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Living by the scriptures

For my soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them, and writeth them for the learning and the profit of my children.

Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord; and my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen and heard. — 2 Nephi 4:15-16

While building a custom home in 1985, I accidentally fell head first while working on the second floor. I was unable to slow my fall, and my head and face were unprotected. Immediately upon impact, I knew I was seriously injured because of the excruciating pain and bleeding. Fortunately, my construction partner had joined me on this unusual "working" Saturday and was able to rush me to the hospital.

Major damage had been done to my face and cheek bones, and reconstructive surgery was deemed necessary. While I waited in the hospital for the delicate surgery ahead, my thoughts turned to the scriptures. "For my soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them" (2 Nephi 4:15). I questioned whether I truly delight in the scriptures. This introspection inspired me to covenant with my Heavenly Father to read and study the scriptures daily, forever more.

Interestingly, on that June day in 1985 I was only concerned with the trial at hand. Certainly it would be the trial of my life. And certainly the scriptures would assist me in the healing process. Little did I know that this trial would be but the beginning. In the years to follow, I would face surgeries on both knees and my back, constant and debilitating "neuropathic head pain," and even divorce.

These trials have seemed larger than life. Yet little did I know, 19 years ago, just how important my "scripture reading covenant" would become. Knowledge. Revelation. Truth. Comfort. Healing. Thankfully, I haven't missed a day, and won't! Yes, "my soul delighteth in the scriptures." — Alan Blankenship, Arlington, Texas

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