Living by the scriptures

And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.

Ether 12:6.

I am a convert to the Church, having been baptized Nov. 17, 1996. Before my baptism, the missionaries suggested I invite a family member to this occasion. I decided to invite my aunt. She wasn't very pleased with the Church and I was upset and confused. I loved the changes in my life because of the Church, yet I also revered my aunt as a good Christian and took seriously her counsel to reconsider my decision.

I recalled Moroni's challenge on receiving a witness from the Holy Ghost. I went to my room and for four hours I struggled to find out for myself what was true. Was it my aunt or the elders who were right? I studied in the Bible the scriptures my aunt gave me, but I didn't look in the Book of Mormon. I prayed earnestly with no response. I decided to go ahead and be baptized and to continue to learn for myself what was right. I could always leave the Church if it proved to be untrue.

A week after my baptism I was still trying to gain a testimony and I was pondering what to do. I decided I was a Mormon now and it was time to read the Book of Mormon. I went to the topical guide and looked under faith, the same as I did in the Bible. That's when I read several chapters on faith in the Book of Mormon. As I read the words, I thought to myself that the words were true and wise. The Spirit poured out on me as I read the words about faith. It was so powerful and so wonderful. I fell to my knees in gratitude and thanked the Lord for the great manifestation I had received. I found the words of Moroni to be true. It isn't until after the trial of our faith that we receive a witness. — Gary Anderson, Muncie, Indiana.

"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:

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