February 1998

“Contents,” Ensign, Feb. 1998, 1


February 1998

Volume 28 Number 2

On the cover: Brigham Young, America’s Moses, by Kenneth A. Corbett, oil on canvas, 20″ x 24″, 1997. From the personal collection of W. Bruce Woodruff. A dedicated believer in “living” the gospel, President Brigham Young said, “On reading carefully the Old and New Testaments we can discover that the majority of the revelations given to mankind anciently were in regard to their daily duties; we follow in the same path. The revelations contained in the Bible and the Book of Mormon are examples to us, and the book of Doctrine and Covenants contains direct revelation to this Church; they are a guide to us. … We wish to continue in the revelations of the Lord Jesus Christ day by day, and to have his Spirit with us continually.” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young [1997], 24–25)

Inside front cover: Sabbath Study, by Sheri Lynn Boyer Doty, colored pencil on bristol board, 24″ x 18″, 1996; courtesy of the Fourth International Art Competition of the Museum of Church History and Art. An interpretation above of the artist’s great-great-grandmother at age 11, who sought inner peace and strength through Sabbath study as the Lord counseled, “to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High” (D&C 59:10). Although her young life had been challenging as she alone immigrated in 1863 to join family in the United States, she found comfort in gospel teachings.

Inside back cover: Ammon before King Lamoni, by Gary L. Kapp, oil on canvas, 4′ x 5′, 1995. Courtesy of David Larsen. King Lamoni’s servants attested to Ammon’s strength and service in preventing robbers from scattering the king’s flocks. Astonished at Ammon’s feat, King Lamoni supposed that Ammon was the “Great Spirit.” Ammon replied: “I am a man; … and I am called by his Holy Spirit to teach … unto this people, that they may be brought to a knowledge of that which is just and true.” He then taught King Lamoni gospel truths and testified of the purpose and coming of the Lord Jesus Christ (see Alma 18:34–39).