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“Comment,” Ensign, Feb. 2008, 80


Branching Out

Thank you for George D. Durrant’s article, “Branching Out on Your Family Tree” (Apr. 2007 Ensign) on descendancy research. After reading the article, I chose two early-1800s couples at the end of my paternal lines in North Carolina and began researching their descendants. We recently completed the temple work for over 100 of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I am very grateful for this nudge in the right direction in our family history research.

Wendi Wilcken, Utah

Hymns on LDS.org

I enjoy singing harmony with the hymns on Sunday. However, unless I get a chance to practice in advance I am not able to sing the parts for some of the more difficult hymns.

The music, lyrics, and harmony parts for almost all of the hymns in the hymnbook can be heard separately on the Interactive Church Music Player. A great feature of the music player is that you can have your harmony part played louder than the other parts. I find this to be a very valuable tool.

Ernie Baty, Canada

Note: The Interactive Church Music Player can be found under the Music link at www.lds.org/churchmusic/.

Reminding Me of the Temple

After reading the October 2007 Ensign, I realized how much I had taken for granted the opportunities for temple attendance I had prior to entering the mission field.

While I have been serving here in Spain, the ordinances of the temple have taken on greater meaning for me as I work with recent converts and other members in encouraging them to take this necessary step in their exaltation.

I have also come to understand the significance of these ordinances more as I see how the doctrine of redemption brings hope and faith to those with loved ones on the other side of the veil.

Elder Fletcher Reed Carpenter, Spain

Joy of the Temple

I just had the pleasure of reading the October 2007 issue of the Ensign and was especially touched by your articles on temples. My greatest joy is going to the temple and fulfilling what the Lord wants me to do. I feel such peace when I am there.

There is no greater joy than being at the temple. Not a day goes by that I don’t thank the Lord that I am able to go.

Diane Jones, Utah


Richard Lenz, an event coordinator in the Physical Facilities Department quoted in “Christmas Lights, Efforts Help Testify of Christ” (December 2007), is responsible for overseeing the preparation of Temple Square facilities for musical and theatrical programs organized by Marilyn Lorensen of the Music Division.