SOS: The power of TNT
Earlier this week I woke up feeling tired and discouraged about matters that were weighing on my mind. I have had a sinus-infection-type cold the last week, and it has been a strong one. The cold, combined with other concerns on my mind and the hot summer night had kept me awake, and the lack of sleep and my illness seemed to wipe away my energy. I wanted to cry and go back to bed. Ever have mornings like those?
It was really early, so I did climb back into bed, bringing my July Ensign magazine with me. I opened up to an articled called “A Time for Faith, Not Fear.” Reading that article changed the way I felt facing my day. It infused me with gratitude and the remembrance that things have a way of working out. I got up and got going.
Later that night, I climbed back into bed and read “To the Tender Wives.” I was so impressed with the faith of the author who is relying on Heaven to endure her husband’s pornography addiction. Again, I felt the Spirit, gratitude, and an appreciation for my own trials.
Reading these articles reminded me of the gift that reading the Ensign is, and the blessing of having inspired writings to read which will buoy us up along our path. I recalled a quote from a talk that I had read back in my college days: “The living prophet has the power of TNT. By that I mean ‘Today’s News Today.’ God’s revelations to Adam did not instruct Noah how to build the ark. Noah needed his own revelation. Therefore, the most important prophet, so far as you and I are concerned, is the one living in our day and age to whom the Lord is currently revealing His will for us. Therefore, the most important reading we can do is any of the words of the prophet contained each week in the Church Section of the Deseret News and any words of the prophet contained each month in our Church magazines” (Ezra Taft Benson).
That “TNT” is just what I need some days, and the Ensign has helped me countless times over my life, both to be able to read the words of a living prophet and the reflections of faithful followers of Christ. Many thanks to everyone who works to contribute to and publish the Ensign*.