And we see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order. Mosiah 4:27
As a freshman at Brigham Young University, I sat one afternoon reading from the book of Mosiah. Being a convert to the Church and not very enthusiastic about attending seminary or reading the scriptures, I was encountering King Benjamin for the first time. Up until this particular day I had decided that I was not going to serve a mission. I wanted to stay home, finish school and become an airline pilot. I felt I had everything planned out in its proper order.
For the first time in my life I seriously pondered the Book of Mormon's message in my heart and was overwhelmed by the Spirit of the Lord. I was so curious to see what was going to be said next that I could not put the book down. I soon came across Mosiah 2:17. I felt that I needed to serve God and my fellow man, but still wasn't committed to serving a mission. I continued to read and found Mosiah 4:27. I was beginning to think that maybe my idea of how the future should be ordered was not the Lord's way. I was convinced that there needed to be changes in my life when I read Mosiah 5:13. The thoughts and intents of my heart were centered on my own agenda and not on the Lord's.
After reading these verses I put the book down and made a decision that I will never regret. I committed to serve a mission, the Lord and my fellow man. I wanted to do things in wisdom and order so that I might be able to win the prize. I served in the Ireland Dublin Mission, finished school at BYU and was married in the Los Angeles Temple. Following the advice of King Benjamin has changed my life forever. Robert Dilger, Eugene, Oregon.
"Living by the Scriptures" is another in a series of Church News reader response articles. Was there a time when a particular scripture touched you, when it offered comfort, guidance and much-needed support? If so, please describe your experience in 250-300 words, giving the scripture reference and telling how it affected you. Send your submission to Church News, P.O. Box 1257, Salt Lake City, Utah 84110. Fax No. (801) 237-2524. Internet E-mail: [email protected]