Living by the scriptures

For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads. - D&C 25:12.

In the fall of 1949 my companion elder and I were traveling without purse or scrip in the Red Rock area of Arizona. It was late afternoon when we approached a very nice home located on the other side of Oak Creek. There was no bridge, just a ford for cars to cross.

We took our shoes and stockings off and waded across. As we approached the house, the husband yelled out, "What do you want?" We introduced ourselves and the mode of our travel. He said, "We aren't fixed for company and not interested, please leave."

We waded back across the creek and started up the road. Night was coming on and we were discouraged. The scripture, Doctrine and Covenants 25:12, came to my mind and I suggested to my companion that we sing hymns to cheer ourselves up. So we sang several songs as we walked along. A few minutes later we saw car lights coming up behind us.

The jeep stopped and it was the man we had just left, with his wife sitting next to him. His wife said, "Won't you please get in and come back with us? We want you to spend the night with us."

They treated us with great respect. They fed us a lovely meal and fixed us each a nice bed, then listened as we told them about the Restoration and the Book of Mormon. When we left the next morning, they took us to the next ranch house several miles away.

As we parted, I gave them a copy of the Book of Mormon. They were excited and thrilled to receive it. As we shook hands, the kind lady said, "You young men never stopped singing; you sure touched our hearts."

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