Living by the scriptures

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. — Proverbs 3:5-6

My brother passed away on Dec. 6, 2004, at the age of 87, in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. I wanted so much to attend his funeral, as we had kept a close relationship all through our lives, even though I lived in Southern California and he lived in Alberta.

Since none of my family could accompany me, I would have to go alone, and being over 80, I didn't trust myself as I once did. The more I thought about going to Canada in the winter, the more nervous I became. So many things could go wrong — ticket glitches, missed or canceled flights, getting the carry-on luggage in and out of the overhead compartments, blizzards, icy roads from Calgary to Lethbridge.

When I prayed about receiving help from my Father in Heaven with a decision, the scripture from Proverbs 3:5-6 kept coming to my mind. The Lord had been so good to me my whole life, I would trust Him again. I had the assurance that He would "direct my paths."

None of the things I had worried about happened, and even the weather was beautiful all the time I was in Canada. Whenever I got a little nervous, I would repeat the scripture to myself and this would calm me, for I knew that I was being "directed."

On Dec. 11, as I sat in the Lethbridge stake center at my brother's funeral surrounded by relatives and friends, my heart was full of gratitude to my Heavenly Father for inspiring me with those words from Proverbs. — Eileen Palmer Smith, Valencia, Calif.

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