April 1983

“Contents,” Ensign, Apr. 1983, 1


April 1983

Volume 13 Number 4

On the cover: This Do in Remembrance of Me, by Harry Anderson, © Pacific Press Publishing Association, used by permission.

Inside front cover: Jesus Raising the Daughter of Jairus, by David Lindsley, oil on canvas, 78″ by 48″.

“And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.

“And straightway the damsel arose, and walked. … And they were astonished with great astonishment.” (Mark 5:41–42.)

Inside back cover: The Road to the Rock. Photography and commentary by Anselm Spring of Landsberg, Germany

“This photograph has always been instructive to me. For example, there is the rock toward which the road leads. Many scriptures identify the Lord Jesus Christ as ‘the Rock’, ‘the Rock of our Salvation’, ‘the Chief Cornerstone’. Notice the highway that leads to the Rock. It starts out wide enough so that all of us can find it if we want to. But as the journey goes on, and as we experience more, learn more, covenant more, the highway narrows—truly becoming a straight and narrow path. In this scene however, notice that the road turns even more directly toward the Rock. Yes, we have to make decisions in life if we want to stay on the road that leads to salvation. In this regard, notice that the photograph is almost black and white, suggesting that standards and clarity of values do exist. We must decide in life the yesses and nos, we must decide whether things are right or wrong. And generally, things are fairly clear to us if we take the time to look. Especially is this so with the Spirit as our assistance.

“The clouds in the photograph symbolize heaven, letting me know that God’s help is near. Now, clouds generally consist of water, and light makes them visible. Water and light can thus be representative of spiritual life. (We have to be born again of the water and the Spirit.) Notice what has come down from the clouds. There is snow on the ground. Few might expect snow in Monument Valley in the U.S. desert, but there it is. It is almost like manna from the clouds, white and pure, reminding us of that which is always available to us in the deserts of our lives from the heavenly influence as we follow the straight and narrow road and make righteous decisions in our journey toward the Rock.”