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Living by the scriptures

Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart I have written my law, fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.

But I am the Lord thy God, whose waves roared; the Lord of Hosts is my name.

And I have put my words in thy mouth, and have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion: Behold thou art my people. — 2 Nephi 8:7, 15-16

Tears were streaming down my face. All I wanted was composure and I couldn't stop crying. My children and I had arrived early so we could sit near the front without speaking to anyone before sacrament meeting began.

My husband was to be sustained as bishop and I would be expected to bear my testimony. Normally, I love to share my feelings for the Savior and the Church, but I was so overcome with emotion I couldn't get my thoughts together. Scraps of things had bounced through my brain all week, knowing this was coming.

Frantically, I looked through my scriptures. I opened the Book of Mormon to 2 Nephi, Chapter 8 and started skimming. My chest began to hurt and I recognized I was having an anxiety attack. Deep breathing helped very little. I was fearful of criticism from the ward. Would they sustain my husband fully as bishop? Would my very active children and I be seen as appropriate role models? I have been a member of the Church for only nine years. Could I ever be half as gracious as our previous bishop's wife? As all these thoughts tumbled through my mind, I read verse 7 and, subsequently, verses 15 and 16.

Suddenly, I realized how my prayers had been answered with help to teach lessons and give talks. My chest did not hurt. My eyes were drying and I was ready. I felt the love of our great ward. I still did not know what I would say, but I knew without a doubt that Heavenly Father's presence was with me. — Marcy Storm, Palm Springs, Calif.

"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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