April 2001

“Comment,” Ensign, Apr. 2001, 79–80


A Perspective on Muhammad

Thank you for the article “A Latter-day Saint Perspective on Muhammad” (Sept. 2000). We are serving as senior missionaries, teaching English in Roi Et, Thailand. Much that was said about Muhammad and Islam could also be said about Buddha and Buddhism. We came to serve and teach the Thai people, but they are also serving and teaching us. Most of them don’t yet have the fulness of the gospel, but they have already been taught the importance of kindness, charity, service, and reverence for life. They are wonderful people, truly children of God and our brothers and sisters.

Elder and Sister McBee
Thailand Bangkok Mission

Touched by Paintings

I just want to tell you how much I enjoy the paintings and poems included in the Ensign. I spend time looking at them and thinking about them and appreciating. A painting which comes to my mind at the moment showed loved ones grieving and the unseen departed spirits close by trying to give love and comfort to those mourning for them (“Sanctify to Thee Thy Deepest Distress,” Ensign, Feb. 1999, 42). The painting said so much that couldn’t be expressed or described without a lot of words.

The Ensign brings light, comfort, and goodness into our lives. I am grateful for it.

Sharon Larsen
Edmond, Oklahoma

Historic Milestones

Your article “Historic Milestone Achieved: More Non-English-Speaking Members Now Than English-Speaking” (Sept. 2000) could have included the first non-English-speaking stake, organized just 39 years ago! The Dutch-speaking Holland Stake was organized in 1961.

J. Edwin Strobel
Rexburg, Idaho