And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.
In August of 1996 my daughter was brutally murdered in her apartment. The telephone call that night telling me of her death was horrible, as every parent can imagine, as were the following days and weeks and months. I wanted more than anything for this not to be true. I wanted to see her and hold her and I wanted her back. The fact that I would not see her again in this life was torture. I received so many books telling how others coped and even learned from their trials. Our stake president, Martin D. Driscoll, was particularly sensitive to our grief.
One evening the pain was so great I knelt and asked Heavenly Father for help. As I rose from my prayer the telephone rang. President Driscoll apologized for the late hour but asked if he could come over. I told him of my prayer and thanked him for listening and obeying the Spirit. We talked for a while and I told him of the help I was receiving from the books. He agreed they were good but counseled me to not forget the scriptures. I knew what he was saying was true and began reading the Book of Mormon. As I read I marked in pink all the scriptures that told of where my daughter is now and also how the Lord felt about those who were responsible for her death. The more I read, the more peace and comfort I received. Peace and comfort from the words of the Lord. As I read in Mosiah from the words of King Benjamin and imagined Jill in "a state of never-ending happiness," there was joy in my heart and a smile on my face. What more could a mother desire for her child than this?
I have repeated this scripture, as well as many others, at the times when my heart aches the most. I know she is happy and that I will see her again. I have a deep love for the scriptures and I know they come from a loving Heavenly Father. Andrea Myler, Aberdeen, Idaho.
"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.
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