Living by the scriptures

But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.

But if it be not right you shall have no such feelings, but you shall have a stupor of thought that shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong; therefore, you cannot write that which is sacred save it be given you from me. - D&C 9:8-9.Early in our marriage, my husband and I thought seriously of beginning our own printing business. We were so excited about the possibility that it became the main topic of conversation between us for weeks. We planned possible office locations, business names, pricing and other details. The more we discussed opening our own business the better it sounded. We felt confident that due to my husband's knowledge of printing and my secretarial skills, we would succeed.

As Fast Sunday approached, we decided to fast to find out if starting our own business was acceptable to the Lord. On the day of the fast and directly following, a peculiar thing happened. What had been the main topic of daily conversation suddenly stopped. We had both stopped thinking and discussing the possibility of opening a business and instead focused on other aspects of our lives. It occurred to us several weeks after our fast that Heavenly Father had answered our prayers exactly as the scripture in the Doctrine and Covenants had described. Our excitement for what we thought would be a good decision, turned into a stupor of thought as we forgot about our plans.

As I look back on the various paths that our lives have taken since then, I can clearly see that it would have been a mistake to start a business at that time. I have developed a strong testimony of this scripture and feel confident that we can trust that the Lord will lead us to do that which is right.

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