Living by the scriptures

And Enoch beheld angels descending out of heaven, bearing testimony of the Father and Son; and the Holy Ghost fell on many, and they were caught up by the powers of heaven into Zion.

And it came to pass that the God of heaven looked upon the residue of the people, and he wept; and Enoch bore record of it, saying: How is it that the heavens weep, and shed forth their tears as the rain upon the mountains?

— Moses 7:27-28

My husband and I are the parents of ten children and, of our ten, eight were teenagers at the same time. Those were difficult and turbulent years. I spent a lot of time on my knees in prayer and pleading with the Lord. I shed tears of worry and sadness. I prayed for personal peace. I longed to remove myself from the contentions and strong emotions that were prevalent in our family during that time. I remember thinking how peaceful it must be to be removed from the world, removed from sadness, like God.

One day while I was reading the scriptures, I came across two verses in Moses that astonished me. The God of heaven looked upon the residue of His people and He wept. Wept! I read the verse again. Yes, He wept, and Enoch bore record. God was not removed from the problems and sins of the people. He loved His children and wept over them just as I did over mine.

After reading and pondering these verses, God seemed more real to me, and I felt His comforting and understanding Spirit bless me during that difficult time.

— Lorraine Jeffery, Circleville, Ohio

"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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