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Living by the scriptures

But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform anything unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul. 2 Ne. 32:9

Several years ago our stake sponsored a play for the community, and I was asked to play the leading role. I felt inadequate as I had no previous stage experience, but with a little encouragement I accepted.

After several weeks of rehearsals, set building, and costume making, opening night arrived. So many people had donated their time and talents to ensure that the play would be a success. So much money had been spent, and we had overcome so many obstacles, I was feeling tremendous pressure to perform up to everyone's expectations.

Overpowering anxiety gripped me, and I sought a blessing and counsel from my husband. After giving me a blessing, my husband suggested I read the Book of Mormon until it was time to leave. Flipping through the pages I found this scripture. The word faint caught my eye, as I was afraid that I would indeed faint. Then the word perform jumped off the page. Carefully, I read the entire verse. I had read that verse before, but it had never had such a personal impact and consolation. This scripture was what I needed to give me the confidence I lacked.

I have often thought back to that experience with amazement. Although my need was trivial when compared to the big picture, my pleadings were heard and answered by a loving Heavenly Father. — Patty Ellsworth, Las Vegas, Nev.

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