Living by the scriptures

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. - James 1:5.

After having worked in Africa for several years, I spent what might be called a sabbatical year in London, following a course at the university there.

I found it a good time to evaluate my life, looking back at what I had accomplished thus far. In doing so, I started investigating many different philosophies and religions, both western and eastern.

Having been raised by atheist parents, I read the Bible for the first time in my life. It was all very exciting and overwhelming but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The first text that impressed me was the verse found in James. I decided to pray for wisdom and found that it really worked! In the overwhelming and often confusing literature I was reading, an astonishing order came about. I saw things much more clearly.

I made it a habit to always pray before reading anything spiritual. A very enlightening period began.

When the missionaries came to my door a couple of months later, I let them in gratefully. The second or third time they visited me they read the testimony of Joseph Smith to me and how this very scripture had led the Prophet Joseph Smith to receive his first vision.

I was baptized six months later, and because of this scripture I still feel a very close connection to the Prophet Joseph Smith.

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