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Living by the scriptures

Verily I say unto you my friends, fear not, let your hearts be comforted; yea, rejoice evermore, and in everything give thanks;

Waiting patiently on the Lord, for your prayers have entered into the ears of the Lord of the Sabaoth, and are recorded with this seal and testament — the Lord hath sworn and decreed that they will be granted.

Doctrine and Covenants 98:1-2

About 10 years ago I was having a really rough time. My two oldest children were off to college and I still had several at home, ranging down to 3 years old. There were many factors involved, including personal problems, age, health and exhaustion. I was suffering from depression and felt quite alone in the process. I had lost both my parents several years before, and life was just very difficult.

One day I felt I couldn't face any more for awhile, so I got the younger kids off to school and took the youngest and went out to the lake. I had my journal and my scriptures with me. I wrote for quite awhile in my journal and it was pretty negative. Finally, I wrote — "Enough is enough! I CAN'T go on like this!! The Lord promises that He will never give us more to handle. I have no reason to doubt the Lord. I know He knows all things. I know He loves me, even as I am. I know that if He thinks I can handle this, then somehow I can. I just don't know what's wrong with me — why I can't see what I should be doing. I'm losing it."

At this point I opened my triple combination randomly and came to this scripture. After reading, the next line in my journal read much differently.

"I am grateful for the wind blowing in my face, for the little drops of moisture in the wind, for the leaves blowing, for the clouds in the sky, for the sun and the moon. . . ."

I would like to say that my life was a bed of roses from that point on. Of course it wasn't, but it was never again quite as bad as it was that day. Now, things look much brighter. I am even learning to be grateful for my trials. This has become one of my favorite scriptures. I still turn to it often in times of discouragement and trial. There is much wonder and beauty in the world.

— Gay Lynne Longhurst, Colonia Dublan, Chihuahua, Mexico.

"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: [email protected]

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