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Living by the scriptures

My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment;

— Doctrine and Covenants Section 121:7

While teaching in Tonga in 1978 for the Church Educational System, our daughter Holly, age 4, became very ill. I accompanied her to New Zealand while my wife and family stayed at Liahona. Over a period of six weeks Holly became blind, paralyzed, suffered a heart attack, and had heart and brain surgery.

My wife, Linda, and the children followed me to New Zealand where they stayed until they left for Utah to prepare for Holly and me to return a week later.

Two days before our planned departure, a knock came at my door. Holly's doctor wanted to see me. Holly had experienced a massive relapse and was in a coma. He told me she was terminal and did not expect her to live through the day.

In a blessing Holly was told she would return to America and see her grandma again. The doctor told me it would never happen and I needed to make arrangements for her funeral.

I returned to my room wondering how I was going to tell my wife and children what had happened. I asked myself, "Why Me? Why now? and Why Here?" Unable to sleep, I read section 121 of the Doctrine and Covenants. There came into my soul a spirit of peace and comfort and a distinct awareness that Father in Heaven was in charge and His will would be done. This was later confirmed through a blessing that I received.

Holly and I flew home to Utah three days later. She came out of her coma just long enough to be greeted by her grandmother and then passed away the following morning. Over the years the message of this scripture has been an anchor to my testimony that God sustains us in our trials.

— Les Campbell, Orem, 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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