Living by the scriptures

While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?

As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe. - Mark 5: 35-36

Recently, I learned that someone very dear to me had been diagnosed with a serious illness. I was devastated. Here was the sweetest, kindest, most noble spirit I have ever known on this earth. My heart was aching to see this happen to such a special daughter of our Heavenly Father.

After several sleepless nights, and praying to know what I could do, the Christmas issue of the Church News arrived. There, in a message by President Hinckley, was this scripture, specifically the last five words: "Be not afraid, only believe." Such a simple statement! But coming from the Savior, I knew it had to contain the answer to my prayer. This to me, was the whole gospel plan in five plain words: To remember that we are children of a caring Father; that we are here for a purpose, and if we will but believe in Him and obey the commandments, in the end, all hurt, all heartaches and sorrows will be healed.

I do not know what tomorrow will bring, but I will keep praying and remember that Heavenly Father has a purpose for everything that happens. I will continue to take this sister's name to the temple. I will be the best member of the Church that I can be to set a good example for others.

I have learned that I was afraid of dying, and that I was also afraid of living. This scripture and experience have given me the desire, and the courage, to make changes in my life that will enable me to be a better example of the Savior.

I know that through her faith, if it is Heavenly Father's will, this sister will be healed. "Be not afraid, only believe."

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