Living by the scriptures

Behold, ye are little children and ye cannot bear all things now; ye must grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth.

Fear not little children, for you are mine, and I have overcome the world, and you are of them that my Father hath given me;And none of them that my Father hath given me shall be lost.

And the Father and I are one. I am in the Father and the Father in me; and inasmuch as ye have received me, ye are in me and I in you.

Wherefore, I am in your midst, and I am the good shepherd, and the stone of Israel. He that buildeth upon this rock shall never fall.

And the day cometh that you shall hear my voice and see me, and know that I am.

Watch, therefore, that ye may be ready. Even so. Amen. - D&C 50:40-46.

As an older single sister and the only Church member in my immediate family, I was saddened that I had no family in the gospel with whom I could share spiritual experiences.

During one particularly difficult time I went to the temple with a heavy heart. "Please give me someone to share my innermost spiritual feelings with," I prayed.

During the temple session the thought came to me, all the people, some of them ancestors, who have accepted the gospel are your family. And, most important, this family includes our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ. The tears flowed freely when I pondered this thought. Although I could not see anyone with my eyes, I felt surrounded in love.

That evening I opened the Doctrine & Covenants, Section 50, to prepare for Sunday School. These verses brought the same feelings and tears I had experienced in the temple that day. I read them often, and I feel less alone through the love and grace of my Father in Heaven who loves me and is concerned for my happiness.

Life is still difficult and overwhelming periodically, but knowing I have support from our Heavenly Father has lifted my burdens and gives me a more eternal view.

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