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Living by the scriptures

And ye cannot bear all things now; nevertheless, be of good cheer, for I will lead you along. The kingdom is yours and the blessings thereof are yours, and the riches of eternity are yours.

— Doctrine and Covenants 78:18

Some time ago, I was sitting in my office overwhelmed by feelings of pressure. My desk was stacked high with papers requiring my immediate attention. I had deadlines to meet. Some of the work needed to be done that same day. Some of it had to be completed in one or two days. I had feelings of depression as I wondered how I was going to complete these projects, and give them the attention they needed in the allotted time.

I knelt down by my desk and told my Heavenly Father how terrible I felt. I pled with Him to comfort me and to assist me in accomplishing my goals. I told Him that I not only wanted to get the material to the next stages on time, but I felt that I must not let anything leave my desk until I had done a thorough job. I prayed hard for God's comforting spirit to rest down upon me.

As I arose from my kneeling position, I picked up my Triple Combination and turned to the Doctrine and Covenants and was inspired to read Section 78, verse 18. The first sentence from this verse especially touched my heart. I knew without a doubt that my Father had inspired me to turn to that scripture.

Heavenly Father did lead me along and helped me to do a thorough job on all of the paper work, and to meet my deadlines as well.

— Thomas Mitchell Lythgoe, West Valley City, Utah.

"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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