 mm film, The Testaments has also been screened at visitors’ centers and missionary training centers on video.