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“Contents,” Ensign, Aug. 1990, 1


August 1990

Volume 20 Number 8

On the cover: Charleston, Utah, by Al Rounds, 16″ by 22″, watercolor, 1985. Courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Brett McKay.

Inside front cover: Queen Esther, by Minerva Kohlhepp Teichert, 56″ x 36″, oil, 1939. Courtesy of William Lee and Betty Curtis Stokes. Ahasuerus, king of Persia, chose Esther to be his queen, but he did not know she was Jewish. When Haman, the king’s chief minister, obtained a decree condemning all Jews to death, Esther risked her life to approach the king. “And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favour in his sight.” She approached the king at least twice more to plead for her people. The king granted her petition and rescinded the order. (Esth. 2–8.)

Inside back cover: Daniel in the Lions’ Den, by Clark Kelley Price, 30″ x 40″, oil, 1981. When Daniel worshipped the Lord in defiance of King Darius’s decree, he was cast into a den of lions. The king told him, “Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee. And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den.” And next day, the king “went in haste unto the den of lions,” where he found Daniel alive and unhurt. Daniel then told him, “My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me. … So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.” (Dan. 6:1–23.)