Youngest son finds peace in Joseph's story

The story I enjoy most in the Old Testament is found in Genesis, chapters 37-50. It is the story of Joseph, the son of Jacob, who was envied by his brothers and sold into Egypt. These chapters deal with the way we should control ourselves in this life.

The story of Joseph has helped me deal with challenges in my own life.I was born in a family of six, the last child in a family of five boys and one girl. My mother passed away when I was 2 years old. Then my father married another woman who had four children - three boys and one girl.

We were all brought up knowing that we are all the same and all equal. We were taught how to live the Lord's way. But as we grew and realized that we had different parents, little jealousies started to creep in. We started pointing out how my stepmother loves her children more than she does us, and how my father cared more about his new wife than about his children.

This situation led to fighting and unpleasantness in the family. My father loved me very much, being his youngest son. My half-brothers did not like this relationship; they felt they were being left outside the family. The older brothers started leaving home, seeking greener pastures.

After I had lived under these circumstances for some years, I was approached by the LDS missionaries in 1993. They brought me the true gospel, and I came across the story of Joseph in the Old Testament.

I now have good relationships with my brothers and family, and I have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I know that we only succeed because of our Heavenly Father's wisdom.

As readers will recall, Joseph was sold into Egypt into the house of Potipher, an officer of the Pharaoh and captain of the guard. There Joseph distinguished himself, and the Lord blessed Potipher and his house because of Joseph. Later, Joseph interpreted the Pharaoh's dream about the coming of the seven lean years, and the Pharaoh made him governor of all Egypt.

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