Living by the scriptures

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.

— Matthew 5:44

Wherefore, I say unto you, that ye ought to forgive one another; for he that forgiveth not his brother his trespasses standeth condemned before the Lord; for there remaineth in him the greater sin.

I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men.

And ye ought to say in your hearts — let God judge between me and thee, and reward thee according to thy deeds.

— Doctrine and Covenants 64:9-11

Many years ago I had an experience I did not know how to handle. I was deeply hurt. I am an active member of the Church, but my hurt cankered my soul to hate. I knew I had to find a way to overcome these feelings. Loving your enemies is easier said than done. I know, however, also through many other experiences, that with the Lord nothing is impossible.

I prayed to my Heavenly Father for help and I was led to these scriptures. Repeating these words in my heart each day and eventually memorizing them, led me to conquer my hate with love. In so doing my rewards were so great that they are sacred to me. If you can truly learn to forgive and love one another you, too, will receive and know that the Lord will help those who love and serve Him.

— Ethel K. Okamoto, Honolulu, Hawaii.

"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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