Living by the scriptures

"And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed." - Alma 34:33.

In 1976 my wife had been a member of the Church for only a short time. I had been baptized when 8 years old but had fallen away in my teen years.

My wife, being an avid reader, eagerly read the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon. One night as we were reading together, she the Book of Mormon and I the latest edition of Popular Mechanics, she laid her book down for a while to rest her eyes.

I had never read the Book of Mormon, although I had heard of it all my life. I picked up the book and opened it at random to the Book of Alma, and this verse stared me in the face. I read it several times. I pondered my life and the lives of others I knew who were lost in the darkness of the world.

I thought that if this book is true I must act on these words before it's too late. If it's not true, what would I have to lose by investigating the

Church? It's not easy giving up the habits of a lifetime. But when the Spirit of the Lord touches you, you will find the strength.

Since that night, I have baptized both my daughters and we have helped many people along the gospel path. My wife is currently the stake Primary president and I serve on the high council. We are grateful for the scriptures.

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