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“Comment,” Ensign, Dec. 2005, 71


Thanks for Pertinent Articles

I want to sincerely thank you for the July 2005 issue of the Ensign. At that time, I was in the process of finalizing a divorce. Although I often find an article or quote here or there that pertains to my current needs, I was absolutely stunned at how many of the articles in that particular month seemed directed toward me personally! I consider this blessing to be one of the Lord’s “tender mercies.” I know I am not alone in my efforts to heal from a divorce and in my journey of single parenthood. I also know that the Lord loves all of us and we are all welcome in His Church. And so I want to thank you for including articles that are very pertinent and helpful for those of us who are not in an ideal family situation.
Name Withheld, Mesa, Arizona

Understanding Mental Illness

Thank you for the article in the October 2005 Ensign about understanding mental illness. Last year we had a child diagnosed with a mental disorder. Initially, we knew nothing about the condition but learned that it is genetic and that, while it could be managed, our child would deal with it for life. As we came to terms with this reality, we grieved for our child. We wanted to share our feelings and educate others. But we were afraid our child would be labeled or judged, so we have told very few people. We hope this article will help dispel the stigma so people with mental disorders, their families, and those around them can communicate more openly and support each other better.
Name Withheld

I Noticed the Change

I want to thank you for your recent article on missionary couples. As I read it, I remembered the mission my husband and I served. I returned a different person from the person I was when we left to serve in the Alabama Birmingham Mission. I quickly learned to love the people we served, and they had bushels of love for us. I don’t know if anyone else noticed the change in me, but it doesn’t matter because I knew.
Uneva Workman, Sequim, Washington